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About Us

Founded by Tamar Lindenfeld, the Chalkdust Inc. team is made up of highly qualified, passionate educators with a love for learning, and improving their craft. Working collaboratively, we meet to share methods, strategies and ideas so that we are constantly evolving. 

 

Read more about our tutors below.

Meet Tamar

Tamar Lindenfeld received her Bachelors of Arts in early childhood and elementary education as well as in Hebrew language from CUNY Queens College. She received her Masters of Science in Early Childhood Special Education from Bank Street College of Education. Since 2010, when she began tutoring, Tamar has been refining her craft in individualized educational support. While getting her masters she realized the reward of incorporating what she knew of special education into her tutoring sessions, and from this her educational consulting began. As her relationships with her clients deepened, her connection to their families grew and so too her desire to help the parent become an active member of the struggle that education (sometimes) can be. Tamar started Chalkdust Incorporated with a dream to provide individualized support to children throughout Manhattan and the greater New York area. 

In addition to managing the team, Tamar still provides individualized tutoring and consulting support to clients of Chalkdust based on need, availability, and scheduling. To book a session with Tamar please send an inquiry to chalkdustinc@gmail.com.

Our Tutors

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Jillian G.

Jillian is a kindergarten teacher in Gramercy Park in the NYC public school system. She received her undergraduate degree in Early Childhood at Towson University and her masters in Elementary Education at Hunter College. Jillian works with our early childhood clients and is a master in teaching foundational literacy skills as well as developing a strong number sense. She believes that all children are unique, and each brings something special to their own education. She strives to provide a safe environment where students are invited to share their ideas and take risks. In her free time, Jillian enjoys spending time with her family, her dog Sophie, traveling and going to the beach. 

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Ryan O.

Ryan is a compassionate and innovative educator whose goal is to make learning fun and engaging for students at all levels. She received her bachelor's degree at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, majoring in elementary and special education. Ryan is currently studying special education: learning disabilities for her master's degree at CUNY Hunter College. Ryan is teaching 5th grade in an Integrated Co-Teaching (ICT) Setting in Spanish Harlem where she is the special educator in the classroom. Ryan believes, and ensures, that each lesson should contain varying elements of adaptation for every student with or without learning differences. Students should be provided with many opportunities to show their thinking and abilities and through accommodating and adapting lessons, students have more flexibility in their learning. Outside of the classroom, Ryan enjoys reading, walking in Central Park, and connecting with friends and family.

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Maddy G.

Maddy is dedicated to working with children with varying academic styles and abilities. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Emory University and is currently pursuing a doctorate in School/Child Clinical Psychology at Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology. Maddy spent two years teaching elementary students at a private school for children with dyslexia and other language-based learning disorders in Manhattan. She has spent her summers working with preschool-aged children and doing research with various clinical populations. Maddy particularly enjoys tutoring, since it allows her to see tangible and unique progression in her students’ academics. Especially during the pandemic, Maddy feels passionate about helping her students feel confident and proud of their successes. She hopes to in the future provide social emotional and academic support for children of varying abilities and backgrounds. During her free time, she enjoys doing yoga, biking, and (in a non-Covid world) traveling as much as possible. 

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Jeanelsy R.

Jeanelsy graduated with her masters degree in Childhood Education and Special Education from SUNY Plattsburgh. Jeanelsy is also a native Spanish speaker from the Dominican Republic. She has been teaching for the past 7 years and currently teaches kindergarten in Gramercy in an inclusion co-teaching setting. Jeanelsy’s passion has always been to teach special education. She has taught in many different types of settings including self-contained, resource room, and as a special education services provider. These experiences has provided her with many opportunities to learn how to appropriately differentiate, modify, and provide accommodations for students with special needs. They have also helped her refine her craft in individualizing support for all types of learners.She believes that learning should be fun and always strives to create activities based on the students interest. In her spare time, Jeanelsy enjoys spending time with her family and with her puppy, Gintzly. 

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Wynn H. 

Wynn attended graduate school at Bank Street School of Education for a dual masters and certification in childhood education and literacy. She is teaching in a 5th grade classroom at The Churchill School and Center in Manhattan, a school for children with language-based learning disabilities. There, she supports primarily students with dyslexia and ADD/ADHD in whole group, small group, and one-to-one settings. Wynn has previously worked at P.S. 9 with kindergarteners, and she was a reading intervention tutor for grades K-2nd at H.D. Cooke Elementary in Washington, DC. In DC, Wynn also received her bachelors in Human Services and Social Justice, focusing on educational equity, child development, and children with disabilities. Wynn is passionate about using a strengths-based supportive approach to help students use a growth mindset and become confident learners who are willing to take risks. Outside of the classroom, Wynn enjoys spending time with friends and family, baking, and going to the dog park with her dog Toby.

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Emily H.

Emily received her BFA in acting from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. After trying a few different occupations her interest was piqued by education and she began tutoring the ACTs, SATs and SHSATs along with academic subjects and college essays. She continued tutoring while also working as an actor, playwright, producer, and director and enjoyed supporting students with test prep so much that she completed formal SAT test prep training courses. Because of the high level of math content on the SAT, Emily is well equipped to support our high schoolers with math. About ten years later, she decided to go back to school and get her master’s degree in speech language pathology. Emily now works with high schoolers with severe and profound disabilities in a District 75 school in the South Bronx in addition to her tutoring work. She loves creating highly individualized education plans for her students and helping them learn to communicate and advocate for themselves. She strongly believes that learning should be fun and works hard to get to know each student, both at school and when tutoring, in order to create a plan that is centered around their interests and needs. 

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Shayna I.

Shayna received her M.S ED in special education for grades 1-6 from Bank Street. She is currently teaching as a special education teacher in the NYC public school system. Shayna has been teaching special education since 2017 and has worked with students in a variety of settings with many types of needs. She believes that all children can learn and are capable, which is what drives her to continuously add to her tools for modification and accommodation. Shayna supports our clients in elementary and middle school primarily, but thoroughly enjoys being given the opportunity to work with our early childhood clients to develop their foundational skills. In her free time, Shayna enjoys spending time with her family, her dog Strudel, and being in nature.

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Genevieve R.

Genevieve received her Bachelors of Science in Biology from the University of California, Riverside and her Masters of Science in Museum Education, Childhood Education from Bank Street College of Education. Genevieve specializes in math support for students of all ages. She has had the unique opportunity to engage with students of different ages in museum, classroom, and outdoor settings. Due to the diverse and, often, unpredictable environment of informal education, Genevieve thrives in differentiating learning opportunities using unique resources for her students. She has translated this experience to her work in the classroom through the use of hands-on investigations and experiential learning. She strives to instill a growth-mindset to support her students in becoming lifelong learners. Genevieve currently teaches first grade in Manhattan and continues to work in museums during school breaks. Outside of the classroom, she enjoys going on long runs, reading, and trying new restaurants

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Ellie S.

While attending college at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., Ellie Sands interned for the Department of Education and pioneered their "Story Engine" initiative. Through this endeavor she researched, documented, edited, and published the individual experiences of school officials, teachers, and district leaders about their challenges and the best practices they used to overcome them. After graduating from college in 2017 she became a corps member for Teach for America, where she taught eighth grade English Language Arts at Harlem Prep Middle School in Harlem, New York. Her students are the reason she chose to gain a deeper insight into systems of power, how American institutions are interconnected, and how inequity seeps into society, creating a cycle of injustice. After her time teaching Ellie attended Columbia University Graduate School, where she received a Masters of Arts in Political Science and pursued joint studies in Journalism. It was at Columbia that she co-founded the criminal justice reform non-profit "The Pathway Project," aimed at re-entry services for incarcerated individuals. Ellie is currently the CEO of The Pathway Project, and a full time student at Brooklyn Law School, where she spends her time advocating for criminal justice reform and volunteering inside of jails. In her free time she goes on walks with her french bulldog, Scout, enjoys boxing, and loves going to the beach. 

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Eliana L.

Eliana Levey is a seasoned early childhood educator who firmly believes in the potential of every student to succeed, given the right support system. She holds a master's degree in childhood education from Relay Graduate School of Education. Currently, Eliana serves as a dedicated second-grade teacher, bringing with her previous experience in teaching kindergarten. Her teaching approach is rooted in the power of play-based education, where she skillfully incorporates games, drama, and hands-on activities into her lessons. By prioritizing individualized instruction and differentiated learning, Eliana fosters the growth of each student, aiming to boost their confidence and equip them with lifelong strategies for success. In her free time, Eliana enjoys cycling, reading and traveling.

 
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Julia E.

Julia received her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and her Master of Arts in Mathematics from the University at Albany. She is currently teaching high school level math for the New York City Department of Education. Julia is a supportive and determined tutor who breaks down difficult math concepts and relates them to real world examples. She is skilled at identifying the strengths and areas of need of the students that she works with, and utilizes her knowledge of math content to improve their overall math fluency. Julia has a passion for helping people and traveling the world. When she is not teaching or tutoring she is outdoors looking for adventure. 

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Tamar S.

Tamar is an award-nominated teacher with over 10 years of tutoring experience. Tamar taught 9th grade Math and History at a high school in Chicago, Illinois for the majority of her career. As a licensed professional educator with certifications in Special Education (LBS I), and teaching English as a second language, Tamar supports students at their level and uses their current skill set to help them achieve their goals. Tamar works with students in elementary school through high school on literacy support, and is highly skilled at individualized support. As recognition for Tamar's impact as a teacher, her curriculum was nominated to be used across the City of Chicago as a result of the tremendous reading growth demonstrated by students. She presented her teaching philosophy at Phillips Exeter Academy during their professional development conference.

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Michelle C.

Michelle is currently a high school english teacher who has her dual certification in English and Special Education. She received her B.A. in English Rhetoric from Binghamton University and earned her M.A. in teaching from Montclair State University. Michelle is dedicated to creating an equitable learning environment for each student to excel academically and socially through differentiated instruction. In addition to teaching English, she works with 11th and 12th graders in all of their core classes- Math, Science, History and English, giving them the necessary support to achieve academic success in each subject. She is also responsible for tutoring students who require additional assistance preparing for standardized testing. Prior to working at the high school level, she worked at the elementary level teaching students from pre-k to third grade in foundational literacy to build their reading and writing skills. Michelle was trained in ABA Therapy to support students with special needs. Outside of the classroom, she enjoys going on runs, traveling to new places, and spending time with friends and family.

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Marissa C.

Marissa attended Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland.  While there she gained a true passion for education and educational equity. In conjunction with the community based learning office at Goucher, Marissa worked to establish strong connections between the Baltimore community and Goucher College. As a result she pioneered the middle school mentoring program for inner city youth and Goucher college students; the program helped to foster long lasting relationships that focused on the importance of education as a tool for liberation. Upon graduation she received awards for innovative teaching, community service, and practical politics. Post graduation Marissa joined the Teach For America Corps in Baltimore city where she began her career as a High School English teacher. As a New York native, she found her way back to the city and has been teaching 4th grade in Brooklyn for the past three years.  In this role Marissa worked to build a love of learning and foster a sense of community with her scholars. Marissa is currently attending New York University Steinhardt for her Masters in Educational leadership politics and advocacy, where she plans to continue her work to put children first, as she truly believes they are the future. 

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Erin P.

Erin is currently a fourth grade teacher in East Harlem. She received her undergraduate degree in elementary education from Loyola University Maryland and her masters in elementary education from Goucher College.

Erin's goal is to build a love of learning in children of all ages by teaching foundational and comprehension skills to students of all ages. All students have the ability to succeed with the proper support and Erin works to provide those supports. Erin's instruction allows for students growth, independence, and success by creating a safe, productive learning environment, In her free time, Erin enjoys going to the beach, working out, and cooking for family and friends. 

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Nick V.

Nick is a special education teacher with over 10 years experience teaching middle and high school students. Nick is certified in grades 7-12 and has had the opportunity to support students in each of those grades. Through his experience working with a diverse set of learners, he has developed numerous learning strategies that benefit his students. He is highly skilled at individualizing curricula and in executive function support as well as organizational skills. Prior to becoming a teacher, he was an attorney that trained international lawyers in legal writing.  He then joined the New York City Teaching Fellows program and received a M.S.Ed in special education from Hunter College.  He works at a secondary school in LIC and teaches a variety of subjects, mainly math and social studies to multiple grade bands.  Outside of the classroom, he enjoys studying languages, bike-riding, and eating spicy food.

 

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Shayna B.

Shayna is currently a middle school special education teacher in the NYC public school system. She is certified to teach grades 7-12 across all subjects and is a highly skilled executive function coach. Shayna received her undergraduate degree from Hofstra University and her Masters in Adolescent Special Education from Hunter College in 2021. She has worked across a wide range of classroom settings ranging from general education classes to self-contained. Currently she is teaching a class of ASD students enrolled in the Horizon Program. When she is not teaching, she enjoys running and spending time with her friends and family.

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Sasha K.

Sasha is dedicated to differentiating her teaching styles to best suit her students of all different kinds of learning styles and abilities. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Muhlenberg College. She is currently pursuing her dual masters in Early Childhood Education and Special Needs at Bank Street College of Education. While in graduate school, she is also working full time as a teacher at York Avenue Preschool during this upcoming school year. In the past, she has worked as a teacher at The Dwight School and Avenues The World School. Additionally, she has spent many summers working as a counselor at a day camp on the Upper West Side. She hopes to provide social emotional support for children. Additionally, she strives to make all her lessons tailored to the child’s interest and have their learning truly be student led. During her free time, she enjoys photography, traveling and baking.

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Shannon K.

Shannon is an experienced special education teacher in the New York City Department of Education. In her time in the DOE, Shannon has taught kindergarten, first, and second grade. As a special education teacher, Shannon has experience modifying curriculum to meet the specific, individual needs of each student. She prioritizes developing strong relationships with each child. Shannon received her undergraduate Degree from Manhattan College in early childhood and childhood education (birth through grade 6) with concentrations in Mathematics and Psychology. She also received her Master’s Degree from Manhattan College in Special Education. Currently, Shannon is working on a second Master’s Degree in Literacy Education. In her free time, Shannon loves to spend time with family and friends. She loves to read and exercise, but her favorite thing of all is relaxing on the beach.

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Kathrynn A.

Kathrynn is dual certified in elementary and special education. She received her undergraduate degree in psychology and completed her masters at the Rutgers University Graduate School of Education. There, she joined the Urban Teaching Fellows which broadened her passion for teaching diverse learners. She currently works at an independent day school dedicated to teaching children with disabilities. Kathrynn has experience modifying curriculum and differentiating instruction to meet individual needs of each student. In her spare time, Kathrynn enjoys running at the park, reading, biking, practicing yoga, and playing with her cat, Joey.

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Erika J.

Erika is currently a 10th and 11th grade English teacher in the New York City public school system. Erika has planned curriculum and written several IEPs in her experience working with students with disabilities. In addition to teaching students with disabilities Erika has supported students that are learning English as a second language. As a native Spanish speaker, Erika tutors clients in Spanish language and supports native Spanish speaking students with their learning in English. Erika earned her undergraduate degree from St. Olaf College, where she majored in Political Science and minored in Middle Eastern Studies. Upon graduation, Erika joined City Year New York and discovered her passion for teaching and working with students. After completing service with City Year, Erika joined Teach for America and finished her master’s degree in Secondary Special Education from the Relay Graduate School of Education in June of 2020. Outside of the classroom, she enjoys taking long walks, reading, and swimming.

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Thomas V.

Thomas is a dual-language special-education teacher fluent in both English and Spanish. He taught in New York City's Public School System in bilingual elementary classrooms. He graduated Fordham University with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science and then, earned his Master of Science in Early Childhood General and Special Education from Bank Street College.  Thomas sees tutoring as a powerful intervention tool because it is an opportunity to provide highly individualized instruction.  In addition, he also really enjoys the unique bond tutors develop with their students and families.  Thomas's enthusiasm for experiential learning means that his sessions are filled with exciting, hands-on learning experiences that are highly engaging. When Thomas is not working with and learning from children, he enjoys practicing his Spanish, reading plays, seeing live theatre, trying out new restaurants and playing with his cat, Charlie. 

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SaRah T.

Sarah likes to think of herself as a “lifelong learner”. In fact, it’s what drew her to teaching. She has a huge passion for educating young minds and watching them discover the world, as well as themselves. She believes that learning should be fun and that when curriculum is presented in its most effective way, it is!

Sarah has a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a Masters degree in Elementary Education. During her education, she also earned certificates in Gifted and Talented Education, ESOL (English as a Second Language), and a Literacy Endorsement. While pursuing her degrees, she worked as a dance teacher, a daycare teacher, and a summer camp counselor for 5th and 6th graders. She is currently a teacher in the NYCDOE, teaching preschool in an Integrated Co-Teaching Classroom (ICT) that serves both students with IEPs and without. This setting requires adapting and modifying material to meet all student needs, which is very important to Sarah. She believes that content should be accessible to all students and should be presented in a way that is easy for them to understand, as well as catering to their interests.

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Emily H.

Emily received a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and Special Education at the University of Delaware. Emily has been passionate about teaching since before she can remember. She currently works at an independent day school dedicated to teaching children with language- based learning disabilities. Emily is in the process of earning her masters degree in Elementary Math from Hunter College. She strives to instill confidence in all of her students and provide them with the skills needed to approach their work. Emily feels that it is important to adjust her material and approach in order to meet each student’s needs. She uses research- based instruction to ensure that she is best serving every student she works with. When Emily is not teaching or attending graduate school, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, walking her dogs, and baking.

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Ally A.

Ally was born and raised on Long Island and now resides in Brooklyn, NY. She received her bachelors in mathematics with a concentration in secondary education from Loyola University Maryland and is currently pursuing her masters in mathematics education. Ally is currently a high school math teacher for the NYC public school system. She has over five years of experience teaching middle and high school students both in the classroom and one-on-one. Ally is certified in grades 7-12 and has had the opportunity to support students in each of those grades with math. She is passionate about what she teaches, and loves to interact with students to find the best way to support their learning. Ally believes that with the right tools, every student can thrive in and out of the classroom, and that is what she strives for every day while teaching.

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Yael S.

Yael received a bachelor’s degree of elementary education in Melbourne Australia. She grew up in Australia and moved to NYC to continue to pursue her teaching career in December 2021. Yael creates a learning environment that is nurturing and caring to ensure that each individual feels safe and has a sense of belonging. She believes that by creating such an environment, it allows the child to grow and to be their most authentic self. Yael has experience in differentiating work to cater to each child’s needs both in the classroom and in a one on one setting. She has a strong passion for reading and writing, and focuses on creating goals for each child in order to help them work towards something specific and help instill pride in the work that is being done. She strives to prepare students with the knowledge and skills that will pave the way for life-long learning, and active participation in their local and global community. Yael enjoys helping students become more confident in their overall learning. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends, going for walks, doing exercise and traveling.

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Lindsey R.

Lindsey has been a special educator for 10 years. She currently works as a 3rd-grade ICT teacher and tutors kids children in grades in early childhood and elementary level grades because of her experience with those grades. Lindsey is a passionate, empathetic, and innovative educator. She believes all children can reach their full potential when they have multiple avenues to access content and a variety of ways to produce results and share their learning. Her approach is unique in that she goes beyond reteaching what the child learns in school, but she take what the child is learning in school and expands it in meaningful ways. Every child is unique and knowing that Lindsey prioritizes her clients developing a love for learning through maintaining and learning new skills focusing on content that is interesting to them. Lindsey's expertise also includes teaching positive behavior, social-emotional skills, self-regulation, and executive functioning. She has a history of building a strong rapport with her students and their families and she is very passionate about helping them succeed as they grow older. She teaches to the academic standards but has a strong emphasis on filling skill gaps and utilizes standards across grade levels based on the individual child. She is an expert at making learning accessible and loves to help her clients child feel confident about learning!​

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Hannah S.

Hannah received their Bachelors of Arts in English and American Studies from Wesleyan University in 2016. They currently teach third grade at The Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn, NY and have three years of classroom experience teaching grades 3-5. Hannah has experience with a variety of learning abilities and as such has grown their innovation and creativity as a teacher. Hannah is skilled at differentiating instruction so that all learners can find a point of connection to the subject material. They find joy in guiding elementary school students to become lifelong learners. Outside of the classroom, Hannah writes poetry, enjoys bike riding and rock climbs! 

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Tzivia F.

Tzivia is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Special and General Education at CUNY Hunter College. She is currently teaching at The IDEAL School of Manhattan, a unique inclusion school, where she collaborates with students of diverse abilities in a 6th-grade classroom. Tzivia provides support in whole group, small group, and one-to-one settings, tailoring her teaching approach to accommodate each student's learning style. Prior to her current position, Tzivia taught at the Stephen Gaynor School, a school for children with language-based learning disabilities. There Tzivia utilized Orton Gillingham approach, which she integrated into her reading groups. Tzivia aspires to become a reading specialist in the future. In her free time, she enjoys crafting, spending time with friends, hiking, and traveling Tzivia has set a goal to visit all seven continents and has already traveled to four of them.

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Sarah E.

Sarah is a dynamic language teacher who will motivate your student to raise their oral and written language skills by building on their natural talents and abilities and developing areas that need strengthening. Sarah’s Master degree in Applied Linguistics (TESOL, Elementary Education) from CUNY: Queen’s College and her B.A. in Communications, Arts and Media from CUNY: New York have given her the tools to assess her students reading, writing, and speaking levels and develop lessons to augment their language skills to meet their individual needs. In Sarah’s rich experience working for the New York Department of Education as an early literacy and language specialist, she has developed a fun and engaging teaching style. In her personal life Sarah enjoys Yoga, hiking, and traveling.  Ask her about Mount Everest!

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If you would like to be a part of our team, please send your resume to chalkdustinc@gmail.com

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