Welcome to Creative Minds of NNY

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About Creative Minds of NNY

Expanding - Excelling - Enriching

Creative Minds of Northern New York is the dream of two educators who have spent their lives in public education.  Paula Amato and Jennifer Hanno each have over 25 years of classroom experience teaching Language Arts. Together, their teaching experience spans the range of Pre-K to Post Secondary levels. They have been trained in the Common Core, Reading Recovery, Guided Reading, Shared Inquiry and many other critical areas of educational research and design. Their passion for teaching reading and writing defines them.


Professional Services

From ACT and SAT prep to creative workshops for our youngest readers and writers, Creative Minds serves a diverse array of today's students' needs. Services span both group workshops and one-on-one tutoring sessions.

Teacher Writing a Formula on a Blackboard

Math Tutoring




-Jump-Start for Grades 2-7

-Private sessions for all grade levels

Person Writing

Literacy Enrichment

-Pictures and Words Workshop
-Read Write Think Club,

Students Taking Exams

Test Prep

-Regents Exams


“Having you as a tutor has been a real blessing in her life and has made all the difference in how far she has come….You have given her confidence and a love of reading and that is the greatest gift a teacher could give.”

Bridget, Mother of Five


Upcoming Offerings

Please contact us via phone or email to sign up.

Pictures and Words Grades 1-3

 1pm-2pm, Wednesdays

throughout July & August

Students will be encouraged to use images as springboards for verbal and written expression. A small group atmosphere will enable your child to receive individualized attention in a group with no more than eight students. $25 per session.

Math Jump-Start

Tuesdays: 10am-11am (2nd and 5th grade)
11:15am-12:15pm (3rd and 6th grade)
12:30pm-1:30pm (4th and 7th grade)

This summer we will once again be offering our math jump-start sessions for grades 2-7. Our math tutors will be taking small groups (up to 5 students) to frontload them with the tools they will need to be successful and proficient for the next school year. Sign up for the grade your child will be entering in the fall. $25 per session OR prepay $150 for all 7 and get one FREE!

Practice and Preparation for the Common Core English Regents

Tips for crafting a strong essay, navigating the multiple choice, and writing the literary analysis. Individual sessions are $50/hour, two-student sessions are $35/hour, and groups of three or more students is $25/hour each. *Please Contact Jennifer Hanno @ 315-783-6938

Mondays and Wednesdays at 5pm

SAT Prep Classes

10:15am-12:15pm on 7/22, 7/24, 7/29, 7/31

Get ready for the SAT this summer with a course that familiarizes you with the test and introduces you to strategies to help you succeed! $200 for four two-hour classes (Math and Verbal) or $100 for four one hour classes (Verbal only) *Please contact Jennifer Hanno @ 315-783-6938

The  College Game

11:15am-12:15pm on 8/8, 8/12, 8/13, 8/14

Students will write a college application essay, be familiarized with the Common Application, design a resume, draft a formal request for a letter of recommendation, and practice speaking skills necessary for college visits. $100 for all four classes. *Please contact Jennifer Hanno @315-783-6938

Private Tutoring


Private sessions are one hour long and are individualized to meet the needs of your child. $40/hour for students in grades K-8 and $50/hour for high school students.

Semi-Private Tutoring

Semi-private sessions can be scheduled for groups of two students. $30 each per hour for two students in grades K-8 and $35 each per hour for two high school students.


Small Group Tutoring

Small group sessions can be scheduled for three or more students. $25 each per hour.



Get in Touch

To register, or for questions, please contact us by phone, email, or Facebook.

(315) 783-5495

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