Over 300 tutoring hours

Marc S.

Farmingdale, NY


Personalized Instruction for elementary and special needs students

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Background check passed as of 11/25/14
4.6 average from 70 ratings
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— Syreeta, Selden, NY on 10/22/15

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C.W. Post College
Special Education
C.W. Post College


C.W. Post College (Special Education)

C.W. Post College (Master's)

About Marc

I would like to speak to parents on Long Island or near the city line who are looking for an experienced, caring professional teacher/tutor to help their children with math, reading, ELA, social studies, help with homework and more.

I am certified in New York State in both elementary education and special education and have taught since the early 80s in pre-kindergarten through sixth grades and in special education from nursery school through high school.

I feel my background in special education-where we do a lot of one-to-one individual lessons and small group lessons-prepared me well for tutoring.

I am very patient in my approach to working with each student. I tell them it is okay to not get it the first time or the second or third. I teach them not to give up and they learn this through my example of not giving up on them which I never do. Never.

I teach them how to succeed through this patient but dogged approach. A lot of children get used to failing. I love to help them turn that around and have them experience success. Once a child experiences success where previously there was failure, he or she builds on that and wants more. That is my professional goal for all of my students. I want to see them succeed beyond what they thought they could do. I want them not to need me after a certain point and to then send me on to someone else who does!
I would like to speak to parents on Long Island or near the city line who are looking for an experienced, caring professional teacher/tutor to help their children with math, reading, ELA, Read more

2 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 30 miles of Farmingdale, NY 11735
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Patient Tutor"

- Syreeta, Selden, NY on 10/22/15

"Great Patient Tutor"

- Natalie, Jamaica, NY on 12/7/15

"Patient and skilled reading tutor"

- Deidre, Rosedale, NY on 11/20/15

"Great tutor!"

- Ruben, Brooklyn, NY on 11/7/15

"Great Tutor"

- SOPHIA, Brooklyn, NY on 10/18/14
Grammar, Reading,
Vocabulary, Writing
American History, European History, Social Studies,
World History
Special Needs:
Dyslexia, Phonics,
Special Needs
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math,
Grammar, Phonics,
Spelling, Vocabulary

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Elementary (K-6th)

I have years of experience working with children at the elementary level in both regular and special education. I have my master's degree in elementary education and state certification in both elementary and special education. I also have 15 years of private tutoring with students in grades K-6 in all subjects but mostly with math, reading and language arts.

Elementary Math

I have taught math in the classroom and as tutor since the 80s. It is my favorite subject to teach along with reading. I have a thorough, patient approach as I help my students build confidence and raise their level of expectations and success. I really love it when my students, who were previously afraid of math, turn that around with my guidance and start to enjoy it.


I have many years of experience teaching reading at the elementary level, including English, with much success for my students who quickly gain confidence as they learn to succeed.


I have taught reading at many age levels over the course of my career as a teacher in the classroom and in private tutoring, always with an emphasis on phonics because that is how I learned to read. Once a student knows the sounds of the letters, the key is putting those sounds together coupled with a number of easily taught rules and word families. Combined with sight words that students naturally learn, phonics opens up the worlds of reading and leads to success. The students I have worked with one-to-one have experienced much success in learning through phonics.


I strongly believe in a phonetic approach to reading which is my favorite subject to teach along with math. Phonics provides an excellent foundation combined with the whole word approach and context clues.
I find that a balanced approach centered around phonics brings the best results. My students continue to succeed using this model.

Social Studies

I come by my love of teaching social studies through my interests in history and culture. I took a number of courses at the undergraduate level such as methods of social studies and various history courses but it is more through reading-my number one hobby-that I have pursued these interests. I have read hundreds upon hundreds of history and historic fiction books over the years and continue to do so voraciously. I continue to be fascinated with the American Revolution and the Civil War especially. When working with students in these and other social studies topics I like to make it more real for them by telling them some of the stories and facts that I have learned. I find it helps bring their interest level up.

Special Needs

I have over 15 years as a special education teacher working with students with many different handicaps. These include emotional handicaps, language delays, Down's Syndrome, autism and learning disabilities. I have New York State certification in special education (N-12) and would have gotten my master's degree in that area but I switched to elementary education because I felt the graduate courses in special education were pretty much the same as the ones I had at the undergraduate level.

C.W. Post College
Special Education
C.W. Post College


C.W. Post College (Special Education)

C.W. Post College (Master's)

Patient Tutor — Marc is presently tutoring my son whom is in the 4th grade. Marc is patient and kind. He has taught my son a few new math tricks to apply when solving problems. ...

— Syreeta, Selden, NY on 10/22/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

Travel policy

Marc will travel within 30 miles of Farmingdale, NY 11735.