This year, Lara's grandmother, Misia, would have turned 109. PLEASED, the name of this tutoring company, was inspired by her. Over her 100 years of life, Grandma’s optimism never wavered, and her smile heartened everyone she touched.
Growing up, Lara would dial her grandmother’s phone number, 753-2733, any time she needed to hear a cheerful “Hello Larushka”. That was the landline which her mother, as a young teenager, decoded to spell P-L-E-A-S-E-D. When her grandma passed away peacefully, eight years ago, Lara's mom couldn’t bear to give up that magical number. She kept it hovering in the Cloud, just in case one of her kids ever wanted a landline. As Lara was setting up her own business, her mom suggested that she tap it for the company’s phone. That's when the whole concept crystallized: the phone number, company name and inner soul of her venture all wrapped up in one word: PLEASED! Well, six words, once she extended it to Private Learning-- Excel and SucceED. A teacher always likes to clarify and elaborate.
Lara's grandmother was so proud of her work as a teacher and literacy coach. Somehow, somewhere, Lara knows she is beyond PLEASED, on the other end of the line, knowing that she is channeling both her love and her wisdom to teach children with joy and rigor.
Who We Are
We understand positive impact of student-teacher relationships.
Establishing positive student-teacher relationships is critical success and a priority for the teachers at PLEASED. When students feel connected to their teachers, they are more likely to engage in the learning process and feel motivated to succeed.
We are proud to be positive role models for the students we teach and have found our relationships thrive both in person and through virtual tutoring.
Each child is thoughtfully matched with a tutor based on area of expertise and personality.
NEW YORK CITY's MOST ELITE SCHOOLS
When students need academic support, educators and parents trust P.L.E.A.S.E.D.
Why? We understand the pressure you’re under when it comes to your child’s academics. We also know how to help your child succeed.
Our founder, Lara Pinto, is a celebrated teacher and literacy coach in New York City. Lara has over 15 years of experience leading educators and teaching children, and proven results moving kids forward.
The P.L.E.A.S.E.D. team is made up of exceptional private teachers. All have master’s degrees and at least three years of classroom experience. Many have additional specialties including the Orton-Gillingham Approach, a structured, science based approach to teaching literacy.
We teach students from Horace Mann School, Riverdale, Collegiate, Brearley, Trinity, Allen-Stevenson, Nightingale, New York City Public Schools, among others.