Big City Tutoring has some of the finest academic mentors in New York City. Patient, dynamic and approachable, our tutors are selected for their exceptional ability to translate their own academic successes into dramatic improvements for you.
Meet Our Staff
Jonathan Sussman - President and Founder
Jonathan graduated Cum Laude in 2003 from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst with a BA in Economics and minor in Music. Jonathan founded Big City Tutoring in the summer of 2007 and is responsible for all the inner workings of the company. He currently volunteers tutoring services for under privileged high school students to achieve higher scores on their SATs and is an active mentor in various New York City public school programs. Having extensive experience working with a diverse group of students, Jonathan's background enables him to recruit tutors who share his passion for education. Jonathan is also an accomplished pianist and has been playing in bands for 15 years.
Naomi TamNaomi Tam is a current Masters student at Teachers College at Columbia University, having recently graduated cum laude from Binghamton University with a B.S. in Cellular and Molecular Biology. She has extensive experience tutoring and working with a variety of age groups, from elementary school to undergraduate college students. Naomi is characterized by her patience, dedication, and her desire to work with students to ensure comprehensive understanding and appreciation of core concepts and skills. She believes that having knowledgeable, excellent and dedicated teachers greatly benefits society as a whole, and strives to become an effective educator in the future. Professionally, Naomi tutors high school math and science, as well as English as a second language of all levels. After obtaining her Masters degree in Secondary Science Education, Naomi plans to teach Biology in the New York City public school system, working on cultivating the intellectual growth of the next generation by empowering students with the tools they need to become problem solvers, self-learners and self-thinkers.
Kate GastonguayKate graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a BA in Sociology. For the past 4 years, she has tutored Algebra I & II, Geometry, Biology, Spanish I & II, and English (spelling, grammar, reading and writing development). She has extensive training in executive functioning, which enables her to help students build skills in organization, time management, and self-advocacy. Kate has worked with students ranging in age from 5th grade through college. In addition, she has had the privilege of working with students in highly-competitive private schools, as well as with students who face learning and behavioral challenges.
Kaitlin BellKaitlin graduated Magna Cum Laude from Dartmouth College in 2005 with a B.A. in history. After college, she worked as a daily newspaper reporter in Texas and then went on to receive her M.S. from Columbia Journalism School. Since graduating from Columbia, she has worked as a freelance journalist, writing about culture, food and books for national and regional publications. She has tutored students in French, English and history. Her specialty is writing, including helping students with college and graduate school admissions essays.
Shoshannah earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry/microbiology from Swarthmore College and a Master’s degree in chemistry from Yale University. After teaching high school science in New Jersey, she came to New York City in 2004 to tutor both math and science. She enjoys working with a range of learning styles, particularly gifted students of all ages with learning disabilities and ADHD. Shoshannah currently attends the Columbia University School of Nursing and plans to specialize as a Nurse Practitioner in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.