Simpson Tutors was created by Pascale Simpson to provide NYC and Miami 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 of TEACHERS
Pascale Simpson, Founder
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 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 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 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!
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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!
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 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 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 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 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 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.
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 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!
Toby has worked in elementary education for over a decade. He started teaching in the Bay Area but couldn’t resist making an impact in his hometown of New York City, where he has taught across a range of neighborhoods. He is passionate about building students’ academic identities and drawing on the diversity of our city in his work. He received his bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College and master’s degree from Stanford University and now is currently a doctoral student at NYU.
Shantell has been teaching for three years. She is currently a 3rd grade teacher at a charter school in Brooklyn. Before teaching 3rd grade, she taught 4th grade for two years. She earned her bachelor’s degree and certification in Childhood Education (Grades 1-6) from Pace University and her master’s degree and certification in Middle School ELA (Grade 5-9) from Relay Graduate School of Education. She enjoys instilling a love for learning in all of the students she works with and it brings her joy when she sees students become confident with content that they may have found difficult. During her free time, she enjoys writing poetry and attending poetry slams and spoken word events.
Fiona currently teaches third grade at a public school in Brooklyn. This is Fiona’s fourth year teaching and she has previously taught both second and third grade. Fiona received her Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in Childhood Special Education from Fordham University. She is dual certified in childhood education and students with disabilities. When she isn’t in the classroom teaching, Fiona loves to read books, go on walks around the city, and travel with her friends and family!
Luminita is originally from Romania and moved to the US when she was twenty-two. She has two kids that are the love of her life. Luminita is passionate about traveling, reading, crafts, and baking. She is dual certified with a master’s degree in Childhood Education from the Metropolitan College of New York and a bilingual license (English and French) from Queens College. Over the years, she has taught students starting in kindergarten to seventh grade in multiple subjects. Currently, she works in Brooklyn at a public school teaching first grade in a dual language French and English classroom. She enjoys working with children, and it warms her heart to see students achieving mastery in school.
Hillary has collaborated with children (14mo-15yrs) and families for over 9 years across multiple settings of education, arts and sciences. Currently she is working as a private Special Education Itinerant Teacher (SEIT) in an early childhood program. She holds a M.S. Ed in Early Childhood and Arts Education from Brooklyn College and a B.S. in Biology from the University of Rochester. She is NYS certified to teach birth-second grade and is currently completing her Bilingual (Spanish/English) and Special Education extensions at Brooklyn College. She has specific training, tutoring and mentoring experience using the Science of Reading method and the comprehensive relationship-based DIR Floortime framework. When Hillary is not teaching she is practicing Iyengar yoga or working with clay at the ceramics studio.
Laura has worked with middle school students for sixteen years teaching English and Social Studies. She is experienced in helping students develop their reading comprehension and writing skills. Laura earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Hunter College and a Master’s degree in Education from Mercy College. She tutors elementary and middle school students and has experience helping students prepare for the ELA state tests in grades 4 through 8. Laura is passionate about helping students hone their writing and language skills. When she’s not tutoring, she’s bike riding, gardening, cooking, reading and doing yoga!
Sara has been teaching preschool, kindergarten, and first grade in Brooklyn for 11 years. She has a Master’s in Special Education/Early Childhood Education from Teachers College, studied Literacy at the graduate level at Hunter College, and is in the process of receiving her TESOL certification from Adelphi University. Sara is also a singer, a reader, and a lover of long walks in Prospect Park. She is a mom to two fur babies and one human baby.
Brittney received her dual M.S.Ed from Hunter College in Special Education and Elementary Education for Grades 1-6. She is currently a 1st grade ICT teacher for the NYC DOE. Brittney’s vision as an educator is to support her students to become independent and motivated lifelong learners. Brittney’s “nest” of services include: Support in all subjects for grades K-5, enrichment in all subjects for grades K-5, social and emotional support, as well as test preparation for grades K-5. When Brittney is not teaching, you can find her enjoying all of the good food NYC has to offer, or spending time with her family, friends, and dogs.
Samantha has been working in education for 8 years. She graduated from Hunter College with a masters in childhood education and an early childhood extension. She is currently pursuing her masters in literacy education from SUNY Oneonta. She enjoys teaching students to read and write in ways that feel fun and engaging! She’s taught 1st grade and kindergarten in schools in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Manhattan and she currently works as a kindergarten teacher in Queens. When she’s not teaching she loves spending time with her cavapoo named Lily, working out at barre studios and reading a good book.
Lily has worked with elementary-aged students for 5 years. She currently teaches second grade at a private school in Manhattan. Lily completed her Bachelor’s degree in Education with a minor in Africana Studies. Then received her masters in Elementary Education from Vanderbilt University. She has a cuddly and playful dog named Snickers and enjoys traveling with him.
Gabriela currently teaches Dual Language Math for 7th grade and 8th grade in Sunset Park. She received her Bachelor’s degree at Brooklyn College in Secondary Education with a concentration in math. 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.
warm, and creative. She especially loves teaching students to read and develop empathy. When she is not teaching, Rachel likes to write, play guitar, and hang out with her two cats, named Tinker and Bell!
Tayyaba enjoys learning, teaching, and playing with science. Her undergraduate is in biology from a small state school where students were encouraged to work in labs and teach other students. Her graduate degree in neuroscience is from Hunter College. Tayyaba worked in academia for a long time before moving to a live cell imaging start-up to develop cell based assays for research labs. Currently she works as a Lab Specialist with a specific focus on healthcare and pharmaceuticals. The one thing that has always driven her is her curiosity to learn, solve problems, and figure out a solution. She loves working with curious students as they figure out how things work!
Eliza has been working with children and adolescents for the past 8 years. She currently teaches first grade in Brooklyn, but has experience working with students in grades K-4, both in general and special education classrooms. She loves to work one-on-one with students and is committed to helping kids develop and strengthen their own toolbox of academic strategies. Outside of teaching and tutoring she loves to ride her bike and visit new coffee shops!