Our Specialists

We hire only the best and brightest, no exceptions.

Our tutors are hand-picked to join our team of specialists. They are certified, experienced teachers and boast a proven track record for helping ​struggling readers and writers make accelerated progress.

David D.
Math Specialist
Graduate of Hunter College​
Bill K.
Literacy Specialist
Graduate of NYU
Samantha M.
Literacy Specialist
Graduate of NYU
Katrina T.
Literacy Specialist
Graduate of NYU
Laura C.
Literacy and Math Specialist
Graduate of University of Alabama
Don L.
Writing Specialist
Graduate of Western Connecticut U.
Ivan R.
Writing Specialist
Graduate of NYU
Jenna E.
Literacy Specialist
Graduate of St. Joseph's
Alyssa N.
Literacy Specialist
Graduate of NYU
Nandita B.
Literacy Specialist
Graduate of Williams College
Sierra S.
Literacy Specialist
Graduate of Columbia University
Lizzie S.
Literacy Specialist
Graduate of Northeastern University
Alison K.
Literacy Specialist
Graduate of Bloomsburg University
Ashley H.
Literacy Specialist
Graduate of Columbia University
Anna D.
Literacy Specialist
Graduate of Hunter College
Alison T.
Literacy Specialist
Graduate of Brooklyn College
Paula S.
Literacy Specialist
Graduate of NYU
Claire G.
Literacy Specialist
Graduate of Manhattan College
Evan O.
Literacy Specialist
Graduate of Louisiana State University
Meghan M.
Literacy Specialist
Graduate of SUNY College of Old Westbury
Louise D
Literacy Specialist
Graduate of Columbia University
Kayleigh S
Literacy Specialist
Graduate of NYU
Michael M
Literacy Specialist
Graduate of Pace University
Julie B
Literacy Specialist
Graduate of George Washington University
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Paul Tryon
Founder
Graduate of NYU

Paul Tryon is the founder of Building Brainiacs and leads this NYC-based team of specialists. As a New York State Certified Teacher and Certified Literacy Specialist, Paul has spent the last decade working as a reading interventionist and consulting in schools across NYC, Westchester and Long Island.

In addition to his work with Building Brainiacs, Paul is a School Director at Classical Charter Schools, a high performing network of schools in the South Bronx. A recipient of the National Blue Ribbon Award, Classical's students consistently and drastically out-perform their peers in New York City and State. Paul joined Classical in 2014 as a literacy specialist, working with the school's most struggling readers to systematically close deficits. He built key components of the literacy curriculum, coached teachers of varying tenure, and led the network's team of literacy specialists. Paul was also the Director of the network's Summer Learning Academy.

Paul has worked as an adjunct professor at NYU where he designed and taught a class on Foundations of Literacy Development. Prior to founding Building Brainiacs in 2011, Paul taught 3rd grade in Brooklyn and tutored extensively throughout New York City.

Paul earned his masters degree in Literacy Education from NYU and his bachelor's degree in Childhood Education from SUNY Potsdam, minoring in mathematics.