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susanSusan A.

English, writing, literature, college essays and applications, AP English, exam taking strategies, US History, students on IEPs,  SAT/ACT, SSAT/ISEE, GRE, MTEL, business writing and presentations, legal writing

Susan Alves taught high school and college literature and writing for 25 years.  She enjoys tutoring students because it allows her to put skills that she honed in teaching to good use in a one-on-one and/or small group setting.  Among the subjects in which Susan is proficient are: literature, writing, the college essay and college application, as well as the SAT/ACT, SSAT/ISEE, GRE, Mass Teachers Exams.  She is adept at tutoring in history, humanities and in writing for the sciences.  She is comfortable working with students on IEPs and with executive function and organizational challenges. Susan has experience working with business professionals on writing tasks and preparing for presentations.  As well, she skilled in assisting law students with the conventions of legal writing.  Susan holds a Ph.D., M.A. and B.A. in English.  Tutoring with Compass brings Susan back to the joy of supporting and mentoring individuals as they strive to reach their potential.

 

 

Pic-Andersen (1)Robert A.

Chemistry, all sciences and math, general academic support, executive function, SAT/ ACT, test prep, college applications

Rob Andersen is a PhD student in the Education Program at Northeastern University.  He graduated from Holy Cross College in 2010 with a BA in chemistry and worked as a chemist for a year before switching gears to focus on teaching.  He has served as a chemistry teacher with the Boston Public Schools for 5 years now, during which time he has further developed a passion for education.  His other passions include skiing in the winter, and spending time at the beach any time of year.  

 

 

jessica craneJessica C.

English, Spanish, SAT/ACT prep, college applications and essays, general academic skills and general academic support

Jessica Crane is completing her MA in Applied Linguistics with a focus on ESL instruction from the University of Massachusetts Boston. She previously earned a MA in Publishing and Writing from Emerson College and a BA through the University Scholars program at Baylor University. She has worked with students of all ages and abilities from elementary through college and spent several years working in the textbook publishing industry. As a linguist, Jessica focuses on how to help students bridge the gap between colloquial language and the complex language they encounter in the classroom and on standardized tests, such as the ACT and SAT. Additionally, her familiarity with the education publishing and curriculum and textbook development, gives her insight into adapting learning materials to students’ needs. As an undergraduate, Jessica spent time abroad in Spain and has continued to cultivate her Spanish-language skills and can provide students support for Spanish courses. Jessica comes from a family of teachers and is committed to helping students achieve their goals.

 

 

andyAndy D.

Spanish, History, general academic support, executive function, expository writing, composition, ESL.

Andy Daitsman holds a Ph.D. in Latin American history from the University of Wisconsin and a Masters from Columbia University.  He has traveled to almost every country in Latin America, and lived in Chile and Mexico. He speaks Spanish with near-native proficiency and since 2007 has been a high school teacher of Spanish. He also has extensive experience scoring the writing portion of the SAT exam. Andy tutors Spanish, history, writing, general studies, and SAT/ACT prep. Andy connects extremely well with high school students, with a caring style that helps them feel at ease with the learning process.

 

 

jessicaJessica G.

English, Spanish, all levels of math, general academic support, executive function, SAT/ ACT test prep, college applications

Jessica earned her M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction from University of Massachusetts in Boston and her Bachelor of Science in English Education from Boston University.  She is certified teacher in secondary English for grades 6-12.   She has worked with students of all ages from elementary grades through high school in both classroom and one-on-one tutoring settings for over 10 years. Her Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction gives her particular insight into the process of developing curriculum for the individualized instruction of her students. Additionally, she has a great deal of experience in preparing students for the all sections of SAT, ACT, SSAT, and ISEE exams.  Even though she studied English, she was a math “geek” in high school and loves to help students struggling in math. Jessica also grew up in a bilingual English/ Spanish household and is able to support students in their Spanish studies.  Helping and teaching students is a passion, and a role she takes seriously.  She believes that all students can achieve their full potential through supportive instruction.

 

 

NathanCompassPicNathan G.

English Literature and Composition, all levels of math, Biology, Earth Science, Chemistry, general academic support, executive function, SAT/ACT, college applications.

Nathan earned a Bachelors degree in Psychology and Statistics from Cornell University, with minors in Creative Writing and Earth Science. He is passionate about academics, and he loves to help others gain confidence in their studies. While at Cornell, Nathan worked as a teaching assistant, section leader, and tutor for college level math and science classes. Privately, he has worked with individual middle school, high school, and college level students on a variety of subjects. Back when he was in high school, Nathan realized that he had a weird affinity for standardized tests; he often helped his friends prepare for them. Now, he is an experienced instructor for AP, ACT, SAT, and SAT Subject Tests. As a tutor, Nathan enjoys working with students to learn specific course material, alongside general study habits. He believes that supportive, individualized instruction can help any student achieve their full academic potential.

 

 

MsZhurovaAnna H.

Geometry, algebra, physics, general academic and homework support, organization

Anna Harea holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education (2009) as well as a BS in Physics (2007) from Ivanovo State University Russia. Anna moved to Boston 6 years ago to teach lower elementary students (ages 6-9) at a Montessori school, and serve as a teacher’s assistant for students with special needs.  She had received a Montessori teacher certification at the Center of Montessori Education in New York, while also teaching in the classroom and tutoring individually students in elementary grades through high school.  Anna enjoys working with students of all ages and she is very passionate about teaching. She has great experience in preparing students for all sections of MCAS, SAT, ACT, SSAT, and IESS exams and also tutors algebra, geometry, physics and Russian language. Anna is an encouraging educator who is able to support students with their work, as well as their organizational and study habits. She believes that every child can achieve his/her full potential through supportive instruction.

 

 

stef jerussStefanie J.

Writing/English, general academic support, college applications, SAT/ ACT support

Stefanie has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Rochester and a Master of Science degree in Mass Communication with an emphasis in health from the Boston University College of Communication. Her experience includes working in research for five years. She has worked with young children and their families doing quality of life research at Children’s Hospital. Stefanie worked as a writing tutor at Mount Ida College in Newton for six years. She enjoys the academic aspect of tutoring as well as building connections with students.

 

 

 

 george li smilingGeorge L.

Math up through calculus, science including biology, chemistry, and physics, macro/microeconomics, Mandarin Chinese, chemistry, writing composition, SAT/ ACT prep.

George Li is a recent graduate of Boston University’s College of Arts and Sciences where he earned a BA in Linguistics while also pursuing a non-degree pre-med track. He is currently taking additional pre-med courses in math and sciences as he prepares for graduate school. George’s teaching experience includes serving as a private tutor for Chinese language students at BU, as well as a working as a teaching assistant in the Middlebury Monterey Language Academy.  He as worked one on one with many students on subjects ranging from math (up through calculus), macro/microeconomics, Mandarin Chinese, chemistry, biology, physics, ESL, writing composition, and SAT/ ACT prep.

 

 

angeleAngele M.

English,writing, and ESL, general academic support, Spanish, SAT/ ACT,  algebra 1 and basic geometry, basic chemistry & biology

Angele earned her Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies and her certificate in Teaching English to Foreign Language Speakers from the University of Central Florida. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in International Relations and Global Studies from Northeastern University. She has worked with students of all ages from elementary grades through adults in both classroom and one-on-one tutoring settings for over 5 years. She has two years of experience with classroom support and academic intervention for middle and high school students through the nonprofit education organization City Year and has taught English grammar, reading (including TOEFL test prep), writing and speech to TEFL/ESOL adult students in a formal language school environment. She also has considerable experience in teaching music and performance to students of all ages. Outside of her wealth of experience in instruction, Angele has a career background in journalism and communications; she is a self-professed “word nerd” and loves learning so much that she has vowed to always dedicate a portion of her life to spreading that appreciation for learning to others.  She believes that with the right individualized support and attention, every student has the ability to succeed. 

 

 

leighLeigh M.

Organization, General Homework Help, Study Skills, Essay-writing, ELA (elementary & secondary), Basic Math, Algebra 1 & 2, Trigonometry, Calculus & Statistics, Basic French, US & World History, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Science

Leigh Meunier holds a BA in English and is a certified secondary teacher.   She has taught in Brookline Public Schools and is currently a teacher of science and mathematics at Boston Public’s Another Course to College.  She has provided academic support to students in all subject areas including:  biology, chemistry, physics, geometry, calculus, English, writing, history, and French.  She has also supported many students in their college preparatory process including SAT/ ACT prep and college applications and essays.  She has extensive experience working with students with various learning differences, as well as English Language Learners.  For the past two summers she has taught the English portion of the ESL summer camp at International School of Boston.  She believes in the importance of supporting students’ self-confidence and academic engagement. She seeks to foster these traits when working with students in one-on-one and small group settings.

 

 

gabrielleGabrielle M.

English, Spanish, K-8 Math, Science, and ELA, Algebra I and II, high school science, general academic support, executive function, organizational skills, college applications

Gabrielle earned her M. Ed from Wheelock College in Boston, Massachusetts. She focused her studies on childhood mental health, learning how to best support all learners. As an undergrad she obtained a K0-8 licensure in moderate disabilities. Gabrielle has worked with children of all ages, including high school students. She has been providing home based one-on-one services for the last 4 years and is very passionate about education! Gabrielle enjoys working with school and families to provide the best, well-rounded support for her students. She believes in collaboration between educators and families and works to encourage her students to become internally motivated about their own education. Her knowledge of the Spanish is helpful for students studying the language at all levels. Overall, Gabrielle is a kind, patience educator who believes that all children can find a style of learning that works best for them.

 

 

MAYAMaya P.

English, writing, Arabic, Spanish (all levels), history, social sciences, general academic support, algebra, geometry, biology, humanities, social science. College admissions and applications, SAT/ ACT prep

Maya is currently pursuing her Master’s in Social Work at Boston College. Originally from the Boston area, Maya received her B.A. in Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies at Bard College in New York. She has experience teaching and tutoring children of a wide variety of ages and backgrounds. She also has experience developing curricula and managing educational programs, which helps her to be a creative tutor and to find the best approach with each student. She is passionate about language-learning and particularly enjoys tutoring Spanish, Arabic, English and Writing.

 

 

 

amanda picAmanda P.

French, Spanish, English

Amanda Potasznik is a Magna Cum Laude language professor with an MA in French and Spanish from the University of North Texas, and a BA in foreign languages from the University of Texas.  She has been teaching English, French and Spanish in secondary schools and universities since 2007. Amanda also provides general academic support and helps students study for the verbal and writing portions of standardized tests such as the SAT and ACT.  Aside from languages and literature, Amanda has a strong background teaching dance classes including ballet folklórico, ballet, and Zumba to young people and adults. She often uses music in lessons to engage and entertain students. Amanda is a very patient educator with a knack for finding the right strategy for each student to understand and retain information.

 

 

 

Elena_Rossen_PhotoElena R.

English, history/social studies, psychology, French, biology, statistics, algebra, geometry, general academic support, executive function, test prep, college applications

Elena graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Smith College, and has experience teaching in both classroom and one-on-one settings. In addition to tutoring, she is currently preparing for a doctoral program in Public Health and working on several writing projects. Elena’s varied interests–from English, social studies, and psychology, to biology, statistics and mathematics—inspire her to encourage an interdisciplinary approach to learning in all subject areas. In addition, Elena studied abroad in Grenoble, France, and enjoys sharing her passion for the French language with students. Elena values forming a connection with students and helping them to approach problems and assignments in ways that make sense to them. Her teaching experience includes working in therapeutic school settings as well as traditional academic settings, and she is passionate about helping students to meet their individual learning needs in order to achieve their potential for academic success.