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About Our Instructors

Our instructors are an energetic group of licensed teachers who are deeply committed to the education of their students. We recruit outstanding teachers from public and private schools with emphasis on their motivation, experience, and desire to teach. Our instructors are well versed in their respective curricula and are prepared to deliver enrichment courses to our talented students. A short description of the teachers follow. Note that some instructors may teach in different grades and/or not teach in the current semester.


 

High School Teachers
Dr. D. Hayward (Math B, pre-calculus, Science): 10+ years of teaching experience. Dr. Hayward has taught in many learning centers in Math, Science, and SAT. He has a Ph.D. from Cambridge University and was involved in European Space Agency before becoming a educational consultant and tutor.

Dr. D. Bacher (Science, SAT Math): 10+ years of teaching experience. Dr. Bacher has taught Physics, Earth Science, and Mathematics. He has a scientific degree from MIT and has taught at several colleges.

Dr. D. Flaherty (English, Writing, SAT/SSAT English): 25+ years of teaching experience. Dr. Flaherty has taught English, Writing, or SAT in schools and libraries and in several learning centers where she was the Educational Director. She has a Ph.D. from Oxford University (England) and has most recently taught at Manhasset High School.

Mr. P. Eramo (English, writing, SAT): 5+ years of teaching experience. Mr. Eramo has taught creative writing, SAT, and AP English classes. He also taught at Lindenhurst High School where he was director of the Drama Department and taught English for grades 9-12. After attending New York University, Mr. Eramo graduated from Columbia University's Teachers College.

Ms. M. Picard (English): 30+ years of teaching experience. Ms. Picard has taught english literature, grammer, composition at all levels. 2001 recipient: New York Times 'Teachers' who make a diffeence.

Mr. H. Vas Nunes (Math): 12+ years of teaching experience. Mr. Vas Nunes has taught high-school and middle-school Math in various institutions. He has tutored students in various levels of Math.

Mr. A. Catalfo (Math): 8+ years of teaching experience. Mr. Catalfo has taught high-school and middle-school Math in various academies. He has a Master degree in Applied Math and has been a SAT consultant for several years.

High School Science Teachers

Mr. S. Klein (chemistry):11+ years of teaching experience. Mr. Klein currently is a Science teacher at North Shore High School, Glen Head, NY. He has taught honors and AP chemistry classes.

Dr. J. Quackenbush (biology): 25+ years of teaching experience. Mr. Quackenbush is the science chairman of Islip School District. He has taught many years of biology as well as coordinated science curricula and research programs for the Islip School District.

Dr. D. Hayward (science): See description above in the High-School Teachers section.

Middle School Teachers

Mr. A. Catalfo (math): 8+ years of teaching experience. Mr. Catalfo has taught high-school and middle-school Math in various academies. He has a Master degree in Applied Math and has been a SAT consultant for several years.

Ms. P. Giani (English & writing): 7+ years of teaching experience. Ms. Giani currently is a teacher at Great Neck South Middle School. She has prepared students for ELA exam in a tutoring program and assisted in various after-school programs.

Ms. M. Dove (English & writing): 6+ years of teaching experience. Ms. Dove is currently a teacher at Great Neck South Middle School. She has participated in various NYS ELA preparation programs.

Ms. E. Kulikova (math): 6+ years of teaching experience. Ms. Kulikova is a teacher at St. Demetrios School (Queens). She has a Master's degree from St. John's University.

Writing Teachers

Dr. D. Flaherty (writing): See description above in the High-School Teachers section.

Ms. A. Gerber (writing): 20+ years of teaching experience. Ms. Gerber currently is a teacher at Great Neck South Middle School. She has experience in teaching all levels of English curricula and a specialist in SAT Verbal and Writing sections.

Ms. M. Cassidy (writing): 15+ years of teaching experience. Ms. Cassidy currently is an adjunct professor at Long Island University. She has taught many levels of writing in both college and high-school levels.

Elementary School Teachers

Ms. D. Kenny : 7+ years of teaching experience. Ms. Kenny currently is an elementary-school teacher at Searingtown Elementary School, Albertson, NY (Herricks Union Free School District).

Ms. L. Szelwach: 9+ years of teaching experience. Ms. Szelwach has taught Elementary School at Harborfields Central School District before becoming a high school teacher in the same district. Ms. Szelwach currently provides in-studio education to young actors. She is a graduate of Columbia Teachers College.

Ms. C. Wheeler: 8+ years of teaching experience. Ms. Wheeler currently is a teacher at Saint Nicholas of Tolentine School, Jamaica, NY. Prior to this position, she taught at Garden City Middle School.