"Irene is truly remarkable at teaching children how to read. For some children, learning to read can be harder than it appears to be for their peers. This was the case for my daughter. Irene not only took the anxiety away from the experience of learning to read, but she made it genuinely fun and totally stress free. And the confidence it gave my daughter is something that remains with her six years on! I feel so fortunate that I discovered her for my children."
— Kate Winslet, actress
“It was such a pleasure to meet you last week. My son and I went to Barnes & Noble and bought lots of books and the reading DVDs you recommended. He and his sister watched the DVDs to and from the Hamptons and loved them. We worked on recognizing the early sight words like `the.' Last night, at bedtime, we pulled out one of the little phonics books you recommended and, well, my son was a superstar. He looked at me and said, `Mom! I can read!’ He was so excited and I was so proud. THANK YOU for already making a difference!”
— Mom of two children in private school
"We wanted to let you know how much we appreciate your support and insight into helping our son. He's improved so much because of the exceptionally good job you and your tutor did with him. He's reading an hour or two before bed almost every night now and his teacher says he writes easily and at length without prodding. More importantly, she noted that he made connections that were thoughtful and showed insight and understanding of the subject matter. His vocabulary is through the roof and his reading comprehension is also very strong. This nearly brought me to tears! Such a long way he has come!”
— Parent at Hunter Elementary School
"Steps Tutoring has been instrumental in helping my son, S, become a stellar student. S is now in fifth grade. He began working with Irene when he was in second grade because he was struggling with sounding out words, reading comprehension, and writing. Thanks in large part to Irene’s work with him, he went on to become a passionate reader and, at the end of second grade, a nonfiction story he wrote in school was chosen as exemplary second grade writing by the Board of Education. During the first year that the difficult fourth grade Common Core state tests were administered – a year when only 30 percent of students passed -- S got solid 4s in both English and math. Thanks to the years of building a strong academic foundation with Irene, and to the tutoring Irene provided for the ISEE verbal section, he also scored very high on the ISEE. (His stanine score in reading comprehension was 9!)”
—Shinhee Han, PhD