About Backup

Meet the Owner:

Maryam Sayyed has been involved in the tutoring industry as a tutor for over fifteen years.  She started All Topics Tutoring (“ATT”) in 2013 after matching a family in need with an excellent tutor after she could not take on the opportunity herself.  Because our company owner is a tutor and a mom, she understands the industry through and through from both sides of the coin.   All Topics truly believes that tutoring is an up-front investment that continues to pay off for life.  Getting through to a young child or teenager at a time when he or she is in need has shown to work wonders for his/her current and future success.  In fact, long-term All Topics Tutoring students* have shown marked improvement in their motivation, work ethic, drive and goals/visions for themselves in the future. Routine and frequent exposure to a compassionate, knowledgeable, experienced, enthusiastic and motivated mentor figure is often the driver that places students on the path to success.  Maryam aims to replicate that successful mentorship relationship with each tutoring connection she makes between a new family and an ATT tutor.

The advantage of using ATT is that all tutoring can occur at or nearby the comfort of your own home.  There are no centers to drive to and no mandatory expensive battery of diagnostic tests to take.  Additionally, the curriculum is tailored to what the student is learning in school rather than piling on extra work which may or may not translate into grade improvement because it does not necessarily bear relevance to your student’s school-learned techniques.  Finally, All Topics is different from the tutoring giants, chains and franchises not only because of the more reasonable and accessible pricing, but also because the small mom-and-pop-shop style.  ATT delivers that hand-holding experience with the investment-for-life philosophy.  Once you are an ATT customer, you are welcome to yearly consultations for life**.  Our company owner Maryam started a company because she wanted to fill a void between the tutoring giants at exorbitant prices and the very skilled full-time individual tutors who may need help connecting with the right families from time to time.  The goal of All Topics is to help people reach their fullest potential.  And there is no better way than with a tutor to help your student unlock the potential and achieve success!

*Long-term ATT students are based on the opinions of All Topics Tutoring of students who followed the recommended program for a year or more, completed all tutoring assignments, and typically parents/siblings engage in the learning and accountability process.
**These consultations may involve a nominal fee

Our Tutors

Elle Gorman

I tutor students of all ages in nearly all subjects and also assist in COOP/HSPT prep. My favorite subjects, though, are undoubtedly math and chemistry.

Sally Caplan

Subjects: Elementary Ed (all subjects) and Middle School/High School Language Arts and English
Hobbies: Traveling, Shopping, Reading, Skiing

Susan Ringold

I am well versed in all subjects, but I mainly tutor STEM subjects such as chemistry, physics, and calculus courses. I enjoy sightseeing and hands-on community service projects, such as home rehabilitation.

Lacy Abbot

Subjects: Biology, Math, SAT/ACT tutor
Hobbies: Exercise, designing and creating jewelry and clothes, and spending time with my husband, daughter, son and daschund.

Sol Amor

My preferred math subjects are Calculus and Linear Algebra. In my free time you will find me at gym, on the MMA mat or folding paper doing origami.

Roger Clayton

Experienced in SAT, ACT, TOEFL, IELTS, ISEE, SSAT exam preparation. I also teach and tutor: Spanish, English as a Second Language, vocabulary building, essay writing, history and mathematics.

Sonja Kape

Sonja Kape is a recent graduate of Rutgers university, where she earned her B.A. in Mathematics. She has been tutoring Math for high school students and college students for 3 Years now. She enjoys coloring, painting and solving sudoku puzzles in her down time.

Thomas Borge

Thomas Borge is an Electrical Engineering student. Thomas tutors areas of mathematics including differential and integral calculus, high school and college algebra, and differential equations. When Thomas isn’t tutoring, he enjoys attending live music performances.

Shelley Drake

Subjects: Elementary Math and ELA for Middle/High School Math
Hobbies: Sports; Writing; Working out; spending time with my two sons

Alice Carole

I tutor the following: Russian Language, ESL, Writing, Public Speaking, and the Sciences. I am a fashion designer and also have a teaching degree. Currently, I am in the process of getting a degree in Business. I love to spend time with my children, and if I have extra time, I like to read, draw, and cook.

Carmen Daba

I teach Spanish and English as a Second Language (ESL) and K-5 Language Arts. I am also an educational coach for adults with specials needs. In my free time, I like to travel. Next destination: Ireland!

Natashia Rama

Natashia Rama tutors in French and Chemistry. She holds a Master of Science Degree from Cornell University which she earned after she graduated with High Honors from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She has worked at various tutoring centers and takes pride in helping students (both Honors and struggling students) to develop their potential and confidence.

Harleen Mann

I am an experienced tutor of students from kindergarten to high school in math and science. I graduated from NJIT in 2016 with my BS in biomedical engineering. I enjoy cooking, listening to TEDx talks and hiking when I am not working.

Jonathan Washington

I graduated with my BS in biomedical engineering in 2016 and graduated with my Masters in biomedical engineering in 2017. I enjoy working with young adults and helping them achieve the greatest form of success that their potential can yield. I have tutored and mentored students over the past 7 years in math and science.

Arnold Sheen

I am a student at The College of New Jersey studying Biopsychology and Biology with a heavy emphasis in the sciences. I love tutoring students of all ages from elementary school to high school and college in all subjects including (but not limited to) basic mathematics, algebra, geometry, writing, reading comprehension, biology, chemistry, physics, and SAT/ACT prep. I have about 3 years of tutoring experience and tend to focus on helping students by figuring out each individuals' weaknesses and creating a curriculum based on improving those subjects.

Abe Hotchkins

Hi, My name is Abe Hotchkins. I am a certified middle school math teacher, and am capable of tutoring a wide range of subjects. I love both teaching and learning. When I teach, I'm constantly striving to break topics into small, easy to understand pieces that my students can easily absorb and retain. I am patient, understanding, and encouraging, and I look forward to helping you and/or your loved ones achieve a level of learning to be proud of!

Cassandra Nelson

Cassandra is a Biology major at Temple University, and she plans to attend vet school following graduation. When she finds a few moments of free time from completing coursework and helping run the climbing and karate clubs at her university, Cassandra enjoys reading fantasy novels. Her favorite authors are Terry Goodkind, Sarah J. Maas, and Erin Hunter. She is also involved in cat rescue both in Philadelphia and in Wayne.

Jayla Listman

Hi, I'm Jayla Listman. I tutor students of all ages in most subjects. I am a certified Elementary Education teacher specializing in Language Arts. I have over fifteen years of experience, including Special Education and English Language Learners.


Jamie tutors English, Writing and Literacy, Reading, Spanish, English as a Second Language, and Public Speaking. Jamie's goal is to help students build confidence in themselves and grow in areas that they may struggle with or want to perfect. Jamie is a recent graduate of Seton Hall University and currently attends Seton Hall University School of Law.


Hello! My name is Angela and I graduated from William Paterson University in 2017 and have a degree in Early Childhood Education/TSD. I am so excited to start my second year of teaching students in a K-2nd Special Ed classroom this September. I have experience working in both Special Ed. and General Ed. classrooms with children ranging from preschool to third grade. When I am not teaching I love to read, take Pilates classes, play with my dog, Ryder and of course tutor students! While tutoring a student, I believe the most important thing is to keep the child engaged and make the ``work`` fun! I have all of my own materials and center activities, depending on your child's ability and grade level. I hope to meet you soon!

Sara Sheffield

Hi! My name is Sara Sheffield, and I am a certified Elementary and Special Education teacher with 14 years of teaching experience. I specialize in teaching/tutoring language arts, writing, and math in an engaging, effective, kinesthetic, and multi-sensory way for elementary students of all abilities. I'm really excited to be able to help your child build up his/her confidence, improve their skills, and achieve their full potential.

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