About Us


Welcome to the blue tomato education website! Here you can find detailed information about all of our services, including:

Educational Consulting
Academic Tutoring
Test Prep
Academic Coaching
Learning Differences

blue tomato has been collaborating successfully with parents, students, teachers, Neuropsychologists, Educational Psychologists, Learning Specialists and School Administrators for almost 20 years. We have done extensive work with families in New York City and Long Island throughout the years and are now proudly known as an invaluable resource to parents throughout the city.

Our Philosophy
blue tomato was founded in 1998 in response to what I viewed as a missing piece in the field of tutoring: a personal yet comprehensive learning center that would meet a range of educational needs. My vision was to create a learning center that would offer families and their children the opportunity for educational consulting, ongoing academic tutoring, short term standardized test preparation, support for learning differences and, homeschooling. blue tomato's approach is based on a set of distinct principles integral to who we are and what we believe to be fundamental in the education process:

Successful tutoring is predicated on positive, supportive communication
between students, parents, teachers, school administrators and tutors, each of whom must communicate their goals and expectations from the beginning of the process.

Each student learns in a unique way.
Working with each student individually means working with each student uniquely. During our first sessions we focus as much on how a student learns as we do on what they need to learn. Students work with their tutors to custom design their own learning plan and strategies, and thus feel respected and responsible.

Our students learn "with" their tutors
Our tutors are both academically astute in the subjects they teach and compassionate human beings who have extensive experience with the struggles of adolescence. We customize how we teach to fit students' personalities and styles and meet them on their terms. Our students thus feel respected and responsible.

Feeling respected and responsible
is integral to a student's improved sense of self, both academically and personally. Helping our students become conscious of, and take responsibility for, their choices is the foundation of our educational philosophy.

Our students experience joy in their academic and personal successes
as a result of their increased sense of independence and self-respect. We help our students gain a sense of personal and academic self-determination.

Our educational philosophy is rooted in the belief that when students who understand the power of GRIT, proactivity, and considered choices move forward in life with the most important tools for life.

Ellen Ross - Director, blue tomato

Ellen Ross - Director, blue tomato


Ellen Ross
Director, blue tomato