After graduating, Rob remained a certified teacher in New York state for 8 years, working with and for various New York City public schools. Along with other MfA Teaching Fellows, Rob helped design the math curriculum at Brooklyn’s Urban Assembly School of Music and Art (UAMA) during his first year teaching. In addition to providing personal touches to the standard Algebra and Geometry courses, Rob completely designed an 11th grade course focusing on “real-world math” and SAT prep for struggling students.
After his time at UAMA, Rob began redirecting his educational focus away from the classroom and toward one-on-one tutoring. Since then, he has done SHSAT prep at MS 447 and math tutoring and music/technology instruction as part of PS 188’s grant-funded Scholars Lab. From 2011-2014, Rob taught Technology for 3rd-5th graders at the gifted and talented school, NEST+m. As part of his curriculum, Rob used MIT’s programming environment called Scratch to provide these young kids with an exciting introduction to computer programming.
In 2014, Rob officially founded Cohen Math Prep in order to meet the demand for lessons, which exceeded what he could meet on his own. Recruiting primarily through local universities, Rob assembled a team of highly trained tutors who reflected his abilities, work ethic, and – most importantly – his attitude towards teaching and learning. Few tutoring companies boast a roster of individuals as talented, creative, and passionate as Cohen Math Prep’s.
Today, Rob continues to hone his teaching craft while mentoring his team of tutors and continuing to grow Cohen Math Prep. When not attending to matters of education and business, Rob enjoys spending time with his wife and three children, writing music, and playing keyboards with various groups.