Our Tutors

At Ascension, all of our tutors have completed teaching training facilitated by Ascension Educational Services and passed a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check.

Alycia Steelman (Founder/CEO)

Alycia has over a decade of experience teaching students. After attending New England College, Alycia taught at Wediko Children's Services, then taught at Durfee High School as a Teach for America Corps Member. 

She loved teaching, so she spent a year teaching at Boston Public Schools and working with Educators for Excellence as a policy advocate, resulting in a nomination for Teacher of The Year and two publications

Afterward, she went abroad, continuing to tutor students virtually in forty different countries. Her goal is for every student to cultivate a lifelong love of learning under her tutelage. 

As well as being the founder and CEO, Alycia is a consultant and educator at Ascension Educational Services

Alycia is available for virtual and in-person tutoring in the NYC area

Irina

Irina has over 15 years of expertise in math education for grades 6-12 in both Chicago and Boston. 

Her background in instructional design and educational technology development has led to her being recognized by Harvard University Urban Scholar for her impact on urban education, where Irina now serves as an Education and Innovation Program Manager. There, Irina Collaborates with global public schools to integrate hands-on STEAM learning. 

Irina is committed to recognizing and nurturing each student's unique abilities. As well as fostering confidence through personalized instruction in executive functioning skills and fostering relationships. 

Irina is available for in-person tutoring in Wellesley, MA

Valerie

Valerie sparks curiosity in her students. She believes in delivering a personalized student experience that supports diverse learning styles by using engaging activities to earn a learner’s attention. 

She is an economist and adjunct Professor of economics at New York University, where she has taught courses such as Principles of Macroeconomics. She holds a Master of Arts in Economics from The City University of New York and a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Texas at Austin. 

Valerie believes the world would be a better place if everyone just knew a little bit more about how the economy works. That passion spills over into demystifying complex concepts for her students in ways that make learning fun and inviting – whether that is test prep, math, writing, or economics

Valerie offers tutoring virtually and in-person in the NYC area and Jersey City.

Jonny

Jonny graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a Master’s in Education (Secondary Math) in 2022 and from Northeastern University with a Bachelor's in Communication Studies in 2020. 

Jonny is a recent Teach For America alum with four years of classroom experience teaching secondary math. Over the past year, Jonny worked at Brimmer and May School in Boston, where he tutored students in grades 6-12 in a variety of subjects. 

Having attended public schools all his life, Jonny understands the positive impact that student-centered learning, visual aids, and differentiated instruction have on retention. That is why students who work with Jonny can always count on personalized lessons, challenges, and lots of fun. 

Outside of tutoring, Jonny loves to be outdoors and travel.

Jonny is available for virtual tutoring sessions. 

Oliver

Oliver graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a B.S. in Physics and Mathematics, where he was a Physics 1 and Physics 2 teaching assistant. While earning his Master's in Education: Curriculum and Teaching from Boston University, Oliver began teaching physics and engineering at a public high school in Fall River, MA.

In his 8 years in the classroom, Oliver was named Rookie Teacher of the Year in his district and has received AP teaching awards from community organizations. Oliver has worked for CollegeBoard in the development, editing, and reading of the AP Physics exams and has a deep understanding of the Advanced Placement frameworks. 

Oliver loves working with students to build strong foundational understandings and learn strategies for approaching complex problems. He has over a decade of test prep experience and loves fostering creative problem-solving in his lessons. 

Oliver is available for in-person tutoring in the Providence area. 

Grace

Grace is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Sociology and Education from Columbia University Teachers College. She earned her Teaching certificate from Ottawa University and has a BA in Anthropology and German from Willamette University in her home state of Oregon. 

Grace has over nine years of experience in education and has an extensive background in after-school programming and literacy education. As a certified ELA teacher, Grace has taught Middle School English in public schools and a high-performing NYC charter school. In 2014, she was named the recipient of a Fulbright Grant, which allowed her to teach English in Germany. 

With experience teaching students with learning disabilities and neurodivergence, she specializes in ELA support, test prep, and college admissions essay writing. 

Grace offers tutoring virtually and in-person in the NYC area. 

Katherine

Katherine is currently finishing a Master’s in STEAM Education at Adelphi University and has earned a BA in Biology from Williams College in 2022. 

She has extensive education experience as a science educator, tutor, and rowing coach and has worked with students from Pre-K to 12th grade. She also has had multiple student teaching experiences at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. 

Katherine has been trained to work with students with disabilities and is passionate about increasing educational access by getting to know each student’s unique needs. Katherine believes that learning happens best when students feel safe, lessons are tailored to each individual and kids are having fun. She strives to create an environment in her sessions where this is possible. 

Katherine specializes in tutoring science, as well as working with students on time management and executive functioning skills. Outside of tutoring, Katherine enjoys playing music, baking, and spending time with friends and family. She is excited to start helping your student! 

Katherine offers tutoring virtually and in-person in the NYC area

Laila

Laila graduated from Columbia University with a BA in Biology in 2013. In 2016, she completed the Special Masters Program in Physiology at Georgetown University.  

Laila has tutored Columbia undergraduate students in Chemistry, Calculus, literature, and writing throughout her college career and after graduating

Since 2019, she has been working as a test-taking expert and helping students ace the SAT and AP exams. Laila has taught SAT prep at Brooklyn College, Beacon High School, and Nest+M High School. 

In addition to her extensive tutoring experience with High School and college students, Laila has worked as an afterschool activity specialist and literacy and math tutor at MS 88 Middle School. There, she helped neurodiverse students catch up to the state standards for reading and writing. Laila also has childcare experience, where she often assisted children with homework as well. 

Laila offers tutoring both virtually and in-person in Brooklyn, NY. 

Austin

Austin received a Master of Arts in Spanish with an education focus from Middlebury College, which also included courses in Spanish-language literature, linguistics, and culture. His undergraduate degree is in International Studies and is from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. 

Austin has worked in education since 2018, instructing and tutoring in English as a Foreign Language (EFL) in Brazil, France, and Spain, and later in Spanish on Long Island in New York State. 

In addition to his professional experience with EFL/ESL (English as a Second Language) and Spanish, he maintains academic interests in History, English Language and Literature, and both French and Portuguese Language and Literature. Austin is proficient in working with students ranging from the 6th grade to adult learners

Outside of academics, Austin has traveled extensively and enjoys taking advantage of New York’s world-class museums and cultural events. He also collects tropical plants and enjoys playing video games in his free time.

Chaloe 

Chaloe is a Communications and Engagement Specialist at Harvard University, where she has been employed since 2018. She is currently in the process of completing her master’s degree in liberal studies with a focus on Creative Writing at Dartmouth. Her undergraduate degree is in Comparative Literature and Creative Writing. 

Chaloe volunteers in her spare time at St. Mark, working as a tutor teaching citizenship (civics and the N-400) and writing to new immigrants to the United States. She recently helped co-design a course collaboration between St. Mark and Harvard Art Museum. Chaloe is passionate about literature, advocacy, and the arts. In the past, she has worked with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, MIT Museum, and the Celebrity Series of Boston. 

Chloe lives with her dog, Bernadette, in Cambridge, MA.

Anna

Anna is proud to have received a Bachelor's degree from Mercer University and a Master's in Accounting from Babson College. With experience training IT audit professionals at PwC, instructing private softball lessons for ages 8-16, and tutoring college student-athletes in business courses, Anna is a highly qualified tutor. 

Anna wants to use her skills to open 'doors of opportunity' for all learners. Having had her own unique experience with the SAT back in high school, Anna is very excited about the opportunity to help students prepare for their SAT. However, she is also available to coach students in writing, mathematics, and executive functioning skills.

In her spare time, Anna works as a certified kayaking tour guide and also enjoys hiking, skiing, traveling, and playing team sports. 

Anna is local to Massachusetts

Elizabeth

Elizabeth is a Doctor of Physical Therapy with a background in biology, neuroscience, and sport rehabilitation. While completing her undergraduate degree from St. Mary’s College of Maryland, she was awarded Female Student Athlete of the Year, The Department of Biology Award, and Valedictorian status for her graduating class in 2020. 

Elizabeth has several years of experience working with children as a swim lesson instructor, swim team coach, and volunteer for individuals with developmental disabilities. 

In her free time, she loves to read and stay active by training for triathlons. 

Elizabeth is a dedicated tutor. Specializing in test preparation and mathematics, she would love to help your student blossom!

Estelle

Estelle is a well-rounded special education teacher with an MA from St. Joseph’s College, where she also earned her BA in English Literature

For the last five years, Estelle has worked at Harmony Heights High School. This small, 12-1-1 class setting is an alternate placement for students with special needs. In addition to teaching grades 10, 11, and 12, Estelle also teaches world culture and theater. 

Estelle has experience in the preparation and grading of New York State Regents exams, SAT, and ACT prep. 

Her background in these subjects, along with her belief that every student has a right to learn in their preferred style, allows her to present material to students and parents in a unique and engaging way. Her accomplishments also include speaking at Oxford University, UK, on the use of storytelling to promote emotional growth and connection and the publication of several creative works.

Estelle is available for in-person tutoring in Setauket, Stony Brook, Smithtown, Lake Grove, Oyster Bay, East Norwich, Syosset, Jericho, Locust Valley, and Westbury.

Brooke (Test Prep Proctor)

Brooke is an aspiring educator with five years of tutoring and childcare experience. She is currently attending the University of Kansas, where she is obtaining her Bachelor's in Health Sciences. 

While attending school, Brooke has received several awards, including Academic Letter Award Recipient, Football Managing Letter Recipient, Principal's Honor Roll Recipient, and three times Dean's List Recipient. 

In her free time, Brooke enjoys volunteering, cooking, crafting, and providing childcare. 

She is an Ascension Educational Services' Test Preparation Proctor and has been trained in proctoring the SAT, ISEE, and SSAT.