Our Founder & Teachers

Meet Rina P. Collins

For as long as I can remember, children gravitated towards me. I was always the teacher’s helper and knew at an early age that my career would focus on kids. After getting a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in teaching literacy from birth to 6thgrade, I got a job in the New Jersey public school system. I was randomly assigned to a preschool class and it changed my life forever!

Rina Collins, Book Nook Founder


Our founder Rina Collins created the curriculum at Book Nook and trains all of our teachers, covering every aspect of our unique program. Although Rina does not teach classes, she is very hands-on with everything at Book Nook and splits her time between both locations.

Book Nook does provide one-on-one and small group tutoring at both of our locations. If you’re interested in tutoring on the Upper West Side, email us at uws@booknooknyc.com. If you’re looking for a reading tutor in Tribeca, email us at tribeca@booknooknyc.com.

We’re always interested in hearing from early childhood educators who are interested in joining our family. Please send us an email at hello@booknooknyc.com with your teaching qualifications.

Our Teachers

Our hand-picked team is here because they love to teach and are passionate about exploring the wonder of the world with your child through reading. All of our teachers have worked in the public and/or private school systems and have early childhood education experience. Each teacher is trained by our founder Rina Collins in the Book Nook philosophy, and exudes compassion while addressing your child’s personal needs and paying close attention to their behavior and academic growth.

Child Reading Teachers at Book Nook
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