Rosemary V.

Katonah, NY


Elementary & MS, K-Adults, Special Needs, ESL Art

In-person lessons
600+ Hours
Background check passed as of 1/10/15
5.0 average from 299 ratings
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— Seema, Cross River, NY on 7/19/16


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State U College Buffalo
BS in Arts and Education
College of New Rochelle (New Rochelle, NY)
English Language Institute


State U College Buffalo (BS in Arts and Education)

College of New Rochelle (New Rochelle, NY) (Master's)

English Language Institute (Other)

About Rosemary

I have taught thousands of lessons, to all ages and levels, including those with disabilities or learning disorders. NYS certified teacher; w/ MS in Art Therapy. I am also TESOL Certified. I am currently teaching at a special needs high school. I offer my tutor clients both homework support and hands-on multi-sensory games and art activities to reinforce learning or to strengthen weaknesses. Proven success (Please read clients' comments) Semi-private sessions available at $35/per student. (up to 4 in group)

I am a compassionate, academic and art tutor who meets with students to help them navigate through hardships that may be holding them back. I can also offer art lessons for small motor control improvement, in accord with OT goals. Lessons are always customized to meet the needs of the students/client and tend to be multi-sensory.

Experienced with bi-lingual classes, and adult English as a second language. I also taught basic computer skills, grammar, writing, English, social studies, science and math, basic Spanish and Health. I have taught visual arts to k-adults, including HS/college drawing and painting.

I am very interested in bridging cultures. As a program developer and teacher ambassador for Kids to Kids International, I have presented to the American Literacy Association, National Arts Club, and several libraries. As a therapeutic educator, I have presented at BOCES to Westchester schools' social workers and psychologists, Westchester Child Care Council, and libraries. I spent a month in South America where I brought U.S. student-created picture books and school supplies to schools along the Amazon river, the desert, coastal and mountain regions of Peru. I also met with ministers of education there and members of the World Bank trying to gain support for educational programs to the poor. I have also been an invited writer and presenter for Catholic Charities.

To those who have been interested in reading this far, I will be volunteering in a medical home for kids of all ages in Peru. I visited this home when I was a teacher Ambassador. I leave in mid July and return end of August. to learn about the impressive place I will be at please visit I will be available to present to groups about my Peru travels as a teacher Ambassador and also as a volunteer. Have a safe summer!
I have taught thousands of lessons, to all ages and levels, including those with disabilities or learning disorders. NYS certified teacher; w/ MS in Art Therapy. I am also TESOL Certified. I am currently teaching at a special needs high school. I offer my tutor clients both homework support and hands-on multi-sensory games and art activities to Read more

6 hours notice required

Hardship discounts possible. I can work with smaller groups for a much reduced/ student fee. As of 9-15 I was recruited to teach at a special needs HS, my availability is very limited.

Travel Radius
Travels within 7 miles of Katonah, NY 10536
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Great teaching!"

- Seema, Cross River, NY on 7/19/16
Rosemary replied on 7/20/2016

I am so impressed with Sahil; He is so smart and capable! Thank you very much for such positive feedback!

"Someone to Trust"

- Alex, Katonah, NY on 5/5/16

"A very Knowledgeable, patient and skillful tutor"

- Snow, Chappaqua, NY on 8/19/15

"Fantastic Tutor"

- Jonathan, Yorktown Heights, NY on 1/20/15
Rosemary replied on 2/5/2015

Jonathan, thank you for such glowing praise! Honestly, your son is a wonderful student, he learns quickly and has great ideas! It truly is a pleasure tutoring him!


- Krishna, Mount Kisco, NY on 6/8/14
Rosemary replied on 6/9/2014

Thank you for sharing this Krishna. Happy and proud students is what I reach for when I work with kids. We will hope and work towards future school work continuing to be a positive and happy experience!

"Great Tutor! My child looks forward to meeting each day"

- Katie, Danbury, CT on 12/12/13
Rosemary replied on 12/14/2013

It is so gratifying to hear how much your son enjoys working with me. I really do enjoy his effort and personality. I am grateful to be a cog in the wheel. Thank you very much for sharing these thoughts!

"Finding the light"

- Merritt, Beacon, NY on 11/18/13
Rosemary replied on 11/20/2013

Merritt it has been my pleasure to work with you and him. Nothing pleases me more than to learn about increases in confidence. You are so kind to use such generous words to describe me. Thank you very much!

"Such a wonderful and patient teacher!!!"

- Despina, Somers, NY on 9/26/13
Rosemary replied on 9/27/2013

You are so very generous to describe me so well! Thank you so very much! Don't forget how terrific you are as a student!

"Wonderful Special Needs Tutor!"

- Vita, Stamford, CT on 6/21/13
Rosemary replied on 7/24/2013

Thank you for the privilege of keeping me on the trusted educators team, working on behalf of your daughter; it has ALWAYS been a pleasure to interact with you and her. Thank you also for your very generous comments regarding my tutoring; No matter where I go, may I always keep them in mind and live up to them!

"Patient and flexible art tutor."

- Mariella, Cortlandt Manor, NY on 6/4/13
Rosemary replied on 6/4/2013

How very kind Mariella, thank you!

Ecology, Physical Science, Psychology

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


As a teacher and MS in art therapy, I have extensive experience working with moderate to severe cases of ADHD. There are several art therapy techniques that have been proven with time to aid students to operate on grade level. Many of these I used with extreme cases of children with ADHD. I have worked with a panel of therapists and social workers to consult from my observations with ADD and AD/HD clients. Together we would report weekly progress to fellow team members including on-site nurses and psychiatrists in order to meet individual goals set by the team. In schools, art therapy techniques were used with students to help control their impulses. Teachers were advised by me when art therapy sessions indicated the student was not able to maintain control. This was a way for staff to be ready for extreme out of control behaviors. These exercises are primarily art and concrete based which helps students relate the physical space issues to their own spacial settings. These are most effective for students in grades 1-7.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

I have worked with students in public schools who have varying degrees of Autism. With my background and many hours spent working with Autistic children directly, I use many art therapy techniques to teach children with Autism. It has been proven autistic children thrive when making art work. Making art may be the goal itself or used to motivate and engage in academic learning. The photos on my profile show progression over time with a moderate-severe autistic 9 year old client. 1st his person drawing is circles and scribbles, next he works with me to make simple facial expressions, after 4 months he is drawing cartoon characters.


As a NYS Certified Art Teacher I have taught drawing to all levels of students. From the most basic skills to Master level I enjoy teaching drawing and seeing my students build confidence.
In KDG this included skills that enable children to properly hold drawing instruments. Throughout Elementary school children are encouraged to be creative artists as well master drawing concepts.

In Middle grades and Middle school mastery of these same skills brings them to 1 point perspective and design. The elements of art and design are taught. Beginning in 7th grade both 1 and 2 point perspective are taught. This is a foundation for design, web design, Flash, architectural (CAD)and engineering bound students. The skills needed to look at objects around them and draw these are taught and reinforced.

On the HS and adult levels (including college) I have taught students the elements of art and design and how to master drawing objects they see around them as well as developing their own illustrative styles. Shading techniques, line quality and composition are all mastered. With computers I can introduce students to Paint Shop Pro, Photo-shop and the available art tools available in Word. I have some experience with Flash and video editing. My teaching includes working with students with physical disabilities including children and adults with head trauma.


Working one on one as a tutor, or in the class realm, there are many art and pre-art exercises that can be done to benefit young children with Dyslexia. Frustrations minimize for the child when making art becomes their focus. Parents often are surprised at the speed of our progress in effectively improving Dyslexia.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have a BS in education and am a NYS licensed teacher. I have tutored many elementary level students and with great success. I have motivated the unmotivated and frustrated, I have gotten older elementary students who are failing in writing and math to understand concepts and perform academically. All my lessons can be based on current classroom learning, reinforcing what is being taught in school or I can help the student to catch up to grade level.


Not only have I written and published many articles but I am trained to teach English as a second Language. I continue to teach weekly adult classes to second language learners with a good deal of success.


I am a graduate of Westchester Community College's English Language Institute. Besides tutoring I am teaching English classes to Speakers of other Languages at BOCES. In Ossining my class is entirely Latino, in Yorktown my class includes students from Europe, Russia, Asia, Africa and South and Central America. My students have an amazing record of rapid growth as demonstrated through their speaking AND test scores to rate improvement. I hold a NYS Education license and have an MS in Art Therapy.


I have written a great deal, however, I never appreciated grammar so much as when I took courses to learn how to present it to students. In 2010 I became an English Literacy Instructor. I have an increasing respect for those who struggle and work hard to master grammar. Besides tutoring I teach English at the Board of Cooperative Educational Services (to foreign language learners who live) in Northern Westchester.


As an art therapy intern at a hospital for children recovering from traumatic injury, and those with neurological disorders, I worked with students ages 6-20 to help them gain back small motor control and improve handwriting legibility. With these skills behind me I have applied them to several of my students via Wyzant who had dyslexia, autism or other non-specified writing disorders. The techniques used are art therapy based and were very effective. Parents' comments are evidence of my success among my Wyzant clients.


I have taught painting to both young children, on the HS level and to Adults. I am a NYS Certified Art Teacher (k-12) and a NY City certified Fine Arts Teacher (6-12). I have several years teaching painting on the HS and College and Adult Education level. Many of my students have gone on the become Art majors and several exhibit professionally.


As a teacher and founding member of Kids to Kids International, I have made reading a priority with my students. In schools and also with individual clients, students are story-tellers and are inspired by reading what other story tellers have to say. The books I share with my students are subjects and grades that fit the student. Often they include hand-made books and photos of students from very varied cultures. My training also includes teaching reading skills from my own coursework in teaching English as a Second language. Often, I will have my students get involved in creating their own book. This activity can create a level of appreciation among students that they hadn't had before.

Social Studies

As a long-term substitute, I taught social studies. As part of MS and Elementary schools' teaching team, many hands-on projects with social studies content were produced. Among them for example, were: books made for: Civil war history, editorial cartoons, geography and cultural studies, books on recent cultural heros, family crests, Egyptian writing, ancient cultures, topographical maps in clay, etc... all which require a bit of background, writing and research both on my part and the part of my students.

Special Needs

With an MS in Art therapy I have worked in schools and hospital settings with various disorders. Areas of expertise include: Adaptive techniques for small motor control, sensory stimulation, brain injury, learning disorders and with Mental Disabilities, Emotional Disorders, and students with low frustration tolerances, AD/HD, Autism and seizure disorders.

In the public school setting I have had students who were acting out emotionally as well had learning deficit areas. In some of the public schools I worked with Autistic classes, Alternative HS and special education students. With young students there are several art and cutting exercises that prepare the mind for reading and writing readiness. I use art projects to get children to write stories. Students from grades 2-4 are developing the ability to do abstractions in 3-D. Many art projects are 3-dimensional and require problem- solving on that level. From grades 4-HS level, projects foster higher abstract thinking and problem solving skills depending on ability. I use art projects to aid those with reading and math disorders. My students who struggled with division worked with me learning division drills via art projects. My approach builds up cognitive deficit areas and enhances strengths with a fun, art-based approach to learning.


I have a BS in Education and some foundational coursework in Latin. I tackle vocabulary expansion and comprehension by relating the client's own life and experiences to various other related topics. By using online tools, current events and multi-sensory devises, we will customize learning to the appropriate age and ability. I am also Certified as an Instructor to English to second language learner.


As a freelance writer, I have had articles published in regional and international publications. I have given several workshops to children and teachers on writing. I have been involved with the founding of an international Student-authors/book-making NGO. Kids to Kids International (KTKI) is recognized by the UN High Commission for Refugees. KTKI promotes and encourages students throughout the USA to become authors and share their books with students from other parts of the globe. Writing and writing concepts (for example, satire, character development, expressions, exaggeration, allegory, theme etc.) all can be addressed and enjoyed when tied to imagery. Often struggling middle grade and middle school writers or emergent writers will have created walls based on frustration. The causes of blocks to writing may be from innate learning disabilities, eye-hand coordination issues, or negative writing experiences. I motivate students to write using art components and also by linking the experience of writing to kids around the world. I am a NYS Certified teacher and I have Certification to teach English as a Second Language. (Spoken and written.)

State U College Buffalo
BS in Arts and Education
College of New Rochelle (New Rochelle, NY)
English Language Institute


State U College Buffalo (BS in Arts and Education)

College of New Rochelle (New Rochelle, NY) (Master's)

English Language Institute (Other)

Great teaching!

It is very hard to motivate my son Sahil to do anything related to writing. In just three lessons so far I see an improvement in his handwriting and his motivation level. Rosemary really made an effort to find what my son's interests were and created lessons around those topics. He looks forward to his lessons and time with Rosemary! I am very impressed and would highly recommend her.

— Seema, Cross River, NY on 7/19/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $64.00

Cancellation: 6 hours notice required

Hardship discounts possible. I can work with smaller groups for a much reduced/ student fee. As of 9-15 I was recruited to teach at a special needs HS, my availability is very limited.

Travel policy

Rosemary will travel within 7 miles of Katonah, NY 10536.