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I’ve always made it a point to make teaching a part of my own education. In high school I volunteered with Cardinal Spellman Head Start on New York’s Lower East Side, and also volunteered as an art and English teacher at The Working Boys Center in Quito, Ecuador, teaching Art and English. I've worked as a writing tutor for many years, beginning at Franklin & Marshall College's Writing Center helping students revise their papers, though my favorite meetings were the ones where students came in without having started the paper at all, and we got to brainstorm, outline, and find out what actually made them excited to write. Since then I've worked as a private tutor, as well as in NYC high school classrooms. I'm also currently part of a team of editors and tutors with EssayEdge, an online company dedicated to helping students “craft an essay that will make [them] stand out from the crowd.” At EssayEdge, I specialize not only in college admissions essays, but also academic essays in English, Science, and History.

I’m currently completing my MFA in playwriting at Columbia University, where for my first two semesters I worked as a TASC exam (New York’s new equivalent to the GED) prep teacher with Columbia University's non-profit, Community Impact. In the Fall, I taught 8th and 9th grade math to a class of diverse ages - I was a bit intimidated at first, but realized I was able to identify with these students' stumbling blocks and remember how I'd overcome them myself. In the Spring I returned to Language Arts, where we focused on composition, and got to explore how and why we write essays at all. Before moving to LA, I taught high school level playwriting workshops both at Harlem’s Wadleigh Secondary School for the Performing & Visual Arts, as well as Acting Out, an acting school in Brooklyn.

On top of all that, my mother's been a New York City educator my entire life, moving from the classroom to become assistant principal of a middle school, and finally to her current position at the Department of Education. I've always been surrounded by a love of education, and I've pursued the above opportunities in no small part because of my lifelong exposure to the lesson plans, the curriculum development, the frustrations and successes, and everything else that educators deal with behind the scenes.

I specialize in English and Language Arts. In addition to working closely with students on verbal/reading test prep, I have a great deal of experience working side by side with students to improve their essays and their writing skills, going beyond proofreading to help with brainstorming, organization, and the crafting of arguments.

Hope to work with you soon!

Matthew’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Franklin Marshall College - Bachelors, English (Creative Writing)

Graduate Degree: Columbia University in the City of New York - Masters, Playwriting

Test Scores

SAT Math: 770

SAT Verbal: 790


Theater, dinosaurs, Star Wars, crossword puzzles

Tutoring Subjects

College English

College Essays

Comparative Literature


English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

GRE Analytical Writing

High School English

Homework Support





PSAT Writing Skills

Public Speaking


SAT Reading

SAT Subject Test in Literature

SAT Subject Tests Prep

SAT Verbal


Test Prep