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I am currently a fourth grade special educator providing support in primarily math, reading and writing. I also work as a reading interventionist with the Leveled Literacy Intervention program as well as Sonday for students who benefited from multisensory reading instruction.

I graduated in June 2004 from Columbia High School, in May 2008 from Rutgers College with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, in May 2009 with a Master's Degree in Education and have dual certification in elementary education (K-5) and middle school mathematics (6-8). I returned to school at Kean University to get my Teacher of Students with Disabilities certification which I completed in 2013.

Working with students with special needs means working with learners with widely varying abilities. I design creative, stimulating lesson plans that accommodate multiple intelligences, bring a hands-on approach to learning, and keep students interested and focused. I encourage student learning by using a number of hands on activities, including the use of manipulatives, and by incorporating technology into my lessons.

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Tivoli’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Rutgers University-New Brunswick - Bachelor in Arts, Psychology

Graduate Degree: Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University - Master of Arts, Education


Reading, swimming, travel, and spending time with family and friends.

Tutoring Subjects

1st Grade Math

1st Grade Reading

1st Grade Writing

2nd Grade Math

2nd Grade Reading

2nd Grade Writing

3rd Grade Math

3rd Grade Reading

4th Grade Math

4th Grade Reading

4th Grade Writing

5th Grade Math

5th Grade Reading

5th Grade Writing

6th Grade Math

6th Grade Reading

6th Grade Writing

7th Grade Math

7th Grade Reading

7th Grade Writing

8th Grade Math

8th Grade Reading

8th Grade Writing

College English

Elementary Math

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing


English Grammar and Syntax

High School English

Homework Support


ISEE- Lower Level

ISEE- Middle Level


Middle School Math

Middle School Reading

Middle School Writing





Special Education


SSAT- Elementary Level

SSAT- Middle Level

Test Prep


Q & A

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

In a typical first session, I like to get to know the student a little bit-- their interests, areas of strengths and weaknesses, goals for tutoring, and style of learning. Some of this can be learned through conversation and some through trying a few problems or completing some work together.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Students become independent with practice and confidence. I like to help guide students through the steps, modeling and discussing as we go - but giving the student many opportunities to try on their own with support and then without.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Students deserve praise for trying something challenging and should get constant reminders of how far they've come and what they've learned. I believe motivation is built when students feel they're "getting something," when something that was difficult becomes understandable or easy.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

Everyone learns differently and, at times, needs to try a new approach or method to learning a skill or concept. I think it's very important to have multiple tools in a teacher's (and learner's!) toolbox.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

There are many strategies to improving reading comprehension. Some things I teach and work with students who struggle with comprehension include working on context clues, close reading, stop and jots, graphic organizers, note-taking, SQ3R, questioning, making meaningful connections, activating background knowledge summarizing, and discussing texts.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

Often students need to understand why they're learning something and how it's useful in real life. Explaining or giving examples that are relevant to their world increases engagement and excitement. I also love to incorporate students' interests into lessons.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

I like to use technology when appropriate in lessons -- sometimes as a way to activate prior knowledge and sometimes to provide guided or independent practice. I think manipulatives can make a huge difference in math lessons and try to use them as much as possible as well.

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