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.
"Education is not the learning of facts,
training of the mind
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 great New York area.
When she is not tutoring, consulting or teaching, Tamar can be found outdoors with her Australian Shepherd. A native New Yorker, Tamar now resides in Brooklyn and enjoys the parks, museums and bakeries in her neighborhood.
Ines received her B.A. in Psychology from The Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. She received her M.A. in Early Childhood Special Education from Teachers College, Columbia University as well as a bilingual extension in Spanish Education. Ines has taught both kindergarten and first grade, she is currently teaching in East Harlem. Ines values experiential learning and works hard to get to know a child in order to best develop an educational plan that is centered around their interests. She feels strongly that this fosters an intrinsic motivation and passion for learning different skills.
When Ines is not tutoring or teaching, she can be found running, or with a cooking utensil in hand. This NYC transplant now resides on the Upper West Side and takes advantage of the parks and nature in her backyard.
Anna received her Masters in Early Childhood Education, both regular and special education, from Pace University. Prior to her graduate studies at Pace, Anna received her BFA in Musical Theater from The New School. Anna currently teaches in a 3’s classroom in a private school in Manhattan. Anna truly believes in meeting each student where they are, and in giving them the tools and resources to feel successful. Her students gaining confidence in all areas academically is of utmost importance to her. Play based learning is something that Anna feels very passionately about. She feels it is crucial to give students hands on experiences that allow them to explore and to learn about the world around them in an individualized way. When working with children to prepare for G&T testing, it is this school of thought that guides Anna's plans for each session. In addition to teaching pre-kindergarten, Anna is trained in Teacher's College Reading Rescue and has used this training to work with students grades K-2 in literacy. With this work Anna has been able to bring students below grade level to grade level and above. When not teaching, Anna can be found singing, volunteering in the kids program at her church and hanging out with her friends.
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.
Sydnie received her M.S.Ed from Bank Street in Early Childhood Special and General Education. Prior to studying at Bank Street Sydnie receives her B.S. in Child Psychology and Early Childhood Education from Tulane University. Sydnie currently teaches Pre-K at a private school in Manhattan from September to June and has the role of Camp Director for 1 to 5 year olds over the summer. Sydnie is passionate about play based education, as she deeply values the importance of children having a hands-on experience to make learning their own. Sydnie specializes in working with children 2 to 5 years old and has experience with preparing children for G&T, Hunter Elementary, and Private School admissions. When not teaching, or overseeing and planning camp, Sydnie can be found in her kitchen cooking, teaching children’s cooking classes, or out and about with her dog, Moose.
Andria has had a true love of teaching since childhood. After getting her bachelors in Childhood Education from SUNY Oneonta, she moved to New York City to work with the diverse population the city has to offer. After teaching fourth grade in the Bronx for a few years Andria set off on an adventure to teach English in Thailand. She currently works as a math curriculum specialist and targeted assistant for grades 4-8 in the Bronx. Andria specializes in test preparation for all ages. She is trained in test preparation for the state tests grades 3-5, as well as Gifted and Talented testing for children in early childhood. Although Andria is highly skilled in testing, she values the whole child. Getting to know her students personally allows Andria to create fun, engaging lessons that ensure students meet grade standards through games, projects, and technology. Her focus is not learning for the test, but instead providing children with skills that are useful for the test and beyond! When not teaching, Andria can be found hiking upstate or in the kitchen making meals from scratch.
Brittany graduated Siena College with a dual major in History and Education. Brittany's expertise is secondary education, she has worked with students grades 7 through 12 and most enjoys teaching English Language Arts and History. Brittany cares deeply about the development of the whole child. She focuses on social and emotional growth through education by developing working techniques that help her clients build confidence and healthy habits. Brittany is so passionate about mental health that she is pursuing her masters in School Counseling from Fordham University.
In her free time Brittany enjoys reading novels, practicing yoga and spending time with her loved ones.
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
Blair received her B.A. from SUNY Albany in Communications and Rhetoric. While in Albany attending undergrad, she ran an after-school enrichment program at a private Jewish Day School for students from kindergarten to 8th grade. After receiving her B.A., Blair worked for a
corporation in NYC, where she was a brand manager for 3 years, but found herself wanting to go back to working with children. She went back to school to pursue a career in education through the New York City Teaching Fellows program and received a M.S.Ed in special education from LIU Brooklyn. She is licensed in teaching grades 7-12 and has taught various subjects in middle school and high school classes. Currently, she is a special education teacher for the DOE in Long Island City and teaches math, science, social studies, and ELA. As a special educator, Blair has developed, written, and implemented several IEPs. She has a passion for differentiating instruction and helping her students feel successful with the curriculum at their grade level. She believes in teaching her students about a growth mindset and working with them to build their confidence as students. When she is not in the classroom, Blair enjoys traveling, cooking, taking fitness classes, and reading.
While attending college at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., Ellie 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. Ellie wrote and planned curriculum aligned to the Common Core Standards, and leveraged quantitative and qualitative data in order to alter that curriculum to fit her students' needs. Ellie taught an IEP cohort and tutored her students in their core subjects. She was also part of the "Champions" mentorship program at her school. 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." Ellie is currently the CEO of The Pathway Project, and spends her time advocating for criminal justice reform alongside educational equity. In her free time she goes on walks with her french bulldog, Scout, enjoys boxing, and loves going to the beach.
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.
Brooke is currently a second-grade teacher in the New York City Public School System. She has been teaching for seven years at the same innovative arts school in Queens and has taught grades k-2. Brooke received a double Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Elementary Education from Queens College, as well as her Master’s Degree in Literacy Diagnostics from St. John’s University. While studying at St. John’s University, Brooke was a guest speaker in lectures discussing how incorporating the arts into curriculum can heighten the level of engagement, cognitive reasoning and dialogue. Brooke believes in the importance of meeting students where they are and creating a love for learning that will continue beyond each session. She creates immeasurable bonds with her students that enable them to confide in her and trust her, which in turn leads to their success. She has a passion for literacy and reading remediation and is well versed in Teacher’s College Reading and Writing Workshop as well as their new phonics program, among others. In addition to her literacy trainings, Brooke has also worked closely with Metamorphosis and Investigations Math and has a love for fostering a comfortable relationship between students and math, growing their number sense and reasoning skills. She believes that through hands on learning, students will be highly engaged and motivated. Brooke looks forward to providing highly individualized instruction that will bridge any gaps, cultivating a loving and professional relationship with the student, and making sure that their needs are met and exceeded. In her free time, Brooke enjoys going to the beach, cooking and trying new restaurants, staying active, reading books and traveling.
Amanda is currently a learning specialist and ninth grade remedial reading and writing teacher at a middle and high school on the Upper West Side. She earned her Bachelor of Science from the University of Delaware in Elementary Education and Special Education (Grades 1-6) with a minor in Disability Studies in 2017. After graduation, Amanda worked at an Elementary School in Rockland County while she pursued a Master's degree in Literacy (birth through sixth grade) at St.Thomas Aquinas College. Once Amanda received her masters degree, she moved to New York City and made the transition to adolescent education. Amanda is passionate about differentiated education to ensure that each student can reach their potential. She uses hands-on learning experiences to make learning more engaging for her students. Amanda spends her summers as an administrator, mentoring campers and counselors, at Camp Ramaquois in Pomona, New York. During her free time, she enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, taking fitness classes, and reading.
Aviva received her B.A. in English and Art History from Yeshiva University. She is currently completing a dual Masters degree in Early Childhood General and Special Education at Bank Street College of Education. Aviva has spent the last decade working with children in different settings, focusing on children in early childhood and elementary school. For the last four years Aviva has worked as a teacher’s assistant in a New York City public school. Her teaching style prioritizes the development of the whole child; working with children on achieving academic success as well as developing their social and emotional growth. With her classroom experience she has been given the opportunity to develop strategies to support children in strengthening their skills, utilizing their interests to maintain engagement. Aviva has worked for multiple families to support their children with their academic responsibilities and feels strongly about building a home-school connection. When she’s not in the classroom, Aviva enjoys taking yoga classes, thrifting and exploring the city.
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.
Miranda received her M.S.Ed from Bank Street College of Education in Curriculum and Instruction. Before studying at Bank Street, Miranda received her bachelors of science in Early Childhood Education from the University of Delaware where she minored in Disability Studies and Human Development and Family Studies. Miranda is New York State certified in early childhood education (birth-2nd grade) and students with disabilities (birth-2nd grade). Miranda currently is a head teacher at a private preschool school on the Upper East Side. She is passionate about learning and teaching young children through play and hands on, developmentally appropriate practices. During the summer, Miranda is a division leader at day camp is White Plains, NY where she supervises and mentors counselors as well as 1st grade campers. When Miranda is not working with children she enjoys going to the beach and museums, spending time with friends and family, reading and watching cooking shows.
Julia is currently teaching physics at a high school level. Julia received her Bachelor's degree in Applied Physics from Rutgers University. In addition to supporting students with sciences Julia is a highly skilled math tutor and works with high schoolers to improve their math skills across the topic. When not supporting clients in math and sciences Julia uses her experience in high school education to support clients with preparing for the SAT and ACT exams.
Alexa is a passionate and progressive educator who served two years in Teach for America. Alexa is currently an english teacher for 10th and 11th grade, as well as a Careers and Occupations curator in the New York City Public School System where Alexa has written and planned curriculum, several IEP’s, and piloted an internship program for students to work on career pathways. Alexa earned her Bachelor of Science from the University of Delaware in Health Behavior Science with minors in Business Administration and Public Health in 2018. Alexa has worked in the Bronx while pursuing her masters degree at Relay School of Education. Alexa has worked with over twenty five families to support with homework help for students with a range of abilities and grade levels. She has worked with children for the past ten years, ranging from age 2 to 18, and enjoys getting to know the whole child. Understanding the whole child is important to her, so she can provide children with skills that will be useful in and out of the classroom. Outside of the classroom, she enjoys teaching and taking yoga, advocating for mental health, baking, reading, and spending time with her family and friends.
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.
Jessie received her bachelor of arts in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the University of Buffalo. She went on to receive her masters degree in Childhood and Special Education (Grades 1-6) from Hunter College. Jessie has spent the past ten years working with children in various settings, including nannying, tutoring, and as a day camp counselor. She is currently working at a private school on the Upper West Side, as an elementary school teacher supporting students with social and emotional difficulties. Jessie finds it incredibly important to differentiate instruction to fit the individual needs of each student. She believes finding students' preferred learning styles and strengths will support their academic growth. Her expertise in speech and hearing allows her to utilize a unique set of of teaching strategies to access learners that require a little more support when it comes to expressive language, receptive language, and developing phonemic awareness. During her free time, she enjoys reading, spin classes, and spending time with her family and friends.
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.
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 (in a non-Covid world) and baking.
Hallie received her B.A. in Educational Studies from Colgate University. She is currently completing a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Teaching online through Boston University. Hallie is currently teaching at the Windward School, an independent day school for children with dyslexia and other language-based learning disabilities. She has experience working with students in elementary school, and has a special place in her heart for teaching 3rd and 4th grade. Hallie is licensed 1-6 and feels that she does best in supporting students at their level to access curriculum in a hands-on and attainable way. Hallie prioritizes differentiating instruction to reach all her students, and she is incredibly interested in the social's;-emotional development of children that takes place within, and outside of, the classroom. When she’s not teaching, Hallie loves to knit, walk along the East River path, and trying new cuisines in her neighborhood.
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 to relax on the beach!
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.
Olivia received her B.S. in Psychology from Haverford College in Pennsylvania. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in childhood general and special education from Bank Street College of Education. Prior to beginning her graduate studies, Olivia taught at Germantown Friends School in Philadelphia where she worked as a fifth grade assistant teacher and provided upper school academic and writing support. Olivia is experienced at providing support in reading, writing, and math to students at a wide range of grade levels. Olivia is also a skilled French tutor and has supported students in childhood through high school with learning the language. Olivia has a great deal of experience in supporting students with and executive functioning skills to aid in their independent learning abilities. She loves the way one-on-one work creates the opportunity to form close connections with students. When not thinking about teaching, Olivia enjoys spending time with her family, singing, playing the violin, and going for long neighborhood walks.
Greer received her B.S. in Psychology from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. She received her MSEd in Childhood General Education from Bank Street College of Education in New York. Greer taught 3rd grade at Success Academy in Flatbush, Brooklyn for three years, and currently teaches 3rd grade at The Ramaz School in the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Greer is passionate about instilling a love of learning in her students. She views tutoring as a unique opportunity to provide individualized support to meet students where they are in their learning journey. Greer focuses on making learning engaging through differentiated, hands-on activities to help students build on their strengths to feel successful and motivated. Outside of school, Greer loves to travel and spend time with her family (especially her nieces and nephews), as well as play golf.
Daniella is currently in graduate school at Bank Street School Of Education. She teaches full time as a pre-school teacher at Park Avenue Synagogue Danielle has previously worked at Avenues the World School and at P.S.9. Daniella is fluent in English and Spanish and supports our youngest learners with bilingual instruction. Daniella is passionate about helping children grow their young minds. Another passion of Daniella's is teaching Judaic studies, she’s been a Hebrew school teacher at Brotherhood Synagogue for 6 years. Outside of the classroom, Daniella enjoys spending time with her dog Rego, being outside and spending time with her family and friends.
A native New Yorker, Grace grew up just outside of the city in Westchester County. After graduating with a bachelors from St. John’s University, Grace moved to Thailand to teach and travel for one year. A natural leader and teacher, Grace decided to come back to New York & join the New York City Teaching Fellows program where she received her masters in special education. Grace is currently working on the West Side of Manhattan with high school students, although she is licensed for grades 7-12. Grace has experience teaching ELA, History, Science, AP Macro Economics and College Writing, specifically specializing in college essay prep and revision. Grace is very active and continues to travel and explore other countries. In her free time she loves to be outside running or riding her bike in the park. Grace loves spending time with her students, family and friends.
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.
Nicole is a loving, creative and dedicated educator who’s goal is to make students feel motivated and excited about learning. She has received her bachelors of science in childhood education with a concentration in English learning. Nicole has worked as the head teacher in pre-k and kindergarten classrooms where her specialty was teaching reading and pre-reading tools. She has a great deal of experience with all elementary aged students as she has worked in first and fourth grade classrooms, as well as with students in individualized learning settings. Nicole has a passion for teaching students how to read and write. She believes that understanding the differentiated needs of unique students is so important so that together they can find the best way to enhance the students’ academic growth in all subject areas. Nicole loves to help children reach excellence and to build their self confidence to know that they can do so.
Wynn is currently in graduate school at Bank Street School of Education working towards a dual masters and certifications 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!