Meet Our Tutors
City Kid Tutors provides students, ages 2-12, with individualized instruction that is tailored to meet the needs of the child. All of our teachers hold a Masters in Education, have three or more years of classroom teaching experience, and are considered highly effective teachers and leaders in their schools. Our tutors have experience teaching the core curricula used in NYC classrooms, including Teachers College Reading & Writing Project, Engage NY, and Investigations. In addition, City Kid Tutors have received degrees from top universities, including Columbia, Harvard, and UC Berkeley, and have completed the NYS teacher certification program.
May is a distinguished upper grade teacher who has spent the past eight years building a love of learning in more than 350 students. She graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2009 as an Elementary Education major and Spanish minor. She also holds Master's degrees in both Elementary Education and Literacy Education. As a life-long learner, she values the professional development provided by Teacher's College Reading and Writing Project in which she has been participating for the past six years. Because of her extensive knowledge around literacy, she has served as a mentor teacher and facilitated professional development for colleagues. As an educator, May believes in building a strong positive rapport with each child, identifying their unique learning needs, and differentiating instruction to best meet those needs. She also makes learning relevant and authentic for her students by making real life connections and bringing in resources that pique students' interests. This is her second year tutoring with City Kid!
Melanie is a dedicated and passionate teacher with more than five years experience working with students from 1st to 5th grades. She has supported a wide range of students with varying abilities and needs. Melanie graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor’s degree in Selective Studies in Education with a minor in Disability Studies. Melanie has experience working with many different curricula, including Teachers College Reading & Writing Project, Cognitively Guided Instruction, TERC Investigations, and Engage NY. She continually engages in professional development to continue to grow and expand her repertoire as a teacher. Currently, Melanie is serving as the 5th grade math leader in her school. Melanie is recognized in her school community for her patience, creativity, and commitment to differentiating her instruction to meet the individual needs and interests of her students.
Lauren is a passionate teacher of younger students and has a great deal of experience working in the lower elementary grades. She hold a Master’s degree in Childhood Education from SUNY Cortland and is NYS certified to teach both Early Childhood Education (Birth-2nd Grades) and students with disabilities (Grades 1-6). Lauren has been teaching for over five years and currently teaches 2nd grade in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Throughout her teaching career, Lauren has worked with students with varying abilities ranging from kindergarten to fifth grade and developed a strong passion for helping build the foundational skills students need to be successful. Lauren is well known by her students and colleagues for the positive attitude she brings to her work. In her free time, Lauren enjoys watching movies, spending time with friends and family and trying out new restaurants in the city! Lauren loves working with City Kid Tutors and City Kid Explorers Summer Camp and has happily been a part of the team since 2017!
John is an educator, musician, and teaching artist originally from Cambridge, MA. He graduated from Harvard University with a BA in Social Anthropology in 2016. For the past six years, he has taught beatmaking (music production and technology), beatboxing (vocal percussion), poetry, and essay writing to K-12 students throughout the east coast and internationally. He is the editor of the revolutionary Beat Rhymers Curriculum, which provides tools for educators to incorporate the cypher and other types of culturally relevant pedagogy into classroom settings. He has played saxophone across North America, and has produced beats for artists whose projects have appeared in Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, and more. In 2017-2018, he was resident music composer at the Herbert Lawrence Dance Company at Lehman College. He is currently applying for his Masters in Education, and believes that all education is a tool for self expression and liberation.
Emily has been teaching lower elementary for the past seven years. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Developmental Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and stayed a fifth year to complete her Master’s in Elementary Education. She also received a certificate in Children’s Literature. Emily taught for three years in a public school in Elizabeth, New Jersey, and has now been teaching at a charter school in Manhattan for the last four years. Throughout her teaching career, Emily has worked with students of varying abilities in both general education and inclusion classrooms. She has experience working with children with special needs both in a classroom and a small group setting and feels that building a rapport with each child is a key factor in their success. When she’s not in the classroom, Emily enjoys cooking, reading and spending time with friends and family!
Amanda is a dedicated teacher with more than ten years of experience in the classroom. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in elementary education from The University of Georgia in 2007 and a Master’s degree in Learning Disabilities from Hunter College in 2016. Her extensive content knowledge and experience in upper elementary grades has enabled her students to prepare for the next grade’s standards as well as make connections to previously learned skills. Amanda believes in educating the whole child and attending to social-emotional needs, as well as academics. To do end, she regularly attends professional development by Teacher’s College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University and Yale University’s RULER program for social-emotional intelligence. Amanda is known for her positive and upbeat personality, which has helped her nurture a personal connection with her students. This has enabled her to utilize individual interests and learning styles to increase student engagement. She is well versed in helping all learners access the curriculum by differentiating and supporting students with scaffolds and tools to foster independence. Amanda especially loves creating extensions to the existing curriculum to deepen students’ understanding of what they are learning.
Aimee is a dedicated and passionate teacher with more than five years experience working with children as young as 2 years old to 2nd grade. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Child Development from Ohio State University, her Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Hunter College, and is NYS certified to teach Early Childhood Education (birth-2nd grade). Aimee has taught both in the private preschool sector as well as in the city’s public schools. She is currently teaching Kindergarten and is the team leader for her grade in writing. Aimee is familiar with the Teacher’s College Reading and Writing Project, TERC, and EngageNY curricula, among many others. Aimee understands the importance of teaching to the whole child, creating a warm and welcoming rapport, and instilling a love of learning in children from a very young age. In her free time, Aimee enjoys cheering on The Ohio State Buckeyes, reading, traveling, and spending time with her friends and family.
Emily is a compassionate early childhood educator from New York City. She received her Bachelor's degree in International Relations with a minor in Child Development from Tufts University. Emily started working with young children in college through her service with Jumpstart to provide developmentally appropriate educational activities, with a focus on language and literacy, to young children. She is currently a preschool teacher at a charter school. Emily is an NYC Jumpstart and CUNY PDI Early Childhood Teacher Fellow working on pursuing a graduate degree. She is a Prep for Prep alumna. Emily has experience with working with students from a variety of school backgrounds, including private, public/charter, parochial, and community-based organizations. She also has a background in early childhood education research from working for three years at MDRC, a nonprofit, nonpartisan education and social policy research organization. In her free time, Emily enjoys spending time in nature, dancing salsa, and cooking vegan meals.
Marisa is a creative and dedicated teacher with more than five years of teaching experience. She works with children with a wide range of abilities in grades 1 through 6, including those who are deaf. Marisa received a Masters degree as a Literacy Specialist from Teachers College, Columbia University in 2014. She received her Bachelors degree in Inclusive Elementary and Special Education from Syracuse University. Marisa has knowledge of numerous curricula, including EngageNY, Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, and TERC. She is currently serving as her school’s District 2 Math Leader. Prior to this year, Marisa was selected to exhibit at the MFSC Professional Learning Expo, where she showcased examples of best teaching practices to colleagues. This experience enhanced Marisa's leadership role within her teaching community. Marisa believes in teaching children through exploratory and real life experiences using a patient and nurturing approach. She has a wide variety of teaching tools that help foster learning and build engagement. Her extensive background working with children of various ages, as well as her passion for teaching, make her a highly skilled and motivated tutor.