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
Jessica L.
Literacy Specialist
Graduate of Hunter College
Caitlin C.
Literacy Specialist
Graduate of SUNY Oneonta
Julie B.
Literacy Specialist
Graduate of George Washington University
Alicia B.
Literacy Specialist
Graduate of Long Island University
Photo of Paul Tryon
Paul Tryon
Founder
Graduate of NYU
Paul Tryon playing the piano

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 actively teaches and consults throughout the NYC area.

Paul has his finger on the pulse of cutting edge best practices in literacy, as he leads a team of Literacy Specialists at Classical Charter Schools, a high performing K-8 network in the South Bronx. Here he builds key components of the literacy curriculum, develops literacy teachers across the network, and works with the school's most struggling readers to close deficits.

In the evenings, Paul teaches at NYU as a professor in the Teaching and Learning department. His primary focus is developing aspiring teachers and Literacy Specialists in NYU's graduate and undergraduate education programs.

Prior to founding Building Brainiacs, Paul tutored extensively throughout NYC and was a classroom teacher in Brooklyn and upstate New York. He earned his Masters degree from NYU where he founded the Georgiou Children's Library and tutored at the NYU Literacy Clinic. In addition to teaching, Paul enjoys writing music and leading an active, outdoor lifestyle.