Bruce is an Academic Interventionist with experience tutoring in all subjects. He specializes in teaching comprehension, reading, writing, math, application essays, study skills, test prep (SSAT, ISEE, SAT, GRE), remedial literacy development, literary analysis, executive functioning skills and research methods. He has extensive experience with students diagnosed with ADD/ADHD, autism, dyslexia/dysgraphia, oppositional defiant disorder, traumatic brain injuries, and auditory processing disorders.
Bruce has a BA in Secondary English Education from Boston University and a Masters in Educational Public Policy from UMass Dartmouth. He has extensive experience with Lindamood-Bell processes, having worked as a Clinician, Consultant, and Site Manager for the Company for the past six years. His students have ranged from five years old to adulthood with initial abilities ranging from non-verbal non-readers to high honors students at prestigious private schools.
Bruce seeks to engage students in their areas of comfort and utilize these strengths to help situate new knowledge and motivate students to persevere through frustration and disinterest. He has been known to share his own struggles within the education system, helping students understand that the problems they face can be overcome. Bruce is adept at meeting students where they are and is equally at ease providing a calm, warm environment, or acting out scenes to build comprehension. He is consistently seeking to build self-efficacy and independence within his students. Bruce places on mindful metacognition, a skill he hones via Zen meditation.
As a New England native, Bruce spends as much time as he can backpacking and camping in the vast western wilderness. When unable to get out, he can be found writing educational philosophy or reading poetry.
“This young man connected with my daughter and awakened her skills through his boundless creativity, humor, intellect, empathy, compassion, expertise, and plain old hard work” - Parent, Adult Student with Traumatic Brain Injury. Bruce helped her regain the ability to speak as well as read.
"Amazing with kids - relates well and adapts to the child. Creative in how he approaches the kids and their learning style. Makes what he is doing very interesting." - Parent, Stuart Hall
"Bruce is great. He is very calm, patient and effective in his sessions. My 8-year-old son has improved already after a few sessions with Bruce. My son is already more confident in his reading and is learning skills that he was never exposed to. Bruce has also helped my older son study for his SSAT test and he was excellent. He is a great teacher and really knows how to teach kids in different areas and at different stages." - Parent, French American International School
"We could not be happier with Bruce. His calm, gentle, kind way with [my daughter] was perfect. She was relaxed and actually had fun learning math and preparing for the SSAT with him. Thank you, Bruce!!" - Parent, Presidio Hill School