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About Us

Simpson Tutors

Simpson Tutors was created by Pascale Simpson to provide NYC families with teachers who tutor. As current and former classroom teachers, we understand the expectations in preschool and elementary. By providing private tutoring we hope to make your child’s years in elementary meaningful and enjoyable! Below is a small sample of our many amazing tutors. All of our tutors have classroom experience, degrees in education, and most importantly, a passion for teaching and helping children!

Our Team

Pascale Simpson, Founder

Pascale was a kindergarten and first grade teacher for nine years in private, charter, and public schools in NYC. She now dedicates all of her time to tutoring because she loves being able to work with children one-on-one. She received her bachelor’s degree from New York University and has a master’s degree in early childhood education from Hunter College. She loves tutoring young children because part of her expertise is making their time spent together not only meaningful, but also fun! When she isn’t tutoring, Pascale also enjoys playing the ukulele and eating her favorite food–nachos!

Senior Tutors

Alla M.

Alla has worked with children for over 11 years. In 2017 she transitioned from a research position at the NYU Child Study Center to a career in education by joining Teach for America. Since then, she has taught kindergarten and 1st grade. Alla has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in psychology from Columbia University. She is also dual certified with a master’s degree in general and special education from the Relay School of Education. Currently she works as a 1st grade teacher at a charter school in Brooklyn. When she is not teaching, she loves spending time with family, traveling, and discovering new street art.

Clorene S.

Clorene has worked with elementary school aged students for over 8 years in both charter and public schools. She is currently in her fourth year teaching kindergarten in a Brooklyn public school. Clorene completed her Bachelor’s degree in Early Child Education, and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Disability Services in Higher Education at CUNY School of Professional Studies. She is dual certified to teach general and special education students from birth to second grade. She is passionate about helping students become intrinsically motivated to learn, and helping students build self confidence in their academic skills. When she’s not teaching she practice Bhakti yoga, spend time with family, and love to explore NYC!

Noraida C.

Noraida has worked with elementary students for six years. She is currently a 4th grade Math teacher in Brooklyn and has previously taught kindergarten and 3rd grade. Noraida received her Bachelor’s degree from Amherst College and has a Master’s degree in Childhood Education from Hunter College. When she’s not teaching, she’s out looking for the best pizza spots, cooking, and taking long walks around the city.

Christina K.

Christina has worked in elementary education for six years. She is currently a 1st grade teacher at Avenues: The World School in Manhattan and has previously taught kindergarten through 2nd grade. Christina has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and a Master of Education in Early Childhood and Childhood Education from Bank Street College of Education. She loves teaching reading, writing and math small group and one-to-one settings. Christina makes a point to use funny books and games to ensure that learning is fun during sessions. When she’s not teaching, she’s playing Dungeons & Dragons, rock climbing, and rooftop gardening!

Jessica S.

Jessica has been a private tutor for over 5 years and has been teaching third grade for three years. She has experience in state test prep programs for 3rd through 5th grade. Jessica has a Bachelor of Science in Education (grades 1-6) with a concentration in Psychology and is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Childhood Mathematics Education (grades 1-6) at Brooklyn College. She loves teaching ELA and Social Studies, but her strongest areas are in Math and Science.

Effie

Effie is currently a service provider, providing services to students who are deaf and hard of hearing from kindergarten to high school. She has experience working with the special education and general education population. She went to Hunter college for her master’s degree where she received a dual certification in Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education and Childhood Education. While tutoring she always incorporates games to make the session as engaging and fun as possible. Fun fact about Effie: She has two cats and a bearded dragon!

Kathleen D.

Kathleen currently teaches third grade in Cobble Hill and has taught elementary children in second through fourth grade. She previously taught at Nest+m and also builds girls’ confidence at Curious Jane. Kathleen loves to bring creativity into her tutoring sessions, making them fun and engaging! When she isn’t teaching she loves karaoke and singing!

Brian B.

Brian is in his tenth year of teaching early childhood. He has taught in private and charter schools, in ages ranging from two years old through first grade. Brian has a warm and calm presence that both delights and captures young children!

Alexandra

Alexandra is currently a high school special education teacher in Brooklyn. Her teaching career began in California before coming to New York to complete her masters program at LIU Brooklyn. She has been with the NYC DOE for four years now, and has experience tutoring elementary, middle and high school. She loves engaging with students from all ages. When she isn’t in the classroom or tutoring, Alexandra enjoys painting and cooking.

Lindsay B.

Lindsay has been teaching for over 14 years in both private and public schools. She currently teaches first grade in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. Lindsay has a master’s degree in both special and general childhood education.

Sam R.

Sam is a 1st grade teacher at a charter school in the Bronx! Prior to teaching in NYC, Sam taught in 1st and 3rd grade in Dallas, Texas. He got his degree in Elementary Education from the University of North Texas. Sam’s passion for education is in early reader’s literacy skills, mathematics, and the importance of building strong relationships with his students! When he is not teaching, he loves to spend time with his corgi, go to concerts, and try out new coffee shops!

Regina R.

Regina is a 2nd grade teacher in Park Slope (and lives there as well)! She received her Bachelor’s degree at St. Joseph’s College in Child Study and is certified to teach from birth through sixth grade in both general and special education. She recently received her Master’s degree at Brooklyn College in Childhood Mathematics. She’s been teaching for six years and has taught pre-k and 2nd grade, in addition to being a special education service provider. When she’s not teaching, she likes spending her time with friends, baking, and cooking!

Lamar D.

Lamar Devine is in his seventh year of teaching a Gifted and Talented class in Manhattan. He is a graduate of Hunter College’s Early Childhood Education Master’s Program and the Gifted and Talented Program. The best part of his day is always working with children on a one-to-one basis. Seeing the joy in their eyes when they finally grasp a concept is the ultimate reward that brought him to teaching in the first place. He specializes in preparing students for the Gifted and Talented exams (OLSAT and NNAT2 and the New York State Exams ELA / Mathematics (Grades 3-5). When he is not teaching, Lamar enjoys visiting family and friends, listening to all types of music, and he is a big movie fanatic! He also likes to take trips with his twin brother around the world.

Samantha C.

Samantha has been teaching for over seven years. She is currently teaching first grade in a public school in Park Slope. She’s worked in both public and charter schools with ages ranging from pre-school up until 3rd grade. She has a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University in Early Childhood and Special Education and is finishing up her master’s degree as a reading specialist. When she’s not teaching you can find her trying out new recipes or DYI-ing!

Ashley S.

Born and raised in Queens, Ashley is a current first grade teacher and has previously taught kindergarten. Through her experience in charter schools in both Brooklyn and Queens, Ashley has strong skills in teaching phonics, reading, and writing. She has a passion for early development skills in children. Ashley received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Middlebury College and is currently finishing her Masters of Teaching from Relay Graduate School of Education. Her favorite color is purple and when she’s not teaching she loves trying new recipes in the kitchen. Her latest recipe adventures include pizza from scratch, curry chicken, and pound cake!

Genesis S.

Genesis joined Teach For America in 2014 and since then she has been teaching as a kindergarten and first grade teacher. She has a Bachelor’s degree in History as well as a minor in Education from Rowan University and completed her teacher preparation program at Rutgers University. Currently she works as a first grade teacher at a charter school in Brooklyn. Her work in education has revolved around early literacy and assisting English Language Learners. Her interests include traveling, baking and spending time with her family.

Victoria C.

Victoria has been a public school teacher for over 4 years. She currently teaches second grade and has also taught kindergarten and first grade. While teaching, Victoria previously instructed two after school programs to give students extra help with their academics. She has a Bachelor’s degree in childhood education from St. Francis College and a Master’s degree in early childhood education from Brooklyn College. She likes to make her lessons interactive so that her students can enjoy what they are learning and be more hands on! Outside of teaching, she likes to go out and try new places to eat with delicious meals! She also likes to relax with a good book, preferably outside if the weather is nice!

Maya T.

Maya is currently a 3rd and 4th grade Special Education teacher in Flatbush and has been an elementary teacher for three years. She previously taught in the early childhood field for five years. Maya earned her Bachelor’s in Child Psychology and Master’s and NYS Certification in Elementary Education. Maya has a passion for teaching math and reading, and fostering that love and excitement in her students. When she isn’t teaching or tutoring, she is spending time with her pittie pup, trying new recipes, or photographing weddings on weekends!

Courtney M.

Courtney is currently teaching 4th grade gifted and talented in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. She also has experience as a 5th grade G&T teacher. In addition to her Childhood Education degree, she has her gifted license and is finishing up her master’s degree as a reading specialist. Courtney is passionate about helping students feel more confident and reach their full potential while having fun and helping them think creatively. When Courtney is not teaching, you can find her at the beach, watching sports, making healthy desserts, but most likely spending time with her puppy, Roo!

Tamar N.

Tamar is a second grade teacher at a public school in midtown Manhattan. Her experience at her current school has given her a strong background in a variety of phonics programs and literacy instruction. Prior to teaching in NYC, Tamar taught fourth grade in Rochester, NY. She received her degree in Early Childhood/Childhood Education from SUNY Fredonia. Tamar has also studied Applied Behavior Analysis at Hunter College. Tamar is passionate about making the youngest of learners fluent readers as well as enthusiastic problem solvers. She believes that the most learning happens when students are engaged, feel respected, and loved by their teachers. When she’s not teaching, she loves traveling, reading, dining out, and trying new workout classes.

Melissa P.

Melissa is in her seventh year teaching. She taught kindergarten through second grade for most of her career and this year she’s teaching 5th grade in Park Slope. She has a master’s degree in English as a Second Language. Melissa has a passion for literacy and believes learning is done best when children are engaged, happy, and motivated. She believes in the importance of building a strong relationship and getting to know a student not only academically, but socially as well. On a personal level, she LOVES soccer and played in college! She also loves reading and baking.

Eric L.

Eric has been working with students for over five years and currently teaches 4th grade in Brooklyn. He has a bachelor’s degree from Hunter in psychology and
a master’s degree in childhood & special education (grades 1-6) from NYU. Eri is very passionate about teaching math! In his off time, he love to play video games!

Brianna H.

Brianna currently teaches 3 year olds at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church Day School. She grew up in Milford, CT and obtained an undergraduate degree in Psychology and Art Therapy from St. Thomas Aquinas College in Rockland County, NY. She moved to NYC afterwards to obtain a Master’s in Early Childhood Education at Pace University and has lived here since 2016. Brianna has taught in Reggio Emilia inspired and International Baccalaureate programs, working with a range of age groups from 2 year olds to Kindergarteners. In her spare time, she loves to read, stay active, travel, and spend time with her family and friends!

Junior Tutors

Jenny J.

Jenny is a New York State certified Childhood and Special Education teacher. She has worked in public, private, and charter schools with kids from 1st grade to 7th grade. She earned her dual Bachelor’s degree in Childhood & Special Education and Psychology from New York University and is working on her Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Teaching at Teacher’s College, Columbia University. Currently, she is teaching first grade in a private school in the Upper East Side. She is passionate about teaching literacy and helping her students succeed both academically and socially. In her spare time, Jenny loves to travel, visit new places, and play video games!

Valeria M.

Valeria has worked with children in various settings for the last 10 years. She has experience teaching in kindergarten through 2nd grade classrooms and has been a tutor for the past 1.5 years. In 2019 she graduated from the City College of New York with a degree in Bilingual Childhood Education and Psychology. She holds a NYS Teaching Certification in grades 1-6 with a Bilingual Spanish Extension. As a Mexican immigrant, Valeria loves to bring cultural awareness into her lessons and share the importance of belonging to her students. Outside of teaching, she enjoys spending time with her family, exploring the city and traveling.

Gabriela R.

Gabriela is currently a Brooklyn College student majoring in Secondary Education with a concentration in math. She is currently a student teacher at a middle school working with 7th graders in Sunset Park. She loves tutoring and motivating students to reach their full academic potential. When she is not teaching, she enjoys spending her time with her family, dog, friends and reading.