We are enthusiastic educators with a passion for teaching all children. Throughout our years teaching in the classroom, we've observed that students are most successful when they take ownership of their learning. This empowers them to work hard towards their goals, alongside their parent and teacher.
We decided to create the Empowered Learning Project because we strongly believe a collaborative partnership between the educator, learner, and parent is the most powerful tool in helping a child grow. We are committed to working with you and your child as a team to create a specialized learning plan.
We have training in multiple methods of instruction which provides us with the foundation and tools necessary to develop a targeted approach to teaching during tutoring sessions. It is our goal to provide multi-sensory and differentiated instruction that meets the needs of your child, while empowering them and instilling a love for learning!
After you contact us, we will begin by scheduling an initial consultation meeting with you. During our meeting we will determine your goals for your child and any concerns you may have. We will discuss your child’s strengths, challenges, school experience, and interests. After an initial meeting with you, we will take the time to get to know your child. Together, we will develop kid-friendly goals to motivate and empower your child to take ownership of their learning. During our consultation meeting we will also conduct initial formal and informal assessments to collect data on your child’s academic levels and skills. With this information, we will create a plan to target specific skills and areas of learning during tutoring sessions to help reach the goals established.
Throughout our sessions, we will constantly reflect and revise our plan and goals to match you and your child’s needs and wants. We believe open communication and feedback between the educator, learner, and parent is the key to making a strong partnership where successful learning can take place. We will provide monthly written feedback that discusses progress made, skills and strategies to practice, and next steps for further success. In addition, we are always happy to schedule a parent consultation meeting in which we can provide more details. During parent consultations we can coach you on best teaching practices to use and offer insight on activities to do at home with your child to help them grow towards their goals.
Meet The Founders
Jenna is a dual certified teacher in Childhood and Special Education (Grades 1-6) and a licensed Literacy Specialist (Birth-Grade 6). Jenna received a degree in Childhood and Special Education from SUNY Geneseo. After graduating from Geneseo, she continued her studies in education at Teachers College, Columbia University, where she received her M.A. as a Literacy Specialist. At Columbia, she was trained in the Teachers College Reading and Writing Workshop Model, a balanced literacy approach to teaching reading and writing to young students. Driven to expand her knowledge of best practices, Jenna took the comprehensive Orton-Gillingham training through the Institute for Multi-Sensory Education.
She currently teaches first grade at a District 2 New York City public school in Manhattan. She has experience teaching in schools from kindergarten to sixth grade, and has co-taught a creative writing course for accelerated fifth and sixth grade students at Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth. Jenna has worked with a wide range of learners as a tutor of students pre-K to sixth grade. She tutors children in all academic subject areas and specializes in literacy tutoring using the Orton-Gillingham approach. She also provides support in specialized test preparation and interview preparation for private school admissions. She is passionate about discovering ways to make learning unique and fun for young children and believes in a hands-on approach that is individualized to each child.
John is also a dual certified Childhood and Special Education teacher (Grades 1-6) and a licensed Literacy Specialist (Birth-Grade 6). John received a degree in Sociology from CUNY Queens College. He discovered his love for teaching and working with children while working part time in an after school program that was focused on remedial instruction and supplementing student's classroom learning experiences. He enrolled in Long Island University/C.W. Post’s School of Education and received a dual masters in Elementary Education and Literacy. While at C.W. Post, John worked in a Literacy Clinic, assessing and creating reading intervention plans with children ranging from grades pre-K to eighth grade.
He has been teaching for the New York City Department of Education for the past fourteen years and currently teaches second grade at a District 2 New York City public school in Manhattan. John has taught at every grade level, second through fifth grade, throughout his time in the school system. He applies his widespread experience and extensive knowledge of learning progressions when creating individualized plans for academic support. John tutors at all grade levels and in all subject areas. He also specializes in preparation for a variety of different state and private school exams. John is passionate about helping children succeed as independent learners and it is his hope that his own love of learning will empower others to feel the same, while reaching their goals along the way.