Paragon Tutoring & Test Prep​​
800-395-6865

New Canaan, CT                                                                                Manhattan, NY                                                                                    Charlotte, NC

Paragon - ​noun

"a person or thing that is perfect or excellent in some way and should be considered a model or example to be copied"

Smart
Experienced
Patient
Adaptable

Picking a tutor is a daunting task.  As a parent you want a tutor to be smart and experienced so your student trusts them and has confidence in them.  You also want a tutor to be patient and adaptable in explaining material in order to capitalize on your student's own way of learning so they feel engaged and encouraged to learn.  At Paragon our tutors are all SMART, EXPERIENCED, PATIENT & ADAPTABLE.

ABOUT US
  1. Brandy F, Weston, CT
    My oldest daughter struggled with Algebra I. However, since Paragon has been tutoring her, she earned an A+ in Geometry and an A in accelerated Algebra II this summer. Most importantly, thanks to Paragon she has become confident in her abilities and is passionate about pursuing higher level math. My younger daughter (beginning 6th grade) loves her math sessions with them and is developing solid skills and growing confidence. I highly recommend Paragon.
  2. Evangeline M, Darien, CT
    You are such a living blessing in my kids lives.
  3. Emmanuel T, Jupiter FL
    Thomas was lucky to have three great tutors from Paragon, for math and for the ACT. Over the summer he was able to get an A+ in a demanding accelerated pre-calc course and is now well-prepared for calculus. After moving to Jupiter, FL from Westport, CT, tutoring continued, but was online, and that worked as well for Thomas as in person. Thanks for all your help.
  4. Marianna I, Norwalk, CT (Kyra - Greens Farms Academy)
    We are so glad we "found" Paragon. From the very first lesson it was clear to us that their tutor's patient and level-headed approach and great command of the subject matter would work well with our daughter. We were right. Even after a few months, our daughter was working through her Algebra II sophomore year challenges with more visible confidence and understanding, which all resulted in a strong performance at the final and a meaningful uptick in her overall grade for the year.
  5. Janice J - Darien, CT
    “We have been clients of Paragon for 2 years now and couldn’t be happier with the level of tutoring, attention and results. We started using Paragon when my high school student was having difficulty in math. Her grades went from the low 80s to the high 90s in a short time, and so we decided to use Paragon for her SAT / ACT prep as well. Their knowledge of the ACT and SAT was superb, using different tutors for verbal and math, and truly made the test less stressful. When my 7th grader was asked to jump a math level, we used Paragon to help her with the material she had missed. My two daughters have different learning and study techniques, and both had great results with the teaching and tutorial methods of Paragon. They were able to adapt to each daughter’s strengths and weaknesses. I would (and have) highly recommended them to friends."
  6. Susan S - New Canaan, CT
    We used Paragon for tutoring for our daughter, Becky. Although she was in AP classes she lacked confidence when it came to standardized tests. The technical skills she learned were invaluable, but equally important was the confidence instilled by having a from foundation in many items she may have gone over quickly in school. Paragon greatly increased her confidence and ability to do well on the PSAT, SAT and ACT. We highly recommend Paragon.
  7. Mike R - New Canaan, CT
    Eddie thrived under Paragon's help and his math scores improved by nearly 20% points, which was amazing. Their tutor has a way that allows Eddie to approach the work with good humor and confidence, and that carries over into the classroom. We will continue to use Paragon for Eddie's advance placement math classes.
  8. Caryn O - New Canaan, CT
    Paragon is OUTSTANDING. They helped my daughter become fully prepared for the SAT / ACT and her final exams. Paragon has expert and approachable tutors and they created a fully customized program for us. I highly recommend Paragon for any child who needs extra help in any subject area.
  9. Robin B - New Canaan, CT
    Thanks so much for helping Ava spring back from a very rocky start to last year’s math course. We are pleased with not only her fantastic grades, but also her increased confidence and more positive attitude toward the subject. We are grateful for your help in turning things around for her quickly and with lasting improvement.
A Different Kind of Tutoring Company
 
Paragon is a New Canaan, CT, Manhattan, NY and Charlotte, NC based tutoring & test prep company.  Our founder has her masters in education and taught for many years in the NYC public school system where she was also a reading specialist.  After a subsequent successful career as a commercial banker in San Francisco and New York City she relocated to New Canaan, CT and started a family.  With children in the school system she saw an unmet need for a top quality tutoring company where the needs of the students and the quality of the tutors were a priority.  Going back to her education roots she formed Paragon.

We understand that picking a tutor is a difficult and daunting task.  As a parent you want a tutor to be smart and experienced so your student trusts them and has confidence in them.  You also want a tutor to be patient and adaptable in explaining material in order to capitalize on your student's own way of learning so they feel engaged and encouraged to learn.  At Paragon our tutors are all SMART, EXPERIENCED, PATIENT & ADAPTABLE.

Paragon is “A Different Kind of Tutoring Company”:

  • Paragon's model is revolutionary in the tutoring world as our tutors receive the majority of the lesson fees, multiples of what they would earn at other tutoring or test prep companies, which means we are able to recruit and retain the top subject and standardized test prep tutors in our markets - tutors that get results. 
  • Our tutors include professional tutors and industry experts as well as current middle and high school teachers.
  • In fact, our tutors spent many years at some of the best-known tutoring companies in the area and bring years of experience tutoring one-on-one and teaching classes.  They all have Master's Degrees or higher, are highly qualified and have unmatched experienced in their subject areas and in test prep.  Your student will be learning from the best.
  • Juggling children and activities can be challenging.  We offer various options for tutoring making scheduling and logistics easier for you.  We tutor one-on-one either online, at your house or at a public location.  We also hold small group classes in both New Canaan, CT and Charlotte, NC for test prep, subject review, subject preview and mid-term and final preparation.  Our cutting edge online tutoring business is our most popular service (90% of current business)  due to its effectiveness (as good as face to face) and scheduling flexibility.  In addition, this platform leverages how students feel most comfortable communicating today - online.  It is extremely popular with boarding school students and local students as well as those who have relocated to different towns, states or even countries.  It is the method of choice for those with demanding extra-curricular schedules such as aspiring athletes, musicians etc.

We have tutors available for ALL middle school and high school subjects including Honors and AP, as well as ISEE, SSAT, PSAT, ACT, SAT and SAT Subject Tests.

We tutor students in New York City, Fairfield County, Westchester County, the Charlotte metro area and across the US.

As well as tutoring students from the public schools in the areas in which we operate, we currently tutor or have tutored, students from the following private / boarding schools - Choate Rosemary Hall, Taft, Hotchkiss, Greenwich Academy, Convent of Sacred Heart, Trinity Catholic, King LHT, Greens Farms Academy, Hopkins, St. Lukes, New Canaan Country School, Laurelton Hall, Fairfield Prep, Salisbury, Carmel Christian, Charlotte Catholic.

Please contact us to find out more about Paragon, our tutors and availability and pricing.  [email protected]  or 800-395-6865.
    
OUR PROGRAMS

Test Prep

Academic Tutoring

Study Skills

Paragon has tutors for all academic subjects from elementary school through high school, including AP and Honors classes.  

Our tutors can help your student understand better and master what they are learning in school through: 
  • homework help
  • pre-teaching
  • preparing for a quiz or test
  • mid-term and final preparation.  
Study Skills are an overlooked, but incredibly significant, part of academics.  

Knowing how to study and what to study can make a material impact in your performance in school.  These are life skills that can be used through high-school and beyond.  

Let us help you become a better student by improving your study skills.
Paragon is a one-stop shop for PSAT, SAT, SAT Subject Tests, ACT, ISEE, and SSAT test prep.

Students learn proprietary strategies, tips and techniques to supplement content instruction to prepare them fully for each test.

Our tutors have many years of experience with all the standardized tests.  Whether one-on-one, online or in a small group setting, Paragon will guide your student to maximize their potential on any test they plan to take.
Contact us to find out more about our programs
800-395-6865 or [email protected]
TUTORING OPTIONS
At Paragon we know that managing a busy household and juggling children, school and activities can be extremely challenging.  We offer three terrific options for tutoring :- one-on-one, online virtual tutoring and small group classes making scheduling and logistics easier for you

One-on-One

Small Group

Virtual Tutoring

One-on-one in person tutoring is an optimal way to understand fully the needs of each student. We carefully match student to tutor and continually monitor the progress of your student. 

Paragon offers one-on-one tutoring at your home, in a public place and online (virtual tutoring).
Our on-line virtual-tutoring platform currently represents 90% of our business. Using a state of the art online whiteboard this offers the same benefits as one-on-one tutoring by communicating the way students today are most comfortable - online. An added benefit is less driving for you and not having someone in your home at what may be an unsociable or inconvenient time.
Large group formats are typically not very effective for students.  There are however distinct benefits to small group learning environments.  As such, Paragon offers highly effective small group sessions (max of 6 students) where the individual needs of each student can still be assessed and addressed.
Contact us to find out more about our tutoring options
800-395-6865 or [email protected]
Our Team
Roseanne Smith - BS, MA
Roseanne Smith is the President and Chief Marketing Office (CMO) of Paragon.  She started her career as a teacher in the NYC public school system where she was a reading specialist for ESL students.  After a 10-year successful career as a commercial banker on both the east coast and west coast, Roseanne identified a need for a different kind of tutoring company.  A tutoring company that valued retention of tutors and the quality of those tutors, as this is what drives results and customer satisfaction. Paragon’s proprietary business model has enabled it to hire top tutors in all of its markets and retain those tutors - to date Paragon has had zero tutor turnover.

Roseanne’s primary responsibilities are business development. She has been successful in growing the company in Fairfield County, Westchester County, the Charlotte metro area, and Manhattan. 

Roseanne has lived and worked in the US and Italy. 
President & CMO
J. Iain Smith - BSc, MBA
J. Iain Smith is Paragon’s Director of Tutoring and has been a full-time professional tutor for 5 years.  Prior to joining Paragon he was a math, chemistry, and test prep tutor for Chyten Educational Services and its successor Acuity Tutoring and Test Prep.  At Acuity he was one of the top math tutors and was responsible for rewriting both the ACT and SAT test prep curricula for math.  

Iain has a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry from Loughborough University in the UK and an MBA from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business (Beta Gamma Sigma Honors).  

Iain is a former international business strategy consultant and finance professional.  Prior to his career as a tutor Iain spent 12 years running hedge funds for some of Wall Street’s finest investment firms.  Iain has lived and worked in the UK, Germany and the US.
Director of Tutoring
Subjects:
Math 5-8
Algebra I & II
Geometry
Precalculus
​Calculus
Chemistry

Test Prep:
PSAT
SAT (inc. subject tests)
ACT
Cindy Deforest- BA, MBA
Cindy Deforest has been a professional tutor for 11 years specializing in assisting middle and high school students across a full range of academic subjects as well as standardized test prep, reading and study skills. 

She holds a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Yale University and an M.B.A. from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.  Cindy was an international business strategy consultant for 10 years, advising senior management in a wide variety of industries on strategy and business optimization and running in-house training programs for new consultants. 

Now a certified teacher in Connecticut, Cindy focuses on bringing her understanding of the skills needed to succeed in the business world to the students of today so they can be well-equipped for the future.  Her strong academic and business background enables her to tutor students across a wide variety of disciplines.  She has previously lived and worked in England, France and the US.
Senior Tutor
Subjects:        
Algebra I & II
Geometry
Precalculus
French
English
US & World History

Test Prep:         
PSAT
SAT (incl. subject tests)
ACT, ISEE, SSAT

Additional:         
Study Skills

Bob Cavaliero - MA
Bob Cavaliero has been a prfessional tutor for 9 years.  Over the course of his 30-year career in education, he has fulfilled roles as teacher, administrator, professor, and professional tutor.  Bob has also served as principal at both the elementary and middle school levels.  He is fluent in Spanish and until retiring late last year, was the Adjunct Professor of Spanish at the University of Bridgeport.  

During his time as an administrator, Bob worked to develop and implement bilingual programs in grades K-12.  Bob also designed programs to assist students with special needs in grades 2-8.  As a creative and innovative educator,

Bob has the unique ability to assess a student’s needs and incorporate strategies and techniques that help each of his students reach their full potential.
Senior Tutor
Subjects:        
Spanish
English
Grammar

Test Prep:         
PSAT
SAT (incl. subject tests)
ACT

Additional:         
Study Skills

Kevin Clark - MA
Kevin Clark has been a professional tutor for the past 5 years and has helped hundreds of high school students successfully prepare for the verbal sections of both the SAT and ACT exams.  He holds a Masters in Education from Sacred Heart University and taught middle school English in Brookfield, CT, from 2003 through 2018.  Prior to teaching Kevin had a successful 14 year career in corporate sales and training.

Kevin is a passionate reader and writer, and he has taught and written poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and journalism.
Senior Tutor
Subjects:        
English
Grammar

Test Prep:         
PSAT
SAT (incl. subject tests)
ACT

Annie Castro - MS
Annie Castro has been a math teacher for 30 years.  She is the Chair of the Math Department at Providence Day School in Charlotte. She previously taught in her hometown of Miami, Florida.  She holds a BS in Mathematical Sciences from Florida International University and an MS in Mathematics from Nova Southeastern University.

"Math allows us to explain the incredible dynamics of nature!"
Senior Tutor
Subjects:        
Precalc
​Calculus A/B & B/C

Test Prep:         
PSAT
SAT (incl. subject tests)
ACT

Additional:         
Study Skills

Lalitha Kolluri - BS, MS
Lalitha Kolluri has been tutoring for 5 years and combines a passion for science with a deep desire to help students learn, grow and realize their true potential.  She has an ability to breakdown complex subjects into simple and intuitive concepts.

Lalitha holds a BS in Genetics and Chemistry and a MS in Life Sciences from the University of Hyderabad, one of the top Universities for life sciences, in India.  After completion of her degrees, she taught Molecular and Clinical Genetics to undergraduate students in India before accepting a post as a research assistant in In Vitro Fertilization at the Arabian Gulf University in Bahrain.  She holds Certificates in Molecular Laboratory Diagnostics from Michigan State University and in Medicinal Chemistry from Davidson College. 


Senior Tutor
Subjects:        
Biology
Chemistry​

Test Prep:         
PSAT
SAT (incl. subject tests)
ACT


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Paragon Tutoring & Test Prep

New Canaan, CT             Manhattan, NY              Charlotte, NC

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