Amidst the Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Inspirational Tutor Makes Remarkable Commitment to Help Student Succeed

November 5, 2012

With subways closed in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, WyzAnt tutor Matt Brandenburgh commutes 8 miles by bike to provide in-person physics lesson

WyzAnt Physics tutor Matt Brandenburgh of Brooklyn, NY, demonstrated admirable dedication to his student this past week after Hurricane Sandy battered most of the East Coast and brought New York City to a rare standstill. With many New York residents still without power and access to transportation, Matt's actions are an inspirational reminder that life goes on.

Matt B., WyzAnt tutor When Suzanne W. of New York, NY, considered hiring a physics tutor for her son, she found her son resistant to accepting any outside support. Suzanne decided to continue her search and found Matt’s profile on, a private tutoring site with over 60,000 tutors nationwide. With numerous math and science certification and over 300 tutoring hours logged, Matt seemed like an excellent choice for her son. When Matt had to reschedule their first appointment due to illness, Suzanne thought nothing of it and the session was moved to the following week. However, within 48 hours of that conversation, Hurricane Sandy made landfall just south of New York City resulting in the mandatory evacuation of parts of lower Manhattan and Brooklyn.

With subways and roads still closed two days after Hurricane Sandy hit, Matt Brandenbaugh braved the 8 mile commute from his apartment in Brooklyn to Manhattan in order to meet Suzanne’s son for their scheduled physics lesson. After postponing their first lesson, Matt said he felt obligated to make Wednesday’s appointment so that Suzanne’s son would be prepared for his upcoming exam.

“He biked an hour over the bridge to Manhattan and then carried his bike up three floors in the pitch black hallway while I held a flashlight to lead the way,” said Suzanne. Thanks to Matt’s dedication, Suzanne’s son left the lesson feeling confident and prepared for his exam. “Of equal importance,” noted Suzanne, “my son thought Matt was great and no longer feels any resistance to seeking outside help for his studies.”

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