I cannot recommend Debbie more highly! I have had many students work with her over my past six years as a middle school English and social studies teacher at an independent school. Debbie has demonstrated an ability to work effectively with students with a range of learning profiles and personalities. She effectively provides appropriate support for students based on what they need. Invariably, I have seen students who work with her make strides with their organization, homework completion, study skills, and confidence in their abilities. Additionally, her clear communication between families, students, and teachers enables consistency between home and school that help set students up to find success.
I know Debbie's work well. Over the last 8 years, she has tutored at least 10 of my students. Debbie's communication with me, and her consistent and follow-up has always been excellent. She establishes a collaborative and engaging connection with teachers. She is also extremely effective! When I learn that a struggling student is working with Debbie, I sigh with relief; I know that student will receive top-notch support.
Debbie has been an important and very skillful provider of academic support to a number of my students. She is discerning, professional, and caring. She takes the time to get to know students individually and works to meet each student’s unique needs. As a teacher, I especially value Debbie’s regular and helpful communication. She is a real ally who touches base frequently and understands what I am trying to do in the classroom. I’m grateful for the services she provides to students.
If you look up the definition of reliable, you would find Debbie Flaks' name. Every week, I receive an email in preparation for her meeting with one of my students. If I send an email with a list of updates, all of them will be covered and fulfilled. My student has grown over the past few years in his confidence, organization and patience. Thanks to Debbie, my student will have the academic and executive functioning skills he'll need in high school and beyond. She knows the language of the student, the effective incentives that lead him towards success, but most of all, she treats each student with the respect and care that they deserve but rarely receive. It is a pleasure to work with Debbie, and I highly recommend her!
It is easy to recommend Debbie as a wise coach, tutor and mentor for students. When working with Debbie, students have access to her help with executive functioning skills, studying skills and content based subject matter. But more importantly, they benefit from her expertise about how these struggles really play out to impact their self esteem along with their performance in school. Debbie goes the extra mile to provide resources to parents and students, to collaborate with other professionals and to help students build their insight and arsenal of strategies to be able to feel more empowered to compensate and advocate for themselves.
Debbie provides strong support for students with a variety of learning differences and/or with self-regulating issues in both traditional and non-traditional schools. I have witnessed her style and respect her direct, informed and collaborative relationships with teachers, parents and colleagues.
Debbie and I were colleagues for years, and am comfortable saying that she is one of the most professional and organized people I have ever worked with. Debbie's attention to detail and her follow-through make her a pleasure to have as part of a team. Her ability to unpack the learning process for students is unparalleled. If my own children needed an academic coach, Debbie is the first person I would turn to.