Staten Island Literacy rates

  • $120-$155 Per Hour

  • $100-$135 for 45 minutes

  • $100-$115 for 30 minutes (online only)

Staten Island neighborhoods we travel to
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Special Educator, Wilson and Orton-Gillingham Certified, Reading, Writing

Dr. Chris received a PhD in urban education from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He received a Masters degree in special education from Hunter College, also of the City University of New York. He has spent much of his 25-year career as a literacy specialist working with students with learning disabilities. He has been a tutor, public and private school teacher, a literacy specialist, an administrator, and a college professor. His focus in all of these positions and stages of his career has been to teach children to read. As a teacher and tutor, he developed literacy skills in children of all ages but mostly older children, between 10 and 18. As a professor, he has taught special education methods with a focus on literacy instruction. He has made it his personal mission to teach his graduate students how to teach children who struggle with basic reading skills such as decoding and fluency and, of course, comprehension. Throughout his career, he has been shocked by how many teachers, special education teachers included, are unprepared to help children who struggle with reading. He has many years of experience using and teaching Orton Gillingham-based decoding methods (Wilson Reading System, Recipe for Reading, etc.) and reading comprehension instructional methods such as Reciprocal Teaching, Visualizing and Verbalizing, among others. He is also experienced in writing instructional methods such as Basic Writing Skills (Hochman), and Framing Your Thoughts (Project Read). He is also versed in helping children develop executive function skills.


Orton-Gillingham Trained

Natalie Lombardo is a New York State Licensed Literacy Specialist (ages birth-grade 12) and Elementary Education Teacher. She holds a Bachelors of Science Degree and Masters in Literacy from St. John s University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. She has training from Columbia Teachers College Program as well as Orton-Gillingham.

Natalie has worked with students for over 16 years and has a passion for working with students struggling to read. She has provided instruction using the Orton-Gillingham Approach, Wilson Fundations Program, Learning Without Tears, Fountas & Pinnell, Journey s Literacy Program, Go Math and Everyday Math. She is a part of her school’s instructional team and is involved in curriculum planning and writing.

Natalie believes that ALL children can learn and uses a multisensory approach and individualized instruction to ensure success. She uses her training, evaluation of the student’s needs and experience to develop a curriculum tailored to each child. She keeps her students engaged by using multisensory materials and student interest. Natalie also specializes in Executive Function Coaching. She assists students to focus, develop organizational skills, plan and prioritize, and time management. She helps students set individual learning goals and works with the parents to help her students achieve these goals and develop a love for learning.

LOCATION: Staten Island
TYPE OF SERVICES: Initial reading assessment, reading intervention, ELA instruction (phonemic awareness, decoding, comprehension, fluency & writing), test prep, elementary school math instruction & intervention, ELA & math enrichment
EXPERTISE: Working with children who have difficulty with decoding, reading fluency, reading comprehension, students with dyslexia, math intervention & enrichment
AGES: Pre school through Grade 6


M.S. Educational Technology, Elementary Education K-6

Ashley is a seasoned professional with 10 years of teaching experience in a variety of grades and subjects, most recently teaching coding, 3D printing, and digital citizenship at Léman Manhattan Preparatory School. She earned a BS in Elementary and Early Childhood Education with an emphasis in math and science from Grove City College and an MS in Educational Technology from Duquesne University. Ashley is passionate about incorporating STEAM and project-based learning, empathy building, and mindfulness throughout her curriculum. Her experience ranges from working one-on-one with a preschooler on the Autistic Spectrum developing fine motor, math, and reading skills, to differentiating learning in a second-grade classroom for a variety of ability levels including some identified as highly gifted.

She spent most of her career teaching language arts to 4th, 5th, and 6th graders, including many students who were diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia. A pod with Ashley would be active and engaging, incorporating student interest when possible. In her teaching and tutoring, she uses ongoing informal and formal assessments to inform her teaching, addressing areas of need on an individualized basis. Ashley is ready to take necessary precautions to provide in-person or virtual instruction to individuals or small groups of up to 6 children from Pre-K to 6th grade. She is local to Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, and also willing to commute to nearby neighborhoods.

LOCATION: Brooklyn- Bay Ridge, Fort Hamilton, Dyker Heights, Sunset Park, Park Slope, Gowanus, Carroll Gardens, Red Hook, Cobble Hill; Lower Manhattan or Staten Island on a case-by-case basis
TYPE OF SERVICES: individual tutoring, group/pod learning (2-6 children), in-person or virtual
EXPERTISE: early childhood and elementary general education, technology
AGES: birth to 6th grade