Tutors/Teachers

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Alyson Greenfield holds an M.F.A. in creative writing and is currently on the faculty at Hunter College where she teaches Expository Writing, Literature, and Explorations in the Arts.  She is a former high school teacher, Teaching Artist, Tolerance Lecturer, National Organization for Women (NOW) Education Fund Board Member, and NOW Young Women's Empowerment Resource Project Director.    A strong proponent of the arts to empower both educators and students, Alyson has designed numerous events for Columbia University Teachers College in conjunction with arts institutions including Jazz at Lincoln Center, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, The Apollo Theater, and more.  Alyson is also a singer/songwriter and performer who appears regularly at Joe's Pub at The Public Theater, and whose music has been heard on Fox, Lifetime, AOL, and WNYC, and recognized by The New YorkerAM New York,  Time Out New York, and more.

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Blake Ramsey (no relation to Olivia) is a literacy coach and fifth grade teacher in the Dual Language Program at PS 133. He has studied, lived and worked extensively in France. He holds two Master's degrees from NYU: one in French studies, and the other in Teaching French as a Foreign Language. His teaching style is energetic, engaging, and really fun. He has an amazing ability to get kids speaking in French. He is passionate and incredibly thoughtful about his teaching practice. At SSW, Blake teaches French courses for elementary and middle school students. He is also available for individual and group tutoring sessions. Fluent in French, English, and German.

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Brianne Lynch is a tenured New York City public school teacher. She has taught Special Education for 5+ years at the second, third, and fourth grade levels. She received her BA from SUNY Geneseo, and her MA from Columbia University. Brianne has her masters in Literacy, a NY State Professional Teaching License, and a NY State Professional License for Students with Disabilities. Brianne utilizes many strategies to assist students in all areas of Reading, Writing, and Math, with specific concentrations in comprehension, fluency, and stamina.

Brianne lives in Carroll Gardens, spending most of her time researching the best pizza places and bookstores in the neighborhood.

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Bridgett Figueroa graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with honors and and holds degrees in French, Sociology, and Applied Psychology. After studying translation and interpretation at the Université Lumière Lyon 2 in France, she started her career in New York City at the Lillian Weber School of Arts in Early Childhood French & Spanish Dual Language Education. She additionally began working as a tutor with students in French dual language programs and has worked in the education field with students of all ages ranging from early childhood to university-level. She has worked in all New York City French Dual Language public schools and is passionate about immersive international education. She has worked and volunteered with children in bilingual and immersive summer programs in the United States and France. Bridgett loves working with English, Spanish, and French language learners. She enjoys creating a fun, interactive, and integrative learning environment for students. She is enthusiastic about languages, education, reading, the arts, music, and dance. She is excited to incorporate these passions in her career with students and her pursuit of a Masters in Bilingual Education.

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Christine Gardiner has taught writing, literature, and the humanities to students of all ages and walks of life. She received her BA and MFA from Brown University and her PhD from the University of Denver.

Christine has been teaching writing at the college level for over a decade. She’s taught at Brown University and at Hunter College, and for six years, she served as an Assistant Professor of the Liberal Arts at the College of New Rochelle School of New Resources, where she directed the Letters Department, served as an academic advisor, and read every incoming student's college essay.

Christine is a patient and intuitive teacher, and loves to help her students discover their voice on the page. She also has experience working with English language learners, students with learning differences, and adult learners.

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Daniel Howell earned his B.A. in Literature at Harvard with an honors destination as well as summa cum laude for his thesis and highest honors in field. Currently, Daniel is a Ph.D. student at NYU in Comparative Literature in the dissertation stage. Since graduating from Harvard, he has gathered extensive experience teaching undergraduate humanities courses at NYU on literature, philosophy, and history. In addition to university teaching, he has worked teaching ESL in a number of different countries (Chile, Germany, Japan). In his tutoring sessions, Daniel tutors elementary, middle and high school math and ELA. He also specializes in the SHSAT and other High School Entrance exams and has worked with students towards the TOEFL, ACT, SAT Verbal and Math, as well as the SAT subject tests in Math 2, Literature, Spanish, German, and US & World History. 
Fluent in English, German & Spanish

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David Rice graduated from Harvard College in 2010, having studied film and literature. He has taught animation at Harvard and creative writing at the Gotham Writers' Workshops, in addition to tutoring English, writing, math, science and test prep, in NYC and elsewhere. His first novel is forthcoming next year, and his animations have been shown at festivals around the world.  At Smith Street Workshop, David tutors across all subjects for students in 4th through 12th grade. He also specializes in Test Prep for middle, high school, and college admissions. 

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Guillaume Gatteau grew up in France and graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique in 2006, majoring in Mathematics and Finance. He moved to New York City to work for a French bank for 10 years. In 2017, he transitioned into teaching and became a math tutor, eager to show how mathematics can be applied outside of school. Guillaume’s teaching style brings the best of his past experiences from both French and American cultures, always with a little touch of fun and creativity. Fluent in French and English.

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Elizabeth Brown grew up in France in a little village just north of Paris. She was raised by an American father and a French mother. After University in France, she decided to move to Boston to better understand her father's country and first worked at l'Alliance Française of Boston. Three years later, she moved to New York to start a children's program in a French language school in Williamsburg (Coucou Brooklyn). In 2015, she worked at the Lycée Français as long term substitute teacher in their Elementary programs. Education is Elizabeth's passion and she's a big believer in play-based learning and differentiated pedagogy. Providing the children with the resources they need to reach new developmental milestones is an absolute thrill and a responsibility she’s truly grateful for.

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Jackie Son majored in English Literature and History at Texas A&M University and holds two Master's Degrees: one in Library Science from SHSU and one in Humanities from NYU. She has been an educator for eleven years, eight of which were spent in the classroom teaching high school and middle school ELA. She is currently a school librarian at PS109 in Brooklyn, which is a K-8 campus.

Jackie has worked with all grades and taught SHSAT prep, SAT prep, and worked extensively with English Language Learners. She is trained/ certified in: Columbia's Teachers Reading Writing Workshop, Gifted and Talented, Advanced Placement Language and Rhetoric, Advanced Placement Literature, and the framework for International Baccalaureate (both MYP and DP).

She spends most of her free time dragging people into bookstores and libraries, and she enjoys making up names for other people's dogs.

Jaclyn Wickham is Smith Street Workshop’s Senior Director of Academic Enrichment. In that role, Jaclyn leads all our Smith Street Workshop’s curriculum development. In addition to this, she continues to work as an educator, tutoring students across a wide range of topics at the Workshop.

Jaclyn holds a Master’s degree in Human-Computer Interaction from New York University’s ITP program and a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education.  She’s an educational technologist and former teacher who is passionate about education reform, and is continually exploring innovative ways to use technology to enhance learning.

In her former role as a classroom teacher, Jaclyn increased student achievement and created personalized learning experiences for her students through the use of instructional technology such as interactive whiteboard lessons, student response systems, and one-to-one iPads.  As a professional development specialist and instructional coach, she traveled to classrooms across NYC to deliver small and large group presentations, model instructional best practices, and coach teachers on how to integrate technology into their curriculum, instruction, and assessment practices.

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Michael Cancella began teaching standardized test prep 7 years ago, shortly after graduating magna cum laude from Columbia University with a BA in History. With nearly 7,000 hours of teaching experience, he has an extensive background in teaching standardized test prep to a broad range of students in both a classroom environment and in one on one tutoring sessions.

Michael brings a passion for learning with a desire to help young people succeed in their goals to every class and tutoring session he leads. He firmly believes that every student has the ability to improve their score if provided with the tools and techniques specific to the standardized test they are preparing for.

Kelsey Bolzer was born and educated in Brooklyn. She currently teaches full time as a second grade French Dual Language teacher at PS20. Kelsey received her BFA in Photography from SUNY Purchase, M.Ed. from Hunter College.

Having taught for almost ten years, Kelsey is passionate about language learning and creating cross-disciplinary learning experiences by incorporating her background in art and critique. She lives in Carroll Gardens with her husband, daughter, and shepherd mix, Stevie Nicks.

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Nathalie Van Braekel is a native French speaker, originally from Belgium, where she earned a Masters Degree in French Language and Literature at Louvain University. She began her teaching career in Brussels, and after living in Poland for several years, she and her family moved to New York five years ago. She has worked as a private French tutor with both children and adults and created curricula for various French after school programs. Fluent in French and English.

 

Olivia Ramsey (see founder) oversees curriculum development across all course offerings, mentors teachers, and runs the business.

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Robert Levine is a math teacher at Marine Park Junior High School (JHS 278) in southern Brooklyn. He attended Marine Park JHS as a student many years ago, and now has the opportunity to work alongside the teachers and administrators that provided him with such a valuable education. Robert received his B.A. in Mathematics with a minor in Education from Binghamton University, and then entered the Teaching Fellows program post-graduation, leading to his M.A.T. from Relay Graduate School of Education. Robert is a SHSAT tutor, working with students individually, as well as in small/large group settings. He has also worked as a private tutor with children ranging from 5th to 9th grade, focusing on Common Core Math. Robert brings humor into every tutoring session, and makes sure every student leaves their session feeling confident and having learned something new. 

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Nathan Saignes grew up in Alsace, France, raised by a French dad and an American mom. He’s loved education ever since helping a hearing-impaired classmate with weekly language and math homework in high school. After completing a Bachelor’s degree in Literature and Drama at the Sorbonne, he moved to New York and worked as a substitute teacher in French after school programs. Nathan also works as a French tutor and is a pianist, dancer, translator, and writer. Nathan is an assistant Teacher at Smith Street Maternelle during the week. At The Workshop, Nathan tutors across all subjects for students in 4th through 9th grade. He also specializes in Test Prep for middlle and high school.

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Morgan Williams is a recent graduate of Columbia University with a degree in Linguistics. Morgan is back in New York after spending a year studying law in London. Morgan has over 9 years of tutoring experience and is very passionate about helping students achieve academic success. In addition, she continues her interests in music performance and Flamenco dancing while being involved in “She Will Rise”, a community based organization. She is very passionate about helping students achieve success in the classroom and in test prep. At the Workshop, she tutors math and ELA and specializes in SHSAT, SAT, and ACT test prep.

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Tara Meiners taught 1st grade in the Dual Language Program at P.S. 133. After completing her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and French, she taught English in France for two years at both the elementary and high school level. She went on to receive her Master's degree from Hunter College in Bilingual French/English Elementary Education. While doing so she worked as an assistant teacher and substitute teacher in many of New York's French dual language schools, as well as an adjunct professor of French at the College of Staten Island.

Tara has been the recipient of scholarships from the French Embassy, including one which allowed her to participate in a teacher training program in France at the Center for Applied Linguistics in Besançon. Her passion for teaching, language development and working with children drives her to continually reflect on teaching practices as well as ensure that students feel confident and excited about learning!

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Jerelyn Luther received her BA from Yale. She is back in New York after spending a few years teaching math and reading to elementary and middle school students in New Orleans and currently teaches 6th grade science in Brooklyn.

Jerelyn's love of learning and school as a student steered her towards teaching as an adult after working at an education non profit and doing research about educational disparities across the US. She's passionate about student learning, building students' excitement and knowledge about STEM, and student achievement. In her free time, you can find her creating pottery at a local studio, and biking around Brooklyn. At the Workshop she tutors in all subjects 2nd-7th, with an emphasis on Science at the middle school and early high school level. She is also available for test prep for middle school and early high school

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Gabriela Vieira is a 7th grade English teacher at Marine Park Junior High School (JHS 278) in southern Brooklyn. She majored in English Literature and Sociology at Amherst College, and upon graduating joined the New York City Teaching Fellows. Through the program, she received a Master's Degree in Education from St. John’s University. She has taught 6th and 7th grade math, science, social studies, and ELA, but her specialty is in middle and high school English. She is certified/trained in: Special Education 7-12, English 7-12, and SHSAT Test Prep.

Gabriela has also tutored in different capacities for seven years through programs such as Prep for Prep, A Better Chance, and Reader to Reader. She particularly enjoys tutoring for the SHSAT exam because she went to a specialized high school (Staten Island Tech). She understands the rigor that goes into taking the SHSAT and attending a specialized school, and she wants to help students accomplish this goal!

She likes to spend her free time playing volleyball, playing and listening to jazz, watching Netflix, and reading a good book!