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Alice Hartman, Founder and Co-Owner

Alice began teaching in 1966 after graduating college with a degree in Elementary Education and earning her MA degree in Early Childhood/Elementary Education. She has been educating children ever since. She has taught in public and private schools and was one of the founding teachers at the Village Community School in Manhattan.

After her second child was born, Alice left the classroom and began her tutoring service. In 2006, the Downtown Express named Alice the “Best Tutor in Downtown Manhattan.” In 2015, Alice Hartman Tutoring celebrated its 30th anniversary.

Alice is currently creating a series of books for middle school test preparation and is also developing a line of educational video games for children.

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Jesse Hartman, Co-Owner and Managing Director

Jesse became the co-owner of AHT at the age of 24, and has over a decade of tutoring experience.

As a student at Emory University, Jesse worked part-time as an SAT tutor/teacher while pursuing a degree in philosophy. He soon realized his goal of reaching the youth as more than a teacher or tutor, but as a mentor and academic guide. Jesse has tutored in nearly every subject and prepared students for nearly every standardized test available. He is currently the Managing Director of AHT, and continues to inspire and engage students in NYC and beyond.

Jesse is also an accomplished poet and lyricist, having published various collections of his work which have received national recognition.

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Sam Ubl, Assistant Managing Director

After graduating with Honors from Wesleyan University, Sam Ubl was hired to teach in the Lower School at Saint Ann’s in Brooklyn Heights. During his tenure there he taught first and third grade while tutoring children in a wide range of academic subjects. As part of his responsibilities as a classroom teacher, Sam developed unique curricula on various topics, including architecture, food, and comedy.

Sam loves the challenge of helping kids build confidence and attain success. He believes in the value of shaping his teaching approach to the nuances of a student’s personal interests and learning style.

Prior to entering the field of education, Sam wrote music criticism for Pitchfork, the Village Voice, and the Boston Phoenix. As a drummer and songwriter, music continues to play a central role in his life.

Chad Frisbie

Chad Frisbie graduated from Bates College in 2010, where he majored in English and creative writing.He has taught for various underprivileged communities at the Harlem Children’s Zone, Community-Word Project, and The Telling Room. Chad recently led a project to help Nepali LGBT activists in Kathmandu develop non-fiction writing skills in English. He was also awarded a 2014 SPARC Residency to teach a poetry-writing workshop for senior citizens in Brooklyn. Through his work with such a wide range of students, Chad has embraced the incredibly diverse processes of learning. These experiences inform his teaching practice, his tutoring, and his own writing.

In his spare time Chad enjoys reading, traveling, running, and cooking.

Jenny Hartman

Jenny Hartman graduated with departmental honors in 2008 from Vassar College, where she received her teaching certificate and majored in American Culture. She went on to complete her MS in Special Education from Hunter College, and is presently a 3rd and 4th grade teacher at AltSchool in Brooklyn Heights. Jenny has been tutoring since high school, and recently wrote and recorded an album of children’s music called The World Goes Up.

Sara Perl Egendorf

Sara has been teaching for over 10 years. She has worked as a full-time elementary school teacher, a museum science educator, a creative arts facilitator, and a sewing instructor. She has mentored students from K-12 and has extensive experience as an SAT math and language arts tutor.

Sara holds a B.A. in Education History and Policy from Brown University and an M.A. in Teaching from the University of Washington.

Sara believes that learning is interdisciplinary, exciting, and empowering. She continues to study Environmental Geology and writes hip-hop inspired poetry on the subject.

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Debra Drillings

A graduate of NYU with a degree in mathematics, Debra has over five years of educational experience. Whether in one-on-one interactions or group settings, she loves improving the confidence and scholastic techniques of students.

Debra has taught various subjects at the elementary, high school and college levels, and looks forward to sharing her propensity for math, science and the humanities with many more students.

During her spare time, she enjoys stand-up comedy and running as forms of entertainment and catharsis. Debra was born and raised in Manhattan, where she attended Horace Mann.

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Drew Weller

Drew Weller began tutoring through the America Reads program while still an undergraduate at New York University. After graduating with honors in 2008, he continued his career as an educator by teaching with Champion Learning Center, Pursue Your Dream Foundation, and Fresh Air Fund. Drew then moved to England to co-write and co-produce an educational stage-play in Newcastle, where he also privately tutored international university students in English language.

Working closely with students of every age from 1st grade through graduate school, both one-on-one and in the classroom, has given Drew direct experience with various stages of cognitive development and diverse styles of learning.

In his spare time, Drew enjoys keeping up with contemporary philosophy journals, running, cooking, and playing guitar or piano with friends.

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Sheena Som

Sheena is a native New Yorker who has been tutoring for over four years. She is currently pursuing an accelerated Master’s degree in Economics while also studying Mandarin Chinese.

Sheena has taught various subjects to students ranging from the elementary school to college level. In one-on-one and group settings, Sheena loves to make learning both fun and engaging. Her vast educational experiences have helped to further develop her passion of guiding students towards finding the balance between emotional health and academic success.

During her spare time, Sheena loves dancing, riding bikes, baking, and keeping up with a few Chinese dramas.

Kate Unger

Kate Unger graduated with a BS in Elementary Education from The University of Delaware, and has a MA in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University. At UD, Kate ran sprints and hurdles on the track team and was part of mentoring and tutoring programs for students.

Teaching has given Kate the opportunity to work with a diverse assortment of students across the country. Since graduating in 2008, she has worked in Charlotte, North Carolina, San Francisco, CA, and New York City, where she currently teaches at The Greenwich Village School, PS 41. Throughout her decade-long career, Kate has taught multiple subjects and age groups, and is highly experienced as a test prep instructor.

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Adam Benay

Adam graduated from Middlebury College in 2014 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Film and Media Culture. In college he tutored other students, teachers and townspeople in science and communications, and also coached a high school improv comedy team. He began tutoring professionally upon moving to New York City. Since then, he has worked with students of all ages, in both one-on-one and classroom settings.

Adam has received numerous accolades and awards for writing and performing drama and comedy. He is a devoted fan of the New York Knicks and Paul Simon.

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Dan Grossman

In 2012, Dan Grossman graduated summa cum laude from Williams College, where he received a degree in English and played on the baseball team. He has been teaching in New York for five years, working with students on subjects ranging from test prep to essay-writing to world history. The numerous experiences he has had as a private tutor and homeschool instructor have equipped Dan with various methods of conveying challenging material. He always seeks to help his students build the confidence needed to thrive.

As a freelance writer, Dan has published travel essays, art reviews and short stories. In his spare time, he enjoys watching old movies, visiting museums and playing chess in Bryant Park.