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Mara Koffmann, Owner and President

Mara graduated magna cum laude from New York University with a bachelors degree in history and middle eastern studies.  After spending a year in South America teaching English and developing her fluency in Spanish, she returned to NYU to earn a dual masters degree in Childhood Education and Special Education with a 4.0 GPA.

With experience as a classroom teacher at the Parkside School, New York's preeminent elementary school for speech and language development, and as a learning specialist and director of the elementary literacy program at the Marymount School of New York, Mara started Smarten Up in 2011 to pursue her passion for crafting creative educational materials and resources.  Smarten Up integrates child-centered games, visuals, organizational tools, and real-world experiences into one-on-one instruction that takes the "school" out of learning.  Mara collaborates with each of the Smarten Up teachers to build this sort of engaging learning experience for every Smarten Up student. 

 
  Ben, Director of Teaching and Learning   Ben graduated magna cum laude with highest honors in literature from Harvard University, where he also studied environmental science. He worked as the Annenberg Fellow at Eton College in England, teaching Shakespeare to the Brits, among other things, before joining Smarten Up. He loves teaching and learning, in a wide range of subjects, from elementary-age reading to the SAT, on which he received a perfect score.  When he's not teaching, he is a writer and actor, and has strayed far from his native Oregon to live abroad in England, France, and Argentina.  

Ben, Director of Teaching and Learning

Ben graduated magna cum laude with highest honors in literature from Harvard University, where he also studied environmental science. He worked as the Annenberg Fellow at Eton College in England, teaching Shakespeare to the Brits, among other things, before joining Smarten Up. He loves teaching and learning, in a wide range of subjects, from elementary-age reading to the SAT, on which he received a perfect score.  When he's not teaching, he is a writer and actor, and has strayed far from his native Oregon to live abroad in England, France, and Argentina.  

  Olivia, Tutor and Project Coordinator   Olivia graduated from Harvard University with a degree in Filmmaking, while minoring in English Literature and Language. Throughout her studies, Olivia pursued her love of language through activities that extended beyond her coursework. She served as a full-time Spanish tutor for other students, volunteered as a language tutor for refugees in the greater Boston community, and traveled to Spain and Portugal as a research-writer for the Harvard-led guide book, Let’s Go. Now, as an actress and filmmaker, Olivia has continued her life-long passion for both language and the performing arts. She hopes to someday produce a film back home in Costa Rica!

Olivia, Tutor and Project Coordinator

Olivia graduated from Harvard University with a degree in Filmmaking, while minoring in English Literature and Language. Throughout her studies, Olivia pursued her love of language through activities that extended beyond her coursework. She served as a full-time Spanish tutor for other students, volunteered as a language tutor for refugees in the greater Boston community, and traveled to Spain and Portugal as a research-writer for the Harvard-led guide book, Let’s Go. Now, as an actress and filmmaker, Olivia has continued her life-long passion for both language and the performing arts. She hopes to someday produce a film back home in Costa Rica!

  Brendan, Tutor   Brendan studied music at Pomona College before doing Master’s work in education at Teachers College at Columbia University. Given this diverse background, Brendan enjoys teaching a broad spectrum of subjects, including math, science, writing, and music. His favorite part of tutoring is figuring out the missing pieces to finally help a student understand a challenging concept, and creating a learning environment where he or she feels comfortable enough to ask any and every question.  In his free time, Brendan loves playing piano, visiting the Met, catching a new play or musical, and, when he can get back to his native Colorado, skiing and hiking in the mountains.

Brendan, Tutor

Brendan studied music at Pomona College before doing Master’s work in education at Teachers College at Columbia University. Given this diverse background, Brendan enjoys teaching a broad spectrum of subjects, including math, science, writing, and music. His favorite part of tutoring is figuring out the missing pieces to finally help a student understand a challenging concept, and creating a learning environment where he or she feels comfortable enough to ask any and every question.  In his free time, Brendan loves playing piano, visiting the Met, catching a new play or musical, and, when he can get back to his native Colorado, skiing and hiking in the mountains.

 
  Michelle, Tutor   Michelle graduated magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor's in Elementary Education and Special Education. She then went on to receive her Master's degree at New York University in Early Childhood Education/Early Childhood Special Education. Currently, Michelle is a Special Education teacher with the New York City Department of Education.She is passionate about establishing a safe learning environment where students feel comfortable taking risks and asking questions, which allow them to become active and independent learners. In her free time, Michelle enjoys trying out new recipes and curling up with a great book. 

Michelle, Tutor

Michelle graduated magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor's in Elementary Education and Special Education. She then went on to receive her Master's degree at New York University in Early Childhood Education/Early Childhood Special Education. Currently, Michelle is a Special Education teacher with the New York City Department of Education.She is passionate about establishing a safe learning environment where students feel comfortable taking risks and asking questions, which allow them to become active and independent learners. In her free time, Michelle enjoys trying out new recipes and curling up with a great book. 

  Elizabeth, Tutor   Elizabeth graduated from William Paterson University with a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary and Special Education with a concentration in English Writing. Following graduation, she worked as a special education teacher at the high school level in New Jersey while simultaneously pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from The New School in New York. She is currently working to complete the coursework for the Gifted Education certificate from Rutgers University while also working as a head teacher at The Lang School. While Elizabeth basks in the joy of tutoring across various subjects and grade levels, she especially enjoys helping her students gain confidence while improving their reading comprehension and writing skills. During her spare time, Elizabeth enjoys working out, writing, catching up on reading (or sleep!), and trying new restaurants with friends. 

Elizabeth, Tutor

Elizabeth graduated from William Paterson University with a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary and Special Education with a concentration in English Writing. Following graduation, she worked as a special education teacher at the high school level in New Jersey while simultaneously pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from The New School in New York. She is currently working to complete the coursework for the Gifted Education certificate from Rutgers University while also working as a head teacher at The Lang School. While Elizabeth basks in the joy of tutoring across various subjects and grade levels, she especially enjoys helping her students gain confidence while improving their reading comprehension and writing skills. During her spare time, Elizabeth enjoys working out, writing, catching up on reading (or sleep!), and trying new restaurants with friends. 

  Sami, Tutor   Sami graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Indiana University. She then joined Teach for America and received her Master of Science in Education from University of Pennsylvania. Sami taught first and second grade in Philadelphia for three years as a lead teacher before moving to NYC to teach first grade in an ICT classroom. Sami served as a Corps Member Advisor for Teach for America, coaching new teachers to develop best practices in the classroom. She is passionate about providing a safe learning environment and honing in on students strengths to help them thrive academically. When Sami isn’t in the classroom, she’s traveling or spending time with her family, friends and new puppy, Henry! 

Sami, Tutor

Sami graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Indiana University. She then joined Teach for America and received her Master of Science in Education from University of Pennsylvania. Sami taught first and second grade in Philadelphia for three years as a lead teacher before moving to NYC to teach first grade in an ICT classroom. Sami served as a Corps Member Advisor for Teach for America, coaching new teachers to develop best practices in the classroom. She is passionate about providing a safe learning environment and honing in on students strengths to help them thrive academically. When Sami isn’t in the classroom, she’s traveling or spending time with her family, friends and new puppy, Henry! 

 
  Matt, Tutor   Matt graduated with a degree in History from Harvard University, where he was also an active member of the theater community. He has worked with kids of all ages, both in academic and artistic settings. Matt has tutored in the New York City area for the past several years in everything from elementary school reading and math to college entrance exam test prep. He loves teaching his students how to make learning a little less arduous and a little more fun. Originally from Rhode Island, Matt is a New York based actor who has traveled the country performing in that uniquely American art form - musical theatre. 

Matt, Tutor

Matt graduated with a degree in History from Harvard University, where he was also an active member of the theater community. He has worked with kids of all ages, both in academic and artistic settings. Matt has tutored in the New York City area for the past several years in everything from elementary school reading and math to college entrance exam test prep. He loves teaching his students how to make learning a little less arduous and a little more fun. Originally from Rhode Island, Matt is a New York based actor who has traveled the country performing in that uniquely American art form - musical theatre. 

  Eric, Tutor   Eric is a writer, educator, and arts administrator. He moved to New York City to become a teacher after graduating from the University of Michigan in 2013 with degrees in English and Theatre. He taught 6th-grade reading and writing at a private middle school on the Lower East Side. Since then, he co-founded a theatre company, interned in Manhattan Theatre Club's Education office, and taught playwriting. He has been tutoring students of all ages and abilities for seven years, and he strives to engender fun and respect in learning. In his free time, Eric enjoys seeing shows and working on projects of his own.

Eric, Tutor

Eric is a writer, educator, and arts administrator. He moved to New York City to become a teacher after graduating from the University of Michigan in 2013 with degrees in English and Theatre. He taught 6th-grade reading and writing at a private middle school on the Lower East Side. Since then, he co-founded a theatre company, interned in Manhattan Theatre Club's Education office, and taught playwriting. He has been tutoring students of all ages and abilities for seven years, and he strives to engender fun and respect in learning. In his free time, Eric enjoys seeing shows and working on projects of his own.

  Sophie, Tutor   Sophie studied Modernist Literature at Scripps College and went on to teach English for three delightful years in Houston, TX. Eager to pursue her passion for writing, Sophie moved to New York City in 2011 to earn her Master’s in Poetry from New York University.  During her time there, she served as a managing editor of the Washington Square Review, and worked as an adjunct professor in the English Department. Since graduation, Sophie has continued to help middle school, high school, and college students find their voice as writers.

Sophie, Tutor

Sophie studied Modernist Literature at Scripps College and went on to teach English for three delightful years in Houston, TX. Eager to pursue her passion for writing, Sophie moved to New York City in 2011 to earn her Master’s in Poetry from New York University.  During her time there, she served as a managing editor of the Washington Square Review, and worked as an adjunct professor in the English Department. Since graduation, Sophie has continued to help middle school, high school, and college students find their voice as writers.

 
  Alexandra, Tutor   Alexandra graduated cum laude from Bates College with departmental honors in English. She coordinated a pro bono law project after college, but she enjoyed tutoring high school students. Tutoring motivated Alexandra to join NYC Teaching Fellows, and she received her Master’s in English Education from Brooklyn College. Alexandra teaches AP Literature and 11th grade ELA at a performing arts public high school in Brooklyn. She also advises the school’s yearbook staff and thinks the best part is getting to know her students outside of class. Above all, Alexandra adores teaching because she loves working with a variety of students – especially those who challenge her to think outside of the box!

Alexandra, Tutor

Alexandra graduated cum laude from Bates College with departmental honors in English. She coordinated a pro bono law project after college, but she enjoyed tutoring high school students. Tutoring motivated Alexandra to join NYC Teaching Fellows, and she received her Master’s in English Education from Brooklyn College. Alexandra teaches AP Literature and 11th grade ELA at a performing arts public high school in Brooklyn. She also advises the school’s yearbook staff and thinks the best part is getting to know her students outside of class. Above all, Alexandra adores teaching because she loves working with a variety of students – especially those who challenge her to think outside of the box!

  Tree, Tutor   Originally from Portland, Oregon, Tree graduated cum laude from Harvard University with a Bachelor's degree in English and later completed a Master's Degree in music at the New England Conservatory. At Harvard, he worked as an editor for the Harvard Crimson, mentored students through the First-Year Arts Program, and was a staff member of Room 13, a confidential and non-judgmental peer-counseling group. He also won the Harvard English Department's Robert Kiely Award for his junior essay on jazz music and James Baldwin. He is a musician, a teacher, and a lover of words, and has experience working one-on-one with students of all ages. He is passionate about helping learners discover and develop their own strengths and sharpen all facets of their academic lives.

Tree, Tutor

Originally from Portland, Oregon, Tree graduated cum laude from Harvard University with a Bachelor's degree in English and later completed a Master's Degree in music at the New England Conservatory. At Harvard, he worked as an editor for the Harvard Crimson, mentored students through the First-Year Arts Program, and was a staff member of Room 13, a confidential and non-judgmental peer-counseling group. He also won the Harvard English Department's Robert Kiely Award for his junior essay on jazz music and James Baldwin. He is a musician, a teacher, and a lover of words, and has experience working one-on-one with students of all ages. He is passionate about helping learners discover and develop their own strengths and sharpen all facets of their academic lives.

  Trinity, Tutor   Trinity is an educator, arts organizer, and prizewinning poet.  She graduated from the University of North Texas with a BA in Creative Writing and taught Pre-AP English in Texas for four years.  During her years as a teacher, Trinity coached softball, volleyball, and UIL Poetry and Prose.  She also sponsored the National Honor Society and organized a student tour to London, Paris, Barcelona, and Rome.  Trinity moved to New York in 2014 and earned an MFA in Poetry from The New School.  Since relocating, she has continued to help young people strengthen their academic and organizational skills by working as a tutor and serving as a guest lecturer and teacher at high schools across the city.  

Trinity, Tutor

Trinity is an educator, arts organizer, and prizewinning poet.  She graduated from the University of North Texas with a BA in Creative Writing and taught Pre-AP English in Texas for four years.  During her years as a teacher, Trinity coached softball, volleyball, and UIL Poetry and Prose.  She also sponsored the National Honor Society and organized a student tour to London, Paris, Barcelona, and Rome.  Trinity moved to New York in 2014 and earned an MFA in Poetry from The New School.  Since relocating, she has continued to help young people strengthen their academic and organizational skills by working as a tutor and serving as a guest lecturer and teacher at high schools across the city.  

 
  Char, Tutor   Char earned her undergraduate degree with a concentration in English and English Education from Westmont College. She received her Master’s in the Arts in Childhood General Education and Special Education at Bank Street College of Education. Char is currently a Support Services Coordinator for a charter school in East Harlem and has worked in education for over 11 years.  When she isn’t teaching or tutoring, Char loves to read, spend time with her dog, Rickles, or run in Central Park.

Char, Tutor

Char earned her undergraduate degree with a concentration in English and English Education from Westmont College. She received her Master’s in the Arts in Childhood General Education and Special Education at Bank Street College of Education. Char is currently a Support Services Coordinator for a charter school in East Harlem and has worked in education for over 11 years.  When she isn’t teaching or tutoring, Char loves to read, spend time with her dog, Rickles, or run in Central Park.

  Francisco, Tutor   Francisco attended Boston College and received his Bachelor's degree in Economics and Sociology before earning a Master's degree of Science in Math Education from Saint John's University, and a certification in Bilingual Education from Hunter College. Francisco grew up in New York City and currently teaches 7th grade math in Washington Heights. He loves how teaching can empower students to analyze the world around them. When he’s not in the classroom, Francisco like to run, especially on trails, and he also enjoys traveling and exploring New York City and beyond. 

Francisco, Tutor

Francisco attended Boston College and received his Bachelor's degree in Economics and Sociology before earning a Master's degree of Science in Math Education from Saint John's University, and a certification in Bilingual Education from Hunter College. Francisco grew up in New York City and currently teaches 7th grade math in Washington Heights. He loves how teaching can empower students to analyze the world around them. When he’s not in the classroom, Francisco like to run, especially on trails, and he also enjoys traveling and exploring New York City and beyond. 

  Tara, Tutor   Tara graduated from Providence College with a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education and Special Education.  She has also earned Masters Degrees in Reading and Writing Education and Early Childhood Special Education. Additionally she has been certified in a variety of literacy programs, including Orton Gilligham. Tara has spent the past twenty years teaching in New York City public schools.  She has taught first, second and third grades in both general and special education settings.  Tara has tutored children in math, reading, and executive functioning skills.  She loves her job as a teacher because every day is different and each child has their own path to success.  Tara enjoys the challenge of helping students reach their goals.  In her time outside of teaching, Tara enjoys her family, reading and the beach.  

Tara, Tutor

Tara graduated from Providence College with a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education and Special Education.  She has also earned Masters Degrees in Reading and Writing Education and Early Childhood Special Education. Additionally she has been certified in a variety of literacy programs, including Orton Gilligham. Tara has spent the past twenty years teaching in New York City public schools.  She has taught first, second and third grades in both general and special education settings.  Tara has tutored children in math, reading, and executive functioning skills.  She loves her job as a teacher because every day is different and each child has their own path to success.  Tara enjoys the challenge of helping students reach their goals.  In her time outside of teaching, Tara enjoys her family, reading and the beach.  

 
  Anthony, Tutor   Anthony is in his 12th year supporting special education students for the NYC DOE.  He prides himself in finding ways to captivate students using their interests, learning styles, and prior knowledge in order to foster a sense of joy in academic mastery. Anthony received his MS from Hunter College through the Teaching Fellows program and has a BFA in Drama from New York University. Anthony spent two summers directing productions at French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts, a theater camp in Western Pennsylvania. This past year he directed his school’s first musical production, The Lion Kings-Kids. He is a certified Wilson Dyslexia Practitioner and is the IEP teacher at P. S. 24.

Anthony, Tutor

Anthony is in his 12th year supporting special education students for the NYC DOE.  He prides himself in finding ways to captivate students using their interests, learning styles, and prior knowledge in order to foster a sense of joy in academic mastery. Anthony received his MS from Hunter College through the Teaching Fellows program and has a BFA in Drama from New York University. Anthony spent two summers directing productions at French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts, a theater camp in Western Pennsylvania. This past year he directed his school’s first musical production, The Lion Kings-Kids. He is a certified Wilson Dyslexia Practitioner and is the IEP teacher at P. S. 24.

  Jessica, Tutor   Jessica graduated with a B.A. in Film/Media Studies from the University of Rochester and earned her Master’s Degree in Childhood Education from CUNY – Hunter College. Her love for teaching stems from the many wonderful educators in her life, especially her mom! essica loves to see her students discover new interests, challenge themselves and take risks, and grow into inquisitive, enthusiastic learners. She has done everything from work as a camp counselor and tutor, to teaching as a child guardian on Broadway! In her spare time, Jessica enjoys cooking, photography, drawing, and visiting the city’s wonderful museums.

Jessica, Tutor

Jessica graduated with a B.A. in Film/Media Studies from the University of Rochester and earned her Master’s Degree in Childhood Education from CUNY – Hunter College. Her love for teaching stems from the many wonderful educators in her life, especially her mom! essica loves to see her students discover new interests, challenge themselves and take risks, and grow into inquisitive, enthusiastic learners. She has done everything from work as a camp counselor and tutor, to teaching as a child guardian on Broadway! In her spare time, Jessica enjoys cooking, photography, drawing, and visiting the city’s wonderful museums.

  Corinne, Tutor    Corinne graduated magna cum laude from Syracuse University with a major in Inclusive Elementary and Special Education. She went on to earn her Master’s of Science at Syracuse in the area of Inclusive Special Education, Grades 7-12. Throughout college, Corinne tutored students of a wide variety of ages in literacy skills. Corinne currently teaches 7th Grade Science at a public middle school in Long Island City, Queens. She also teaches reading using a decoding and spelling program for small groups of students to improve their reading skills. Corinne loves her job as a teacher because she works with such a diverse population of students. In her free time, Corinne loves to cook, read, travel, and try new things in the amazing borough of Brooklyn!

Corinne, Tutor

 Corinne graduated magna cum laude from Syracuse University with a major in Inclusive Elementary and Special Education. She went on to earn her Master’s of Science at Syracuse in the area of Inclusive Special Education, Grades 7-12. Throughout college, Corinne tutored students of a wide variety of ages in literacy skills. Corinne currently teaches 7th Grade Science at a public middle school in Long Island City, Queens. She also teaches reading using a decoding and spelling program for small groups of students to improve their reading skills. Corinne loves her job as a teacher because she works with such a diverse population of students. In her free time, Corinne loves to cook, read, travel, and try new things in the amazing borough of Brooklyn!

 
  Jacob, Tutor   Jacob graduated from Harvard University, where he designed a special concentration in Dramatic Theory and Practice. He brings patience and creativity to his work with students in all disciplines, and feels a particular connection to kids with attentional challenges. He is an actor, director, playwright, and musician, and aims to tailor specific, creative learning approaches to each individual student’s needs. Jacob has always loved to learn, and works to spread this love as part of his teaching process.

Jacob, Tutor

Jacob graduated from Harvard University, where he designed a special concentration in Dramatic Theory and Practice. He brings patience and creativity to his work with students in all disciplines, and feels a particular connection to kids with attentional challenges. He is an actor, director, playwright, and musician, and aims to tailor specific, creative learning approaches to each individual student’s needs. Jacob has always loved to learn, and works to spread this love as part of his teaching process.

  Juliana, Tutor   Juliana recently graduated with honors from Harvard University with a degree in Comparative Literature and a minor in Theater, Dance, and Media. She grew up in Brooklyn and has spent time living in Mexico, Spain, and France. While at Harvard, she helped run the First-Year Arts Program and performed in over a dozen plays. She fell in love with literature when she discovered Shakespeare and realized that reading could be a vital and exciting act of imagination. Juliana is passionate about instilling a love of reading and writing in her students through helping them meaningfully engage with texts and find and hone their own voice in response. 

Juliana, Tutor

Juliana recently graduated with honors from Harvard University with a degree in Comparative Literature and a minor in Theater, Dance, and Media. She grew up in Brooklyn and has spent time living in Mexico, Spain, and France. While at Harvard, she helped run the First-Year Arts Program and performed in over a dozen plays. She fell in love with literature when she discovered Shakespeare and realized that reading could be a vital and exciting act of imagination. Juliana is passionate about instilling a love of reading and writing in her students through helping them meaningfully engage with texts and find and hone their own voice in response. 

  Anne, Tutor   Anne graduated from Skidmore College with a Bachelor of Arts in Music (Voice Performance). Knowing she wanted to go into teaching, she applied to the New York City Teaching Fellows, through which she received a dual M.S.Ed in Early Childhood Education and Special Education from Pace University. She has been teaching in NYC public schools for the last 7 years, with experience working in grades 1-7, in both general and special education classrooms, and small group settings. She currently teaches 3rd grade ICT at an elementary charter school in Long Island City. Her favorite part of teaching 3rd grade is watching her students develop an understanding of sarcasm, which is both hilarious and adorable! In her free time, she loves cooking, singing, reading, and riding her bike.

Anne, Tutor

Anne graduated from Skidmore College with a Bachelor of Arts in Music (Voice Performance). Knowing she wanted to go into teaching, she applied to the New York City Teaching Fellows, through which she received a dual M.S.Ed in Early Childhood Education and Special Education from Pace University. She has been teaching in NYC public schools for the last 7 years, with experience working in grades 1-7, in both general and special education classrooms, and small group settings. She currently teaches 3rd grade ICT at an elementary charter school in Long Island City. Her favorite part of teaching 3rd grade is watching her students develop an understanding of sarcasm, which is both hilarious and adorable! In her free time, she loves cooking, singing, reading, and riding her bike.

 
  David K., Tutor   David graduated magna cum laude with Highest Honors in History & Literature from Harvard University. While there, he served as Music Editor of the Crimson and as the head tour guide of the Harvard Art Museums. His thesis, "Capture the Rapture: A Cultural History of Malt Liquor, 1950-1980," won a Hoopes Prize for Most Distinguished Undergraduate Work and the Edwin Chandler Cumming Award for Thesis of Highest Distinction in History & Literature. David loves bringing humor and theatricality to each learning adventure at Smarten Up. His specialties include teaching 20th-century American political and cultural history, reading comprehension, expository writing skills, organizational strategies, and time management. Outside of tutoring, David is expanding his thesis into a book and working on freelance creative non-fiction pieces about corporate yoga, 1980s New York real estate, and the speculative novels of author Walker Percy. 

David K., Tutor

David graduated magna cum laude with Highest Honors in History & Literature from Harvard University. While there, he served as Music Editor of the Crimson and as the head tour guide of the Harvard Art Museums. His thesis, "Capture the Rapture: A Cultural History of Malt Liquor, 1950-1980," won a Hoopes Prize for Most Distinguished Undergraduate Work and the Edwin Chandler Cumming Award for Thesis of Highest Distinction in History & Literature. David loves bringing humor and theatricality to each learning adventure at Smarten Up. His specialties include teaching 20th-century American political and cultural history, reading comprehension, expository writing skills, organizational strategies, and time management. Outside of tutoring, David is expanding his thesis into a book and working on freelance creative non-fiction pieces about corporate yoga, 1980s New York real estate, and the speculative novels of author Walker Percy. 

  Sam, Tutor   Sam graduated from Harvard University in 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in Dramatic Arts. After spending a few years working in professional theatre in Boston and NYC, he decided to transition into the world of education. Sam loves bringing a sense of fun and creativity to his work with students of all ages, and getting kids excited about learning. When he isn’t teaching, Sam spends his time checking out unusual shows, going on camping and hiking excursions, and exploring the city.

Sam, Tutor

Sam graduated from Harvard University in 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in Dramatic Arts. After spending a few years working in professional theatre in Boston and NYC, he decided to transition into the world of education. Sam loves bringing a sense of fun and creativity to his work with students of all ages, and getting kids excited about learning. When he isn’t teaching, Sam spends his time checking out unusual shows, going on camping and hiking excursions, and exploring the city.

  Jane, Tutor   Jane was born and raised on the Upper West Side of New York City. After attending Kenyon College, where she earned a degree in Film with an emphasis on creative writing, Jane returned to her hometown to complete a year of service with the Americorps program City Year, where she was a full-time student teacher/near-peer mentor in a fifth grade classroom. Jane is about to begin her time at Bank Street College of Education where she will be working towards receiving a Master’s in Childhood General Education. When she isn’t in the classroom, Jane loves to travel, sing, try new foods, and spend time outdoors.

Jane, Tutor

Jane was born and raised on the Upper West Side of New York City. After attending Kenyon College, where she earned a degree in Film with an emphasis on creative writing, Jane returned to her hometown to complete a year of service with the Americorps program City Year, where she was a full-time student teacher/near-peer mentor in a fifth grade classroom. Jane is about to begin her time at Bank Street College of Education where she will be working towards receiving a Master’s in Childhood General Education. When she isn’t in the classroom, Jane loves to travel, sing, try new foods, and spend time outdoors.

 
  Gadi, Tutor   Gadi graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a double major in Finance and Drama and a minor in Jazz performance. Growing up overseas in London, Jerusalem, and Mexico City, Gadi has gained a global and variegated perspective on teaching - which he applies to each of his students. Gadi’s passion is to prove to the world that everyone can do math. Yes, even his mother. When he isn't tutoring, Gadi works as an actor, producer, and freelance director in NYC. 

Gadi, Tutor

Gadi graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a double major in Finance and Drama and a minor in Jazz performance. Growing up overseas in London, Jerusalem, and Mexico City, Gadi has gained a global and variegated perspective on teaching - which he applies to each of his students. Gadi’s passion is to prove to the world that everyone can do math. Yes, even his mother. When he isn't tutoring, Gadi works as an actor, producer, and freelance director in NYC. 

  Margot, Tutor   Margot graduated with Honors from UNC Chapel Hill with a double major in Psychology and Spanish and earned a dual Masters degree in General and Special Education from Bank Street College. Margot taught with Teach For America (TFA) in NYC public schools for three years and has served as a TFA manager and coach for new teachers for four years. As a classroom teacher and tutor, Margot has taught subjects including reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies in both special and general education programs in elementary, middle, and high school. In addition to subject-based tutoring, she provides test-prep and high school admissions testing prep as well. She believes in customizing her approach to meet students’ specific needs, and views learning differences as assets rather than obstacles on the road to personal success. 

Margot, Tutor

Margot graduated with Honors from UNC Chapel Hill with a double major in Psychology and Spanish and earned a dual Masters degree in General and Special Education from Bank Street College. Margot taught with Teach For America (TFA) in NYC public schools for three years and has served as a TFA manager and coach for new teachers for four years. As a classroom teacher and tutor, Margot has taught subjects including reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies in both special and general education programs in elementary, middle, and high school. In addition to subject-based tutoring, she provides test-prep and high school admissions testing prep as well. She believes in customizing her approach to meet students’ specific needs, and views learning differences as assets rather than obstacles on the road to personal success. 

  Travis, Tutor   Travis is an educator, musician, and freelance web developer.  He graduated magna cum laude from Brown University with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Music.  He is a lifelong learner and loves sharing his passion for math and science with students of all ages and backgrounds.  Travis recently moved back to his native New York from Seattle, where he was working as a Software Engineer at Amazon.  In his free time Travis enjoys discovering new music, exploring cities, and working on creative projects!

Travis, Tutor

Travis is an educator, musician, and freelance web developer.  He graduated magna cum laude from Brown University with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Music.  He is a lifelong learner and loves sharing his passion for math and science with students of all ages and backgrounds.  Travis recently moved back to his native New York from Seattle, where he was working as a Software Engineer at Amazon.  In his free time Travis enjoys discovering new music, exploring cities, and working on creative projects!

 
  Elizabeth, Tutor   Elizabeth graduated from Loyola University Maryland with a major in Speech Pathology and a Minor in Classical Civilization.  A lifelong lover of literacy, Elizabeth’s undergraduate experience living in Rome and studying the works of Julius Caesar, Augustus, and Marcus Aurelius continues to inspire her teaching today. She is passionate about reading and is trained in programs such as Wilson, TC, Recipe for Reading, and Sounds in Motion. Elizabeth aims to instill her love of books in every student she meets. She currently teaches on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, but has other experiences teaching as locally as East Harlem and as far away as Cusco, Peru, and Cambridge, United Kingdom. She is currently working on her second Masters degree, this time in Education Administration and Leadership at CUNY Hunter College. 

Elizabeth, Tutor

Elizabeth graduated from Loyola University Maryland with a major in Speech Pathology and a Minor in Classical Civilization.  A lifelong lover of literacy, Elizabeth’s undergraduate experience living in Rome and studying the works of Julius Caesar, Augustus, and Marcus Aurelius continues to inspire her teaching today. She is passionate about reading and is trained in programs such as Wilson, TC, Recipe for Reading, and Sounds in Motion. Elizabeth aims to instill her love of books in every student she meets. She currently teaches on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, but has other experiences teaching as locally as East Harlem and as far away as Cusco, Peru, and Cambridge, United Kingdom. She is currently working on her second Masters degree, this time in Education Administration and Leadership at CUNY Hunter College. 

  David S., Tutor   David graduated from Harvard College magna cum laude with a degree in Human Evolutionary Biology and Theatre, Dance, and Media. David was a coordinator for the Mission Hill After School Program, did a dozen shows with the Harvard Radcliffe Dramatic Club and the Hasty Pudding Theatricals, and led orientation trips with Harvard's First Year Outdoor Program. His tutoring experience spans different subject matters and age groups, and he is a firm believer that one can love both the sciences and the humanities! When he's not teaching, you can find David memorizing lines in preparation for an audition somewhere or training for his next road race.

David S., Tutor

David graduated from Harvard College magna cum laude with a degree in Human Evolutionary Biology and Theatre, Dance, and Media. David was a coordinator for the Mission Hill After School Program, did a dozen shows with the Harvard Radcliffe Dramatic Club and the Hasty Pudding Theatricals, and led orientation trips with Harvard's First Year Outdoor Program. His tutoring experience spans different subject matters and age groups, and he is a firm believer that one can love both the sciences and the humanities! When he's not teaching, you can find David memorizing lines in preparation for an audition somewhere or training for his next road race.

  Claudia, Tutor   Claudia graduated cum laude from Syracuse University where she studied Elementary Childhood General and Special Education. After graduation, she retuned to her native New York City and began her teaching career in a small, progressive school in East Harlem. She has been working at this dream school ever since, and is in her eighth year teaching grades 3, 2, and finally landing in her most favorite place, Kindergarten. While teaching, Claudia attended Hunter College and obtained her Masters Degree in Early Childhood; a decision made with the belief that a solid early childhood education and foundational skills are key components to building a successful young person. Other than her passion for teaching, Claudia is an avid photographer, enjoys hiking around the North East as well as Cape Cod, and absolutely loves cats, especially her own, Quinn. 

Claudia, Tutor

Claudia graduated cum laude from Syracuse University where she studied Elementary Childhood General and Special Education. After graduation, she retuned to her native New York City and began her teaching career in a small, progressive school in East Harlem. She has been working at this dream school ever since, and is in her eighth year teaching grades 3, 2, and finally landing in her most favorite place, Kindergarten. While teaching, Claudia attended Hunter College and obtained her Masters Degree in Early Childhood; a decision made with the belief that a solid early childhood education and foundational skills are key components to building a successful young person. Other than her passion for teaching, Claudia is an avid photographer, enjoys hiking around the North East as well as Cape Cod, and absolutely loves cats, especially her own, Quinn. 

 
  Laura, Tutor   Laura graduated from the University of Michigan in 2011 with a concentration in Sociology and a minor in Spanish Literature. She enrolled in the Teaching Fellows program upon graduation, and received her Master’s Degree in Special Education from the City College of NY. She’s been a NYC Department of Education teacher ever since, and loving every minute spent with her hilarious students! Laura was named Outstanding Teacher of the Year by the Educational Alumni of CCNY last spring. She’s passionate about math, science, and robotics. In her free time, Laura enjoys attending concerts, going on camping trips, and exploring all the unique neighborhoods of NYC.

Laura, Tutor

Laura graduated from the University of Michigan in 2011 with a concentration in Sociology and a minor in Spanish Literature. She enrolled in the Teaching Fellows program upon graduation, and received her Master’s Degree in Special Education from the City College of NY. She’s been a NYC Department of Education teacher ever since, and loving every minute spent with her hilarious students! Laura was named Outstanding Teacher of the Year by the Educational Alumni of CCNY last spring. She’s passionate about math, science, and robotics. In her free time, Laura enjoys attending concerts, going on camping trips, and exploring all the unique neighborhoods of NYC.

  Angela, Tutor   Angela graduated from the University of Vermont with a Bachelors Degree in Anthropology, with minors in Community Development and French. She went on to earn a dual Master’s Degree in Elementary Education and Special Education from Teacher’s College at Columbia University. Angela has spent the past four years teaching in a dual language public school in Manhattan. Angela’s students have a range of needs and come from a variety of diverse backgrounds, so an important part of her teaching is creating an environment where all students can feel successful and make progress on their own terms. When she’s not teaching, Angela enjoys sewing projects and spending time with her friends, family, and her cat, Talita.

Angela, Tutor

Angela graduated from the University of Vermont with a Bachelors Degree in Anthropology, with minors in Community Development and French. She went on to earn a dual Master’s Degree in Elementary Education and Special Education from Teacher’s College at Columbia University. Angela has spent the past four years teaching in a dual language public school in Manhattan. Angela’s students have a range of needs and come from a variety of diverse backgrounds, so an important part of her teaching is creating an environment where all students can feel successful and make progress on their own terms. When she’s not teaching, Angela enjoys sewing projects and spending time with her friends, family, and her cat, Talita.

  Serena, Tutor   Serena graduated with a degree in journalism from Emerson College in 2010. She then joined Teach For America, where she taught high-needs elementary students in New Orleans for three years. She moved from there to Monterrey, Mexico, where she taught in a private American school, working extensively with English language learners. After spending two years in Mexico, Serena returned home to New York to work at a school in West Harlem. She has spent years training in Readers and Writers Workshop and has cultivated her skills in early literacy instruction, including instruction in phonics, phonemic awareness, comprehension and fluency for young readers. Currently, she is pursuing a Master’s Degree in the Sociology of Education at New York University. In her free time, Serena enjoys cooking and riding her bicycle.

Serena, Tutor

Serena graduated with a degree in journalism from Emerson College in 2010. She then joined Teach For America, where she taught high-needs elementary students in New Orleans for three years. She moved from there to Monterrey, Mexico, where she taught in a private American school, working extensively with English language learners. After spending two years in Mexico, Serena returned home to New York to work at a school in West Harlem. She has spent years training in Readers and Writers Workshop and has cultivated her skills in early literacy instruction, including instruction in phonics, phonemic awareness, comprehension and fluency for young readers. Currently, she is pursuing a Master’s Degree in the Sociology of Education at New York University. In her free time, Serena enjoys cooking and riding her bicycle.

 
  Mark, Tutor   Mark graduated magna cum laude from Harvard, having designed his own concentration in Theater Arts & Performance, and then lived in Berlin, Germany to continue his study of contemporary performance. When he's not tutoring, he works as an actor and artist, performing in and creating theater and music experiences. The son of a lifelong elementary school teacher and an experienced educator of all ages, Mark is passionate about helping his students to grow confident and excited about their academic work by creating plans and strategies that fit each person's unique goals, skills, and passions. Mark also listens to a lot of Fleetwood Mac.

Mark, Tutor

Mark graduated magna cum laude from Harvard, having designed his own concentration in Theater Arts & Performance, and then lived in Berlin, Germany to continue his study of contemporary performance. When he's not tutoring, he works as an actor and artist, performing in and creating theater and music experiences. The son of a lifelong elementary school teacher and an experienced educator of all ages, Mark is passionate about helping his students to grow confident and excited about their academic work by creating plans and strategies that fit each person's unique goals, skills, and passions. Mark also listens to a lot of Fleetwood Mac.

  Meg, Tutor   Megan Ryan graduated from the University at Albany with a Bachelors Degree in English and Education. After that, she went on to earn her Master’s Degree from Hunter College in Early Childhood Special Education. She is in her third year teaching Kindergarten in an Integrated Co-Teaching classroom. Meg has worked with students of all ages over the past ten years. She loves working with students on developing a strong foundation for learning and helping them learn the strategies and techniques needed to do so. For Meg, there is no greater feeling than watching her students develop confidence and pride in their achievements. In her spare time, you can find Meg reading, shopping, or spending time with family!

Meg, Tutor

Megan Ryan graduated from the University at Albany with a Bachelors Degree in English and Education. After that, she went on to earn her Master’s Degree from Hunter College in Early Childhood Special Education. She is in her third year teaching Kindergarten in an Integrated Co-Teaching classroom. Meg has worked with students of all ages over the past ten years. She loves working with students on developing a strong foundation for learning and helping them learn the strategies and techniques needed to do so. For Meg, there is no greater feeling than watching her students develop confidence and pride in their achievements. In her spare time, you can find Meg reading, shopping, or spending time with family!

  Dayna, Tutor   Dayna grew up on Long Island, New York, where she attended St. Joseph's College, receiving her Bachelor's Degree in Childhood Education, Speech Communication and Special Education.  Immediately after her undergraduate program, she attended Long Island University to receive her Masters Degree in Literacy.  Dayna has been working as a teacher in NYC ever since, and has taught English, science, social studies, and coaches her school’s debate team. When she isn’t teaching, Dayna enjoys reading, trying out new recipes, and taking advantage of all that the city has to offer.

Dayna, Tutor

Dayna grew up on Long Island, New York, where she attended St. Joseph's College, receiving her Bachelor's Degree in Childhood Education, Speech Communication and Special Education.  Immediately after her undergraduate program, she attended Long Island University to receive her Masters Degree in Literacy.  Dayna has been working as a teacher in NYC ever since, and has taught English, science, social studies, and coaches her school’s debate team. When she isn’t teaching, Dayna enjoys reading, trying out new recipes, and taking advantage of all that the city has to offer.

 
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