Meet Our Tutors

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Robyn GurnariElementary and Middle School subjects; Science; all levels of Anatomy and Physiology, Psychology, and English/Writing.

My name is Robyn Gurnari and I am studying the speech-language-hearing sciences at La Salle University looking to pursue a career of speech therapy with all ages upon graduation. I specialize in sciences but can work with most subjects. My philosophy is that all subjects can be learned by varying teaching and learning methods. Adaptation is the key to success.

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Katherine Taylor ESL, TOEFL, Writing (for adults and kids), Reading (for adults and kids), SAT Reading, SAT Essay, Study Skills, College and Career Readiness

I have a graduate degree in environmental writing and have taught ESL, literacy, and writing since 2005. Writing, reading, and speaking are three skills that are crucial for personal success, and I enjoy working one-on-one with all ages and abilities. 

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Raluca Urea English, Spanish, German, French, Romanian, English as a second Language, English Reading and Writing.

I have been teaching children and adults from the ages of 3 to 53 since 2008. After this experience, I can say that my goal is to guide my students into discovering their own learning method and how to enjoy themselves while they are gaining knowledge.

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Robin Joy Finkelstein Reading, Writing, Elementary Education for 1st grade to 4th grade, Hebrew

I've been teaching for 36 years. For the past 11 years I've taught 1st to 4th grades in all subjects. I'm certified in elementary education and Hebrew and have taught many students, including those with special needs and English language learners. 


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Avery Dagostino SAT, Algebra 1 & 2, Geometry, Precalculus, Calculus, Trigonometry, AP Calculus, Beginning Computer Programming

I have two years of tutoring experience and a passion for education. I am oriented towards a collaborative approach tailored to each student’s individual needs, capabilities, and learning styles. I recently completed an undergraduate degree in math and computer science at Penn.

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Nicholas Gareca Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, ESL, K-12 Reading and Writing

I am a recent graduate of Temple University where I studied English, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese. I have over five years of educational experience, having taught elementary school students in the US, China, and Taiwan. I look forward to a career as an educator to promote a love of language.

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Cathy G. Adult, teen & child in: math; English; science; admissions test prep (SSAT/ISEE; PSAT/SAT, ACT, GED, ASVAB, GRE)  

I love helping people of all ages to move from "I can't" to "I can" when it comes to academic challenges. I use students' strengths, 25 years of teaching experience, age-appropriate praise, and attentive observation to replace students' cloudy understanding with joyful confidence in their knowledge of the subject matter and ability to learn.

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Ms. Kimberly Alburger Elementary Education (K-6th Grade); All elementary academic areas Special Education (N-12th) Reading Specialist (N-12th)

Hello! I am a certified elementary education and special education teacher. I graduated Temple University with a degree in Elementary/Special Education in 2006.  Although I have been teaching for the School District of Philadelphia for the past nine years, I have been working with children for over fifteen years. I am truly devoted to meeting the needs of diverse learners!

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Daaiyah A. Green All elementary and middle school subjects, GED prep, ESL, English, writing, algebra.           

My name is Daaiyah Ali Green and I was born to teach! I am a results driven teacher with eighteen years of teaching experience.  I believe that every person has the ability to learn. I enjoy helping students discover how they best learn. Through the use of best practices and differentiated instruction I help students make notable academic growth.

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Monica Harbison Reading, English, Language Arts & Writing - Grades K-12 Math - Elementary

I'm a certified Reading Specialist and English teacher with experience teaching students from kindergarten to high school. My title as an Improvement of Reading teacher has given me the expertise to prepare lessons for individual and small group instruction. I'm also a concerned community member who volunteers on Saturdays tutoring students at the neighborhood recreation center. 

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Paul Zoski Math, Physics, Chemistry, SAT/ACT, SSAT/ISEE, Computer Science

Former University Instructor with 10+ years classroom and 7+ years tutoring experience:  Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1 & 2, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus (including AP AB & BC and Multivariate), Computer Programming, Chemistry, Physics, ACT MATH, SAT MATH (I and II), GRE MATH, SSAT, ISEE, general study skills, and English (grammar and writing).

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Lynn Major Spanish (all levels), ESL, GED, Early Elementary: Reading, Writing, Math

Having taught in various settings throughout the Philly area and at a wide range of levels over the past 25 years, I have come to appreciate just how unique each learner is. The opportunity to tutor one-on-one allows me to adjust my teaching approach, tailoring it to the individual's interests and learning style(s). I relish helping students grasp the key to their learning by tapping into their own knowledge base and continually expanding upon it.

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Steve Scarfone SAT, MCAT, Physics, Algebra, Geometry, Calculus, General and Organic Chemistry, Biology

I am a recent Penn graduate, with a Bachelor's degree in Biophysics. I have 6 years of tutoring experience, mostly with high school and college students, but I also taught science to elementary students in the Philadelphia School District for 4 years. I am comfortable and experienced with all ages, and committed to helping you or your child succeed!

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Katharine C. Beginner, intermediate, and advanced Spanish, GED test prep, ESL, elementary school Reading, Writing, and Math.

I've been studying Spanish for 16 years, and I enjoy teaching it to learners of all ages. I meet students where they are, design lessons to fit their needs and learning styles, and support them in setting and reaching goals. 

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Vince McNeil Jr. Spanish, Portuguese, English Grammar, Linguistics, Career and College Readiness, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Precalc, Calculus

I graduated from Temple University and studied mathematics and linguistics. I'm multilingual with proficiency in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and some ASL. I'm well-versed in mathematical reasoning and Hispanic linguistics. As an adult educator, I've taught language to teachers  parents in Philadelphia & I've been music director for an adult choir out of Villanova University. 

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Per Faaland SAT, ACT, GRE, GED; K-12 Reading, Writing and Math; Critical Thinking and Public Speaking

In my 20+ years as an educator, I have enjoyed working with students and helping to guide them to turn confusion into clarity, inability into mastery, and intimidation into confidence. I have enjoyed assisting and coaching students across ages, levels and abilities to attain these objectives in many diverse subjects.

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Zoe Schlanger I tutor all ages in reading, writing, and art history. 

Becoming a great reader or writer requires confidence and creative problem solving. My goal as a tutor is to help students re-learn these academic skills and turn them into practices of self expression.

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Darshan J. Bhalodia Biology, Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, DAT exam, Algebra, Geometry, Calculus, Trigonometry, SAT exam.

Hi, I am currently a senior at Temple University. Go Owls! My studies are in biology and have been in the accelerated dental program with Temple. I will be attending Temple Dental fall 2017. After rigorously learning science and math, I want to share my knowledge, tips, and tricks for you to succeed!

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Sarah Lynch Biology, Chemistry, Algebra 1 & 2, Precalculus, Calculus, Middle School Science and Math, Middle School Math, ESL, French, Italian

I recently graduated from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry with a BS in Environmental Biology. Currently, I am pursuing a masters in Secondary Science Education at Temple University. I am TEFL certified and have taught English in France and Italy. I enjoy finding new and interesting ways to teach complex ideas and concepts.

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Mandy Gutmann-Gonzalez English, Literature, Creative Writing (Poetry, Fiction Non-Fiction), Spanish language, Film. 

I hold a Poetry MFA from Cornell University. Currently an adjunct in Temple University's English Department teaching academic writing, I have also designed and taught courses in Spanish language, literature, film, and multi-genre creative writing at Cornell University, Temple, CCP, and Palampore Writers, a non-profit I co-founded.

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Daniel Badgio Math: Geometry; Calculus I and II; Multivariable/Vector Calculus; Linear Algebra and Diff. Equations. Philosophy.

I tutor many levels of Math, offering compassion and a love of learning to students. By engaging natural curiosity I help develop conceptual understanding and mathematical intuition. My own academic interests include Philosophy of Physics and Cognitive Science, which offer insights to make math even more interesting and exciting.

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Lydia Tanenhaus Elementary and Middle School Reading, Writing, and Math.

I just moved to Philadelphia after working at a charter school in Bridgeport, CT for three years. There I tutored middle-schoolers in Fountas and Pinnell's Leveled Literacy Intervention, a reading program designed to bring students to grade-level reading, and eventually began coaching other tutors. I have a BA in Psychology from Grinnell College.

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Caitlyn Benonis Elementary level Math, Statistics, Economics, Differential Equations, K-8 Reading and Writing. 

Hi, my name is Caitlyn Benonis! I am looking forward to completing my degree in Secondary Mathematics Education and receiving my Teaching Certificate this Fall. While I am always first a lover of Math, the field of education has been my passion for many years and I am so excited to begin my career. I love guiding individuals through their own learning experience and leading them to realize the understanding which they've always been capable of; there is little more rewarding than that!