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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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Mastering writing is challenging for students in grades 1-8, leading to frustration and decreased confidence. Younger students struggle with letter formation, phonemic awareness, and sentence construction, while middle school students struggle with brainstorming, organizing ideas, increasing writing output, and writing solid paragraphs.

Themba Tutors focuses on high-impact tutoring for all learners, including neurodiverse students. 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.

With Themba Tutors, your child’s writing journey becomes manageable and achievable. Our tutors help students master vocabulary, grammar, and paragraph structuring. For elementary and middle schoolers, we focus on brainstorming, organizing ideas, increasing writing output, and mastering solid paragraph writing.

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 writing assignments to achieving improved grades and newfound confidence in their writing abilities. By empowering students with the tools and skills they need, Themba Tutors prepares them for academic success in writing and beyond.

Our online literacy assessments evaluate phonological awareness, foundational literacy skills, and writing abilities for K-12 students. They last approximately 1 to 2 hours. Please note that this is optional.

We provide writing tutoring services to grades 1-8 in public, private, and charter schools throughout the NYC metro area, Westchester, Long Island, Boston, Connecticut, and New Jersey. Our tiered educational team comprises over 90% holding advanced degrees in education and psychology. This ensures that we can establish strong connections with students while staying attuned to the changing landscape of education and the challenges posed by digital distractions in 2024.

Our approach revolves around setting SMART goals tailored to each student’s needs—Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound goals. We understand the importance of flexibility in scheduling to accommodate families’ diverse needs. When necessary, we also facilitate connections with other trusted professionals. Our methodology is designed to navigate the complexities of different educational systems and the fast-paced nature of modern education.

We recognize the value of incorporating AI tools responsibly into our teaching methods. Before utilizing such tools, we ensure that parents are fully informed and have given their consent.

Themba Tutors is proud to be recognized as one of the pioneering tutoring companies in the New York City metro area, specializing in Executive Functioning Coaching. Our compassionate approach, track record of success, and commitment to accommodating various learning styles while respecting families’ preferences set us apart.

Our tiered educational team, highly recommended by our clients, includes:

  • Academic Tutors
  • Certified Subject Specialists
  • Advanced Learning Specialists/Coaches
  • Doctoral-Level Specialists/Coaches

This tiered approach ensures customized support for every student’s needs and aspirations, reaffirming our dedication to academic achievement and holistic development.

Executive Function Coaches Tiers


My son got to a point in his writing where he just hit a wall with brainstorming. He needed some extra 1:1 time outside of school with someone who could handle the executive functions aspect, the anxiety piece, the extra time/silence my son sometimes needed, and the warmth and creativity that is his native space. Jake was beyond perfect. I just couldn’t have dreamt up a better fit. In addition, he documented his process, what was working with my son, so that I have a collection of emails to look back on when I need reminding about how to help my son when he’s feeling stuck – which is now very seldom. If I had five thumbs, they’d all be up. So I’ll just say, 5 stars! Thank you, Jakek and thank you, Themba Tutors. (By the way, this was affordable, to boot.)


-Micaela B.     

Samantha was great! Samantha was always punctual, nice, and clear with her message to my son in her sessions. It helped my son improve his writing skills, and his schoolwork and gain some confidence in writing.
After each session, she explained how he was doing and his progress, which I appreciated.


-Kay L.

Jill does an amazing job. She is incredibly patient with my son, and he has made great progress with his writing.


-Lisa V.    

Stephen was an amazing tutor to my bristly middle schooler! He helped with his writing and application process for high school and was a wonderful influence on him. We are so grateful for his help and would highly recommend him!


-Erica W.    

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.


Master’s in Childhood Education and Special Education


M.S. in Education


Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology


BA in English and History, MA in Teaching, MA in Liberal Studies


M.S. in Bilingual, Childhood and Special Education & Ed.M in Language and Literacy


Special Education Teacher, Certified Orton-Gillingham Literacy Specialist

Lynsey MS Literacy

M.S. Literacy


Master’s in Social Work, Bachelor’s in English Writing

Why Choose Themba Tutors?

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Combined Tutoring and EF Coaching

At Themba Tutors, we understand that effective writing goes beyond mastering grammar and vocabulary. Our approach combines expert writing tutoring with EF coaching, this ensures that students improve their writing abilities and gain the executive functioning skills needed for academic success.

Overcoming Basic Literacy and Writing Challenges

Our writing tutors focus on foundational literacy skills for younger grades 1-2 students, including letter formation, phonemic awareness, and sentence construction. Additionally, we help students overcome challenges with brainstorming, increasing their written output, and writing solid paragraphs. We use engaging and interactive methods to make learning these basics enjoyable and effective.

Expanding Vocabulary and Grammar Proficiency

As students progress to grades 3-4, our writing tutoring sessions emphasize vocabulary expansion, correct spelling, and the proper use of grammar and punctuation. We employ a variety of exercises and real-life writing examples to help students internalize these crucial elements.

Mastering the Writing Process and Techniques

For older students in grades 7-8, we provide advanced instruction on the stages of the writing process—prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing. We also cover different types of writing, such as persuasive, expository, narrative, and descriptive. Our critical thinking exercises enable students to develop arguments, analyze texts, and incorporate evidence effectively. Additionally, we focus on increasing writing output and mastering how to write solid paragraphs.

Managing Stress, Procrastination, and Excessive Screen Time

Our writing tutors acknowledge the impact of stress, procrastination, and screen time on students’ writing abilities. We create a supportive environment and teach mindfulness and time management techniques to manage stress. By setting achievable goals and integrating offline activities, such as journaling and reading, our writing tutors combat procrastination and encourage balanced screen use. This 2020 study found excessive screen time led to emotional dysregulation and negatively affected mathematics and literacy in school-age students.

Individualized Writing Tutoring NYC Area

Every student is unique, and at Themba Tutors, we tailor our instruction to meet individual needs. Whether your child is an ESL learner, has learning disabilities, or needs extra support, our personalized tutoring ensures they receive the attention and resources required to succeed.

Choosing Themba Tutors means investing in your child’s future. Our dedicated tutors and comprehensive approach provide the best support to overcome writing challenges, manage stress and anxiety, combat procrastination, and reduce excessive screen time.

Effective Strategies and Support from Themba Tutors

Themba Tutors can help by providing personalized tutoring sessions incorporating these strategies, guiding students through effective brainstorming techniques, delivering engaging grammar lessons, and offering interventions to support children with learning disabilities in their writing journey.

Who We Are?

Founded in 2012 by CEO Craig Selinger, an educational specialist and executive function coach, Themba Tutors provides customized writing tutoring services for grades 1-8.

  • Themba Tutors provides comprehensive, individualized in-person and online tutoring and coaching services, traveling to the NYC Metro, Long Island, Boston, Westchester, New Jersey, and Connecticut.
  • Our tiered educational team includes academic tutors, certified subject specialists, advanced learning specialists/coaches, and doctoral-level specialists/coaches who cater to learners from young children to college students, including neurodiverse learners.
  • The matching process ensures students work with friendly, patient, and approachable professionals who are experts in their subject matter and committed to providing individual attention and creating customized learning plans.
  • Themba Tutors stands out due to our personalized approach, expert qualifications, and flexibility, offering both in-home and online sessions to fit clients’ schedules.
  • Over 90% of our staff have advanced degrees in education, psychology, or related fields, helping students develop lifelong learning skills.
  • Our learner-centered approach involves collaboration with families, schools, and other professionals to monitor, adjust goals, and adapt techniques. It focuses on core skill development, study habits, and motivation.
  • One-on-one tutoring at Themba Tutors helps students internalize and process instruction, offers effective tools and materials, and improves the support system through consistent communication between school and family.

Free Consultations and Remote Meet & Greets

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Take advantage of our free consultations and remote meet-and-greets with the best writing tutors for grades 1-8. These initial sessions allow you and your child to interact with potential tutors, ensuring a perfect match for your child’s needs and learning style. Our dedicated writing tutors will assess your child’s current writing skills and discuss personalized strategies for improvement. Schedule your free consultation today to give your child the support they need to excel in writing.

Themba Tutors’ Process and Approach

Themba Tutors provides specialized support for K-12 students who face 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 obstacles these students encounter.

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

Our intake process includes the following steps:

  • 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 initiate the process.
  • Review of Academic Background: We review the student’s academic records, such as report cards, to identify strengths and areas that need improvement.
  • Comprehensive Educational Assessment: We offer an optional, detailed assessment to identify your child’s strengths and areas for growth accurately. This information helps us tailor our tutoring sessions to meet your child’s needs.
  • Tutor Selection: We provide detailed profiles of our tutors to assist you in making an informed decision. During our free intake session, we discuss the best writing tutor options for your child.
  • Free Remote Meet-and-Greets: Engage with potential writing tutors through free remote meet-and-greets before committing to any service.
  • Assessment Session Commencement: The process begins with a free exploratory session where the selected writing tutor evaluates the student’s academic standing and goals. This session lays the groundwork for a customized learning plan for significant improvement.

Our approach includes weekly personalized sessions and continuous motivation through your preferred communication channels. We focus on helping students grades 1-8 achieve their goals by fostering personal responsibility and employing adaptable writing tutoring methods.

For a personalized educational experience and personal growth, contact Themba Tutors today to schedule your free consultation and remote meet-and-greets with the best writing tutors for students grades 1-8.