Meet The Team

Brooklyn Math Tutors was founded with a simple guiding philosophy: Make math fun, the process of learning enjoyable, and the rest follows.

To that end, Brooklyn Math Tutors seeks out teachers who are not only strong in math, but are also warm, well-rounded, dynamic human beings, able to inspire and connect with their students on an individual level.

Alexander Friedman – Founder

Alex has enjoyed tutoring math, science, and other technical topics since he was a teenager at Stuyvesant High School.

He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Northeastern University, worked as a Researcher at Carnegie Mellon, and did a brief stint as a technology consultant before leaving the corporate and academic worlds to tutor full time.

Having worked with kids, adults, and everyone in between, he came to see that math-phobia, uncertainty, and boredom – not a lack of innate talent – keeps most students from succeeding.

Our Expert Tutors

Clara Amenyo

Clara has worked extensively with young people as a teacher, mentor, and tutor. She loves teaching, and currently tutors students of all ages in mathematics and test prep. She believes in helping students build strong fundamental skills, developing students’ confidence in their abilities to learn, and incorporating games into tutoring sessions when and wherever possible. Clara enjoys getting to know students individually and strives to tailor learning to each student’s unique strengths and needs.

Clara graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Economics. She previously worked as an analyst in finance and as a Program Manager for a nonprofit organization. Clara speaks Spanish and Portuguese, and, when not tutoring, studies illustration and dance.

Steve Stein

A lifelong New Yorker, Steve graduated from Stuyvesant High School and New York University. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, Steve studied mathematics, economics, and music, and is determined to read everything under the sun. He scored a 1530 on the SAT and an 800 on the Math SAT II.

Steve views education as the process by which people reach their full potential. He’s particularly keen on teaching math as a discipline of rigorous and creative thinking, and not just as a way of solving a particular set of problems.

An experienced tutor and teacher, he holds a Master’s Degree in Mathematics Education, and welcomes any skill level from Algebra I to Calculus and beyond.

In his spare time, he plays piano, composes soundtracks for short films, and drinks green tea.

Kathleen Mulready

Kathleen Mulready has been tutoring all levels of elementary and high school mathematics for over 10 years.

She has worked in the New York City Public school system as well as privately. Her students range from those preparing for AP testing to those with special needs. She is a graduate of Tufts University where she studied music and mathematics and also holds a Masters degree in Vocal Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. In addition to tutoring, Kathleen maintains an active performance career as a soloist and chorister.

She lives with her husband and 1 year old daughter in Brooklyn.

Murat Keyder

Murat graduated in 2008 from Cornell with a degree in math, and holds a masters degree in music from the University of Pennsylvania.

He scored 1570 on the SAT, with 800 on math and 770 on verbal, and he has been teaching and tutoring math and SAT since high school. He teaches a broad range of age groups and math topics, ranging from test prep to high school and elementary school math. He really enjoys taking concepts that appear unmanageable to students and breaking them down to their bare essentials, and then building the material back up from there, and frequently finds that students are held back and intimidated by their fear of math rather than the material itself. He has had many students who not only ended up improving their academic performance, but also actually started to enjoy the material.

In addition to teaching math, he is a professional musician, teaching guitar at the University of Pennsylvania, writing music, and performing various styles of music in the New York area.

Lily Akerman

Lily is from New York. She graduated from Stuyvesant High School and Princeton, where she studied Comparative Literature, theater, and creative writing. Her own teachers have had a powerful impact on her, and they have inspired her to teach as well. She likes looking at why a solution works and exploring various approaches to a single problem.

She’s currently pursuing a playwriting MFA at Hunter. She lives in Lefferts Garden.

Jordan Ziskin

Jordan graduated from Binghamton University with a Bachelors degree in Mathematics and Actuarial Sciences.

After initially helping a few friends pass their difficult math classes, he frequently tutored students at his school as well as the local high school nearby. Right out of graduation, Jordan spent the summer teaching SAT classes for Kaplan where he learned to master the test and break it down for any student to understand. He specializes in all middle school and high school math as well as college level Statistics, Calculus (levels I,II, and III) and Linear Algebra.

On top of tutoring, Jordan is currently pursuing a career in music. He plays piano and acoustic guitar and regularly performs the songs he writes at local Brooklyn bars and venues.

Lida Shao

Lida studied Education​ and Community Health​ at Brown University, where she graduated magna cum laude.

She is currently a professional studier, applying to medical school after a decade in youth development and food democracy. She has ​mentored and ​worked​ academically​ with school-aged children and teens. She enjoys decision-making algorithms, value matrices, and vision graphing​ towards personal and social transformation​.

When not working with community members, she is working the land–growing vegetables, raising chickens (bees forthcoming!) and ​building ​a mini-farm in the city.

She is proud to be a martial artist, a foodie with interest in raw foods, a winter bicyclist, and multi-lingual New Yorker.

Daniel Valmas

Daniel fell in love with mathematics in ninth grade, founding his own math league in high school where he served as captain and taught specialized topics to members weekly. While attending Brown University, he worked as a math after-school teacher where he taught courses from Pre-Algebra to Calculus at a local high school. He graduated from Brown University with a degree in Literary Arts in 2011, and can still be seen writing short stories in coffee shops in various neighborhoods of Brooklyn.

Daniel really enjoys teaching a variety of subjects, but he particularly enjoys math because there is a plethora of ways to approach and explain mathematical concepts. He often asks students derive formulas so they have an even deeper understanding of the material. One of his favorite memories of teaching English in China was asking students to do math problems when going over vocabulary like “proportion” and “ratio.”

Apart from tutoring, Daniel is learning Web Development at the Flatiron School, and enjoys running in Prospect Park.

Emma McAleavy

Emma is a former Fulbright fellow who specializes in mathematics and humanities tutoring for elementary and middle school students.

She earned a B.A. in History at Seattle University and has tutored students on an ongoing basis for nearly ten years. She also works in the tech industry, most recently as a project manager at Microsoft. Emma particularly enjoys helping students come to love a subject they feel presents unique challenges to them.

Outside of the classroom, you can find her cooking, hiking or reading for pleasure.

Nolan Reece

Nolan graduated from Bard College with a bachelor’s degree in Physics. He wrote his undergraduate thesis on atmospheric convection.

He has tutored at elementary, high school and college levels in a range of subjects, including: high school Physics, SAT Math, Calculus (I,II,III), Differential Equations and Quantum Mechanics. He currently volunteers as a math tutor at YouthBuild, a non-profit in Long Island dedicated to preparing adult students to pass the TASC exam.

Nolan believes that one-on-one tutoring is the best way to learn something that is challenging, because it encourages the student to ask questions and discuss their ideas.

In his free time, Nolan enjoys basketball, creative writing and making short films.

Rachel Cohen

Rachel is originally from Philadelphia and attended Phillips Academy Andover for high school. She then went to the University of Pennsylvania, where she majored in biology and completed coursework in calculus, statistics, economics, and the sciences. Now in New York, Rachel is a management consultant in financial services.

Rachel specializes in tutoring middle school math, particularly pre-algebra and algebra. She also has extensive experience helping students prepare for the SSAT, SHSAT, ELA, ISEE, SAT, and ACT exams. Students enjoy working with Rachel because she sets the bar high but is also very patient. She also has a great sense of humor.

In her free time, Rachel is an avid indoor rock climber. She lives in Prospect Heights with her two betta fish named Ruth Betta Finsburg and Antofin Scalia.

Daniel Lichtman

Daniel has 7+ years experience tutoring math, chemistry and physics at all levels, as well as extensive experience in SAT and ACT prep. He develops highly productive and personal relationships with each of his students and their parents, and develops a curriculum specific to each of their academic needs and goals, whether oriented towards college admissions, improved performance in school or exam taking strategies.

Daniel studied physics at Cornell (where he graduated Summa Cum Laude, 4.0 GPA), worked in various engineering fields before becoming a tutor, and has have a deep understanding of math and science. He knows the AP and IB math, chemistry and physics curricula intimately, as well as their qualifying examinations. He has also developed extremely effective strategies for college entrance tests, honed over many years experience with students. Most importantly, however, he has a broad experience relating to a wide variety of students and developing a relationship of trust and confidence with each student and his or her family.

Sindy Chari

Sindy has worked with students ranging from Kindergartners to adults in a variety of different capacities and loves teaching all age groups. She fell in love with teaching during her time in Istanbul where she taught 1st and 2nd grade and provided one-on-one tutoring to adults in her spare time.

She is from upstate New York and earned her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at Binghamton University. She is currently in graduate school at the School of Education in City College for TESOL as well as middle and high school math.

In her spare time she can be found planning her next trip, reading historical fiction and enjoying the outdoors.

Nathan Reece

Nathan is originally from eastern Long Island and graduated from Bard College in May of 2015 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics. His senior project concerned relating the funding of public high schools in New York to graduation rates and standardized test scores.

He specializes in tutoring all levels of Math through Calc II, Differential Equations, AP Statistics, and SAT prep. Living in New York for over a year now, he works for Major League Baseball making highlights of live baseball games. Nathan loves getting to know his students and making mathematics interesting and enjoyable.

In his spare time Nathan plays soccer, fixes bicycles, and enjoys hiking.

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