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1139 Prospect Avenue, Brooklyn

4.9 56 reviews

  • Avatar Emily Matles ★★★★★ a week ago
    We would highly recommend Ally! Our son always asks about her, so very thankful to Brooklyn Letters for introducing us.
    ~ Emily, mom of Brooklyn 2 year old
  • Avatar Natalie Levon ★★★★★ 4 months ago
    Nicole has been an amazing therapist!! She played a tremendous role in our daughter’s speech progress and overall development. She has come such a long way and we are so happy with the therapy she received!
  • Avatar T Ainsley ★★★★★ 5 months ago
    I cannot express how grateful and rewarding my experience with Brooklyn Letters has been. Her tutor Ms. Daria is so knowledgeable, amazing, kind and awesome. My daughter has made so much progress in Literacy and Math and it's all … More thanks to Ms. Daria. I know my daughter is sad that she can no longer work with Ms. Daria, as she looked forward to their sessions every week. Thank you again!
  • Avatar Jackie Vasquez ★★★★★ 5 months ago
    Excellent services, caring therapists.
  • Avatar Lil Amatore ★★★★★ 8 months ago
    Christina was absolutely wonderful. She went out of her way to win my son over and it worked. He looked forward to her visits and his speech improved so much under her care. She was super flexible and it’s clear she truly cares. We adore … More Christina and we’re going to miss her. Almost sad he improved so much! She’s simply amazing and we can’t say enough how great she is. I would recommend her services to anyone and everyone, without hesitation. Thank you so much for connecting us with her!
  • Avatar Colin Peters ★★★★★ 6 months ago
    We could not be happier with the services Valerie provided! She is very thoughtful and knowledgeable and provided significant guidance to support our daughter's speech development outside of our scheduled sessions. She established … More a great working relationship with her, and she will definitely be missed! Your business model is amazing and it was an absolute pleasure working with Valerie. I've referred your organization and Valerie to the Executive Director of our daughter's school and friends/colleagues who are in need of speech therapy services.
  • Avatar Heather Liljengren ★★★★★ a year ago
    We cannot say enough good things about Effie, the ASL teacher, who was so engaged and effective with our 2 year old daughter from the very first session! Effie gladly included our whole family in the sessions! Her expertise and fantastic … More personality gave our daughter a way to communicate that she was so desperately seeking. The coordinators at Brooklyn Letters were so helpful and communicative…I would highly recommend their services!
  • Avatar Chris duke Fields ★★★★★ a month ago
    The company is great with outstanding customer service. They keep my horses protected. I have recommended them to other horses trainers as well that are going to get service early next year. Very professional an honest too. Respectfully … More submitted Christopher
  • Avatar Nikhil Jaisinghani ★★★★★ 5 months ago
    Ron and Ken did a fantastic job with our security system today. Installed everything very quick. Both of them were very polite and asked us throughout if the installation met our needs. Simply fantastic!
  • Avatar Linda Parsley ★★★★★ 6 months ago
    I called Cornerstone Protection to get a Security system at a relatives out of state property, within a week it was installed! The installers worked with the client to help understand her new system and she was happy! Our relative said … More they were courteous, professional and patient! I highly recommend Cornerstone Protection for all of your security needs!
  • Avatar Amanda Clay Mackin ★★★★★ 5 months ago
    Had blink cameras; Car was broken into multiple times so I called CornerStone & they were able to install multiple cameras very quickly & for a reasonable price. I am so happy with the app & getting alerts that are not superfluous, … More like they were with Blink. Highly recommend CornerStone & the tech Ronnie.
  • Avatar Pete Peters ★★★★★ 4 months ago
    Ron and Ken are great guys to work with.
    Both were very knowledgeable and got our system back up and running.
    Thanks to both for a job well done...
  • Avatar Brigid Bower ★★★★★ 11 months ago
    Samantha Dalmas was fantastic! We saw her for a feeding therapy evaluation and while she doesn’t think my daughter needs more feeding therapy sessions at this time, but she gave me lots of tips to try. If my daughter's doctors want … More to see more progress at her next appointment, I wouldn’t hesitate to reach out to Samantha again.
  • Avatar Larry Barton ★★★★★ a year ago
    Amazing assistance provided by Shannon today on my security system. I’m so grateful for your prompt, efficient, professional, and courteous service. Put me down as a customer for life!
  • Avatar Megan Haller ★★★★★ 2 years ago
    One of the most painless experiences I've had. They came on time and was over the moon professional with still keeping a level of personability to it. The gentleman also went out of his way to say that my husband and Mines business … More was appreciated. Which is actually rare to be appreciated by such a great company. So thank you and we look forward to continuing services with this company.
  • Avatar Megan Magsam ★★★★★ 2 years ago
    I am so happy we decided to go with cornerstone. They were quick and efficient. Shannon and the installer we very friendly. We got a lot of equipment and it was still within our budget. 10/10 would definitely recommend! Thank you
  • Avatar Collins Youngblood ★★★★★ a year ago
    Love the customer service and Shanon and his team go above and beyond for my restaurant. Couldn't of asked for a better security system and level of service that his team provides.
  • Avatar kanu patel ★★★★★ 2 years ago
    I have been using Cornerstone Protection service for over 5 years and I'm really happy with the service and state-of-the-art equipments and it's futures are so much in advance and friendly, I highly recommend Cornerstone Protection … More Service any and all business that need a security protection days and nights specially after business hours(Cornerstone Protection is perfect solution for your business). Owner of Cornerstone Protection is proactive with their customers and their equipments. Good experienced with Cornerstone Protection!!!
    Kanu Patel
  • Avatar Liz Jones ★★★★ 2 years ago
    We had a very positive experience with Alissa as a tutor for our pod of 5th grade boys from January - June 2020. She cared a lot about the boys and worked hard to create meaningful activities for them. The pod experience was invaluable … More for all of our families during a difficult year and we were so grateful to have found this partnership! We also want to appreciate Craig for helping to match us with a tutor on very short notice after we had cycled through a few folks who were not able to see the commitment through. Thanks for sticking with us!
  • Avatar S CL ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    Dusty was the exact person we needed to help our child finish out the school year. So grateful to him for the way he steadily encouraged her and helped her stay on track and organized. He is flexible, responsive to our needs/schedule as … More a family, and a delight to be with. We are also thankful that Craig at Themba Tutors really "gets it" and partnered us with such a wonderful tutor who was a great fit for our girl.
  • Avatar Nicole May ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    My child worked with Gillian D virtually for math enrichment. She is an excellent teacher. She took time to understand my child's specific learning style and provided tools that would be engaging. She was kind and empathetic- really … More made it her goal to connect with my child and build trust and rapport. My child started the school year with confidence and without the typically "brain-drain" that occurs over the summer, thanks to Gillian.
  • Avatar Gillian Davidoff ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    I am going into my second year as a Themba tutor. I have met so many great individuals while working for this company. Craig and the rest of the Themba team do such an excellent job picking and choosing Themba tutors that suit each client's … More individual needs! I look forward to meeting new tutors and clients in the 2021-2022 school year!
  • Avatar carolina luttmann ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    Our son started in a new high school, 100% remote, and was really struggling with Latin and Physics. I found Themba Tudors online and had an initial call with Craig, who was very knowledgeable, responsive, and found 2 amazing tutors for … More us. Both the Latin and the physics tutors were fantastic, connected with my son really well and helped him go from 'failing' grade to 'honors'! I will for sure continue using (and recommending!) Themba Tutors. Thank you, C, K, and W!
  • Avatar Eric Fingerman ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    Brian is a fantastic executive functioning coach. Super helpful, flexible with hours, and tailored the experience to our needs.
  • Avatar Susan Wong ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    Giulia Mercuri is a great Italian tutor! She was very responsive and accessible. Giulia put a ton of effort into preparing for each session and really helped our son with test preparation and projects. We are grateful that she was able … More to help, especially since our son did not receive any live teaching during COVID. We are happy that she was referred to us!
  • Avatar Christine Gennetti ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    As an adult student diagnosed with a learning disability during grad school, I knew I needed help dealing with my Master's program's demanding workload. I was seriously considering dropping out when I was referred to Themba Tutors. … More I was paired up with a wonderful tutor, Julie, who was a total lifesaver. I learned many techniques that I can utilize in the future as I embark on the next phase of my career.
    I can wholeheartedly say after working with Themba for two years that I would not have finished my program without this organization. And I am so thankful I selected them.
  • Avatar Fabiola FITZPATRICK ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    We were introduced to a wonderful tutor: Mcedwyn. He and our son, a freshman in college, worked well together. As a result, our son’s grades significantly improved. The tutor taught our son subject content and various methods to effectively … More study for quizzes and exams. Our son was also taught time management and organization. My son’s experience with the tutor made the first year of college a less intimidating experience.
  • Avatar Jude Eugene ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    We have been with our tutor, Cailin Schiller, for two years, from 5th - 7th grade. She started as an executive functioning tutor with my daughter. From the start, she demonstrated a depth of expertise and a selective use of techniques skillfully … More adapted to my daughter’s ADHD and Math disability. Cailin made Math accessible and understandable to her in a way that even her teachers had not been able to do. She differentiated reading, writing and math tasks and assignments to tailor them to my daughter’s unique learning differences. Not only did it have an effect on her grades and her work efficiency, but she finally could do her work with less anxiety. Even my daughter’s teachers used Cailin’s guidance to modify their work with her. But most importantly, she became my daughter’s favorite resource. I can’t say how invaluable Cailin has been to my daughter’s progress and well-being. I’d recommend her a million times over. She is a gem.
  • Avatar Janice Eidus ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    Victoria is a superb tutor. She helped my high school age daughter with her writing. Victoria's skills as a tutor, as well as her sense of humor and her engaging personality went a long way with my daughter.
  • A Google User ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    I'm so glad we were referred to Themba Tutors. After a great initial conversation to learn our needs, we were connected with an excellent tutor, Felicia, who is helping our high school daughter learn better organizational and executive … More skills. Highly recommended.
  • Avatar Fara Jones ★★★★★ 5 years ago
    Themba Tutors provided a leaning specialist that was a perfect fit for my daughter. I told them what we were looking for and they delivered. Our tutor is responsive and flexible and makes it easy for my daughter to reach out to her own … More her own, which gives her an added sense of responsibility over her learning. As a therapist myself, I now regularly recommend Themba to my patients. A much needed and well provided service to the community!!
  • Avatar Frances Simpson ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    The tutors at Themba are fantastic! Caitlyn McNeill helped our son academically, but also with getting organized in every subject, which he so desperately needed. She offered great advice and useful strategies that helped our son become … More a more successful student. We are using Themba tutors again this year for our daughter. We're so happy to have been referred to them!
  • Avatar Mary Jean Babic ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    I'm so glad we were referred to Themba Tutors. After a great initial conversation to learn our needs, we were connected with an excellent tutor, Felicia, who is helping our high school daughter learn better organizational and executive … More skills. Highly recommended.
  • Avatar Nina Herman ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    We had a wonderful experience with our tutor Micaela. She helped our son not only academically but at every level. We will be forever grateful to have her in our lives.
  • Avatar Frances ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    The tutors at Themba are fantastic! Caitlyn McNeill helped our son academically, but also with getting organized in every subject, which he so desperately needed. She offered great advice and useful strategies that helped our son become … More a more successful student. We are using Themba tutors again this year for our daughter. We're so happy to have been referred to them!
  • Avatar Michael Birnbaum ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    Paul Smith at Themba has been an exceptional tutor for my son, both in terms of teaching the subject matter and teaching how best to approach the process of learning math and executing assignments. We feel very fortunate to be working with … More Paul.
  • Avatar Monica Alzate ★★★★★ 5 years ago
    We were very lucky to have found Edwouine Swift, my son's therapist through Themba Tutors. Thomas is 12 years old, and it is extremely difficult to get him to write. Edwouine just works her magic with him, he adores her and is so … More eager to follow her guidance. I have no doubt she will be a positive driving force in his academic future.


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Navigating reading challenges can overwhelm students, leading to stress as they encounter new concepts like phonemic awareness and decoding. This can result in lower grades and diminished confidence. Additionally, distractions like excessive screen time, socio-economic disparities, and language barriers can hinder families from providing necessary support at home.

Themba Tutors focuses on high-impact tutoring for all learners, including specializing in tutoring neurodiverse learners. It is personalized, evidence-based instruction delivered by skilled educators to accelerate the academic progress of struggling students through close monitoring and collaboration with schools.

At Themba Tutors, our experienced reading tutors comprehensively cover essential reading skills, such as vocabulary development, phonics, and reading fluency. Our literacy specialists focus on building a strong foundation in phonics and vocabulary for elementary school students, addressing remedial areas to ensure young learners grasp the basics and develop a love for reading. For middle and high school students, we emphasize advanced reading strategies, critical thinking, and comprehension skills to handle more complex texts and assignments, focusing on homework support.

We provide regular feedback to students and parents, enhancing communication and ensuring families actively participate in their child’s progress. This supportive environment allows your child to move from struggling with reading to achieving improved grades and newfound confidence in tackling reading assignments, empowering them for success in reading and beyond.

Our online kindergarten through 12th-grade literacy assessments evaluate phonological awareness, foundational literacy skills, and writing. It takes about 1 to 2 hours to administer and provide detailed insights into your child’s literacy needs. Please note that this assessment is optional.


I cannot say enough wonderful things about working with Jake. One aspect that stood out to me was that he took the time to understand my learning style and catered our sessions towards ways that would work best for me, which I very much appreciated! Jake was so fantastic and always had a positive attitude. He helped me work on my time management skills, reading skills, and organizational skills. I valued how much he celebrated my good grades and all the little wins along the way! Jake was very flexible in terms of scheduling, which I appreciated during my hectic college life. I am so thankful I had the opportunity to work with him!!


-Renata P.    

We’ve been so happy to have Themba’s wonderful tutor, Jill, working with our daughter on her reading and spelling, helping her become more efficient and recognize and remember spelling rules. Jill’s warmth and attentiveness have made it possible for my daughter to connect with her despite the fact that these sessions have been entirely virtual. I get copies of the spelling rules so I can reinforce them at home, as well as some interactive tools to help my daughter build on what she’s been learning. Themba has helped us a ton!



We were happy with Michelle’s services and Alara had a good year overall – her organizational skills improved and she showed nice progress in reading and writing. Michelle and her teachers were a key part in helping to make this happen, so much appreciated. Michelle worked very well with Alara and we appreciate it!

Mark Salierno

Jacob was an incredible help to our son when he tutored him in writing and reading comprehension in elementary and middle school. Jacob was patient and came up with creative, well-informed approaches. Our son connected with Jacob and benefited greatly from their sessions. Jacob also collaborated with our son’s school and often shared updates and insights with us. We are very grateful for all of Jacob’s support!


-J & C       

At Themba Tutors, we take the time to help students/clients understand their strengths and progress in areas where they need to improve. We offer personalized tools for each of our clients to help them become more aware of their individual needs as they work towards short-term goals. Improving these skills will benefit our students’/clients’ long-term plans.


MS in English Education, and a 6th-year Professional Diploma in Reading Consultancy and Educational Leadership


Master’s in Social Work, Bachelor’s in Psychology


M.S. in Adolescent Special Education


Master’s in Special Education


Masters in Special Education and Trained in Orton-Gillingham


Bachelor’s in History, Spanish Tutor


Master’s in Childhood Education and Special Education


Master’s in Special Education

Why Choose Themba Tutors?

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Integrated Tutoring and EF Coaching

Our tutoring and executive function (EF) coaching programs are tailored to the specific needs of elementary, middle, and high school students. We focus on remedial support for elementary students, helping them build foundational reading skills and overcome academic challenges. For middle and high school students, our programs emphasize homework assistance, time management, and organizational skills to help them excel in their studies.

Comprehensive Reading Tutoring for K-12 Students

Our reading tutors address various challenges, including phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary development, reading comprehension, fluency, writing skills, critical thinking, analysis, and test preparation. By covering these areas, we ensure students develop a strong foundation in reading, which is essential for academic success and overall growth. This study examines middle school teachers’ responses and practices during the rapid transition to remote teaching due to COVID-19 in New York City. It highlights their mixed outcomes and challenges in engagement, participation, and meeting students’ social and emotional needs.

Experienced Reading Tutors

Our team of reading tutors is highly qualified, experienced, and passionate about helping students succeed. They employ the latest educational techniques and tools to provide effective and engaging instruction tailored to each student’s needs.

Addressing Procrastination and Excessive Screen Time

We tackle common challenges such as procrastination and excessive screen time by teaching students effective time management strategies and helping them create structured study schedules. This balance between study and leisure is crucial for maintaining focus and productivity. According to NHI, increased screen time use was associated with a greater incidence of internalizing behaviors in children.

Comprehensive Reading Skill Development

Our reading tutors specialize in expanding students’ vocabulary and phonological awareness, essential components of reading proficiency. We also provide targeted decoding and reading fluency practice, enabling students to read more accurately and fluently.

Customized Learning Plans

Each student receives a customized learning plan tailored to their needs and goals. Our reading tutors assess students’ reading levels and create a plan that targets their unique challenges, ensuring steady progress and improved performance.

Supportive and Encouraging Environment

We believe that a positive learning environment is crucial for student success. Our reading tutors create a supportive and encouraging atmosphere where students feel comfortable taking risks and making mistakes as they learn and grow.

Choosing Themba Tutors means providing your child with the tools and support they need to become confident, skilled readers. Our comprehensive approach ensures that students improve their reading skills and develop the executive function abilities essential for academic and lifelong success.

Themba Tutors Strategic Approach to Literacy Learning

Themba Tutors employ literacy reading strategies to help students build robust foundational reading skills. By implementing structured literacy techniques, they deliver systematic instruction personalized to individual student requirements, fostering thorough comprehension and application of essential reading principles.

Furthermore, we integrate the 12 must-try literacy apps of 2023, enhancing student engagement and reinforcing learning beyond conventional tutoring sessions, enabling students to master foundational reading skills more efficiently.

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Who We Are?

Founded in 2012 by CEO Craig Selinger, an educational specialist and executive function coach, Themba Tutors provides customized reading tutoring services for K-12, and college students.

  • Services Offered:
    • Comprehensive and individualized in-person and online tutoring and coaching.
    • Service areas: NYC Metro (all boroughs), Long Island, Boston, Westchester, New Jersey, and Connecticut.
  • Professional Team:
    • Highly skilled, expertly trained, and friendly professionals.
    • Our tiered educational team consists of academic tutors, certified subject specialists, advanced learning specialists/coaches, doctoral-level specialists/coaches for all ages and learners, including neurodiverse learners.
    • More than 90% of our professionals hold advanced degrees in education and psychology.
    • Focus on building relationships and delivering comprehensive support services.
  • Unique Approach:
    • Personalized and student-centered tutoring plans.
    • Tutors match students based on individual needs and learning styles.
    • Experts in both regular education and learning differences.
  • Advantages Over Competition:
    • Homegrown, flexible, and highly individualized services.
    • Convenience of tutors traveling to desired locations or providing online sessions.
  • Mission:
    • To make a lasting difference in every student’s learning journey.
    • Guiding students toward academic success through personalized tutoring plans.
    • Fostering positive study habits and developing core skills.

Free Consultations and Remote Meet & Greets

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Discover our reading tutoring services’ convenience and personalized support with free consultations and remote meet & greets. Our experienced tutors can discuss your child’s specific needs and learning goals, ensuring a tailored approach to their reading development. With the flexibility of remote sessions, you can easily connect from the comfort of your home, making it easier to start your child on the path to reading success. Take the first step today and see how our dedicated tutors can make a difference.

Themba Tutors’ Process and Approach

Themba Tutors offers specialized support for K-12 students dealing with challenges such as ADHD, executive function difficulties, and various learning disabilities, including dyscalculia, dyslexia, dysgraphia, twice-exceptional (2e), and more. Our services address the unique academic and professional challenges these students face.

We provide flexible and convenient services on a pay-as-you-go basis, eliminating the need for upfront fees or long-term commitments. This pay-per-session model allows you to effectively manage both your budget and your child’s educational needs.

Our intake process includes the following steps:

  1. Initial Contact and Consultation: Contact us via email, text, or phone. Our intake coordinator, Jerry, and CEO Craig Selinger will arrange a phone consultation within 24 hours to begin the process.
  2. Review of Academic Background: We review the student’s academic records, such as report cards, to identify their strengths and areas needing improvement.
  3. Comprehensive Educational Assessment: We offer an optional, detailed online literacy assessment to identify your child’s strengths and areas for growth accurately. This helps us tailor our tutoring sessions to your child’s specific needs.
  4. Tutor Selection: We provide detailed profiles of our tutors to help you make an informed decision. During our free intake session, we discuss the best AP reading tutor options for your child.
  5. Free Remote Meet-and-Greets: Engage with potential reading tutors through free remote meet-and-greets before committing to any service.
  6. Assessment Session Commencement: The process begins with a free exploratory session, where the selected reading tutor evaluates the student’s academic standing and goals, laying the groundwork for a customized learning plan aimed at significant improvement.

Our methodology includes weekly personalized sessions and continuous motivation through preferred communication channels. We focus on helping students achieve their goals by fostering personal responsibility and utilizing adaptable reading tutoring methods.

For a customized educational experience and personal growth, contact Themba Tutors today to schedule your free consultation and remote meet-and-greets with our top reading tutors for elementary, middle, high school students.