Sam Cuccurullo

Licensed and Tenured to teach grades 7-12 in Mathematics and Science. Samara holds both a B.S. undergraduate degree and a Masters in Education. She specializes in high school level Math and Science. Providing instruction in numerous subjects, up to and including Calculus and Advanced Placement Physics and Chemistry, Samara has over a decade of experience in both the classroom and private instruction.

As the lead instructor and owner of both Resource Room locations, Sam regularly delivers the highest quality instruction in all academic subject areas. In addition, Sam is the preeminent SAT Math tutor at Resource Room and regularly has students achieving vast improvements in their math scores with many students breaking and exceeding the 700 mark each year. Sam has years of classroom experience and has been consistently rated a Highly Effective teacher under the current evaluation system. Having worked for many years as the Regents Testing Coordinator at the high school level, Samara brings a depth of knowledge in regards to high school level testing requirements and procedures to Resource Room. With a record of academic distinction behind her, and years of classroom and instructional experience – Sam works with students on all levels helping them reach their full academic potential.

Joe Cuccurullo

Licensed and Tenured, Joe holds a B.S. from Lafayette College, an M.P.A. from American University, and an MSEd from Brooklyn College. He specializes in instruction from the Elementary through the High School levels. As owner and lead instructor of both Resource Room locations, Joe specializes in general and special education instruction for all students. Additionally, Joe has an impressive track record working with students in A.P. World History, A.P. U.S. History, Regents based exams, K – 12 ELA, SAT Verbal, TACHS, and SHSAT.

When students first come into Resource Room, Joe will often be the first person they meet with.

Joe works with incoming students to evaluate their academic level and to create a tailored individualized tutoring program that benefits their specific needs.

A large contingent of students seek Joe’s advisement and assistance as they work through the College Admissions process each year. With over 10 years of classroom and individualized instructional experience, Joe has and continues to work closely with students on all academic levels as they move through their academic careers.

Gavin Siewers

Gavin Siewers is one of our Office Managers, as well as one of our longest tenured tutors here at the Resource Room on Forest Ave. Gavin graduated from the University at Buffalo in 2017 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences, as well as a double-minor in Education and Counseling Psychology. Upon returning home to Staten Island, he then completed his Master’s Degree in Special Education, 7-12 with Touro College, Class of 2020. Gavin specializes in all of our intermediate and high school math and science curricula, as well as teaching SAT prep, SHSAT and TACHS exams. He is West Brighton, he looks forward to continuing to give back to the Island community that helped raise him!

Brittany Sheridan
Orton Gillingham Reading Specialist

Brittany is a licensed and practicing teacher at a middle school in New York City. Brittany holds two Master’s Degrees; one in childhood special education and one in adolescent special education, both from Hunter College. She has an impressive track record of success with both students at the Elementary and Middle School levels.

As our reading specialist at Resource Room, Brittany conducts all the reading evaluations for new and current students. She delivers instruction in ELA, Math, TACHS, and SHSAT. Brittany continues to be a rising star in our organization and is highly sought after. Brittany has extensive client base and works with students on all academic levels and students of all ages.

Crescendo Smalls
Foreign Language Specialist

Possessing 10 years of classroom experience, Crescendo has been an instructor of the Spanish language at both intermediate and high school levels. He holds a Master of Science degree in Adolescent Education grades 7-12 and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish from Wagner College. Crescendo is also the founder of En Camino Language Group, providing tutoring and small group instruction to those looking to increase their knowledge and use of world languages.

Crescendo has traveled to four continents and understands the importance of being able to communicate effectively. He brings energy, passion, and charisma to the classroom and individual students.  Moreover, he takes great care and interest in each student’s overall well-being. As the demand for being multilingual arises in our society, Crescendo stays abreast to innovative teaching tactics to provide students with a fun, interactive learning experience. We are very happy to him as a part of our team.

Abby Petrassi

Abby is a licensed 7-12th grade teacher currently practicing at the middle school level with a specialization in general science and biology. She works with students mainly at the middle and high school level on a variety of subjects including Algebra and Chemistry. With her motivating and well received personality, Abby has proven to be a strong asset to the Resource Room Team.

Smyth Turner

Smyth is a licensed practicing Math teacher at the high school level. Smyth joined our team and immediately had a significant impact on our students. Smyth holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering and an MSEd in Education. With over 20 years of experience providing technical training to engineers and over 10 years of classroom experience in the NYCDOE Smyth has a unique ability to deliver instruction for all levels of high school math. With a focus on Algebra I and II, Geometry, and Trigonometry Smyth maintains a consistent client base and students continue to request to sit with him as they move through their high school years. He is a valued member of our team who brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table.

Matt Barouch

A native Staten Islander, Matt was valedictorian of his class at Staten Island Academy and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor’s from Princeton University. He provides instruction in a vast array of subjects and standardized tests for students of multiple age ranges. Equally adept at math, science, and language arts, Matt will take on any educational challenge. He has tutored students from middle school through college in geometry, algebra, pre-calculus, calculus, life sciences, chemistry, physics, ELA, social studies, and essay writing for college applications and for schoolwork. He also has extensive experience with teaching the SAT, ACT, SHSAT, TACHS, and New York State Regents tests in many disciplines. Matt’s conscientiousness and easygoing personality make him a sought-after educator. He loves to help students reach their highest potential and see them shine!

Emily Waite

Emily has been a tutor with the Resource Room since 2019, working primarily with children grades K-8. Emily holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science with a Minor in Philosophy from the City University of New York’s College of Staten Island. As the instructor for our STEAM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Art, Math) classes, she leads the LEGO Robotics class, where she introduces students to coding and incorporates larger scientific concepts into our lessons. Emily works closely with our reading specialists to enrich and support our clients’ reading abilities and to enhance their reading comprehension skills and strategies.


Erik specializes in high school math and science. A high achieving student, Erik was awarded a significant scholarship to NJIT and has worked with Resource Room for many years. He is highly sought after as his personality and strong academic background in both Math and Science make him a highly sought after instructor. He works with students on a variety of levels and his clients always show vast improvement in both their academic subjects and SAT. Erik works with students seeking assistance with AP Physics, AP Chem, Calculus, and SAT/ACT Math. Erik’s years of success with so many clients has made him a top choice for many of our students.