Kristina: Elem. Ed; Middle School (most subj.); High School History/Gov't; Study & Org. Skills; Italian; NYS Regents
Kristina is New York state-certified to teach grades one through six, and in the process of adding middle school certification to her credentials. Also currently teaching Italian, Kristina holds a Bachelors degree in Modern Language and Culture with a concentration in Italian and French languages. And more recently, she earned her Masters in Elementary Education.
Still early in her career as a professional educator, Kristina's has already garnered extensive classroom experience. She co-taught Italian levels I, II, and III in a small private school in New York City, and worked in a second grade private school classroom teaching mathematics and English/Language Arts. As a student teacher in White Plains, NY, Kristina gained valuable hands-on experience in a first-grade classroom utilizing the acclaimed multi-sensory Orton-Gillingham PAF (Preventing Academic Failure) program, after which she completed a student teaching assignment at the 5th grade level.
Her vast tutoring experience includes working with special needs elementary students and working with middle school students in math, science, social studies, Italian, and English/Language Arts. Furthermore, she home-schools U.S. and World History, European history, government and politics, and Italian language at the high school level. Kristina uses a multi-sensory approach to tutoring, including auditory and visual cues to help students learn. In addition, Kristina helps students by working with them on study habits and organizational skills.
Bozidar:AP Physics; Advanced Math including Statistics, Calculus AB and BC, Pre-Calculus, Trig, Algebra, Algebra 2, Geometry
Bozidar holds a PhD degree in Physics from Boston University that he earned for theoretical/computational research in solid state physics. He served as a teaching assistant throughout his entire post-graduate education, building up valuable teaching skills while mastering his areas of subject expertise. Bozidar earned praise and admiration for his insightful approaches in helping students at all levels to learn and strengthen their skills in various areas of physics.
After graduating in 1998, Bozidar worked in the area of quantitative research (applied math) at several finance and investment firms in analyst and then executive roles. Already a skilled teacher, Bozidar accepted positions (and continues to serve) as adjunct professor for two New York colleges; and until recently, taught advanced math and physics at an alternative NYC secondary school for highly motivated and scholastically strong students to begin their college studies two years early.
Bozidar has been tutoring advanced physics and math for over 10 years for both high school and college students. Bozidar found My Tutor and Me in the latter part of 2008, and we are extremely fortunate to have him working one-on-one with students through us.
Bozidar’s R&R includes such activities as biking, hiking, skiing, sailing, scuba diving and travel.
Sameena:Pre-K & Elementary; Middle School Reading and Language Arts
Sameena is NY State certified in Birth-grade 6 elementary education. She completed a master's in child development at the University of Edinburgh before going on to study elementary education. She has been teaching at a private school in NY for nine years as a second, fourth, fifth, and current middle school reading and ELA teacher.
Sameena's diverse background and desire to work collaboratively with children, parents, and fellow teachers drives her philosophy on teaching- to form creative learning centers, cooperative learning groups, and instill a positive attitude in students so that they may achieve their potential. Knowing that differentiation plays an important role in learning and the significance of an interdisciplinary education helps her to assist students' growth emotionally, socially, and to strengthen them academically in a nurturing, positive environment.
When not in front of the class as a teacher, Sameena enjoys being a student herself, studying languages, music, cooking, and learning about the world through travel!
Rick: Prep for all major standardized tests (SAT, ACT, SSAT, ISEE, etc.); essay writing in all subjects (including personal essays for college and private-school admission); academic help and AP test prep in English Lit, Latin, French and history (World, European, American)
Rick is a very active tutor for middle- and high-school students in Westchester County and Fairfield County. He takes great pleasure in helping to maximize test scores, improve grades and build academic confidence.
Rick earned his Ph.D. at Princeton in Classics & Philosophy, and then taught for many years at Princeton and the University of Texas at Austin. Canadian by birth, he did his undergraduate work at the University of Toronto, where he won the Governor General's Medal for the highest GPA in any field of study (4.3).
Rick's career reflects the many talents of a "Renaissance man." He has published widely on mythology, literature, philosophy and film, and lectures regularly on movies at Lincoln Center and SUNY Purchase as well as in Philadelphia, Boston and New Haven. He's also a composer, songwriter and music producer who has recently completed a rock musical inspired by Dante's Inferno.
Drawing on this wide range of knowledge and experience, Rick guides his students toward superior performance by establishing a strong personal rapport, generating enthusiasm and encouraging pride in accomplishment. He specializes in developing writing skills, from essay structure, style and fluency to the nuts-and-bolts of grammar and syntax. His years of creative and business experience add an engaging real-world perspective to his tutoring style.
Rick has two daughters, both of whom are pursuing doctorates; one in sociology at NYU and the other in comparative literature at CUNY.
Helena:College Essay Writing, Writing, SAT Prep "Verbal" Sections
Helena is a practicing attorney in New York, and a graduate of NYU School of Law and Princeton University. In addition to practicing law, Helena has extensive experience in SAT prep (including the changes in 2005), plus tutoring in writing with an emphasis on college essay writing and college application prep. Helena has been a tutor since her high school senior days working privately and for community organizations in New York City. While at Princeton, Helena continued to tutor through community-based educational initiatives, and coordinated a program aimed at helping students gain admission to Ivy League universities.
During her free time, Helena enjoys reading, playing tennis and watching movies
Kris:AP US and World History, Social Studies, English, GED, "Verbal" sections of ISEE, SSAT, SAT
Kris is a dynamic certified Secondary Social Studies teacher who is currently working in New York City. He graduated from the University at Albany with a degree in History and English. Directly after, he pursued and completed a Masters degree in Secondary Education at Manhattanville College. Kris has tutored students in varying degrees for the better part of the last seven years. While studying at the undergraduate level, Kris ran track, helped to organize better educational opportunities for low income students and served as the president of a student organization that focused on easing social injustice. Additionally, Kris honed his Social Studies knowledge while spending a semester studying abroad in London, England and traveling through Europe and Northern Africa.
Kris has spent much of his time preparing high school students for the SAT, leading a Youth Group from his local church, and coaching the track team at his school. In addition to successfully preparing his students for the middle school Social Studies exam, Kris has developed two elective courses in his school including "Geopolitical Events" and "The History of Hip-Hop." Kris challenges his students to think critically and take responsibility for their education. Furthermore, Kris has a knack for creating a comfortable educational environment for his students while making the material relatable to their everyday lives.
Kris currently lives with his wife and child in Tarrytown, N.
John Rowland holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from
the University of California at Santa Cruz, and is a professional chemist
for a large chemical company in the area. He has published over thirteen
articles in various chemical journals, and has real-world experience
with the global chemical industry. He brings practical insight to chemistry
while teaching the subject he loves. "There
is so much interesting chemistry around us, the study of chemistry should
be just as engaging, and fun, as the real world," he says about his
John has years of experience as a teaching assistant for various university-level
chemistry courses as well. "It's all about communication" he says
regarding his philosophy of teaching chemistry, "communication of the
material between the reading brain, the math brain and the logic brain of
the student. All that communication starts the connections that make learning
the concepts fun and interesting." And it's not just John who feels
this is the best way to teach chemistry; he received the Outstanding Chemistry
Teaching Assistant award while in graduate school.
Social Studies, English, Writing/Reading Comprehension, Study
and Organizational skills, Research Skills, NYS Regents/RCT Prep
Lindsey is certified in NY and CT and brings a wealth of knowledge
with her. In both states, she is dual certified in Social
Studies and Special Education. Having recently completed her
Masters in Special Education, she has relocated from Long
Island to lower Fairfield County, CT to begin her teaching
career. Currently, she is working in a high school-based intensive
support program for Special Education students. She is teaching
English, Creative and Expository Writing and Human Resources.
She also works with students one-on-one in resource room.
Previously, she worked in a special education program that
services students with a range of disabilities. She has worked
with students whom have behavioral and emotional issues, Aspergers
Syndrome and learning disabilities. She has tutored for Social
Studies, English, Regents and RCT prep, general writing assistance
and study/organizational skills.
A Special Ed. and Social Studies teacher colleague of Lindsey’s
in early 2007 writes that her “…professionalism,
content knowledge, interaction with students and enthusiasm
ranks her among the best student teachers we have worked with…”
She adds, our students "...display a variety of academic
and social needs. [Lindsey] has demonstrated a strong sense
of insight into our student's individual personalities and
needs, and has successfully helped to create an environment
conducive to self-growth, academic achievement and safety.”
And, another colleague states that “…students
clearly connected to [Lindsey’s] balance of genuine
enthusiasm and substantial subject knowledge."
Lindsey is a member of the Council for Exceptional Children
and Kappa Delta Pi.
In her free time, Lindsey enjoys skiing, traveling and curling
up with a good book!
Amanda earned dual certification for birth through 6 to teach in both New York and Connecticut . She received her Master's in Early Childhood and Childhood Education from Manhattanville College with a GPA of 3.85. Amanda received her undergraduate degree from Franklin and Marshall College with a focus in philosophy, psychology, and sociology.
Currently pursuing a classroom teaching position, Amanda is a one-on-one teaching assistant for students with special needs in a lower Fairfield County school system, previously having served in their apprenticeship program. While pursuing her Master's Degree, Amanda was a teaching assistant in Kindergarten and 2nd grade classrooms.
Amanda's teaching experience includes children from a broad spectrum of abilities and culturally diverse backgrounds. As a result, she has honed her teaching skills to adjust her instructional approach for each student's individual leaning style and aptitudes. For the classroom, Amanda has bee trained in and employed several learning strategies, such as the Responsive Classroom® model, Reader's Workshop and Writer's Workshop techniques. Her current position has afforded Amanda the opportunity be trained to administer the DRA II, OLSATs, and DRP, testing used for assessment and evaluation of students in skills such as reading and reasoning.
A current (2011) client of My Tutor and Me® writes, "We cannot thank you enough for Amanda. She has not only been a pleasure to work with, but is the utmost professional, highly skilled in tutoring and is extremely knowledgeable about teaching. We will definitely like to keep Amanda as a tutor next school year..."
As a tutor with My Tutor and Me®, Amanda derives enormous fulfillment working one-on-one with her students using both her innate and acquired skills to personalize her instruction.
John K (Upper Westchester): Math ALL Levels; Math sections of SAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT, ISEE, and SSAT; Physics
John is a graduate of Tufts University, School of Engineering. After pursuing a successful career in mechanical engineering for over 25 years, he earned a Master of Science in Education degree from University of Bridgeport to pursue a second career in math education. His teaching background includes algebra and remedial math at an urban middle school. He has been working full-time for over four years in one-to-one math tutoring.
John is proficient at all levels of math from middle school to high school. He has consistently proved himself as an effective instructor, sensitive to the background knowledge, interests, and learning styles of the students. He breaks down solution methods into simply steps. He also has a strong background in math prep work for the SAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT, ISEE, and SSAT. John genuinely loves to teach math and truly cares about his students.
John and his wife, Rosanne, have three children. His interests include coaching youth sports, home remodeling and repair, and fishing.
Cheng: Latin, Classical Greek, Mandarin Chinese thru HS Senior; Writing, SAT, SAT II (Latin, Math IC & IIC, Chem, Bio, Physics), HS Math through AP Calc BC; Statistics; Bio; Chemistry; Physics C; US History; World History; Latin (Vergil).
Cheng was born in Beijing, China, and has been tutoring privately for 7 years. She was educated at Middlebury College and Columbia University where she majored in Classics but studied a blend of languages, literature, and social justice issues. She joined My Tutor and Me in 2005.
Her tutoring experience has spanned a wide array of subject matters and needs, from cultivating bilingualism in a preschooler to designing and teaching an original SAT curriculum to a class full of high school juniors out of a kitchen (in which each student improved at least 140 points and the most-improved increased by almost 400 points!). She is passionate about teaching the logic underlying languages and accurate linguistic usage, especially in the contexts of Latin and SAT preparation. She also has a fondness for teaching AP subjects, having taken 9 AP Tests herself as a high school student.
Cheng lives in New York and is also working on an ongoing labor rights project, learning to dance ballet, and attempting to cook her own food.
Elizabeth:All grade levels: English, Writing, Social Studies, College Essays, Homework
Help, Organization, Time Management
asked why Elizabeth enjoys being an educator, she enthusiastically
responds, “What I love most about helping students learn
is the excitement in their eyes when they really get it…to
help children to reach their full potential and to really
love to learn is my goal.”
Elizabeth is a Dean’s List graduate of the University
of Vermont with a degree in Sociology and English. At UVM,
Elizabeth was a member of the Alpha Kappa Delta Honor Society,
Golden Key National Honor Society, and Kappa Delta Pi (Educational
Elizabeth later went on to earn her Master of Science in
Teaching, Elementary Education at Fordham University (with
a 4.0 GPA), but not before having served as an editor for
Reader’s Digest Children’s Publishing for several
years. Her desire to return to academia was driven by her
real aspiration “to help children learn how to learn
and to get excited about school.” To this end, she now
holds NY certification through 6th grade, and became head
teacher at a private school in Connecticut.
Elizabeth has since become a full-time mom, while still immersed
in education as a tutor helping students with homework, organization
and time management, outlining, note talking, essay writing,
reading comprehension, and more.
is a secondary Biology and General Science teacher in Westchester
County. She holds permanent NYS licenses in Biology and General
Science 7-12; Health Education K-12 and recently received
her Masters degree in Educational Technology from Pace University.
Stacey has over 10 years experience teaching Life Science and Biology, and
she is a skilled instructor of students with special needs. Stacey’s
current school director states that she has “an extensive knowledge
of her chosen field, science, in particular Biology,” and describes
her as a “highly competent, well-organized secondary school science
teacher who unselfishly gives of her time to provide her students with the
highest level of instruction.” He further says that “Stacey is
highly regarded by her colleagues as someone whose opinion is valued…They
have benefited immensely by learning from her expertise.”
In addition to teaching science, Stacey is the school's technology representative.
Stacey assists fellow educators with their various technology needs, and
writes proposals to ensure that her school's technology needs are met on
an ongoing basis.
Stacey has traveled great distances to supplement her scientific knowledge.
She participated in a hands-on educational workshop in Hawaii that integrated
a variety of scientific disciplines and cultural aspects. A visit to the
Grand Canyon, summer enrichment courses and weekends spent collecting various
specimens have benefited her students' classroom experience.
In her spare time Stacey enjoys hiking, traveling, running, or just about
anything that allows her to enjoy the great outdoors.
Christine:Special Education, Elementary Education, Wilson Reading System, ELA (English Language Arts) Test Preparation
Christine has been an educator since 1998, beginning her career as a 5th grade classroom teacher in a New York City Intermediate School. Currently, she works as a Reading Specialist in a Westchester school helping AIS (Academic Intervention Services) students achieve grade level reading. Having received both her Bachelor’s and Dual Master’s degrees from Manhattanville College, Christine returned to school to become certified in the Wilson Reading System, a multi-sensory reading instruction designed to help students with reading deficiencies, specifically in the areas of decoding and encoding. Christine is very passionate about the power of the Wilson program and has worked with many struggling readers to achieve grade level reading through one on one instruction.
Holding New York State Certification in Elementary Education, Special Education and Reading, Christine is a firm believer in continuing education and is always researching new methods and strategies for struggling readers.
Christine believes that all students can learn and that education is a collaboration among students, teachers and parents/guardians. She believes in teaching the whole child, considering his or her strengths and interests. Christine is confident in her ability to help students reach their educational goals.
Christine is the proud mom of a beautiful daughter. When she is not spending time with her family, she enjoys baking and her new found interest in Zumba!
Science (including NY Regents), Geology, Meteorology, Astronomy,
Jeff is an Earth Science Specialist with
over 25 years of professional teaching and tutoring experience.
He has taught in a full complement of schools: public, private,
day, boarding, rural, suburban, and urban to science students
in grades 7 - 12. Most recently, Jeff served as Director of
Science Curriculum and was faculty advisor at a New York school,
while teaching Astronomy, Chemistry, Geology, Meteorology
Jeff earned his Masters in Secondary School Science Education
with honors from Columbia University. He was a member of the
Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society and recipient of
the Professional Development Incentive Award. Jeff earlier
graduated from Earlham College in Richmond, IN with a Bachelors
Jeff’s tutorial students through My Tutor and Me –
current and former – have all significantly benefited
from his depth of content knowledge; teaching skills and experience;
and engaging personality.
When not teaching or tutoring, you can find him selling real
estate in New York along the Rivertowns of the lower Hudson
Valley. He is an avid cyclist, kayaker, downhill skier and
power ice skater. He is married and has a 10 year old daughter.
Literature & Composition, SAT (Verbal), Visual Arts, Theatre
Claudia is a NYS certified professional
educator with an extensive background in
all academic subjects, and special aptitude
in English, writing, literature, humanities
and the arts. A graduate of Brown University,
Claudia has led arts and humanities programs
at Marymount College, the arts program
at the Convent of the Sacred Heart and
taught at the Masters School and Westchester
Community College. She has been a private
tutor in academic subjects, K-12 for the
last ten years. She continues to serve
as an ambassador for Brown University,
as an active member of the Brown Alumni
Schools Committee, interviewing prospective
students. Upon graduation, she received the Susan Culver
Rosenberg Award for Excellence in Academics
Among Claudia's specialties are private tutoring in English, Literature, Drama, Public Speaking and Humanities, in addition to SAT preparation. Her love for young people and for education guides her work as a teacher, making learning come to life in real and meaningful ways for each student, K-12, as well as college students and adult learners. She is also an effective mentor for teachers and teachers in training.
She is effective with elementary school children fostering a love for reading comprehension, writing and clear verbal expression, in addition to organizational and homework skills, as well as test preparation and problem solving abilities applied to any subject. This stems from her own educational background. She was a gifted academic student herself, excelling in all subjects and has successfully tutored students across the curriculum, instilling an ability to think clearly, notice patterns, formulas and relationships, and develop effective learning strategies and study habits. This has included raising students' scores on the SAT to the top tier, as well as effectively raising test scores and achievement on the Biology Regents and Honors English.
She has designed integrated curricula linking English, literature and writing with visual and performing arts from the elementary through college levels of instruction. In addition, she has also served as an arts-in-education specialist in numerous Westchester and Fairfield county public and independent schools.
She is an accomplished classically based dancer and visual artist, who has also performed at Jacob's Pillow and Lincoln Center, trained in Shakespeare at the American Globe Theatre, exhibited her fine art and textile designs in New York City and New England galleries and published a card for UNICEF in Switzerland. She is also available for private instruction in Visual Art, Theatre and Dance.
Claudia holds a Masters Degree from the Arts in Education Department of Teachers College, Columbia University. Her graduate and subsequent teaching work involves the effective use and understanding of multiple intelligences. She was recently selected to be included in Who's Who in America.
Dianne is a New York State certified teacher of grades N-6 and is currently completing the process to obtain Connecticut certification as well. She has taught middle school, grade six, for several years in Westchester County, NY, and most recently has been teaching third grade in the Bedford School District.
Before returning to academia, Dianne held Internet based positions in the healthcare and electronic publishing industries. This corporate experience served to reaffirm her belief that acquisition of good organizational, time management, and study skills is of paramount importance for success in business and education alike. Therefore, emphasis on these fundamental skills in her teaching/tutoring methodology is standard, and geared to facilitate student success, as she strongly contends that “success breeds success.”
Dianne’s ongoing interest and keen insights into the educational process in her professional and personal life led to a lengthy tenure on the Educational Policies Committee at her children’s school at the Headmaster’s request. As a committee member Dianne determined school curriculum and policy, and monitored educational programs for grades K-9 for several years.
In a continuing effort to advance her professional strategies, Dianne is presently attending a Balanced Literacy symposium in both reading and writing. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Social Science/Psychology and her Master of Science in Education from Hoftsra University.
Melissa K: Orton-Gillingham,
Special Education, ESL, Study & Org
Melissa has been providing private remedial tutoring to children and adults in all subject areas, ESL, PSAT, SAT, GRE, GED, NTE, TOEFL, Regents, assessment, and standard test preparation since 1996 in Connecticut and New York. Additionally, she has provided special services for those with learning disabilities, ADD, autism, dyslexia, and test anxiety. Melissa is Orton-Gillingham trained (multi-sensory math) and is CT state-certified Pre-K – 12 in Special Education.
Other credentials include ESL/ESOL certifications in Connecticut and New York, Business School General Academic License for NY State, plus Remedial Reading certification through the Literacy Volunteers of America. Melissa earned her M.S. in Special Education at Southern Connecticut State University.
Melissa has been described by a colleague as possessing “excellent planning skills…[which has] evidenced a great deal of work. She implemented these plans smoothly resulting in interesting and motivating lessons.”
ACT, ISEE, SSAT, GMAT, GRE, GED, Praxis, Middle & High School Math through Algebra 2/Geometry, College Admission Counseling
Carl has many years of experience in successfully preparing high school students for their SATs; and for independent school aspirants, preparing those students for the SSAT or ISEE. His work in test prep started with a well-known national company in 1999 as an instructor for the SAT, ISEE, SSAT and GMAT, in addition to doing college admission counseling. Carl has since developed his own SAT prep product, which has met with considerable success, and which he incorporates in his work with students through My Tutor and Me. He has been tutoring with My Tutor and Me since 2006 during which time he has been consistenly praised by the families with whom he has worked.
As with many highly successfully educators, Carl's entry into the field followed an active career in sales, marketing and finance as an executive for several firms. His focus then evolved into sharing his background and knowledge as a teacher in these areas through adjunct professorships at New York University and Colorado Technical University. As a Lecturer in Management at Baruch College, Carl was awarded the 2003 Teaching Excellence Award. It was during this time that he started to develop his proprietary SAT product that he uses with his students today.
Carl received is MBA from Harvard Business School, and graduated from Harvard College, cum laude, with a Bachelors in Economics. He now lives with his wife and high school daughter in Fairfield County. When not immersed in academics, Carl enjoys playing tennis and bridge. Never at a loss for words, you can also find Carl solving - and creating - crossword puzzles!