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I have a Bachelor of Arts in English from Siena College, a Masters of Science in General and Special Education from Touro College, and a School Building Leadership certificate from The College of Saint Rose. I am currently in my 10th year of teaching for the New York City Department of Education, and have taught English to a broad range of students across various grades and academic settings (general, self-contained, Collaborative Team Teaching, and Resource Room). At the moment, I teach English Literature to 9th, 10th, and 11th graders.

Over the past ten years, I have come to learn a great deal about what makes for good teaching, and can equip my students with the skills they need to effectively tackle the English Common Core Standards. I am proficient at teaching students active reading strategies as well as helping them identify and analyze the various literary elements, devices and techniques. In addition, I am particularly adept at scaffolding writing instruction for many of the different types of essays (argumentative, narrative, expository, etc.).

Ivan’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Siena College - Bachelor in Arts, English

Graduate Degree: Touro College - Masters, General and Special Ed, Grades 5 through 9


reading and writing, bike riding, movies, television series

Tutoring Subjects

College English

College Essays

Comparative Literature

Elementary School Reading


English Grammar and Syntax


Essay Editing

High School English

Homework Support






Special Education

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization


Test Prep