GAVIN

Gavin is one of our Office Managers, as well as one of our longest tenured tutors here at the Resource Room on Forest Ave. Gavin graduated from the University at Buffalo in 2017 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences, as well as a double-minor in Education and Counseling Psychology. Upon returning home to Staten Island, he then completed his Master’s Degree in Special Education, 7-12 with Touro College, Class of 2020. Gavin specializes in all of our intermediate and high school math and science curricula, as well as teaching SAT prep, SHSAT and TACHS exams. He is West Brighton, he looks forward to continuing to give back to the Island community that helped raise him!

CRESCENDO

FOREIGN LANGUAGE SPECIALIST

Possessing 10 years of classroom experience, Crescendo has been an instructor of the Spanish language at both intermediate and high school levels. He holds a Master of Science degree in Adolescent Education grades 7-12 and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish from Wagner College. Crescendo is also the founder of En Camino Language Group, providing tutoring and small group instruction to those looking to increase their knowledge and use of world languages. Crescendo has traveled to four continents and understands the importance of being able to communicate effectively. He brings energy, passion, and charisma to the classroom and individual students. Moreover, he takes great care and interest in each student’s overall well-being. As the demand for being multilingual arises in our society, Crescendo stays abreast to innovative teaching tactics to provide students with a fun, interactive learning experience. We are very happy to him as a part of our team.

BRITTANY

ORTON GILLINGHAM READING SPECIALIST

Brittany is a licensed and practicing teacher at a middle school in New York City. Brittany holds two Master’s Degrees; one in childhood special education and one in adolescent special education, both from Hunter College. She has an impressive track record of success with both students at the Elementary and Middle School levels. As our reading specialist at Resource Room, Brittany conducts all the reading evaluations for new and current students. She delivers instruction in ELA, Math, TACHS, and SHSAT. Brittany continues to be a rising star in our organization and is highly sought after. Brittany has extensive client base and works with students on all academic levels and students of all ages.

ABBY

Abby is a licensed 7-12th grade teacher currently practicing at the middle school level with a specialization in general science and biology. She works with students mainly at the middle and high school level on a variety of subjects including Algebra and Chemistry. With her motivating and well received personality, Abby has proven to be a strong asset to the Resource Room Team. As our reading specialist at Resource Room, Brittany conducts all the reading evaluations for new and current students. She delivers instruction in ELA, Math, TACHS, and SHSAT. Brittany continues to be a rising star in our organization and is highly sought after. Brittany has extensive client base and works with students on all academic levels and students of all ages.

SMYTH

Smyth is a licensed practicing Math teacher at the high school level. Smyth joined our team and immediately had a significant impact on our students. Smyth holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering and an MSEd in Education. With over 20 years of experience providing technical training to engineers and over 10 years of classroom experience in the NYCDOE Smyth has a unique ability to deliver instruction for all levels of high school math. With a focus on Algebra I and II, Geometry, and Trigonometry Smyth maintains a consistent client base and students continue to request to sit with him as they move through their high school years. He is a valued member of our team who brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table. Crescendo has traveled to four continents and understands the importance of being able to communicate effectively. He brings energy, passion, and charisma to the classroom and individual students. Moreover, he takes great care and interest in each student’s overall well-being. As the demand for being multilingual arises in our society, Crescendo stays abreast to innovative teaching tactics to provide students with a fun, interactive learning experience. We are very happy to him as a part of our team.

MATT

A native Staten Islander, Matt was valedictorian of his class at Staten Island Academy and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor’s from Princeton University. He provides instruction in a vast array of subjects and standardized tests for students of multiple age ranges. Equally adept at math, science, and language arts, Matt will take on any educational challenge. He has tutored students from middle school through college in geometry, algebra, pre-calculus, calculus, life sciences, chemistry, physics, ELA, social studies, and essay writing for college applications and for schoolwork. He also has extensive experience with teaching the SAT, ACT, SHSAT, TACHS, and New York State Regents tests in many disciplines. Matt’s conscientiousness and easygoing personality make him a sought-after educator. He loves to help students reach their highest potential and see them shine!

EMILY

Emily has been a tutor with the Resource Room since 2019, working primarily with children grades K-8. Emily holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science with a Minor in Philosophy from the City University of New York’s College of Staten Island. As the instructor for our STEAM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Art, Math) classes, she leads the LEGO Robotics class, where she introduces students to coding and incorporates larger scientific concepts into our lessons. Emily works closely with our reading specialists to enrich and support our clients’ reading abilities and to enhance their reading comprehension skills and strategies.

PRATYUSH

Pratyush graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.S. in Computer Engineering. While there, he received A’s in the following Math courses: Sequences/Series & Multivariable Calculus, Differential Equations, Vector Calculus, Matrices & Matrix Calculations, and Discrete Math. Pratyush’s academic excellence extends to his high school days where he achieved the AP Scholar Award and AP Scholar with Distinction Award for his high test scores on several AP exams including, Calculus AB, Chemistry, Physics B, Statistics, and Psychology. He achieved a 750+ score on both the SAT Chemistry and Physics subject tests. He also spent a summer doing a software engineering internship at Home Depot, and later worked professionally as a software engineer/technology analyst at JPMorgan Chase & Co. Pratyush first found his love of tutoring in high school when he was tutoring his peers in Math, and he has continued doing so because he loves to help students conquer their fear of Math and eliminate it as an obstacle in their academic journeys. He tutors students in Algebra I and II, Geometry, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, AP Calculus, SAT Math, and ACT Math and Science. In his free time, Pratyush enjoys playing ping pong, watching action movies, watching basketball and football, playing video games, and studying financial markets.

ERIK

Erik specializes in high school math and science. A high achieving student, Erik was awarded a significant scholarship to NJIT and has worked with Resource Room for many years. He is highly sought after as his personality and strong academic background in both Math and Science make him a highly sought after instructor. He works with students on a variety of levels and his clients always show vast improvement in both their academic subjects and SAT. Erik works with students seeking assistance with AP Physics, AP Chem, Calculus, and SAT/ACT Math. Erik’s years of success with so many clients has made him a top choice for many of our students.

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