Meet Our Tutors

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Black Girl Tutors provides services such as consultations, diagnostic assessments/ comprehensive review, assessment testing, special education services, speech and language related services and one‐on‐ one or small group tutoring sessions, test reviews, study skills, and assistance with NYS Common Core and Regents testing preparation.

Specific Services (not an exhaustive list):

  • Diagnostic Consultation/assessments
  • Progress Reports for parents monthly
  • Foundational reading/literacy skills
  • Phonics
  • Reading Comprehensions
  • Writing
  • Social Studies
  • Math
  • Algebra
  • Expressive and Receptive language
  • Common Core and Regents Test prep
  • Study Strategies
  • Homework help

Meet our Tutors

Raisa Turner

I am Ms. Turner and I am a certified 9th grade Math teacher. I obtained my B.A. in Math and my M.S. in Secondary Education from Adelphi University.  I have taught grades K, 1, 2 and 9 within 6 years. I specialize in Algebra 1, but is able to help with K-9 Math. I am also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. where service to All Mankind is our motto that I follow. Being in education is my purpose because teaching is my passion; it’s what I love to do. Joyful learning is how I navigate my teaching/tutoring for the goal of my students to feel successful and to maintain their success.

Georgia Swan- Ambrose

My name is Ms. Swan-Ambrose I am a Special Education Teacher for SETSS (Special Education Teacher Support Services). I received my bachelor’s degree from Union College and my Masters degree in Leadership in Special education from Notre Dame of Maryland University. I am dually certified in New York and Maryland for Teaching Students with Disabilities at the Childhood Level, Grade 1-6 and General Special Education Grade 6-Adult. I have worked with children since high school as a mentor, tutor, after school coordinator, and now as a teacher. I have spent the past 6 years working in low-income schools in both Maryland and New York.  I am passionate about being an instrument of positive change in my community. I believe that educating our youth is at the foundation of building that community. As a special educator, I service students with a wide array of disabilities including: specific learning disability, Autism spectrum disorder, other health impairment (mostly ADHD), and emotional disabilities which informs many of my students’ difficulty with reading, writing, and math. I specialize in differentiating for students with special needs grade, preparing student individualized education plans in consultation with families to ensure student success, engage students through curriculum that reinforces the fun of learning and supporting students in reading, writing, and math my specialty is with students grade K-3  .

 

Sharon Maynard

My name is Mrs. Maynard and I am our resident Speech-Language Pathologist. I graduated with a B.S/M.S at Long Island University Brooklyn Campus. I’m a NYS licensed Speech-Language Pathologist. I also have a professional certification as a Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities. I am a proud member of the National English Honor Society, Sigma Tau Delta. I specialize in the early childhood, and early elementary population. However, I’ve spent the past 6 years working in the preschool- grade 4 population.  I’m certified to work with the k-12 population. I’m extremely passionate about working with the Autism Spectrum Disorders school population. I truly enjoy helping children on the spectrum access the curriculum, and feel successful in a school setting. I’m passionate about parent advocacy. My own child is on the spectrum and this  has ignited her innate need to empower parents by educating them on their rights for a free and appropriate education for their children. When children come to me for therapy/tutoring, they can expect a developmental approach to intervention services. I work at the the child’s developmental level, rather than the grade level. I believe that children slip through the cracks when foundational skills aren’t concretized during the early elementary years (k-2grade). If your child has an IEP, or would benefit from Speech and Language services, Mrs. Maynard is the tutor for you!

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Jada John-Ali

My name is Jada John-Ali and I have been a math educator for 15 years.  I absolutely love mathematics, and love to both teach and study the content.  I have taught every level of secondary mathematics from pre-algebra to advanced placement calculus, as well as physics, introductory statistics, TASC (GED) prep and college algebra.  I graduated with baccalaureate degree in finance from St. John’s University in 2004, a masters degree in mathematics education from CUNY Brooklyn College in 2007, and currently working on finishing my doctoral degree in mathematics education at Columbia University in 2020.  While riding the train in 2003 I saw an advertisement for the New York City Teaching Fellows that said, “You remember your first grade teacher’s name, who will remember yours?” That advertisement changed my life forever. It was then that I decided that corporate America was not for me, and instead, I wanted to be a person that permanently and positively impacts lives.  This is why I teach.

 

Shauna Flowers

 Hello! I am Mrs. Flowers and I am a New York State certified teacher. I received my Bachelors Degree from Syracuse University ’06 and  my Masters in  Special Education and General Education from Touro College ’14.  I am a reading coach, providing small group and one on one tutoring for grades K-5 in math and ELA. I have tutored for 8 years in NYC previously with Champion Learning and Tutors with Computers in grades K-12 ELA and grades K-4 math before launching Black Girl Tutors. For the past 6 years I have taught, Kindergarten, First Grade, Science and currently dance at NYC charter Schools. I am a volunteer dance teacher at House of The Roses Dance Company.

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Naa’Shorne Aidoo

Ms. Aidoo earned her BA in Sociology and English from Georgetown University  and her Masters in Education from Fordham University. She is passionate about teaching and empowering youth to gain the skills they need to achieve their goals and contribute to their larger communities. This passion led her to the classroom as an elementary school teacher. Since then she has worked in education policy as well as abroad, teaching high school English and coordinating after school programming among community schools. In her current role at ExpandED Schools she is  a Program Manager, providing coaching and training to schools and community organizations in high quality academic and enrichment experiences for youth.

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Tytiana Payne

Hello!  I am Ms.Payne, an math and social studies enthusiast. I have had the pleasure of graduating from Clark Atlanta University with a Bachelor degree in political science. I also, have a Master in International Relations from Brooklyn College. I have had the pleasure of teaching middle school (grades 5-8) math for two years, and one year of teaching sixth grade social studies. I am currently making efforts towards certification in both secondary math and social students. I want to motivate youth to push through their comfort zones, and believe that anything is possible.

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Kevin Gibbs

Hi, I’m Mr. Gibbs, from Houston, Texas and I have over 11 years experience as an educator closing the achievement gap within public and charter schools. My background includes teaching and tutoring at KIPP SHINE Prep and Achievement First grades K-5, founding assistant principal, instructional coach, dual language director and currently a director of operations at a local middle school in Brooklyn. Some of my hobbies include tennis, basketball, bike riding, going to the beach and trying new restaurants. I have a proven track record of closing gaps in math and helping scholars jump 2 reading levels per grading cycle. 

 Benjamin Daniel

My name is Mr. Benjamin Daniel and I join Black Girl Tutors with over a decade of teaching and educational leadership experience in Brooklyn, NY. Born and raised in Flatbush, Brooklyn, I am a father with experience teaching in grades Pre-K through College, specializing in middle school mathematics, grades 5-9. I am a learning specialist certified and trained to support students with disabilities. I have most recently been certified in Online Teaching Essentials through CUNY School of Professional Studies, and continue studies towards an additional MS in Education for Educational Leadership. I also work in collaboration with Horizons at Brooklyn Friends School as a math teacher providing small group instruction as part of a virtual summer camp experience to students. In addition to tutoring math, I am teaching a weekly Boy’s Group and facilitate career panels twice a week for students to connect with professionals in STEM careers through live discussion. I look forward to returning to full-time teaching and leading in the fall, as well as working with BGT to support students 1:1 and in small groups to achieve their learning goals throughout the upcoming school year. I am happy to be part of an adaptive community and happy to contribute to the BGT mission.

Ms. Sandra Camille

Ms. Camille is a literacy enthusiast! She obtained her BS in Early Childhood and Childhood Education from SUNY New Paltz, and her MS in Literacy Education (B-6) from Hunter College. She has been teaching for 6 years, and is currently a kindergarten teacher in Brooklyn. She specializes in reading, writing and math for grades K – 3. Ms. Camille believes that it is important to make learning stimulating and innovative, as well as challenging. She wholeheartedly believes that students of color need to see and work with caring teachers who look like them. She can’t wait to have fun reading and working with you!

Arlesia Grace McGowan

Ms. McGowan is a Texas native, currently residing in New York City. She is a former graduate from Harvard University where she double-majored in Music and Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology with an interest in Medicine. She wrote her honors thesis called “Music to Mice’ Ears,” focusing on classical music and the brain’s responses to it. In 2020, she received her Master’s degree in Performance Studies from New York University (NYU) at the Tisch School of Performing Arts where she wrote her Master’s thesis, “To Be Young, Black and Classically Trained.” She went to high school at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts where she studied Piano, Voice, Dance, and Medicine. 

She is extremely passionate about education, making higher education opportunities available to everyone, and specializes in English Literature and Acquisition, Humanities, College Preparation, and Speech/Debate. She has earned various academic and artistic awards. Some of these include the Presidential Award for Exceptional Academic Achievement, The Outstanding Achievement Award at the NYU Entrepreneur Lab, and the Richard T. Greener Award for increasing diversity in the arts at Harvard University. She is also the CEO of her startup, ClassiX, which aims to provide a Classical Fine Arts Education to those who are in need. 

Ms. Seda Oral

Hello I’m Ms. Seda Oral. I have seven years experience as a teachers assistant in various Special Education classrooms in New York City. I am a native Queens girl and first generation Turkish. I am a Teaching Fellow candidate that received my Masters in Education from Pace University in Special Ed grades 7-12. I am currently working in the DOE in a district 75 school in Little Neck. This is my third year teaching middle school 12:1:1 classroom. I encourage diversity and excel working with children with disabilities and English Language Learners. 

Dallas Bolden

Hello! I am Ms. Dallas Bolden!  I am originally from the sunny state of California and grew up in Atlanta. I attended and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from Oglethorpe University. I am bilingual in English and Spanish and have earned my ESOL certification. l have more than ten years of tutoring students from Kindergarten to College Courses. For the past few years, I have immersed myself in learning and my goal is to create an environment where the students feel welcome and make learning fun! I am proficient in technical skills and love providing new resources for students to be engaged during this time of virtual learning. Some things I like to do for fun are going to sports games, shopping, and playing with my dogs- Coraline, Mac, & Bruce. I look forward to meeting and work with you!

Nwabata Adaeze Nnani

Ms. Nnani is a chemical engineer and an Alumni of North Carolina agricultural and technical state university. She has experience in tutoring students in Chemistry, Math, and Electrical circuits and systems. She is the founder of Body Aisle, a beauty and body care brand born out of her passion for manufacturing, product development, and process engineering. She believes in education and instilling values in her students that encourage them to have a stable, healthy, and winner mindset in excelling academically and in every area of their lives. She is also a member of the Omega Chi epsilon chemical engineering honor society and society of women engineers.