-12 years teaching experience
-NY State certification in childhood education (grades 1-6)
-Specializing in elementary math
-Art Teacher experience
Brittany has been tutoring and teaching for the past 12 years. After graduating from Penn State with a BS in Economics, she moved to New York City to follow her passion and obtained a Master's Degree in Childhood Education. Brittany spent the majority of her teaching career in New York City before moving to Long Island two years ago. Her experience includes teaching 4th and 5th grade as well as homeschooling and developing curriculum for elementary aged children. Brittany brings a vast knowledge of elementary education along with an individualized approach to your child's learning.
-NYS Teaching Certification: Early Childhood Education (Birth - Grade 2)
-NYS Teaching Certification: Students with Disabilities: Early Childhood Education (Birth - Grade 2)
-Trained in Pre-K Universal Pre-K Programs: Before Five in a Row, Horizons, Oak Meadow, Time4Learning, Mother Goose Time, A Year of Playing Skillfully, Opening the World of Learning -4 Years of Teaching Experience in Pre-K - 2nd Grade
Hi! My name is Alexa Ashley. I am currently certified as an NYS Teacher in both Early Childhood Education (Birth - Grade 2) and Students with Disabilities (Birth - Grade 2). I received my Masters of Science from LIU Post in 2018. My experience has varied from working at Variety Child Learning Center in Syosset, NY and have spent the last year teaching both in the Wantagh public schools and working as a private, in-home instructor for a young, kindergarten child on the Autism Spectrum. Over the last four years, I have worked to refine my teaching strategies and have aspired to make meaningful connections to all students I have worked with.
I am able to consider the variety of learners in a classroom and how various instructional strategies may be used to support those learners. I am exceptional at creating successful learning experiences for children in which they not only feel motivated to learn but are engaged and are provided with differentiated strategies to best suit their specific learning needs. I ensure the learning environment for students is positive and maintains a positive, low-risk atmosphere to promote the most elevated potential for students to learn whether it is in the traditional classroom setting, or in a private, in-home setting. It is essential that children feel in control of their own learning and become autonomous learners in which they are able to construct their own meaning and knowledge. Therefore, I strive to facilitate those learning practices in the classroom.
-NYS Certified in Childhood Education 1-6
-Highly experienced and trained in mathematics instruction, and literacy-based instruction
-Skilled in Fountas and Pinnell, Teachers College Reading and Writing Workshop, EngageNY Math Modules, and GoMath
-Knowledgable in all areas of balanced literacy such as reading, writing, listening and speaking, word study, and assessment
-Experience tutoring High School Math & Science through Algebra 2 and Physics
Hi! My name is Jenna Sansone. I am currently a NYS Certified Childhood Education 1-6 instructor. I received my Masters Degree from Adelphi University in 2016 and have been working in the field of education in a variety of learning settings over the last six years. In my spare time, I enjoy trying new baking recipes, reading, exploring new hiking trails, and spending time with family and friends. I seek to promote and facilitate autonomous learning in any classroom or instructional environment so that learners are able to construct knowledge and meaningful information that is applicable to their everyday lives. It is also my goal to facilitate a genuine pursuit for knowledge within students. I have experience working in a variety of classroom settings and instructional environments including working in several self-contained bridge classes for grades K-2 and 3-5, and working as the lead teacher for two second grade classes. I believe that learning for each individual is a unique and tailored experience. I strive to include a variety of teaching methods and instructional strategies within my own instruction to best meet the needs of any and all learners. Facilitating this customized instruction in the following subjects includes utilizing and practicing strategies such as:
Literacy Comprehension: Reading comprehension (making connections, predictions, summarizing, recalling key details, identifying story elements), text decoding (defining and understanding new and unfamiliar vocabulary, using context clues), spelling (diphthongs, vowel teams), and writing (fiction, realistic fiction, informative pieces)
Literacy Instruction: Decoding new vocabulary (using context clues, images, and other resources to make meaning of new and unknown vocabulary), spelling (diphthongs, digraphs, vowel teams, CVC, CVCC, magic 'E' words), and writing (punctuation, grammar, structure and inclusion of details)
Mathematics: Addition (of two 1-digit numbers, of two 2-digit numbers, with regrouping, without regrouping), subtraction (of two 1-digit numbers, of two 2-digit numbers, with regrouping, without regrouping), place value (identifying place value, comparing place value, understanding place value in addition and subtraction), problem solving (word problems, missing values, addition, subtraction, comparing values), and critical thinking (explaining mathematical solutions, justifying and rationalizing solutions and thought processes)
Science: Research (gathering information from different data sources, evaluating data, analyzing data to draw conclusions), applying the scientific method (making observations, testing a hypothesis, draw conclusions), and conducting experiments (observing patterns, physical vs. chemical changes, the five senses)
Additionally to my teaching certification, I am able to provide content knowledge, classroom help and Regents Review support in Pre-Algebra, Algebra I and II, Geometry, Biology, Earth Science, Environmental Science, and Physics.
It is my mission to facilitate a love for learning in all of my students. I believe this life-long passion for teaching and continually learning myself, is essential to foster a positive learning environment for students so that they may develop the desire to become life-long learners as well. I hope to instill that passion for learning in all learners. I model and teach my students with a growth mindset. Specifically, I believe all students can learn through their mistakes and can develop their skills and talents through effort and persistence. With that said, I whole-heartedly cannot wait to begin!
Teacher Certification Preparation
I have extensive expertise and experience with all NYS (and out-of-state) Teacher Certification Requirements such as the edTPA, CSTs (all parts), EAS, and Praxis exams. Since obtaining my own license and certification in 2016, I have worked with teacher candidates to support them as they pursue their own certification. My past experiences includes working with those certifying in Early Childhood Education B-2, Childhood Education Grades 1-6 and 7-12, Students with Disabilities B-2 and 1-6, Physical Education K-12 and many more! The certification process is rigorous and it is my aim to help teacher candidates through this process so they may pursue a career in education. My success and happiness in supporting teacher candidates comes from alleviating the pressures, stress, and confusion that the certification processes and exams can cause. It is a personal goal to customize preparation for each teacher candidate to best help them through the process by mentorship, encouragement and personalized support.
-Professional Certificate – Early Childhood Education Birth-Grade 2
-Professional Certificate – Childhood Education Grades 1-6
-Certified Yoga Teacher
-Experience working with STEM, Coding, Robotics
-Library Media Experience
Hello! My name is Julia Sollin. I am a NYS certified teacher from Birth – 6th grade as well as English Education 7-9th Grade. As a child growing up in a family of educators, I always knew teaching was my passion! I have worked in a variety of different settings throughout the Long Island area.
As an educator, I believe that each child can learn in a happy and healthy environment. I make it a point to learn the personality of each student. I will always find a way to connect to each child. I find that it is extremely important to build a healthy relationship between the child and teacher. I also believe in a strong parent- teacher relationship. We must work together and maintain positive communication to have your child reach their fullest potential.
Aside from building content skills, I enjoy enriching content with hands-on activities. I believe that I can help students become problem-solvers, communicators, collaborators, and engineers. I believe that this can be done by creating a variety of experiences for your child. I feel that children learn best from real life, authentic experiences. I enjoy nature and enjoy any reason to bring the kids outside! I also collect recycled materials and will try find a way to have students create a hands-on project that corresponds with the lesson. When I am not teaching, you can find me sitting on the beach reading or practicing yoga! I love crafting and painting, going to the opera, listening to classical music, traveling and so much more!
-12 years teaching experience
-6 years in Pre-K
-Professional Certificate - Early Childhood Education Birth – Grade 2
-Professional Certificate - Childhood Education Grades 1-6
-First Aid/CPR Certified
-Working knowledge of Spanish
My name is Melissa Swart and I have worked in education for the last 12 years. My Undergraduate degree is from York College of Pennsylvania in Elementary Education, and I also received my Masters Degree from Stony Brook University. Initially, I did a lot of subbing in Elementary from grades K-6, and for the last 6 years, I have been a lead teacher in a Pre-K classroom.
I love to come up with fun and engaging ways for students to learn. Allowing students to be hands on and create things they are proud of is one way to accomplish this goal. I understand that all children do not learn the same way, and I always try to tailor my lessons in a variety of ways for each student to succeed.
When I am not teaching I love spending time with my family and friends. My favorite season is Fall, and I love to go for walks outside whenever possible. I look forward to being a part of Seventh Street Tutoring.
-NYS Teaching Certifications
-Elementary Education 1-6
-Special Education K-12
-16 years of experience
**Summer Availability Only**
My name is Melissa Conicelli and I have been teaching for over 16 years. It is my joy to foster a lifelong love of learning in my students as they become responsible members of the global community. I am passionate in my commitment to three things: maximizing student performance, inspiring students’ interest in learning and instilling a sense of self-worth among all students. I have dedicated my career to each of these pursuits.
I earned my undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Old Westbury and my master’s degree from Fordham University. I hold a professional certification for Elementary Education grades 1-6 and a permanent certification for Special Education grades K-12. I have experience teaching children ages 2-18 in a variety of settings including school, after school, camps and daycare.
I am trained in a multitude of literacy programs including, but not limited to; Wilson Reading System (Fundations), Columbia University Teachers’ College Reading and Writing Project, Success For All, and Rewards Reading Intervention. My strengths include highly effective classroom management, creative lesson plans, individualized curriculum and highly engaging instructional delivery.
-NYS Public School Teacher Professional Certificate-Early Childhood Education (Birth-Grade 2)
-NYS Public School Teacher Initial Certificate- Elementary
-Certified in CPR
My name is Natalie Conroy and I have been an educator for over 10 years, with a background in business administration. I have my undergraduate degree in Child Study from St. Joseph’s College and earned my Graduate Degree in Literacy from Long Island University. My first teaching experience was teaching Preschool/Pre-Kindergarten for 6 years. I have experience in teaching Kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade RTI,upper Elementary and High school students. My experience includes classroom experience in a variety of different school settings including public schools, charter schools and private community schools. In addition I have taught individual students in a one-on-one setting.
I hold many certificates in early childhood education. I enjoy taking workshops and professional development to keep myself current. The world of childcare and education is constantly evolving and I am always learning something new!
I aim to instill a lifelong love for learning in all my students. I provide them with a stimulating learning environment that engages them in hands-on experiences. I believe students need to be critical thinkers and have the confidence to take risks in their learning. I have a passion for reading and writing and love to share my love of books with my students!
-NYS Certified Grades 7-12 English Language Arts
-Florida Certified Elementary K-6 and 7-12 English Language Arts
-CPR and First Aid Certified
-Experience teaching 4th Grade through High School
My name is Marie Toomey. I graduated from SUNY Stony Brook with a Masters in English Education in 2008. I went on to teach high school English, followed by many other teaching experiences at various levels. I taught 4th and 5th Grade in Florida, as well as served as a short-term leave replacement as a middle school English Teacher. I firmly believe that education is the key to success for children and adolescents. As a teacher, I strive to motivate students by ascertaining their inner strengths and abilities and discovering what truly inspires them. I pride myself on my use of technology, and developing innovative and exciting lessons. At Central Florida Preparatory School, I had the privilege of launching a new Project Lead the Way S.T.E.M. curriculum in Automated Robotics Design.
I currently hold a NYS Teaching Certificate for English 7-12, and certificates for Elementary K-6 and Language Arts 6-12 in the state of Florida. I take pride in being a teacher because I am fortunate enough to live my passion. I love working with children, inspiring learning, and helping to mold young minds.
-Certified Mathematics (grades 6-12)
-Certified Yoga Instructor
-22 years full time teaching experience
-Worked as a tutor for collegiate athletes at a Division I University
Deborah Mazzant graduated from Penn State University with a double major in Applied Mathematics and Spanish with a minor in International Studies. She went on to get her teaching certification in mathematics. She has taught grades 7-12 and is comfortable tutoring through Calculus III. She has instructed AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, and AP Statistics for over 6 years and consistently her students achieve scores higher than both the state of New York’s average and above the national average. She has received training to teach the SAT (math portion)and ACT (math portion) and has been tutoring for those standardized exams for many years. She has taught in private, charter, and public schools and has taught the Common Core for 12 years. She has over a 95% passing rate for the Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II Regents exams.
Apart from being a lover of academics, Deborah also knows she must balance that love with emotional health. She earned her yoga teacher certification 5 years ago and has taught people of all ages ranging from as young as 5 years old to over 60 years old. She has also designed and taught yoga programs for specific athletic sports, helping to improve flexibility, strength, and reduce the risk of injury.
Throughout her 22 years of teaching she has maintained numerous relationships with her students and is proud to see them flourish into well-rounded adults. She believes that her passions for math and self-love will attract students to not only learn academic skills, but also the life skills that are needed to lead a successful and fulfilled life.
-20 years of Teaching Experience
-NYS Permanent Certification Pre Kindergarten, Kindergarten and Grades 1-6
-NYS Permanent Certification Reading Teacher
Hello! My name is Carolyn Stein and I have proudly worked in the education field for 20 years. I completed my undergraduate work in Elementary Education at St. Joseph’s College and went on to receive my Master’s degree in Reading from Dowling College.
I taught Kindergarten for 10 years then went on to do part-time work while raising my two amazing sons. I have worked in many different capacities as an educator including being a substitute teacher for grades K-6, working at a farm as an Educator for field trips, being a reading tutor for grades 1 & 2 and as a teacher at a Before School Care program. Each opportunity has taught me a great deal and helped me grow as an educator. Working with young children is my true passion. I believe learning should be a joyful experience guided by the child’s needs and interests.
Outside of teaching, I love spending time with my family, cooking, doing yoga and can always be found with a book in my hand. I am so looking forward to working with new students and families this year.
- Over 20 years teaching experience
- NYS permanent certification in Elementary Education pre-k-6
- NYS professional certification in TESOL K-12
My name is Kristi Van Vleet and I have been in the field of education for a little over 20 years. I received my bachelor’s degree in psychology at Molloy College, where I also received my elementary education teaching certification. I went on to pursue my master’s degree at CW Post and then returned to Molloy to complete my TESOL (Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages) certification.
Throughout my years teaching, I have had the privilege to work with students from a variety of backgrounds and challenges. I have had extensive experience working with children in special education and have learned many different behavior management strategies which have helped me become a better teacher. From the very start of my career, I had the opportunity to work with children from diverse backgrounds, which inspired me to get my TESOL certification. I have a deep understanding that every child learns differently and I always tailor my lessons to best fit their needs. My philosophy is to help each child reach their maximum potential by providing an environment where they feel safe and supported. I am comfortable teaching any grade level or academic area from kindergarten to sixth grade. I always love meeting new students and can’t wait to begin another school year.
-22 Years Teaching Experience
-Infancy to Grade 5
-NYS Certified: Childhood Education Grades 1-6
-Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education & TESOL
-Bilingual: Spanish.& English
Melissa Guzman has been an educator for the past 22 years. In that time, she has worked with children from their infancy to the fifth grade. She is a New York State certified teacher in Childhood Education for grades 1-6. She holds Master's Degrees in Early Childhood Education from Bank Street College of Education and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Lehman College. She completed her undergraduate work at Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio. She is the founder and co-director of The Small Idea Early Learning Centers in Harlem and Washington Heights. The centers offer dual language (Spanish/English) early childhood and preschool programs that are progressive and play based. Outside of the centers, she works privately with young English language speakers who are learning Spanish. She also works with recently arrived children of all ages and backgrounds who are learning English.
-NYS Certified Teacher (Elementary Education N-6)
-M.Ed. from St. John’s University
-30+ years of experience
-8 years of experience teaching Pre-K
My name is Jean McNally and I am a NYS certified, retired teacher of over 30 years. I graduated from SUNY Cortland with a B.S. in Elementary Education and then went on to obtain my Masters in Education from St. John’s University in Queens, NY. I have experience teaching Pre-K, 1st grade, 3rd grade, and 4th grade. My experience includes working in both private and public school settings. After retiring from teaching in the classroom, I became a full time Kinder Age Caretaker as well as a Private Tutor.
I love to spend time with children and ensure that they are taking part in hands-on learning. During my many years of teaching in the classroom I always made sure to create new and creative ways for children to learn. I understand that every child is unique and believe that it is my job to tailor lessons to the needs of each child so that they are able to succeed.
Outside of teaching I enjoy yoga, being outside and active, gardening and reading a good book for my book club. I also love to spend time with my husband, my two great grown up kids, and friends.
-Associates in Dance
-BA in English and Drama studies
-NYC Dance Educators Certification
-Certified Yoga and Yoga kids instructor
-Experience in Kids fitness
-Experience in teaching Theater Arts
Tiffany has been teaching dance and movement for over 10 years and holds two degrees in the arts. Tiffany also has an aspiration for the art of Yoga which she has studied in depth and now also teaches. She has taught all over Long Island as well as in Brooklyn and Queens. She attended Queens College, Nassau Community and Hofstra University to work with the best of New York's Choreographers and Yoga specialists. She currently runs a mobile dance and fitness program for children and adults. With over 25 years of training and experience,Tiffany is trained in Classical dance styles, Musical theater and Yoga. It is her belief that everyone should have a chance to dance regardless of age or ability.
Tiffany is happy to offer the following services with Seventh Street:
Dance (all ages) , Yoga(all ages) , Musical Theater (all ages), Early childhood Music and movement, Tumble tots.
In addition to dance and movement, Tiffany holds a BA in English from SUNY Old Westbury as well as several teaching certifications and credits. Her favorite subjects are creative writing, Shakespeare and Greek dramas. She has experience tutoring PreK-6 in all levels of reading and writing and has the most experience with early childhood students Pre-K to 2nd grade. Tiffany has worked in a handful of DOE and Long Island Pre-K centers working with children on beginning school FUNdations.
-NYS Permanent Certification PreK-6
-Pending Special Education License
-Teaching Experience 20+ years in various grades and subjects
-Academic Intervention Teacher 12+ years, teach children at risk of failing
-Trained in various assessments, math and reading programs
-Private Tutoring 20+ years Primary and Secondary Levels
-In Home and Virtual Instruction with students of different abilities
-CPR First Aide Certified
I have been a teacher for over 20+ years. Through this time, I have had the pleasure to work with children of various ability levels in numerous grades and subjects. My most recent teaching, included children on the secondary level with special education needs. Through this experience, my students gave me the motivation to re-enroll in a graduate program to obtain my special education license. I have always been able to pride myself with making connections with children on not only an academic level, but social/emotional level, as well. I’m a firm believer that we must meet each student where they’re at. I have strong academic skills, but also engage students in a fun and loving manner. I enjoy physical fitness and encourage my students to be active and even incorporate that into their education.
-Early Childhood Education (Birth-Grade 2)
-Childhood education (1st-6th)
-Students with disabilities (1st-6th)
My name is Michele Mostacci and I have been an educator for over 10 years. I’m certified to teach early childhood, childhood education and students with disabilities. I received my bachelor’s degree and master’s degree at Molloy College. My first teaching experience was teaching 1st grade in Brooklyn for the DOE. I currently teach in Queens. I have experience teaching pre-K and up. I have taught both in a general education classroom and co-teaching classrooms. I have taught individual students in a one-on-one setting and small group as well.
I incorporate hands on learning and teaching to make learning fun! I love working with children and enjoy seeing the progress each child makes in their own way.
Outside of teaching I enjoy spending time with my family and my children. We love reading, doing arts and crafts and having family game night!
-Certified In CPR and First Aid
-BA in Child Study and English
-Teaching Certification K-6
-General Education (K-6)
-Special Education (K-6)
My name is Sarah Seiler. I am a recent St. Joseph’s College graduate. I have my Bachelor’s Degree in Childhood Education as well as Special Education. I will be attending St. Joseph's College again this up-coming Fall 2021 to complete my Master's Degree in TESOL. I have experience teaching Pre-K-8th grade as a student teacher and substitute teacher. Working with children is a true passion of mine.
In my classroom, I will always strive to challenge and encourage my students to make learning exciting and motivational.
Outside of teaching, I love spending time with my family and friends, walking my two dogs, and running.
-34 years experience working with children
-BS in Accounting, Hofstra University
-MS in Early Education N-6, Hofstra University
-First Aid and CPR Certified
Hello Everyone! My name is Melissa Re-Cagna and I am currently a one-on-one pre-school teacher. I have been working with children for the past 34 years in a variety of settings. At one point of my career I moved to the Cayman Islands and created a nursery program in an existing private school. The goal for this program was to have my students reading and writing before the age of 5. My greatest accomplishment has been raising and teaching my four daughters. I pride myself on attention to detail, organization and strong family values.
Volunteering and giving back to the children in my district has been a major part of my life for the past 15 years. I am proud to say I am a 4x PTA President and have served on the Council board. I have also “raised" nearly 100 young girls in the Girl Scout community. I take great pride as a lifetime member of GSNC and have lead all my daughter’s troops to date.
When I am not spending time with my husband and daughters, you can find me restoring furniture and redecorating homes. Although I did not go to college for interior design, it has become a true passion of mine and I enjoy getting to know my clients. My oldest daughter is a pastry chef so I assist her with her business as well.
-BA in Psychology
-Doctoral Student in School Psychology
-NYS Certified Teacher’s Assistant/Substitute
-Tutored: Elementary – AP Courses/College
Hi, my name is Christianna! I am currently a doctoral student in school psychology and working as a student clinician. I graduated from Hofstra University with a Bachelor’s in psychology and a minor in sociology. I became a New York State Certified Teacher’s Assistant and Substitute Teacher and worked with students with severe disabilities on the Autism Spectrum. I have experience teaching and tutoring in school, private clinic, and home settings. I have worked with students ranging from 6-18 years old and subjects ranging from elementary math to AP Biology. My favorite subjects are Psychology, English and Science. I love meeting and helping new students and families. My goal is to help each student become successful throughout their academic careers. I believe learning should be fun, relatable, and accommodating for each student. I can’t wait to get started!
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