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Art

  • Ekaterina Kardonova

    Ekaterina graduated from Krupskaya Pedagogical Institute (Moscow, Russia) with M.A. in Fine Arts. A highly skilled landscape and portrait painter who has developed an unusual capacity for fine details from her Russian studies of miniature lacquer portraiture. Her working experience includes lacquer miniature at Smart Work Studio (PA), design and installation of art work at Tropicana Pavilion in Atlantic City and Broken Hearts Memorial - a major fundraiser for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. Katia is a resident artist of Rahway Arts Hive Studio and a regular participant of their exhibits. A professional teacher, Ekaterina has worked at the Do-Re-Mi since 2006 and earned a great reputation among students and parents for her professionalism, patience and cheerful disposition.

  • Elena and Boris Kuznetsov

    A wife and a husband team, both studied Art in Mukhina Art Academy (St Petersburg, Russia) and in the School of Visual Arts (NYC). They teach art in their studio (Rockland County, NY), work as art teachers in Carmel Academy (Greenwich, CT) and All Bright Center (Fair Lawn, NJ). They also do group tours in different museums (Met4Kids program), run summer art camps, create different art activities and installations at festivals and cultural events. 
    Besides teaching art, Elena and Boris both are freelance artists, specializing in paintings, murals, illustration & batik and restoration of paintings and other works of art and antiques.  

  • Sona Yeghiazaryan

    A native of Armavir, Armenia, Sona was born to artist parents Melsik Yeghiazaryan and Karine Arshakyan. Her formal art education started in Hakob Kojoyan Arts High School (Yerevan, Armenia) and later in the Academy of Fine Arts (Yerevan, Armenia). In the USA since 2003, she received her B.A. in Art Education from Montclair State University, NJ in 2009 and is currently a third year graduate student at the Teachers College at Columbia University. She is an associate member of Noyes Art Museum (Atlantic City, NJ).

    Sona's works were published in prestigious art magazines such as Art in America, The Artist's Magazine, Hemisphere of United Airlines, and Avenue. She's been an art teacher at Lincoln High School (Jersey City, NJ) since 2013. Her vision is to impact urban education through the power of art and its ability to transform and reconstruct reality into its best existence. 

Chess

  • Seun Bisiriyu

    Seun is a professional chess player with FIDE rating 2089 (2188 the highest) and USCF current rating 2145 (2238 the highest.) He has been a chess coach and instructor for more than 10 years, starting in 2005-2012 at Pedachess (Ikeja, Lagos), an educational chess program that was created to improve elementary school kids' math achievements, and later earned a FIDE Instructor title. Currently, Seun is teaching after-school chess in public schools in NYC through NY Scholastic Chess Club, with enthusiastic recommendations from the Club founder Ivan Dirkx. Additionally to his chess credentials, Seun carries BA in Philosophy from University of Ibadan, Nigeria, and Graduate Diploma from Chartered Institute of Supply Chain Management, Ghana. He's got a bunch of Certificates in International Trade, Supply Chain Management and Logistics Management areas. Currently Seun is working towards the FIDE Arbiter title. He started working at the Do-Re-Mi in June 2016 and earned great references from students and parents. recently Seun earned the status of Tournament Director (USCF), so we are planning to have our turnaments regularly.

Math

  • Diana Golubeva

    Diana earned her BS in Teaching of Mathematics and Informatics and MS in Pedagogy from the State Pedagogical University of Penza, Russia. She was teaching Math at Middle and High School levels in public school in Penza, and worked as a private tutor for all ages for almost 10 years - back in Russia and in NJ where she moved in 2015. Dynamic and enthusiastic, Diana is equally interested and efficient in teaching "developmental math" to elementary gardes students, including logical and "Olympiad" problems in her lessons, and standard HS courses. On the Do-Re-Mi faculty from September 2017.

  • Irina Baksht

    A professional Mathematician with a M.S in Mathematics from Moscow University and many years of tutoring experience, Irina has been teaching at the Do-Re-Mi from 2009. She is trying to connect developmental approach, cultivating logic and word problem solving strategies, with a standard program, making sure our students are secure with the school math and develop their mathematical potential up to the fullest. Her resourcefulness contributes to cultivating interest in this class among advanced students, and her patience and consistency allows her to reach "struggling" students as well. Our school math team coached by Irina successfully participated in MOEMS Math Olympiad for Elementary and Middle Schools in 2015 and 2017: both times 2 students got into top 2% and remaining several students into top 10%.

  • Natalia Kamenetskaya

    Natalia graduated from Nizhny Novgorod State Pedagogical University in Russia with combined Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Math Education. She also holds Master's Degree in Children's Psychology. Mrs. Kamenetskaya has worked as a math teacher at different enrichment programs in NJ, mainly with school students who are interested in learning math beyond the school program, enrolling in advanced math classes and participating in math competitions. She teaches her students to take a broader view, think out of box and use their imagination for solving non-standard and complicated problems. At the same time, she is a strong believer in systematic approach in education and makes sure that the students know the basics thoroughly before moving to advanced topics.

  • Olga Raspopina

     

    Olga graduated from Ulianov Pedagogical University (Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia) with M.A. in Math. She received additional training in early childhood development at E. Danilova workshops (Moscow.) Olga created and taught an educational project for Russian-speaking children in Cherry Hills Library in Albuquerque, NM and taught math and speech development at various settings in NM and NJ. Well-known hands-on methods, such as Nikitin's and Zaytsev's blocks, is an important part of her program for children of ages 3-7.   

     


Music

  • Abigail J. Schumer
    Organ, Piano

    Abigail started her piano journey at the age of five in a state school for gifted children in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine. Shortly after, her family moved to the United States, where she continued her musical studies. At the age of 17, Ms. Schumer was hired as an accompanist by the Fransisco Vinas International Competition, held in Barcelona, Spain. Shortly after, Abby fell in love with the organ. Over the years, Ms. Schumer studied organ with Walter Klauss (CUNY), David Enlow, (The Julliard School of Music), Alan Morrison (Curtis Institute of Music). She continued her education at the Conservatoire de Reims, France, at perfectionnement level (post-graduate equivalent in French conservatories),  which she successfully completed this year and was awarded the privilege of playing a recital on the grand orgue of Cathedrale de Reims. Ms. Schumer has taught Music Theory, Organ and Piano at the Do-Re-Mi School since 2015.

  • Carol Hamersma
    Guitar, Ukulele, Banjo, Mandolin

    Carol Hamersma holds B.A. (classical guitar performance) from Mannes College of Music, NYC, and B.M. (jazz guitar performance) from Queens College Aaron Copland School of Music. Hamersma is a versatile multi-faceted artist, well versed in classical, jazz and pop. As both guitarist and vocalist, she has performed extensively in metropolitan area leading her own combos. She appeared at the Barron Arts Center Series Women in Jazz and Four Guitars, Trumpet Jazz Club in Montclair. Classical performances have included Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center. She played with the female rock band "She" at CBGB (historic East Village music club) and many, many other venues. Carol has taught at Fairleigh Dickinson University and the College of St. Elizabeth; currently on the faculty of the County College of Morris and Seton Hall University. She was introduced to the Do-Re-Mi last spring by Mr. Flip who retired from teaching - he believes Carol will be a wonderful replacement and so far we received great references from his/her students.