Meet Our Tutors
City Kid Tutors provides students, ages 2-grade 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, as well as with test prep (Gifted & Talented, NY State Exams, ISEE, OLSAT, NNAT, SSAT, and SAT). 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!
Deirdre is a dedicated teacher with nine years of teaching experience. She has taught math at the high school, middle school, and elementary level to a wide range of learners at both public and charter schools. Deirdre graduated from San Diego State University with a mathematics teaching credential in 2010. She then when on to earn her Master's Degree from National University in the area of administration in 2018. Her goal as an educator has been to teach her students that they are all “good” at math and to transform what they perceive as “good.” While this has not been easy at times, she has had the pleasure of witnessing students embrace their mistakes and focus less on having the right answer and more on the process. The process of math is where the beauty lies, and the more students we can teach this to, the more likely they are to grow up and answer the question, “Were you good at math?” in a drastically different way than most adults currently do today.
Greg is committed to being the best tutor he can be. He is a native New Yorker (one of the few) who graduated with a degree in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and then got his M.A. in Criminal Justice at Rutgers University. After an unsatisfying stint on Wall Street, he got into ESL tutoring/teaching English to foreign students, diplomats, and a few famous bilingual actors, as well. He then taught English at Kaplan and was asked to be a private academic tutor by one of his students for the Head of Security for a U.N. Consulate, and has stayed in academic tutoring since. When he isn't helping your child navigate the perils of Greek mythology, writing a five-paragraph essay, or overcome Algebra, he can be seen on TV shows like Law and Order: SVU, The Blacklist, and a few soap operas. He brings his outgoing personality, attention to detail, and the great listening and communication skills he’s honed on TV to each of his sessions in order to make them as fun as they are helpful.
Kim is a kind, caring, and dedicated early childhood educator with eleven years of experience teaching Pre-K-2nd grade. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay in Elementary Education. She also has a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Kim is a leader in the field of literacy and has facilitated multi-day trainings for teachers from all over the state of Wisconsin in the Teacher’s College of Columbia Reading and Writing Project workshop model. She is also passionate about math instruction and is certified as a math recovery specialist through the US Math Recovery Council. While Kim greatly enjoys collaborating with adults and studying educational theory, her favorite part of teaching and tutoring is working with children. She is passionate about teaching the whole child, creating authentic and joyful learning experiences, and celebrating each child’s growth with loved ones. Outside of school, Kim spends much of her time cooking and practicing yoga.
Kendra is a committed and creative educator with over 5 years of classroom experience teaching students from all over New York City. As a native New Yorker who attended both public and private schools and who has tutored students from various school systems, Kendra is well-versed in the academic and social needs of a diverse group of children. She received her M.A. in Education from Hunter college but began her career in journalism since writing was her first passion. Kendra’s love of literacy is present in her planning and teaching as she is always researching ways to engage young readers and writers by supplementing her school’s curriculum with culturally relevant and student-interest texts and materials. Her love of exploring and learning has led her to numerous professional development opportunities in and around the city including Teacher’s College Reading and Writing Program, Go Math and Wilson Reading System, which support her instruction and challenge her thinking about student development. When Kendra is not in the classroom, she enjoys being outdoors, visiting museums, getting creative in the kitchen and traveling to new places.
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 allows her to prepare her students for the next grade’s standards, while also ensuring that are equipped for the 3rd-5th grade state exams. Amanda believes in educating the whole child and attending to social-emotional needs, as well as academics. To that 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.
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.
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, as well as with preparing students for the New York State exams. 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.
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. In addition, Emily has a great deal of experience preparing students for the Gifted and Talented test. 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 working with children ages 2-12, 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, as well as experience prepping students for the Gifted and Talented test. 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.
Pearl is an educator, community organizer, writer, and artist originally from New York City. She graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelor's degree in Social Studies. Pearl has spent the last ten years working with youth to enable them to better understand the world we live in. Pearl has worked on prepping middle and high school students for many different exams, and also has experience providing general academic support to elementary through high school aged students. As a high school student, Pearl was trained in the use of interactive play and creative experimentation to teach science to youth at a museum serving half a million visitors per year. This early experience as an educator equipped Pearl with the tools and popular education methodologies that she now uses to teach civic engagement to young people. Pearl is also a Fellow with the Asian American Writers Workshop, where she writes narrative nonfiction about life as it is being lived on the streets of New York City. She is passionate about enabling youth to use storytelling as a tool to better understand themselves, their loved ones, and their communities.
Meg is a passionate and enthusiastic educator. She has experience teaching general and special education in grades 4-6. Meg received her Bachelor’s degree from Marist College where she studied Psychology and Childhood/Special Education grades 1-6. With an interest in bringing more technology into her teaching, Meg went on to receive a Master’s degree from LIU Post in Educational Technology. She continues to expand her own learning by finding ways to incorporate educational technology to help students build upon foundational skills or to help them develop an understanding around challenging core subjects. Meg has had experience in both general education and inclusion classrooms. She has experience working with students of varying abilities who have unique learning styles. From this, Meg has demonstrated determination in finding ways to differentiate instruction and she is able to understand the skills and strategies necessary to present to each individual learner.
Kalyani is a dedicated and experienced educator who began her career as a Speech-Language Pathologist, working with students from ages 3-21 in various public and private school settings. After serving as a classroom teacher at a non-public special education school in Brooklyn, NY for 7 years, Kalyani wanted to find a discipline that would encompass her interests and passion in linguistics, culture, and immigration rights while continuing to be an educator, leading her to pursue an M.A. in teaching English to English Language Learners. While continuing to practice as a Speech Pathologist, since 2010, Kalyani has been primarily working as an ELL teacher and coordinator (grades K-8) at a public school in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. Kalyani’s colleagues recognize her as a strong and disciplined team player who seeks ways to determine the appropriate strategies and skills for all learners to have access to grade- level materials. Kalyani holds an M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology from The Ohio State University, and an M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Hunter College. Kalyani has also received training and certification in Orton-Gillingham’s Preventing Academic Failure reading program (PAF). When not teaching, she enjoys traveling, spending time with her friends and family, and attending concerts. She is excited to join the City Kid Explorers team as both a tutor (in all content areas) and Speech-Language Pathologist.