Estelle Finkel – Tutors in Summit NJ
As an independent organization with roots in our community and a long history of achievement, The Estelle Finkel Center for Learning attracts established and committed instructors who want to teach at a best-in-class institute.
On staff are reading and study skills specialists, math and science educators, learning consultants, guidance counselors, school psychologists, elementary teachers and preschool specialists. Most are full time teachers with master’s or doctoral degrees in their specialties. Others, also most with graduate degrees, are engaged in private industry but tutor from a love of teaching and a drive to see students succeed.
As the only institute in the area with a full staff to specifically address the development of a child from preschool to college, we are able to provide instructors ideally matched to each student’s academic level, learning style, and unique challenges or goals… every step of his or her educational journey. Our teachers are in it for the long haul, and approach each new student with the hope of building an enduring and successful relationship they can both take pride in.
Instructors covering Summit NJ…
Tutors Italian and Spanish foreign language.
Estelle Finkel is a former Livingston public school classroom teacher and Certified Reading Specialist. She has more than 30 years experience prepping students for the SAT Evidence-Based Reading, Writing and Essay sections and the ACT Reading, English and Writing sections. She teaches to the test. Estelle differentiates strategies to establish and tailor goals for students of different levels. She holds Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Education, with additional credits to the doctoral level.
Bob Hebenstreit is currently a teacher at Essex County’s Donald Payne, Sr. School of Technology in Newark. A summa cum laude graduate of Montclair State University, he has taught all levels of high school history, including both AP European and AP World History. Bob is proficient not only in history, but also in social sciences such as psychology, sociology, and economics. Moreover, he has worked to prepare students for the SAT Reading, Writing, and Essay Sections.
Jonathan Okafor is a Brown University graduate in the class of 2011 with a Degree in Mathematical Finance. He also went to Seton Hall Prep where he was a member of the National Honor Society. He began his tutoring at Brown in 2008, teaching freshmen and sophomores in both Calculus 1 and Investments. He was also a Teacher’s Assistant where he ran small classes for students seeking additional help prior to both midterms and finals. He went on to TA a number of courses during his 4 year tenure including Multivariable Calculus, Corporate Finance and Game Theory.
After his time at Brown, Jonathan was drafted by the MLS in 2011 by Chivas USA which enabled him to continue his passion for tutoring during his time away from the game. During his 10 year tutoring career, Jon has worked with numerous tutoring agencies and has also started a mentorship program for student athletes who struggle to balance the difficulties of playing and studying at a high level.
Amanda Patrick is the Educational Director for Horizons in Learning and oversees the creation, management, constant evolution and improvement of all our educational programs. With a Master of Arts degree in Instruction and Curriculum Development, she brings over 20 years of experience as an educator to her role. Constantly researching, reflecting, and creating, Amanda channels her passion for improving the educational process and serving the community everyday through her work. Having taught grades K-4, Amanda works with our preschool and elementary students in a variety of subject areas as well as in general study skills.
To be good at anything you must first be passionate. I began my passionate journey as a teacher and educator 32 years ago. Upon attaining my Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics at the University of Bucharest in Romania, I taught middle school and high school for 12 years before coming to the US. Here I continued my education by completing my Master’s Degree in Math & Education at Jersey City University and taught high school math for the last 20 years. Throughout this time I have also tutored and worked as an adjunct professor for calculus at Montclair University.
Dr. Don Webster
Dr. Don Webster tutors High School Chemistry, Chemistry AP and IB, and College General Chemistry. A Duke graduate, Don has taught chemistry for over forty years at the college and high school levels including 19 years at Mountain Lakes HS and 17 years at Newark Academy. He holds a PhD in Chemical Education from the University of East Anglia, Norwich, England and is a recipient of numerous awards, including the Manufacturing Chemists Association Award for Excellence in Chemistry Teaching.
Courtney Weitzer is currently mathematics teacher at the Morristown-Beard School. She previously worked as an Adjunct Professor of Calculus at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark. She earned a Master’s in Math Education at NYU following her graduation from Bucknell University with a Bachelor of Arts, having double majored in Mathematics and Studio Art. In addition to pursuing a PhD at Rutgers in Math Education, Courtney is a licensed Zumba instructor. She has been tutoring for over 10 years and is entirely committed to her students, doing whatever is necessary for them to understand and appreciate the beauty and intricacies of the subject and how mathematics is a universal language which is the stepping stone to all knowledge.
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