Alan holds an M.B.A. from Stanford University and a B.A. from Wesleyan University, where he majored in English. After a six-year career as a reporter and foreign correspondent, Alan has spent two decades writing and directing feature films starring Danny Glover, Timothy Hutton, James Coburn, Virginia Madsen, Snoop Dogg, and others — while raising four college-bound children (Brandeis, Wesleyan, Mt. Holyoke and the University of Oregon). Though still an active filmmaker, Alan copes with empty-nest syndrome by coaching application essay writing. In the past three years, Alan’s students have been accepted to over 100 top colleges, medical schools, nursing programs, and business schools. Alan also coaches public speaking, which he finds remarkably similar to filmmaking. The common thread through all of Alan’s work is storytelling. He empowers his students to share their stories in their own unique voices. His coaching specialties are:
•Application Essays for College and Graduate Schools
•Public Speaking and Presentations
•High School and College Term Papers
Krystan is a licensed Special Education teacher for Grades 7-12. She has over five years’ experience in a middle school classroom as well as in an elementary school. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at Brooklyn College, as well as a Master’s Degree in Special Education. Krystan also holds certification in Science. She is currently enrolled in a School Building & District Leadership Program at Touro College. Krystan is the lead Special Education teacher in her building and has worked diligently to develop a curriculum tailored to meet her students’ needs. She is familiar with IEP’s and how to develop strategies and implement modifications and accommodations to help students reach their academic goals. Krystan has experience teaching English Language Arts, Social Studies and Biology to all middle school grades, as well as a Writing Workshop elective. Krystan has helped students in small group settings by giving students individualized attention to enhance their reading and writing skills. Krystan currently works in an Inclusive setting as well as a Self -Contained classroom. She has taught students with various Learning Disabilities, Speech/Language Impairments, ASD as well as ADD/ADHD. She has also worked with students diagnosed with various psychological disorders, executive function disorders as well as behavioral concerns. Throughout her teaching, she has learned to engage students through a multisensory approach to learning. She has had students with varied reading comprehension levels and has used techniques to help them become more fluent readers. She often uses formative and summative assessments in the classroom to monitor student progress. She has tutored students in preparation for the New York State English Language Arts Exam (grades 4-8) in a large group setting as well as one on one. Working in her schools after school program has given her the experience of assisting students increase vocabulary, develop reading fluency and comprehension skills as well as utilize writing techniques to write at a grade appropriate level. She utilizes techniques such as note taking, highlighting, graphic organizers to develop writing and read for meaning. In preparation for state exams she uses techniques such as process of elimination, chunking the text, repetition of directions and translating and breaking down common question types with students. She has graded the English Language Arts State Exam for the past three years for grades 6-8. She is well versed in the state rubrics and requirements for the test. Krystan often motivates students and praises them for achievements no matter how big or small. It is important to her to build students confidence levels and motivate them to succeed. She wants to help children feel safe and secure and create a welcoming environment where kids are more likely to take educational risks towards achieving their goals. She also wants to help students transition to work independently and advocate for themselves. She will work endlessly to ensure that her kids reach their goals and creates an open line of communication with parents.
Miles graduated cum laude from Harvard College with a degree in English. His poetry thesis, “The Candle is Forever Learning to Sing,” won several awards, including the David McCord Prize for unusual creative talent at Harvard College and the Lloyd McKim Garrison Prize for best poem by a Harvard undergraduate. As a senior in high school, Miles was chosen as one of five National Student Poets by the Library of Congress and traveled around the country advocating for creative writing and teaching workshops (and got to meet President Obama!).
In the course of writing everything from travel guidebooks to poetry to political campaign statements to PR copy, Miles has come to understand the drafting and editing process intimately. He was a guest instructor at the University of Iowa’s Between the Lines summer program for high school writers and has taught privately for more than two years.
As a tutor, Miles works with students grade 6 to adult and specializes in the following subjects: all genres and forms of writing, the college application process, humanities subjects (including AP tests), SAT/ACT, SSAT/ISEE/SHSAT, other standardized tests, English literature/language, study skills, and music. His application mentees have been accepted at Stanford, MIT-Sloan, University of Pittsburgh’s 8-year medical program, the London School of Economics, NYU, and the University of California Berkeley.
Masters in School Counseling
Laurie has a B.A. in Communications from SUNY New Paltz and an M.S. in School Counseling for grades K-12 from New York Institute of Technology. She specialized in using cognitive behavioral approaches to help students in grades 6-12, as well as college students, with executive functioning, time management, study skills, and social-emotional concerns that interfere with academics. Laurie has been a school counselor and intern at Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan, and New Heights Middle School in Brooklyn, as well as a volunteer tutor and college prep coach at several high schools across Brooklyn and Manhattan. She has helped students to develop strategies for managing ADHD, anxiety, or depression, and has supported students struggling with school refusal, and academic motivation. Her approach also encourages goal-setting and relationship building for the development of self-advocacy skills, which also boosts students confidence in their ability to succeed. Laurie tutors students in grades 6-8 in ELA, writing, and math, and assists high school students with writing, algebra, and geometry to prepare for unit tests and NY State Regents Exams. She is experienced with SAT test-taking strategies, and preparing students for the math, reading, and writing sections through a combination of skill and confidence building.
Masters in English Language Arts
Victoria is a New York City public school teacher with eight years of classroom experience teaching middle and high school English Language Arts (ELA). She received her BFA in Film, Television, and Radio Production from New York Institute of Technology, and her Master’s degree in Adolescent Education in English Language Arts from St. John's University. Victoria is a Peer Collaborative Teacher leader, and the head of the eighth grade ELA department at her school. She has experience working with special education students in an inclusion setting, as well as general education and advanced placement students. She has both classroom and tutoring experience with students with autism, ADHD, dyslexia, emotional disturbance, and speech disorders. She has experience teaching reading from K-8, and uses the FUNdations program to develop phonics and sight words in early readers. Victoria is an expert in New York State Common Core learning standards and is experienced in teaching reading comprehension, writing skills, and test-taking strategies. She also teaches study skills and can provide homework help in English Language Arts, social studies, science, and elementary math. She has provided very successful test prep for the NYS English Language Arts test (all grades), the English Regents, AP English exams, social studies, and science Regents, the Specialized High School Test (SHSAT), the ACT, and the SAT. Victoria has a creative background that allows her to bring a unique eye to all academic endeavors and struggles her students may face
Masters in Literacy
Emily graduated with a Bachelor's in English from Brandeis University and has a Master's in Literacy Development and Instruction from Cleveland State University. She began her teaching career in public school teaching middle school humanities. In this role, she prepared students for the state benchmark exams at Success Academy with most of her students receiving distinguished status. At Success Academy, Emily mentored other teachers and provided Fountas and Pinnell leveled literacy exams for students regularly. She was also trained in providing excellent literacy instruction with a particular focus on shared texts, fluency, writing clearly and creatively, decoding, and academic essay organization. Emily worked closely with the math and science teachers to implement a school-wide approach to literacy, where students used the skills they learned in English in all of their classes for skills such as question interpretation, decoding challenging articles, short responses, persuasion, and clarity. Emily saw firsthand the growth that came from a strong emphasis on literacy and believes high-quality literacy instruction is vital for success in school.
Emily is now teaching at the independent school on the Upper East Side, where she is responsible for managing her own curriculum for math, reading, social studies. In this role, she works closely with the school’s learning specialist to create modifications when necessary and provide tailored instruction to meet the needs of students diagnosed with reading disorders, ADHD, dyslexia, and other behavioral issues. In her current job and tutoring experience, Emily regularly provides executive functioning coaching and is able to provide students with the skills they need to better organize their work and build study skills to benefit them for the rest of their academic career.
Emily has formal training in Fountas and Pinnell Leveled Literacy, Teacher's College Reading and Writing Program, Math in Focus, and Orton Gillingham. Emily regularly speaks to the parents and teachers of those she is tutoring and believes it takes a team and frequent communication to best help each child. Emily is passionate about teaching and takes particular pride in working with students, grades k to 8, that are struggling and helping them to discover their capacity for success. In her free time, Emily runs marathons and coaches Girls on the Run- an organization that aims to build the confidence and character of girls through running based activities.
Licensed Special Educator
Caitlyn has been a special education teacher in a NYC public high school for 6 years. She now supports students from the 2nd to 12th grade as a learning specialist and executive function coach. Caitlyn has worked in both an inclusive setting and one on one with students with learning disabilities, ADHD, OCD, speech and language impairments, emotional disturbances and ASD. Caitlyn has taught reading, writing, algebra, geometry and living environment. She has also taught a writing workshop for three years focusing on genre practice and the writing process. Throughout her time as an educator she has learned best practices for teaching self-regulation, reading comprehension strategies, executive functioning skills and writing through genre practice. She has taught Common Core Algebra Regents prep for 4 consecutive summers and raised students exam scores by an average of 10 points. She has served as assessment lead and special education lead at her school and utilizes this expertise as a learning specialist. She infuses formative and summative assessments into her instruction in order to empower students to analyze their progress and evaluate their strategy use. She also utilizes manipulatives, graphic organizers, repetition, and visual, auditory and kinesthetic learning opportunities when applicable. Caitlyn holds a Bachelor's degree in English and Secondary Education from The College of New Jersey and a Masters in Students with Disabilities from Touro College. As a learning specialist, Caitlyn helps students to be purposeful in their learning, to understand other perspectives, and to approach challenges with confidence and a growth mindset.
Master's in Special Education
Anthony is an educator, writer, and artist. He holds a BA in International Studies and Journalism and a MSEd in Teaching Children with Special Needs. He has taught Pre-K up to 3rd grade in Integrated Co-Teaching (ICT) and Self Contained Special Education classrooms in the NYC public schools and also was a founding teacher at a private school in Park Slope. Anthony's approach to teaching is simple, yet complex, prioritizing strategies that build skills while activating curiosity and intrinsic motivation to learn. His knowledge and experience is a unique blend of traditional literacy and math methodologies, such as Wilson (including FUNdations), Orton Gillingham, Lucy Calkins Reading and Writing Workshop, TERC Math, Everyday Mathematics, and Mathematics in the City, and others with a whole brain and body approach. Anthony's approach to both literacy and math is geared specifically to the needs of the student and is based on careful assessment. For older elementary and middle school students, assessing the student is of the greatest important because the breakdown in understanding could have happened earlier in the student's schooling. Anthony uses a combination of academic skill building and reinforcing positive work habits to help students of all ages succeed. He incorporates activities designed to stimulate neural development through the building the perception skills of auditory and visual memory processing, sequencing, cognitive and metacognitive strategies, visual analysis and synthesis, eye-hand coordination, and whole body balance, integration, and motor skills. These skills support the development of executive functioning, which Anthony has supported many students in improving. These activities and frameworks are also seamlessly applied to test prep.
Anthony's relationship with the families he works with are a priority and views his work in education as a service to the community, working tirelessly to receive the desired results of academic improvement, increased confidence, and general well-being in the child's school experience. He works with parents in navigating the important and sometimes difficult realm of schooling and learning.
Jacob is a learning specialist with 15 years of experience serving the learning and developmental needs of students at educational levels ranging from Kindergarten to college. His full-time private practice combines his extensive teaching and tutoring experience with current advancements in educational research and training. Jacob is a graduate of the Bank Street College of Education, with a dual Masters of Science in general and special education, and is certified in New York State for all subjects in grades 1-6, but with years of teaching experience that goes well beyond that age range. Jacob’s research-supported interventions have helped students diagnosed with ADD/ADHD, dysgraphia, dyslexia, dyscalculia, language-based disorders, and communication disorders (including ASD) overcome these barriers and achieve successful outcomes. His areas of expertise include reading comprehension, writing, executive functioning coaching, and subject area remediation. Jacob brings a familiarity with a broad swath of New York public and private school curricula, ranging from elementary to high school levels. He is fluent in all aspects of English, social studies, science, and history content, up to and including preparation for Regents tests, college-level work, and adult education.
Jacob adheres to educational best practices, including multi-sensory approaches, the use of informal assessments to get consistent data and feedback on students’ progress, and sensitivity to students’ developmental stages. His ultimate goal is facilitating his students’ independence and the full realization of their abilities. He strives to make the sessions fun and engaging, using his training as a historian to imbue his practice with a wide-ranging knowledge of culture, literature, art, and politics. Jacob also works as an executive functioning coach, helping students define and understand their goals and strengths, in conjunction with teaching specific strategies, techniques, and habits for time management, organization, and mental stamina. He has had success helping students and families understand how executive functioning affects learning at school and at home. He is comfortable forming learning teams and acting as a liaison between school and home, and regularly engages with psychologists and other specialists who share his students. While retaining a holistic approach centered on student strengths, Jacob is also results-oriented and ultimately focused on student success at their school.
For the 2020-21 school year, Jacob is drawing on his many years of helping families and students get organized to deal with the inevitable disruptions caused by remote learning and reduced in-person teaching. In addition to assisting families with this shift, Jacob is expanding his practice to add daytime teaching hours for homeschooling, learning pods, and other modified pedagogical arrangements, drawing on his experience in the classroom and leading small group learning. While this school year will be different, Jacob’s combination of a holistic strength-based approach with a rigorous focus on organization and follow-through will provide the necessary support needed for students and their families.
Jordan, M.S. Ed., is a doctoral candidate in Human and Organizational Psychology at Touro University. He received his B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from Indiana State University and his M.S. in Special Education from Touro College. Jordan’s professional endeavors include curriculum development and educational reform with a focus on intercultural education and informal learning. He has extensive experience in teaching and providing academic and personal advising in multicultural environments. Jordan has been involved in multiple research experiments in Education and Psychology at Indiana State University, The New School, Columbia University, and New York University. He has taught special education at the elementary, middle school, and high school level and has experience teaching all content-based subjects including English, History and Social Studies, Math and Science at all levels. He has provided one-on-one multisensory tutoring in every content-based subject to both special education and general education students between the ages of 5 and 21. Jordan has both classroom and tutoring experience with students with autism, oppositional defiant disorder, ADHD, emotional disturbance, learning differences, and executive functioning disorders. He also has experience teaching test-taking and study skills strategies to students preparing to take the Algebra, Living Environment, English, and U.S. History and World History Regents examinations, SAT, ACT, and ISEE. He is knowledgeable about the New York State Common Core Learning Standards and is experienced in teaching reading comprehension skills, reading strategies, and writing strategies. Jordan emphasizes the importance of fostering students’ independent academic skills to assist their transition to college and the workforce.