Faculty

Teachers

Think & Write teachers are dedicated, passionate, altruistic, and accessible.

Our teachers go beyond academics.

The interpersonal skills and the emotional quotient of the students are developed by the realistic advice, smiles, side hugs, and close attention of our dedicated teachers.

Think & Write teachers are dedicated, passionate, altruistic, and accessible

English Department / College Consultation / SAT Verbal, AP English

Veronica Spettmann
ENGLISH / SAT / Debate TEACHER

Veronica Spettmann achieved her B.A. and M.A. In English Literature and Language from LIU Post, where she is also an undergraduate English professor. She has worked for several writing centers and as a private tutor for most of her career.

Her academic focus is on preparing students for the multi-faceted writing tasks that will be presented to them as they continue on through higher education, including literary analysis and conference-style papers in the MLA format. Miss Spettmann has presented such conference papers herself for “Shifting Tides, Anxious Borders,” an academic conference for Binghamton University (2015), and the prestigious 2016 MELUS Conference (Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States).

She is thrilled to bring this varied expertise to the students at Think & Write and to help them along their academic paths.

Christina Oliverio
English

Ms. Oliverio has been teaching since the age of ten when she was sought after to be her neighborhood's English tutor. A dedicated student herself, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from Fairfield University and earned a Master's Degree with Highest Distinction from Hofstra University. Formerly a tenured teacher at Sag Harbor Public Schools, she left her position to deal with personal family tragedies - the sudden loss of both her brothers and a grieving mother. Demonstrating the unbridled resiliency of the human spirit, Ms. Oliverio became a highly regarded educational consultant in the private sector and was solicited by Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated, to write three education books, all of which hit national bookshelves. In addition to her background in teaching reading and writing, she has extensive experience in special education and has conducted workshops for teachers on how to differentiate instruction for learner success. A recipient of both the Howard Howland Brown Memorial Prize for Excellence in English and the Croteau French Award for Outstanding Achievement in Foreign Language, she is passionate about sharing her love of language with her students. 

In 2010, Ms. Oliverio founded Kids Stock the House, a not-for-profit community organization that supports families of the Ronald McDonald House and cultivates leadership skills in today's youth. She has since spread the spirit of volunteerism to tens of thousands. Under her direct supervision, Kids Stock the House has presented its mission at various influential venues, including the mayor's office and superintendents' conferences. Subsequently, the group earned four congressional proclamations and numerous other prestigious community service awards. In 2016, Ms. Oliverio was named New York State Senate Woman of Distinction and received recognition at the capitol building in Albany for her role in guiding children to give back, lead and succeed. 

Ms. Oliverio believes that all students have vast abilities to learn and she works diligently to create learning environments wherein even if children stumble, they never fall. She looks forward to connecting with kids at THINK & WRITE, nurturing the whole student, and creating a community of confident, eager learners. 

Mathematics and Science Department

Abraham Mantell
AMC DIRECTOR / MATHEMATICS PROFESSOR

Abraham Mantell has been in the education field for more than 25 years. He is currently a mathematics professor at Nassau Community College. He teaches all levels of mathematics, advises students, and serves the mathematics department at NCC.

Professor Mantell is actively involved with local and regional mathematics organizations (currently Governor of and Newsletter Editor for the Metropolitan New York Section of the Mathematical Association of America – MAA, and Math League Coordinator for the New York State Mathematics Association of Two-Year Colleges – NYSMATYC). In addition, as an adjunct assistant professor at Hofstra University, he has been teaching undergraduate math for more than 18 years and taught at the Webb Institute, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, and Polytechnic University.

His publications include CliffsNotes Math Review for Standardized Tests; CliffsNotes GMAT Cram Plan; CliffsNotes GRE General Test Cram Plan; CliffsNotes SAT Cram Plan; Hyperoxia Inhibits Oxidant-induced Apoptosis in Lung Epithelial Cells, Journal of Biological Chemistry; and Mathematics and Computer Education.

Bryan Nevarez
Math/Physics Teacher

At THINK & SOLVE, Bryan Nevarez has been teaching a wide range of students in math courses such as Algebra I & II, Geometry, Precalculus,and AP Physics not only to help students do better in schools, but also to further strengthen mathematical skills for those students who show passion in math. In addition, he has been successfully preparing his high school students for SAT and SAT Math Levels 1&2 subject tests. His students have been raising significant points on their standardized exams, if not perfect scores. The students feel his fervor in math as he teaches, especially when he prepares students for mathematical competitions, such as the AMC.

Mr. Nevarez has received his undergraduate degree in Pure Mathematics from Queens College. His research experience includes a stint at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute and at Berkeley National Lab. To further delve into the field of mathematics, he attended the University of Michigan to obtain M.S. in Applied and Interdisciplinary Mathematics where he began his teaching career as an instructor, teaching Calculus I & II.

In addition to teaching at the university level, he has extensive private tutoring experiences with
elementary through high school students in math courses under the common core curriculum. Along with being an instructor at THINK & SOLVE, he is concurrently teaching at Queens College as an adjunct lecturer and at Queensborough Community College as a math workshop leader.

His primary goal is to impress upon the students how learning mathematics develops critical thinking skills, sharpens attention to detail, and fosters the mental fortitude and inquisitiveness needed to becomes a problem solver that excels in the classroom and beyond.

Summer Assistant Teacher & ELEMENTARY TEACHER

Matthew Agrall
ELEMENTARY TEACHER

Matthew Agrall received his Masters degree in Bilingual Bicultural Education from Northeastern Illinois University.

Mr. Agrall taught in a bilingual classroom for the past three years. He has taught both fourth and fifth grade classroom, as well as a 4/5 split grade classroom. For the past four years, he has taught in general education 5th grade classroom. Additionally, Mr. Agrall has taught summer school for the past five summers for first, second, and fourth grades.

As a bilingual teacher, Mr. Agrall creates and implements curriculum and lesson plans that serve the needs of English language learners, which are aligned with the Illinois Learning Standards and the Common Core Learning Standards. He has also developed the curriculum for the 4th grade bilingual program. Mr. Agrall utilizes differentiated instruction to reach each student’s individual needs.

Through differentiated instruction, whole, small, and individual instruction is provided according to needs of the student.

Caroline Kim
Summer Assistant Teacher

Caroline Kim is currently pursuing Elementary Education at Queens College, City University of New York. Miss Kim is experienced in teaching both English and Mathematics to elementary and middle school students. She strives to create a better
learning environment for the younger generation.

Miss Kim aims to become a diligent teacher to provide young students with a joyful learning experience so they can fully explore their creativity and potential. With a great passion for educating, she promises to bring a positive, yet earnest energy to the classroom. She will show her students how to be compassionate, considerate, and open-minded through her guidance and storytelling. The rapport that the students will build with Miss Kim over each summer will be everlasting.

Eager to be a part of the THINK & WRITE community, she desires to encourage her students to exceed their own expectations and create a good foundation for their future.