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SHELLEY P.

SPECIAL EDUCATOR AND ELEMENTARY EDUCATION & CERTIFIED WILSON READING SPECIALIST

Shelley is a New York dual licensed Elementary Education (Pre K, Kindergarten, Grades 1-6)/Special Education teacher (K-12), earning a Bachelor of Science in Elementary and Special Education from Buffalo State College and a Masters of Science from Adelphi University. In addition, she is a Wilson Dyslexia Practitioner (W.D.P). Shelley found her love for teaching by becoming involved in Special Education since an early age, working as a camp counselor in Special Ed camps, and subsequently has taught special needs children and children with reading difficulties, e.g. dyslexia, in various school settings around the country, including self-contained classrooms for elementary grades, resource room for grades K-5, and reading instruction grades 6 through 12. She has also tutored reading at children’s homes in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island.

Shelley achieved Certified Wilson Instructor status (very few have obtained this status in NYC), including being trained in the Wilson Fundations Program; a phonics-based program for young children (K-3), and supported teachers using this program. Additionally Shelley trained other teachers in the Wilson Reading Program at a K-12 Special Education school, the Child School, located on Roosevelt Island.

The Wilson Reading System directly and systematically teaches students to achieve success in reading. Unlike traditional phonics programs, Wilson Reading instruction is very interactive and multi-sensory, thus teaching total word construction and not just phonics. Students learn to encode (spell) and they learn to decode (take words apart) as part of their reading process. Evidence shows that when a direct systematic, code-based instruction is skillfully implemented by a Wilson Reading knowledgeable teacher, it is the most effective approach for problem readers. This system is based on the multi-sensory language techniques and principals first described by Dr. Samuel Orton and Anna Gillingham (Orton Gillingham philosophy)

Shelley excels at changing the lives of children that have difficulty in reading by allowing them to see how being a better reader can affect many areas of their lives especially in education. Shelley utilizes her skills to collaborate with teachers, therapists and parents in order to maximize the achievements of students in their educational and emotional needs. Shelley really knows how to make learning to read fun and exciting while showing her students all the possibilities available to them when they learn to appreciate the world of reading.

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LOCATION: Queens
TYPE OF SERVICES: Initial reading evaluation and reading intervention.
EXPERTISE: Working with children who have difficulty with decoding (deciphering letters when reading), reading fluency, reading comprehension, and/or encoding (spelling) issues, including working with students with dyslexia.
AGES: Kindergarten through high school

Alyssa C.

NYS Dual Certified in Early and Childhood Education, MS in School Counseling

Alyssa is a NYS certified teacher who is professionally licensed in Early Childhood and Childhood education. She has worked in grades K-6.  Her passion for the social and emotional well-being of a children led her to receive her second masters in school counseling from The Sage Colleges in Albany.

Alyssa currently works for the NYC Department of Education as a general education teacher in an ICT setting.  She has over five years of experience teaching students with diverse needs including autism, students with learning disabilities, ADHD, dyslexia, anxiety disorders and emotional/behavioral disorders. She currently teaches math and science at a public school to fourth and fifth graders.  Before this position, Alyssa taught third grade for three years and taught one-on-one literacy for students in 1st-6th grades.  She is trained in the Wilson curriculum, which helps students build their decoding, fluency and phonemic awareness skills. She also has extensive experience with GO Math and the Exemplar program which helps students break down multi-step word problems.  Since she works in a classroom with students with IEPs and ESL students, she differentiates and scaffolds to help students, based on their capabilities, to master their literacy and math goals.  For each student she works with, she creates specific goals and uses ongoing assessments and data in order to meet their learning needs. She incorporates positive reinforcement and a reward system to help motivate students. It’s her responsibility to not only teach children but to build a strong, trusting relationship with them.  She uses assessments and learning surveys to understand how each child learns best and then adapts the lesson according to the student’s learning style.  Once she sparks their interests, students become engaged and more confident as they master the material.

Location:  Queens

Types of Services:  Administering reading and math assessments, developing individualized and effective literacy instruction, building phonemic awareness and phonics skills, progress monitoring, strengthening math skills and knowledge, helping with homework

Expertise: Working with students to create individualized reading and literacy support to help with decoding, fluency, and comprehension.

Ages:  Elementary and Middle School

DEREK B.

MPS, PD NYS CERTIFIED PRE-K-6TH GRADE, NYS CERTIFIED CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

Derek has a master’s in Professional Studies a Professional Diploma in Educational Leadership from Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY. He has the following New York State certifications: Childhood Education and Students with Disabilities Grades 1-6; Early Childhood Education and Students with Disabilities Birth-Grade 2: and as a School Building and School District Leader.   Derek has been teaching and tutoring for seven years in many different instructional capacities including a 3rd-5th
grade self-contained classroom, an education consultant for grades 2-4, and 4th grade integrated co-teaching classroom (ICT) and general education classrooms.  Currently, Derek is a 4th grade ICT teacher in a New York City public school in Brooklyn.

Derek has taught students using a multitude of literacy and mathematics programs including Teacher’s College Reading and Writing Project, Ready Gen, Lit Life, Go Math, enVision Math, and the Engage NY ELA and Math modules.  He has extensive literacy experience using Core Knowledge Language Arts, Orton-Gillingham, Reading A-Z, Read Works, Wilson, Fundations, as well as Edmark for supplemental ELA intervention.  Additionally, he has experience with integrated instructional technology programs such as Lexia, I-Ready, and Achieve 3,000 into his daily small group and individualized classroom instruction.

Derek has a strong understanding of how to support children with special needs through his work with parents and other special education teachers. His experience includes advising parents on appropriate services for their children; leading workshops for general education and special education teachers focused on differentiating instruction in the classroom; and presenting workshops for parents on reading comprehension and literacy strategies which provided a plethora of strategies to support their children at home.

Marysia W.

Masters Degree Elementary Education

Marysia is a dual-certified (Elementary & Special Education) teacher with over 14 years of teaching experience.  She holds a Masters Degree in Elementary Education from Seton Hall University. She currently teaches in a 3rd grade ESL public school classroom.  She provides both whole class and small group literacy and math instruction to ESL, general education and special education students.

Over the course of her teaching career, she has worked with a diverse population of students from Grades K through 6- with a majority of those years spent in NYS testing grades 3-5.  She utilizes a variety of strategies and tools to help students prepare for the state tests, as well as for the next grade level.

Since Marysia is bilingual (Polish/English), grew up in a bilingual household, and has years of experience working in an ELL classroom, she understands the needs of the ELL community .  She has also worked with students with a variety of learning needs and disabilities as well as with students who need additional emotional and organizational supports.

Marysia has been trained in and is confident in using ELA programs including: Ready Gen, Fundations, Fountas and Pinnell, McGrawHill, and Teacher’s College Reading and Writing Program, and iReady.  She believes in a balanced approach to literacy which incorporates Phonics, Vocabulary, Reading Fluency, Reading Comprehension, strong Mentor texts, Writing Mechanics and Writing Content. She begins by assessing the needs of each student’s decoding, fluency and reading comprehension skills.  Once Marysia identifies her students’ literacy strengths and weaknesses, she builds individualized plans to meet those needs. For students in need of decoding and spelling intervention, she uses systematic multisensory teaching, such as Fundations to bridge gaps in phonemic awareness and spelling.  She also incorporates engaging children’s literacy to address fluency and comprehension needs as well as build a love of reading. Her remedial approach helps reduce the literacy gaps evidenced in her students.

Teaching Math is one of Marysia’s passions.  She has been trained in and is confident in using Math programs including Go Math, Exemplars Problem Solving, EngageNY, Number Talks and Routines, and iReady to provide support in all areas of Math.   She incorporates a variety of strategies, including songs, acronyms, manipulative use, spiral review, and engaging review games into her lessons to help students build a strong conceptual understanding.

LOCATION: Middle Village, Rego Park, Forest Hills, Howard Beach, Lindenwood, Ozone Park, South Ozone Park, Rockaway, Woodhaven, Richmond Hills, Glendale

TYPES OF SERVICES: Reading comprehension, literacy, writing, initial reading assessment, progressive monitoring, ESL, reading fluency, state testing prep, spelling, decoding, math

EXPERTISE: Math, phonics awareness, reading comprehension, English ESL, students with disabilities, fluent in Polish

AGES: Grade K-6

DR. SHERI L., ED.D, M.A.

NYS CERTIFIED PRE-K TO 6TH GRADE, PROFESSOR OF EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY, ACADEMIC TUTOR, EXECUTIVE FUNCTION AND STUDY SKILLS COACH

Dr. Sheri Lederman is a New York Licensed Teacher and University Professor. She received her Doctorate of Education in human development and educational psychology from Hofstra University. She has an M.A. in elementary education from C.W. Post and a B.A. in psychology from Brandeis University. Dr. Sheri is a master educator with over two decades of teaching and tutoring experience working with students with academic, behavioral, and social/emotional challenges. She has extensive experience working with students who have learning difficulties (reading comprehension, dyslexia, writing and math), executive function weaknesses associated with Attention Deficit Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, anxiety disorders, and weak social skills. Currently Dr. Sheri is a 4th-grade classroom teacher in a public school on Long Island. She is also a professor at Hofstra University where she teaches graduate level courses in child development and multicultural perspectives on learning.  Dr. Sheri researches and publishes academic articles that focus on the development and application of executive function and the association with academic achievement throughout childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood. She specializes in providing assessment and interventions that address the individual strengths and challenges of each student. Dr. Sheri believes that with effective strategies, skills, and developmentally appropriate support, every learner can experience academic and social/emotional success.

LOCATION: Long Island and Queens (Nassau County, Northeast Queens and Western Suffolk County)
TYPE OF SERVICES: reading comprehension, math support (conceptual understanding and problem solving) writing (structure, mechanics, grammar, and elaboration), organization and study skills, executive function skills support in working memory strategies, goal-setting and planning, organization and time management, as well as social skill development for students with ASD, ADHD, and anxiety.

EXPERTISE: Executive function and study skills

AGES: Kindergarten through high school, college students and adults

MELISSA M.

NYS CERTIFIED IN EARLY CHILDHOOD, CHILDHOOD, SPECIAL EDUCATION AND TESOL (TEACHING ENGLISH TO SPEAKERS OF OTHER LANGUAGES)

Melissa is NYS certified in Early Childhood, Childhood, Special Education and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). She graduated from Saint John’s University with a Bachelor of Science in Childhood Education, and a Masters of Science degree in TESOL. She then furthered her studies and attended Touro College to receive her Special Education and Early Childhood certification. She currently works for the Department of Education as a kindergarten and first grade ESL teacher. Melissa has over 10 years experience impacting students with different needs. She works with students on improving their reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. Melissa believes in a multisensory learning environment in order to engage all students. Her expertise includes test preparation for the ELA and Math state tests, homework, school curriculum, and preparing English language learners for the NYSESLAT.

Melissa is trained in the Wilson Reading Program and its early childhood component, Fundations. She uses this approach with her students in order to build phonemic awareness, decoding, and fluency skills in struggling readers. She also has training in Columbia University Teacher’s College Workshop Model. Melissa also has experience working successfully with special needs children in improving their academic and social skills using the applied behavior analysis approach (ABA).
Melissa begins the tutoring process by getting to know the student through formal and informal observations and assessments. This allows her to target student’s specific problem areas and adapt instruction. Creating a risk free environment is important when teaching all students. Melissa provides positive reinforcement to all her students. Her goal is to foster and maintain an open, honest, communicative, and supportive environment in which students feel safe, secure, engaged, and appropriately challenged.

LOCATION: Queens
TYPES OF SERVICES: Initial reading assessment, individualized reading instruction, progress monitoring.
EXPERTISE: Working with students with learning disabilities, English language learners and speech language delays/difficulties, dyslexia, building phonemic awareness, reading comprehension strategies, balanced literacy
AGES: Preschool through middle school

Michelle C.

M.S. Early Childhood Education

Michelle is certified in Early Childhood Education, Childhood Education and Special Education (Birth-Grade 6).  She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Towson University, and a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Special Education from Hofstra University.  Michelle is trained in Fountas and Pinell, Fundations, Wilson, Orton-Gillingham and Go-Math.  Michelle has a passion for working with children and families.

Michelle has experience working with a diverse population of general and special education students.  She has been teaching since 2012.  Michelle has taught preschool, kindergarten, first grade and third grade. Michelle works with both general education and special education students.  She has experience working with students who are emotionally disturbed, have autism, have speech and language impairments, struggling readers and students who struggle in all academic areas.  She teaches small reading groups throughout each day using a systematic, multi-sensory, phonemic-based approach in order to improve spelling, decoding, fluency, and comprehension.  Michelle also teaches math in small groups using interactive centers and manipulatives.  She also collaborates with speech, occupational and physical therapists in order to better meet each child’s needs.  She has experience being one of the parent/ family involvement chairs in her school and enjoys working side by side with many different families.

LOCATION: Queens
TYPES OF SERVICES: Initial reading assessment, Fundations/Orton-Gillingham/Wilson based reading instruction, including individualized reading instruction and intervention in phonemic awareness, phonics, and decoding strategies; individualized instruction in reading fluency and comprehension instruction; writing instruction, and math instruction and intervention
EXPERTISE: Working with students with and without learning disabilities and students who need extra literacy support; working with students who need extra math support
AGES: Pre-k-6th Grade
HOURS: After school

COLLEEN H.

M.S. ED ELEMENTARY SPECIAL EDUCATION, NYS CERTIFIED IN ELEMENTARY EDUCATION & SPECIAL EDUCATION.

Colleen is a multi-certified teacher- Childhood Education (Grades1-6) and Special Education (Grades 1-6). Colleen attended St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, where she obtained a B.S. in Elementary and Special Education. For graduate school, she attended St. John’s University and received an M.S.Ed in Elementary Special Education. Colleen is currently working for the Department of Education as a fourth grade ICT teacher. She has over six years of experience teaching students with diverse needs including students with learning disabilities, ADHD, dyslexia, anxiety disorders and autism.  She also is experienced working with students struggling with literacy to help improve their writing and reading skills (decoding, fluency, reading comprehension). She trained in the Fundations program, Columbia University’s Teacher’s College, as well as Fountas & Pinnell. Colleen has extensive experience with the GoMath and Exemplars programs to support learning in math. She is also experienced working with the applied behavior analysis approach (ABA) when teaching social and behavioral skills. Her expertise also includes test preparation for the ELA and math state tests and for preparing English language learners for NYSESLAT.

Using a multi-sensory approach engaging her learners and sparking interest are keys to her teaching success. Transferring these skills to the general education curriculum is an essential piece of her tutoring. Colleen is an expert at differentiating instruction helping her target the learning needs of all of her students. Colleen creates a comfortable learning environment where students are encouraged to work hard. She provides positive reinforcement and helps her students build confidence in their work. Her students will be determined to achieve success.

Location: Queens: . Ridgewood, Forest Hills, Glendale, Middle Village, Maspeth, Woodside
TYPES OF SERVICES: working with students with disabilities, administering
reading and writing assessments, developing individualized and effective literacy
instruction, individualized reading instruction, building phonemic awareness and
phonics skills, helps with homework, helps with organizational skills, NYS test
preparation (ELA and Math)
Ages: K-6th Grade

JESSICA M.

M.S. ED EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION & SPECIAL EDUCATION,  NYS CERTIFIED IN SPECIAL EDUCATION.

Jessica is a tenured, early childhood educator who is certified in Special Education, General Education, and Gifted and Talented (Birth-Grade 2) education. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Binghamton University and a Dual M.S.Ed in Early Childhood Education and Special Education from Hunter College. She also holds an Advanced Certificate in Gifted Education from SUNY Buffalo. Jessica has over six years of experience in teaching early childhood and is currently teaching as a NYC Department of Education special education teacher in a self-contained classroom. She is a mentor teacher and is on multiple professional learning teams at her school.

Jessica has experience working with diverse populations and specializes in working with students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), English Language Learners, and those who have reading delays and disabilities. She is trained in using multiple assessments and curriculum including Fountas and Pinnell, Columbia University’s ELA and Phonics Programs through Teachers College, Words Their Way, Foundations, Metamorphosis Math, Go Math, Envisions, Investigations (TERC), and SPIRE Reading Intervention. She is also trained in and uses the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) on a daily basis with her students.

Jessica is an expert in building confidence in learners through a growth mindset that allows students optimum growth that transcends her tutoring sessions. She is keen on using students strengths and interests to impact and improve their areas of difficulties. Jessica believes that with the right support, confidence, and growth mindset, all learners can achieve success in and out of the classroom.

LOCATION: Queens: Kew Gardens, Kew Gardens Hills, Bayside, Fresh Meadows, Jamaica Estates, Forest Hills, Glendale, Middle Village, Maspeth, Woodside, and Richmond Hill

TYPES OF SERVICES: Assessment; Reading, Writing, Math, Social Studies, and Science Intervention and Enrichment; Goal Setting and Planning; and Social Skills Development for students with ASD and ADHD

EXPERTISE: Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, Reading Disabilities, Early Childhood

AGES: Pre-school-3rd Grade

ANDREA P.

NYS CERTIFIED CHILDHOOD GENERAL AND SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER, MS ED

Andrea is a tenured NYS certified teacher, she is professionally certified in General Education and Special Education grades 1-6.  Andrea completed her bachelors of education with a minor in Psychology at St. John’s University and graduated Cum Lade.  She was also on the Dean’s List all 4 years of her undergraduate program.  She then completed her masters in Special Education at St. John’s University.  Recently Andrea furthered her education and completed her 30 and above in education through Midwest Teachers Institute.

Andrea currently works for the NYC Department of Education as a Third Grade special education self-contained teacher. She has over six years of experience teaching students with diverse needs including Autism, students with learning disabilities, ADHD, dyslexia, anxiety disorders and emotional/behavioral disorders. In her 6 years of teaching: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th.  She is experienced in working with students struggling with literacy, writing and reading skills (decoding, fluency, reading comprehension).  Andrea is very familiar with IEP’s and working towards meeting student’s specific goals.

Andrea has been trained in the Fundations program, Columbia University’s Teacher’s College, as well as Fountas & Pinnell. She also has 6 years of experience with the GoMath and Exemplars programs to support learning in math.  Along with being trained in these programs, she provides numerous scaffolds to aide children in learning.  She will provide manipulatives as well as making charts tailored to a child’s specific needs.

Andrea is experienced in test preparation for the ELA and Math state tests and for preparing English language learners for NYSESLAT.  When working with English Language Learners as well as students with learning disabilities, she feels it is extremely important to provide visuals to support their learning.

In her daily practice as a teacher, she uses many approaches to motivate and maintain appropriate behaviors.  By getting to know her students it allows her to engage them and best learn their interests. She truly enjoys building strong relationships with her students and working with them to meet their individualized learning goals. When needed, she uses a positive reinforcement and a positive reward system to help with students’ confidence and self-esteem. She is also trained in applied behavior analysis approach (ABA). She is excited to help your child with his or her literacy and math skills.

LOCATION: Queens.

TYPES OF SERVICES: Administering reading and writing assessments, developing individualized and effective literacy instruction, individualized reading instruction, building phonemic awareness and phonics skills, helping with homework

EXPERTISE: working with all students with disabilities, improving decoding skills and reading fluency. Strengthen reading comprehension, and writing

EXPERTISE: Assessment and intervention for children struggling with decoding, reading comprehension, and fluency

AGES: preschool-6th grade

ALYSSA S.

NYS CERTIFIED IN EARLY CHILDHOOD & SPECIAL EDUCATION.

Alyssa graduated from Queens College with a Bachelor of English and graduated from Adelphi with a Duel Masters of Science degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education for Early Childhood PK- 5th grade. Alyssa has over eight years experience teaching, influencing and enriching students with different needs. She has a strong understanding of the needs of students with learning and physical disabilities. She teaches students to improving their writing and reading (decoding, fluency, reading comprehension and encoding). Alyssa incorporates a multisensory method to help engage and effectively teach her students. Her expertise includes homework, school curriculum, and test preparation for ELA state tests.

Alyssa is trained in Wilson Fundations, an effective reading and writing program. She uses the Wilson curriculum in order to help students build their decoding, fluency and phonemic awareness skills. Alyssa has training in Columbia University Teacher College’s reading and writing model to help students enhance their writing and reading skills. Lastly, she is trained in Fountas & Pinnell reading assessment, which helps children targets their reading goals.

Alyssa begins the tutoring process by administering Teacher College and Fountas & Pinell assessments to better target the needs of the student. Alyssa has an innate ability to connect with and reach all of her students. She creates a risk-free leaning environment and encourages student engagement. She strives to promote and provide students with differentiated instruction and to meet the needs of each student’s learning style. She takes advantage of her students’ strengths and her students feel supported and nurtured when working with her.

LOCATION: Queens.
TYPES OF SERVICES: Administering reading and writing assessments, developing individualized and effective literacy instruction, individualized reading instruction, building phonemic awareness and phonics skills, helping with homework
EXPERTISE: working with all students with disabilities, improving decoding skills and reading fluency. Strengthen reading comprehension, and writing
AGES: preschool-6th grade

Lauren C.

M.A. & NYS Certified in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Language), Special Education, Early Childhood Education, and Childhood Education

Lauren is a NYC Department of Education teacher and holds 5 NYS Certifications: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Pre K to Grade 12), Students with Disabilities (Birth to Grade 2), Students with Disabilities (Grades 1-6), Early Childhood General Education (Birth to Grade 2), and Childhood General Education (Grades 1-6). She received her Master’s Degree in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Language) from Hunter College in Manhattan. She also received a B.A. in Child Study/Mathematics from St. Joseph’s College in Brooklyn. Lauren is currently an ENL (English as a New Language) teacher in Brooklyn, NY. She works with English Language Learners and modifies instruction so that her diverse students can grasp the content being taught.

Lauren has experience working with many diverse cultures and backgrounds, currently working with students speaking 27 different languages. Lauren specializes in small-group guided reading instruction working on specific students’ needs. She understands that students learn in different ways and incorporates a variety of learning styles in her instruction such as, visual, linguistic, and kinesthetic. For reading struggles, Lauren uses multi-sensory instruction with various hands-on techniques (play-doh, sand writing, air writing, magnetic letter tiles) to aid in word memory and building and engages with the students in interactive shared reading.

Lauren is trained using multiple assessments and curriculum including Teacher’s College, Words Their Way, Fundations, Fountas and Pinnell, Go Math, Metamorphosis Math, and Envisions. She works with students who struggle with decoding, spelling, and writing by building on each student’s current skill level. Lauren has experience working with students who have learning disabilities, ADHD, and intellectual disabilities.

LOCATION: Queens: Woodside, Astoria, Sunnyside, Glendale, Middle Village, Forest Hills, Elmhurst, Jackson Heights

TYPE OF SERVICE: ENL support, Administering reading and writing assessments, phonics work, individualized reading instruction, providing math help, language building, vocabulary instruction, test prep for NYSESLAT and State ELA & Math exams

EXPERTISE: Working with English Language Learners and helping them build language, Intervention for children struggling with decoding, comprehension, and fluency

AGES: Preschool-4th Grade

Maddie K.

M.S.EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION & SPECIAL EDUCATION

Maddie is a reading tutor for children pre-k to 6th grade. She holds a dual M.S. Degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education. She is a certified Wilson Reading Instructor, having completed 11 separate graduate credits in the Wilson Program. Maddie has experience working with a diverse population of students, especially those with learning disabilities; e.g. dyslexia and ADHD.

Maddie’s personal experience with her own reading struggles as a child has given her a unique understanding of the emotional and social strains that struggling readers often face. Her interest in education began in high school where she tutored elementary school students in reading at The Churchill School and Center and taught children’s yoga. After receiving her B.A. in sociology from Guilford College, she began working at The Child School/Legacy High School where she gained experience teaching children with a wide range of special needs. She was trained there in the Wilson Reading Program by Shelly P. (A highly experienced and accomplished teacher and reading specialist, also at Brooklyn Letters). This training led to a position as a reading specialist at The Child School/Legacy High School where Maddie worked one-on-one and in small groups with students (K-12) who were reading below grade level to build their decoding, encoding and comprehension skills. Maddie also worked as a reading specialist at Integrative Neuropsychological Services where she gave reading lessons as part of intensive educational interventions for children (K-8) with special needs. In this position she worked closely with students’ other service providers (psychologists, speech and language therapists etc.) to ensure that their emotional, physical, and social development were considered in every reading lesson.

Maddie specializes in reading intervention and prevention. She uses the Wilson Reading System and Fundations programs to create individualized lessons to teach reading, spelling, comprehension and writing skills. These programs use a multi-sensory approach to systematically teach students how to decode (break words into sounds for reading) and encode (put sounds together for spelling). This multi-sensory approach to reading ensures that all types of learners (e.g. auditory, kinesthetic) can easily access the concepts being taught. When working with younger students, Maddie incorporates lots of movement-based activities into lessons, such as letter-sound hopscotch. Not only do these activities make learning a new reading or spelling concept fun, they also make the new concepts more memorable.

Maddie’s approach to reading education is designed to build students’ confidence and interest in reading while simultaneously developing the skills necessary for academic success. The more she knows about her students, the better she can create lessons that meet their unique needs and areas of strength. She therefore encourages ongoing communication with parents and other’s involved in the student’s education.

LOCATIONS: Manhattan. Queens: Long Island City, Astoria, Sunnyside, Woodside, Jackson Heights. Brooklyn: Greenpoint, Williamsburg.

TYPE OF SERVICES: Reading Assessments and Consultations. Reading Intervention and Prevention.

EXPERTISE: Working with students who have learning disabilities; e.g. dyslexia and ADHD. Advancing students’ reading abilities who are reading below grade level. Preventative literacy skill building for young readers.

AGES: Pre-K – 6th Grade

Michelle F.

MS ED., NYS CERTIFIED CHILDHOOD GENERAL AND SPECIAL EDUCATION (GRADES 1-6)

Michelle is a tenured New York City Special Education teacher.  She holds both General Education and Special Education certifications for 1st-6th grade.  She received her undergrad degree from New York University and her Master’s degree from Hunter College. She is Orton Gillingham/Wilson trained, Fountas and Pinnel leveled literacy trained. She has over 7 years of experience teaching students with disabilities in Brooklyn in both inclusive and self-contained classroom settings   She has worked with a wide variety of students, including those with Autism, processing delays, ADD, ADHD, speech and language impairments, as well as learning disabilities.  She has also worked closely with ESL students of varying ability levels.

Michelle currently teaches in an inclusive 1st grade classroom with a wide variety of ability levels helping those with disabilities access the General Education curriculum and Common Core Standards.  She uses multisensory approaches to literacy, such as the Fundations curriculum and Orton Gillingham approaches. She also utilizes Leveled Literacy Intervention (Fountas and Pinnel), Teacher’s College Reading Workshop, and Writing Workshop models to help improve decoding, encoding, and reading comprehension skills.

Additionally, she is a member of the School Implementation Team (SIT), which helps develop Behavior Intervention Plans and progress monitors the students with disabilities at her school.

LOCATION: Forest Hills, Rego Park, Kew Gardens, Richmond Hill, Briarwood, Jackson Heights,and  Long Island City.

TYPES OF SERVICES: Wilson’s Fundations Program, Leveled Literacy Instruction, building phonemic awareness and phonics skills, reading comprehension skills, reading fluency, writing stamina, developing individualized reading intervention and homework help

EXPERTISE:  Working with all students with disabilities, improving decoding skills and reading fluency. Strengthen reading comprehension, and writing

AGES: 1-6th grade

Maria D.

Learning Specialist, M.S. Ed., Bilingual, Childhood, and Special Education; Ed. M., Language and Literacy

Maria has worked with a wide range of students (grades 3-12) in her nine years as a tutor and educator. She has worked with students who have dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, ADHD, expressive and receptive language difficulties, and math learning difficulties or challenges. Maria has experience using Eureka Math (EngageNY), Terc Investigations, GO! Math, OnRamp, and Saxon Math. Maria is a Wilson trained learning specialist, with experience using Orton Gillingham, Seeing Stars to remediate students with decoding and encoding difficulties, Visualizing and Verbalizing for students with comprehension difficulties, and the Hochman method for writing. Maria began her reading remediation career working with adolescent students who needed reading support and has expanded her practice since that time.  Maria also has experience using the Teachers College and Reading and Writing Workshop and Leveled Literacy Intervention. All of Maria’s tutoring programs are catered to the individual student.

Maria has a Bachelors degree from Mount Holyoke College, and two Masters degrees: one from the City College of New York, in Bilingual, Childhood, and Special Education, and one from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Language and Literacy.

Maria has seven years of experience providing successful test prep services for students taking the SAT, SSAT, ISEE, SHSAT (all sections on all tests). She also provides support for the Regents in Living Environment, Algebra, Earth Science, US History, Global History, and English. She holds teaching licenses in Childhood Education (1-6) and Special Education (1-6; 7-12).

LOCATION: All of Queens, all of Manhattan
Brooklyn: Dyker Heights, Sunset Park, Borough Park, Coney Island, Bay Ridge, Bensonhurst, Bath Beach, Sheepshead Bay, Midwood
EXPERTISE: Assessment for reading difficulties, Wilson, Orton Gillingham, Hochman Method, Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, Test Prep
AGES: 3rd through 12th

Giana M.

NYS CERTIFIED in Childhood Education and Special Education (1-6)

Giana Marie Schenone is from Carle Place, NY and entering her third year as a 2nd grade Special Education Teacher in the New York City Department of Education.  She is certified in Childhood Education and Special Education (1-6). Giana Marie has many years of experience tutoring students with multiple disabilities including autism, learning disabilities, speech and language impairments, and ADHD.  Prior to teaching, she worked in a life-skills and vocational program. Giana Marie implements a multi-sensory approach to instruction by providing the students with multiple entry points to learning. This includes assessing children, determining the students’ strengths and areas of needs and tailoring instruction accordingly.  She has experience with integrating Orton Gillingham strategies utilizing programs such as Reading A-Z, Fundations, Wilson, and Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI). Giana Marie assesses her students with a variety of tools including Teacher’s College running records, LLI, and Fundations assessments.   

Giana Marie also has expertise providing quality direct instruction with phonological awareness, sight word recognition, guided reading, writing development, and reading fluency and comprehension.  For example, she is proficient with using Teacher’s College and technology programs such as Lexia and Raz-Kids to support her students with phonics, reading fluency, and vocabulary development. Also, Giana Marie has experience in mathematics instruction where she uses manipulatives and various strategies from the Go Math and enVision curriculum.  Furthermore, she uses ABA methodologies, visual schedules, and positive reinforcement systems to support student learning. For instance, Giana Marie uses a token economy system with academic tasks for students who require behavior modifications to support their academic and social-emotional needs.  

Location:  Long Island, Queens

Type of Services:  Elementary reading, writing, and math

Test Prep:  3-5 ELA and Math test prep

Expertise:  Learning disabilities, Speech and Language impairments, ADHD, autism, guided reading, writing development, curriculum modification, assessment, and data analysis

Ages:  K-5

DAVID K.

MASTERS SPECIAL EDUCATION, CERTIFIED GENERAL EDUCATION AND SPECIAL EDUCATION, K-6

Masters in Special Education. Teaching credential in Multiple Subjects (General Education, Elementary K-6) and Special Education (mild-moderate disabilities). Trained in the Orton-Gillingham approach to Literacy.

David has worked for the past four years as a special education teacher in California. He just recently moved to New York! He has taught all ages of elementary students from kindergarten to sixth grade. David specializes in teaching literacy to students with special needs like Dyslexia, ADHD, Autism, and other learning disabilities. Success comes because David tailors his instruction to meet individual students’ needs. David has taught full general education classrooms, but his favorite practice is teaching small groups of special needs students, and individuals one-to-one. David believes that one of the key components to effective teaching is to build strong relationships based on mutual trust.

David earned his bachelor’s degree in International Relations at the University of California, Davis. He earned his general education teaching credential at Mills College in Oakland. He earned his Masters degree in Special Education at California State University, East Bay. David is trained in the Orton-Gillingham approach to literacy, guided reading, Fountas and Pinnell, Barton and Sonday systems, Do the Math, reading comprehension, Assistive Technology, Executive Function and study skills, functional behavioral assessments, as well as a variety of other instructional practices for teaching English language arts, math, and behavior. When working with students with reading disabilities, David typically builds a strong foundation in phonics using a multi-sensory approach first. Then, he will help students to expand their comprehension skills through reading, questions, and dialogue. However, every student is different. He conducts informal assessments to determine the exact needs of every student.

TYPES OF SERVICES: Individual tutoring, small groups (2-5 students), IEP consultation

EXPERTISE: Literacy for students with dyslexia and/or ADHD, Orton-Gillingham, Executive Function, struggling readers, multi-sensory math, making learning fun and rewarding

LOCATION: Brooklyn, Queens

AGES: Pre-K through 8th grade

LILLY A.

MS COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE, ORTON GILLINGHAM TRAINED

Lilly is an educational therapist for children, teens, and adults, from elementary school to college and further into adulthood. She has a Masters of Science in Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of College London and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology with a minor in pre-medicine from Chapman University, California. She is trained in Orton-Gillingham as well as several multi-sensory and evidence- based approaches. 

Lilly has experience working with a diverse group of cultures; from California to New York and Paris to London, as well as ages, learning abilities and disorders in order to holistically understand the individual behind the student to best help them meet their individual goals. Her background in cognitive neuroscience gives her unique insight for understanding how each student, with or without information processing disorders, best decodes, encodes and retrieves information. During her time in London she worked for the Neurology and Neurosurgery Hospital in a multidisciplinary team (neuropsychologist, speech and language therapist, nurses and occupational therapist) to create a cohesive plan that allowed students and adults to thrive under the light of new or ever changing diagnoses. 

Lilly specializes in incorporating executive and behavioral coaching to reading, writing and other core academic subjects to promote a patterned approach for students. She tailors her lessons to be age appropriate from movement-based activities for younger kids to excel sheets and calendars for adults. It is her goal that every student not only gains academic confidence but also learns invaluable skills that they can push beyond the classroom. 

LOCATIONS: Manhattan, South Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn.

TYPES OF SERVICES: Executive function and behavioral coaching as well as reading and writing consultation.

EXPERTISE: Working with students on new or ongoing diagnosis with learning and information processing disorders (ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, Autism, and Cerebral Palsy) in order to adapt both academically and socially.

AGES: 1st Grade-College and Adults.

PETER W.

SPECIAL EDUCATOR AND CHILDHOOD LITERACY SPECIALIST, PRE-K – 4th GRADE, MS, PhD

Peter is a special educator and childhood literacy specialist, pre-K – 4th grade, the “learning to read” phase of literacy instruction. He holds permanent New York State certification in special education, a masters in special education from Hunter College (CUNY) and a PhD in urban education from the Graduate Center (CUNY). He has supervised pre-service elementary school teachers at the undergraduate level and taught literacy assessment and instruction at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Peter currently contributes, edits, and reviews book chapters and articles on the history, philosophy, and sociology of education for various academic publications.

Peter is trained in the Wilson Reading System, one of the many Orton-Gillingham approaches to multi-sensory phonics instruction. He has taught in both inclusive and self-contained special education environments (K – 2nd grade). He has learned through his experience that multi-sensory phonics instruction braided with robust comprehension modalities is the sine qua non of childhood literacy instruction. Phonics and comprehension are not mutually exclusive. In fact, they must be coupled for effective assessment and instruction.

Peter also has an arts background. He has a BA in dramatic literature from NYU and was trained as an actor and musician (electric bass). He has taught arts in education courses at the undergraduate level. He likes to think that he brings a certain amount of creativity to his work that is rooted in a pedagogy of compassion and open-heartedness. 

LOCATION:  Manhattan, Brooklyn, or Queens available Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays, and Tuesdays, all day to 10 pm.

TYPE OF SERVICES: Pre-K — 4th grade Orton-Gillingham and qualitative (comprehension) literacy assessment and instruction tailored to a student’s individual needs; implementing IEPs; providing test prep for the New York State ELA exam, K – 4th grade.

EXPERTISE: Orton-Gillingham-based literacy assessment and instruction (decoding and encoding) and all that it entails beginning with phonemic awareness and ending with fluency; literacy assessment and instruction for comprehension, for example, the Qualitative Reading Inventory (QRI) and reciprocal teaching, respectively. Peter has experience writing and implementing IEPs and using the ELA Common Core as a guide for instruction. 

AGES: Pre-K – 4th grade, ages 4 through 10 or 11.

Wendy T.

SPECIAL EDUCATOR AND ELEMENTARY EDUCATION & CERTIFIED WILSON READING SPECIALIST

Wendy is a certified teacher in Childhood Education (Grades 1-6) and Special Education (Birth-Grade 6), specializing in learning disabilities. She has 11 years of teaching experience, primarily with early elementary grades in Integrated Co-Teaching settings, and has worked with children in many different capacities for 20 years. Wendy is certified in Wilson Reading Systems and trained in Fundations, Recipe for Reading, Preventing Academic Failure, and Orton Gillingham. She uses these phonics based programs along with her Orton Gillingham training to teach reading and spelling. Lessons are structured in multisensory, systematic manner in which students are given the opportunity to learn and review sounds and spelling patterns in isolation and within words, sentences, and decodable passages. Part of each lesson is focused on decoding, reading fluency, sight word recognition, and reading comprehension. Another part of each session is devoted to encoding, spelling, and even grammar. We also spend some time with non-decodable and/or grade level texts, so students can learn ways to apply these skills in the classroom.

LOCATION: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island (she resides in Forest Hills).

TYPE OF SERVICES: Initial reading evaluation and reading intervention.

EXPERTISE: Working with children who have difficulty with decoding (deciphering letters when reading), reading fluency, reading comprehension, and/or encoding (spelling) issues, including working with students with dyslexia.

AGES: Kindergarten through high school