Alan Stolyarov

Alan has played competitive chess for 11 years and has been a teacher for 4 years. He first became interested in the game while playing with his dad. From there, he went on to take lessons and private coaching from several prominent grandmasters, which led to many major tournament victories. Alan's current USCF rating is 1986

Alan’s philosophy is to always leave his students wanting more. Not only does he make sure they learn something instructive in each lesson, but he also helps turn those lessons into wins over the board!

Mark Pipko

I began my chess life at the age of 4, learning how to move pieces with the help of my father. I soon grew a fondness for the game and played with everyone around me whenever I had the opportunity. By the time I was 8, my parents signed me up for White Rook in Brooklyn, NY. With the experience of the Russian chess teachers and the friendships I made along the way, I quickly made progress in my understanding of the game. I started to attend tournaments when I hit 10 years old which led to my naturally strong competitive urges to bolster by passion for chess. I would study for hours beforehand learning new strategies and techniques to give me a competitive edge. After every round, my friends and I would help one another review our respective games, noticing our mistakes and what could have been played differently.
Working as a chess teacher gives me an opportunity to pass on my love of the game to my students. I enjoy seeing them grow not only in their academic understanding of the game, but also in their patience, maturity, and approach to hard work. For me, chess isn’t simply a game, but instead a chance for one to develop their quality and character in a way that can be applied anywhere and to most importantly, have fun along the way!

Mina Samaan

My name is Mina Samaan, I have been playing chess for many years now. I picked up the game basics and tactics so quickly despite starting to play the game a little late.

It all started when I was in High School back in Egypt. I saw two of my friends playing chess, they were real strong players, just by watching them I picked up how the
pieces could move, I played a trial game with one of them and I lost it! But I decided to challenge my friends after one week, I purchased a book and started studying and after a week I was able to beat them!

In fact, I was able to beat them every game that followed!
In college, where I got my Bachelor degree in Secondary Education, started playing and competing with other strong players at Asyut University Chess Campus and because of showing a good talent, I managed to get qualified for a big chess training program that was run by The City Chess Club to teach and coach chess in schools. Also, I was lucky to get some training with a known Egyptian Chess Master called Mr. Taghian.
I started teaching Chess locally in Egypt as a part of a Regional Chess Championship for students of different ages from 2006 to 2009. I proceeded to train Elementary, Middle and Secondary chess teams for boys and girls citywide and managed to win the championship three years in a row with Middle and Secondary chess teams.

After moving to the United States, I taught chess for several years in different schools between New York and New Jersey, where some of my students played at the Nationals and they achieved great results! The game became a part of me and I enjoy every moment spent in my day in doing something related to chess specially teaching kids the game! That’s why I am happy to be a member of Alpha Minds family!

Lamel McBryde (National Chess Master)

Lamel Mc Bryde is a National Chess Master and has been playing chess for 17 years. He has been teaching chess for the past 9 years and is very passionate about his craft. Learning the game without a coach and not much resources, Lamel still found a way to become one of the top players in NYC. He has won big money prizes in a lot of the biggest chess tournaments on
the chess circuit. In his spare time Lamel likes to go to the gym, play basketball, and play blitz chess with close friends. He believes in the sayings "teamwork makes the dream work", " you can do anything you put your mind to", " it's all about mind over matter"!

Martin Kenny

Martin Kenny has been teaching chess for more than 30 years both, locally, and nationally.
Prior to joining AlphaMinds Academy as a chess coach, he has taught chess at the Elizabeth Morrow Grammar School in Englewood, the Elenor Van Gelda Grammar School in Edgewater, and several others. On a national level, he has directed and taught Summer Chess Camps at some of the most prestigious prep schools throughout the country and at various recreation departments programs throughout New Jersey. Mr Kenny also worked as a monitor for USCF Scholastic 1500 and under chess tournaments at the Bergen County Academies.

Rilwan Ameen

I have been playing Chess since the age of 11 and have fallen in love with the game ever since.
I was taught the game of Chess and learned how to play for a full year before I was able to participate in my first tournament and the rest is history. The process for me was first learning how to play through my devoted Middle School Teacher introducing the game to my 5th grade class and then through a program called Chess-In-The-Schools which works with select schools throughout New York City bringing chess programs, classes and instructional coaching.
It's now been going on 20 years for me, playing competitively at the Scholastic, Local and National level through tournaments held by the United States Chess Federation. My very first tournament was back in 2001!
My favorite part of my chess journey as a kid was being able to travel to 9 states (Pennsylvania, Missouri, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, Ohio, Wisconsin and Arizona) outside of New York and New Jersey to compete in Nationals and Regional Tournaments (in addition to helping overcome my fear of flying).

Through this process, I was able to become good enough to be ranked in the United States Chess Federation's (USCF) top 100 for my age group from ages 14-18 achieving a peak USCF rating of 1916 - around 80 points from the National Expert rank (rating above 2000).

Chess has afforded me to meet lifelong friends, have priceless memories and most of all form a hobby I truly love. I look forward to paying it forward and teaching a game that has changed my life for the better to the next generation of Chess players at AlphaMinds Academy!

Majur Juac (National Chess Master)

Majur Juac is a Chess Master by way of Sudan. He was 19 and living in a displaced persons camp in Kenya when he first came across the game of chess. He quickly mastered the rules, showing an immense natural aptitude and ability.

After he moved to the United States,
Majur began to study chess any chance he got, and in 2005, he won his first major tournament. Soon he broke the 2100 rating and earned the title of National Master in 2011.

While he continues to play chess in major tournaments, Majur has also established a reputation of a sought after chess teacher. He can be best described as a brilliant, thoughtful, kind soul with a surprising wit. His passion and love for the game clearly comes through when he teaches his young students, from Beginners to Tournament level players, and many of his students have achieved significant results in chess by becoming rated players.

To learn more about Majur’s unique story and his difficult journey to freedom and success, please read an article published about him in the Washington Post in 2015:

Max Farberov

Maxim Farberov is an expert level chess player who has been playing competitively for 15 years and teaching both privately and in schools for the past six. Max learned how to play from his grandfather when he was five and attending a summer camp when he was eight ignited his desire to study and improve at the game. Growing up he was a top junior player and won the 2011 New Jersey Scholastic Championship. In high school he decided to give back to the community by starting a chess program at his former elementary school in Summit, NJ where he volunteeredto teach kids after school. In college he served as the President of the Rutgers Chess Club and was captain of the chess team which competed in top intercollegiate events. Since graduating he has returned to serious tournament chess with the goal of achieving the national master title in the coming years. Max enjoys working with students of all ages as he watches them discover the same passion he found for the game when he was young. Outside of chess he is passionate about fitness and nutrition and is a big soccer fan. Above all he enjoys the challenges that a chess game presents and believes it is the perfect mix of science, art, and competition that in addition to being enjoyable can make anyone a smarter, more confident version of themselves.

Seun Bisiriyu-Salam (FIDE Certified Instructor)

I have a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. I have always had a strong passion for chess so after 25 years of tournament play and 15 years of teaching, I have developed myself to become a professional chess coach. My peak FIDE rating was 2188 and my current highest USCF rating was 2238 . I'm currently a World Chess Federation (FIDE) Chess in Education Certified lecturer (Teacher Trainer), a World Chess Federation (FIDE) Chess in School Certified Instructor (SI), and I've been a FIDE Instructor since 2012.
I started teaching chess at the university, as a prominent member of the chess team, where I won the Overall Best Male Athlete Award for 2002/2004 and I started working with kids after I graduated. At Pedachess, we used chess to help kids with challenges in mathematics and the result was very impressive with all the kids having measurable improvements. Since immigrating to the United States, I’ve had the opportunity of working at different chess programs. I've helped schools, libraries and institutions develop scholastic chess programs and teach curriculum classes, after-school lessons, and chess camps.
Teaching kids how to play chess is what I really enjoy doing and I strongly believe every kid should be given an opportunity to learn chess even if they don't intend to be professionals. I view it as a key part of my job to inspire children to love chess and to become the best players they can be!

ELA (Reading and Essay Writing)

Arielle Engelmeyer

Arielle has been tutoring students for around 10 years and has been a teacher, from Pre-K to 5th grade, for the last five. She started off teaching phonics and lately has been teaching multiple subjects, including reading comprehension, math, and STEAM. She graduated with a BA in English with an education minor and then got her Masters in Reading and Literacy.

Arielle continued her learning by studying both the Wilson Language and Orton-Gillingham reading methods, which teach multi-sensory approaches to phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. When Arielle is not teaching students how to read, she hosts a Mommy and Me class for toddlers and has dance parties with her two children.

Lauren Berger

Writing and teaching are my passions. I'm a professional writer for a digital marketing company, and I have been tutoring students at all levels for more than nine years. My teaching experience ranges from basic grammar lessons to entrance exams to graduate school thesis writing. No matter the topic or assignment, writing can always be fun!
I classify writing as a creative science. My goal is to teach students how to channel their creativity, while following the formulas of writing and grammar. With the notion that if one can think, one can write, I help students articulate their thoughts and insights and turn them into dynamic written words.
I earned my Bachelor of Arts in communication with a concentration in public relations from University of Maryland, College Park.

Elizabeth Klein

I am a first grade and special education teacher. I have over ten years of experience teaching elementary students. I have a vast amount of experience teaching both general music and musical theatre. I have received a dual certification in Elementary and Special Education from Montclair State University. I have also a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Montclair State University. I am currently working to attain a
Learning Disabilities Teaching Certification from Kean University. As an educator, I bring infinite enthusiasm and dedication throughout my teaching career. Furthermore, I possess the ability to delegate instruction by providing appropriately leveled material to challenge and engage my students while ensuring to touch upon various learning styles. Outside of the classroom, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family.

Mina Samaan

My name is Mina Samaan. I graduated from a regionally accredited college in my home country of Egypt, where I majored in Education, and minored in Language Instruction. I have always been passionate about teaching but never realized how enjoyable it is until I graduated and began teaching English in my hometown. After immigrating to the United States, I became a certified substitute teacher. That is when I started to work with elementary school students who needed ESL instruction. I loved working with my ESL students very much, so I decided to take another path and started studying ESL to be able to help my students. In my job as a substitute teacher, I also enjoy teaching Math and Chess. My understanding of student sensitivities and differences, and my ability to bring Math and ESL lessons to life with real world-applications are what enable me to teach them effectively. I am currently in the process of obtaining my ESL Teaching Certification, as I passed three exams and have two more to go. I also work as an ELA and Math Academic Intervention instructor for Orange BOE. As a passionate educator who deeply cares about my students, I always seek nothing but my students' benefits. Helping my students is always my top priority.

Jessica Banjo

Jessica Bajno is a dual certificated Childhood and Special Education teacher. She received a B.S. in Political Science from CUNY Hunter College and a dual Master’s degree in Elementary Education and Literacy from Long Island University/C.W. Post. Jessica has been in education for over ten years working with students from Pre-K to 6th grade in various subject areas.

Shalini Jasti

Hello, my name is Ms. Shalini (rhymes with “colony”). I am an English teacher who is passionate about the equitable educational opportunities for all students.I graduated from the University of Iowa with a dual degree in English and Creative Writing, and Secondary Education (certified to teach 5-12 grade). Upon my graduation, I moved to Jersey City and started teaching in one of the local schools. My experience as an educator and writer includes working with K-3 students on their reading and writing skills through the Iowa Youth Writing Project, a nonprofit organization. During the three years working with this organization, I was responsible for creating lessons which would lead to the improved early literacy skills such as phonological awareness, letter recognition, narrative skills, and vocabulary in my young students. I am especially proud of inspiring my students to write. My passion for teaching stems from my interest in building empathetic communities; I believe healthy communities begin with healthy schools teaching students to manage their emotions and communicate with one another. This passion directly relates to my goals in teaching essay writing along with early childhood literacy skills. I believe the essay is an amazing way for students to develop their communication skills, the very skills I hope they use to build their personal relationships and communities. . I look forward to building new connections with students as they grow as writers and scholars.


Diana Golubeva

I have MS degree in Pedagogy from the State Pedagogical University of Penza, Russian and BS in Teaching of Mathematics and Informatics. I started my teaching career as a Math Teacher in Middle and High Schools in Russia. I also worked as a private math tutor for all ages for the past 10 years, both in Russian and in the US.
I am an advocate of the Learner-Focused Approach to teaching mathematics. In this approach, learning is a process of constructing understanding of mathemeatics using the methods of questioning, listening, probing, challenging and encouraging the student.
Those who see mathematics as a way of thinking, rather than a mere record of knowledge, value this approach because it provides an opportunity for the student to "do" mathematics. I love teaching as it is fascinating to observe a student master a new concept and come up with innovative ideas. I look forward to working with my AlphaMinds' students!

Matthew Rydell

Born and raised in Staten Island, NY, Matthew is a lifetime teacher and learner.

He earned his bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in 1998 and spent the next few years working in the entertainment industry in Manhattan.
His master’s degree in education from CUNY/ College of Staten Island is in Special Education for grades 1-6. .

Since 2005 Matthew has worked as a teacher in several private schools in NYC, as well as the private tutor for high school and college entrance exams. His approach to math education is to keep it fun, engaging and interactive, and focus on clear, precise language. Matthew has a special talent for making complex concepts look simple and for helping children become very fond of math!

Diana Sher

I am a teacher by profession and by vocation. I graduated from Moscow State Teachers’ Training University with honors diploma as a teacher of English as a foreign language. I am very interested in linguistics and culture in general. I love Russian culture and literature. Also, since my teen years, I have been fascinated by Japan’s culture and the Japanese language. I studied Japanese at the Russian Diplomatic Academy, having passed the Japanese Language Proficiency test by Tokyo Department of Education in 2000. Now I speak fluent Japanese as well as read and write it.
I have a lot of experience in teaching, translation and interpretation. After coming to the United States, I was also professionally trained as a medical interpreter at the New York University (NYU).
I love teaching and, especially, I enjoy working with children. Their smiles and happy faces are my real reward. Developing logical thinking is very important, as Logics is the language of mind. My motto is “Learning should be always exciting and fun.” I always use creative approach in my lessons. I love helping kids to explore the world and develop creativity.

Meena Negandhi

My name is Meena Negandhi. I grew up in Calcutta, India. I went to Calcutta University for my bachelors and post graduate degrees in business, economics. Math and statistics (B.Com) and education (B Ed).; continuing with my Masters as I decided to become a teacher after starting a job at The Oral School for Deaf Children. It gave me so much joy to teach that I went back to school to earn a degree in teaching and finish up my masters as I worked towards a career. After spending a couple of years teaching in schools in Calcutta, I moved to the United States and started teaching at a private school in New York City in 2002. During this time, in order to grow as an educator, I took several courses in teaching of mathematics, pedagogical practises and supervising methods at local colleges while also attending various professional development opportunities at the schools I have taught at. In 2020, I obtained a Masters in 21st Century Teaching and Learning from Stanford University. Throughout my teaching career, I have worked with a wide range of students, from children with special needs to advanced students pursuing an IB diploma. In my current position, I am a middle school math teacher, providing support and enrichment alongside teaching mathematics to the 6th, 7th and 8th grades. I am also the high school coordinator who steers the world of high school applications with the 8th graders.
Some of the most effective things that I know about teaching were taught to me not in colleges and universities by professors but in the classroom by the students who I have been teaching for the past twenty years. I enjoy teaching math particularly to middle schoolers and make it my goal to turn their fear and dislike for math into a positive experience where each child finds math approachable and fun. I am very excited to be part of the AlphaMinds Math team and to foster the understanding, mastery and appreciation of math for my students in AlphaMinds Academy!

Ewa Krupinska

My name is Ewa Krupinska. I grew up in Poland. I have lived in the US for the last 13 years. In the last 6 years, I have been teaching math from 6th grade to precalculus in one of the top private schools in New Jersey. I am certified to teach math from Pre-K to 12th grade, and I am currently finishing my Masters degree in STEAM. I believe that students learn best when they experience math themselves. I teach my 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, I am a strong believer in systematic approach in education and make sure that the students know the basics thoroughly before moving to advanced topicsOutside of the classroom, I enjoy hiking and learning how to paint with watercolor."

Tatiana Sapronova


George Gawargi

My name is George Gawargi and I am originally from Egypt. I have been living in the US for over 10 years. I have been teaching and tutoring computer programming, or “coding”, and engineering classes for several years, working with kids of various ages and levels of knowledge. I am very passionate about my work with young programmers: I help them enhance their creativity, expand their imagination, and improve their knowledge. I encourage them because I believe that learning should be always exciting and fun. In my spare time, I usually like to play soccer or go to the gym. I am currently studying Elementary Education at New Jersey City University (graduating in 2020), where I lear every day how to be a more effective teacher.

Irene Ning

Hello, AlphaMinds families! I love learning about most things, especially physics. My experience has shown me that physics is often taught as only a collection of equations but it is important to me that as educators we show students how fun science can be, and how equations are simply a part of the whole story. Being a good scientist is more about thinking like a scientist than simply
knowing facts or memorizing equations. Learning is a social activity, and our time together with AlphaMinds is a great way to do that!
I earned a B.S. in Physics and Secondary Education at The College of New Jersey, and later my M.Ed. in Science Education at Rutgers State University of New Jersey. I taught physics in the high school classroom for 10 years, at all levels including conceptual physics, 9th grade Physics First, Honors, and AP. In the past, my AP students have scored 5’s at 5 times the national rate. I also teach with Liberty Science Center, where I work with students of all ages.
When I am not teaching, I enjoy learning about pedagogy with other physics teachers, singing, reading, and playing soccer. Looking forward to meeting you!

Portia Morrell

My name is Portia Morrell and my teaching background is in computer science education. I was first exposed to computer science in 7th grade, back in 2001, using a language called Logo. That one class is how I fell in love with computer science and decided to pursue it years later. For about 5 years now, I've gained knowledge through teaching and building innovative S.T.E.M curriculum for various after-school
and summer camp programs in NYC and New Jersey. Currently, I am a Computer Science Teacher at Lycée Francais, where I teach grades 8-10. The greatest joy in teaching Computer Science to my young students is seeing the spark and wheels turning in their heads of the infinite possibilities that can be created with code. I look forward to an exciting year of teaching the students at Alpha Minds Academy!


Alina Mazina

Я закончила Омский
Государственный Университет. Всегда любила работать с детьми. У меня более 10 лет опыта работы педагогом как в России, так и в США. Работала в Детской Русской студии в Манхеттене и педагогом начального обучения в Восточном Хановере (Нью-Джерси). Раннее развитие детей не только моя профессиональная деятельность, но и дело моей жизни. Я использую
множество методик и разработок из разных источников, делаю процесс обучения увлекательным и интересным. Мои 5-летние двойняшки также любят учиться вместе со мной. Мы проводим много времени на природе, обожаем детские книги с красивыми иллюстрациями, любим петь!

С нетерпением жду скорой встречи с учениками AlphaMinds Academy!

Marina Shiyanova

I'm a native speaker Russian Language Teacher holding a M.A. from Kuban State University(City of Krasnodar, Russia) and B.A. degree from New Jersey City University.
I work with toddlers and preschoolers for one of Jersey City's prominent Child Development Centers, and I was very happy to be invited to participate in the Russian
Immersion Program in AlphaMinds Academy.
In my spare time, I love to walk my labrador Misha through different parts of town photographing historical brownstone houses, the Hudson River waterfront, and cityscapes. I also have a daughter who is a museum educator and is earning her MBA in Management.
I have taught French and Russian to children of different age groups and backgrounds, and am very excited to introduce Russian Language and Culture to AlphaMinds Academy's youngest scholars.
Currently I am working on my TRFL certificate from Pushkin Institute in Moscow, and I will be using many of the modern pedagogical methods as well as traditional, time-proven techniques of language acquisition. Behind these long words is the joy of your child developing new knowledge and his or her pride in improving communication skills in Russian. Russian poems, songs and rhymes will be a significant part of our classes. We will be learning while having lots of fun!

Svetlana Podmogilnaya

Меня зовут Светлана. Я работаю преподавателем в Alpha Minds Academy третий год из моего 8-ми летнего педагогического стажа. Я закончила магистратуру Самарского государственного педагогического университета по специальности учителя начальных классов и дошкольного образования.
В своей педагогической деятельности я следую принципу, что все дети уникальны и талантливы. Меня вдохновляют их открытия в освоении языка, и я стараюсь подобрать индивидуальный подход для каждого ребенка, чтобы раскрыть его прирожденные способности. Возраст дошкольников и младших школьников - самое лучшее время для развития речи и погружения в культуру русского языка.
Как родитель детей, говорящих на двух языках, я понимаю, как непросто поддерживать их второй язык, который не является основным в нашем обществе. Я уверена, что погружение детей в русскоязычную среду посредством изучения окружающего мира, чтения книг на русском языке, изучения новой лексики через игру позволяет поддерживать и развивать их навыки общения на русском языке.
Я с нетерпением жду встречи со студентами и их родителями на уроках AlphaMinds Academy!

Diana Sher

I am a teacher by profession and by vocation. I graduated from Moscow State Teachers’ Training University with honors diploma as a teacher of English as a foreign language. I am very interested in linguistics and culture in general. I love Russian culture and literature. Also, since my teen years, I have been fascinated by Japan’s culture and the Japanese language. I studied Japanese at the Russian Diplomatic Academy, having passed the Japanese Language Proficiency test by Tokyo Department of Education in 2000. Now I speak fluent Japanese as well as read and write it.
I have a lot of experience in teaching, translation and interpretation. After coming to the United States, I was also professionally trained as a medical interpreter at the New York University (NYU).
I love teaching and, especially, I enjoy working with children. Their smiles and happy faces are my real reward. Developing logical thinking is very important, as Logics is the language of mind. My motto is “Learning should be always exciting and fun.” I always use creative approach in my lessons. I love helping kids to explore the world and develop creativity.

Oksana Zaish

I have a combined Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in English Language and Literature, Russian Language and Literature and Education. I graduated from the Zaporozhye State University (Ukraine), the Department of Foreign Languages. I have been teaching English, German and
Russian from the first to eleventh grades for almost fourteen years in the prestigious school-gymnasium in Zaporozhye and worked in the United States as Russian and English tutor.
Working with the children from all backgrounds, I offer the unique knowledge in this particular field presented in exciting manner. I am fond of teaching children and really passionate about their success in the process of learning. My personality is naturally creative and I enjoy exploring possibilities. I have an interest in modern methods of teaching and try to use them in everyday work. Having experience of school assistant principal, I have a certain psychological approach to students and their parents. Personal experience includes raising a son, who is 18 years old now and studying at Hunter College. My primary goals are to encourage kids to improve their knowledge of Russian Language, develop their imagination and expand their horizons. I will put all my efforts into raising intelligent young people using diligence, patience and motivation.

Tatiana Petrova

Я родилась в Санкт-Петербурге. Мне посчастливилось вырасти в обстановке, где книги были основной темой для разговоров, среди стеллажей, уставленных шедеврами мировой литературы.
Каждая веха моей жизни совпадает с какой-то книгой или писателем.
Мое формальное образование тоже сосредоточено на языке и литературе:

- Два года на кафедре языкознания Санкт-Петербургского государственного факультета.
- Двойной диплом Stony Brook University, по английскому языку/литературе и лингвистике.
- Магистерская степень по литературе в Pennstate University.
- Два года на кафедре лингвистики в Cornell University.
Моя любовь к литературе неизменно сопровождается интересом к лингвистике. В своей работе как с детьми, так и со взрослыми я с одинаковым энтузиазмом уделяю внимание синтаксису и его поэтическому применению.
Последние 8 лет мой основной интерес составляет детская литература. Моя страсть - находить хороший литературный материал для своих детей. В своих поисках я руководствуюсь следующими критериями: издание, иллюстрации, язык/перевод. К счастью, мы живем в необыкновенно богатое литературой время. Море новых художников, авторов, переводчиков... Но в этом же изобилии таится и опасность: не весь этот материал годен для полки, которая будет формировать сознание ребенка. Чтобы пролистать сотни томов и пробраться через бесконечные ряды виртуальных стеллажей необходимо море времени и терпения. Но поскольку внеклассное чтение было основой моего образования, я не задумываясь трачу силы и ресурсы на составление библиотеки для своих детей. И я готова делиться накопленным богатством.
Внимание к литературе и языку - это не только средство развить грамотную и красивую речь и расширить кругозор, но и возможность открыть детям мир человеческих отношений и эмоций. Поэтому мой курс включает в себя интенсивное изучение грамматики и исключительно разнообразный литературный материал.

Julia Vogman

After graduating from NYU Tisch School of the Arts with a master's degree and working a few years in IT, I became a full-time mom and got interested in early-childhood enrichment and education.

I joined Musical Munchkins as a music teacher, which allowed me to work part time while concentrating on family, 3 boys certainly kept me busy!

As my youngest son got older, I wanted to continue growing with him and that’s how the idea of Club Passepartout was born.

My passion for traveling and planning educational, fun trips for my family was the highlight of every season. I feel so lucky that now I don’t need to wait for vacation to travel to a new place. We do it every week in class!

There is nothing like it when you finish a class and know everyone has left happy, smiling and charged with positive energy for the day. Kids don’t even notice that they have been learning for an hour when they are having fun!

Svetlana Artemyeva

Teaching music is my passion; to see my students learning and growing is amazing! As a children psychologist, I use my music and art skills as one of the best instrument for early education for children from a really young age. As a teacher, and as a mother of two wonderful kids, ages 1.5 and 3.5 years old, I use my music & art methodology
both with my young students and at home and I love the
result of happiness, mental and creative improvement of my children.
I moved from Moscow to New Jersey 4 years ago, first working at Marlboro Montessori Academy, and currently working in Genius Kids Academy as a full time pre-school Art and Music Teacher. I received 2 Masters degrees there, a degree in Children Psychology from Moscow State Academy (Plekhanov) and in Music Education (Accordion and Piano).
Upon arriving to the US, I also studied English language and Pedagogical Science at Rutgers University of New Jersey.
I love my job! Music and Art is not what I do, it's who I am, and I am looking forward to instill my passion into my young students.