Stefanie — English and History
Stefanie most recently worked at Rutgers University where she earned a Master’s degree in Literacy Education. She graduated with a B.A. from the University of Virginia and then studied at universities in Italy, taking courses in Italian language, literature, and art history. Stefanie also worked at a large test prep and admissions company where she spent several years teaching SAT and TOEFL courses and managed various high school and graduate classes. She is certified to teach English at the secondary level.
Stefanie really appreciates the freedom of FlexSchool. Since it isn’t a traditional school, staff and students can change the environment.
Matt — Philosophy/Debate, Analytical Writing, Latin & Senior Seminar
Matt grew up in Idaho. He has a BA in Classics (ancient Greek and Latin) from the University of Oregon and a PhD in Comparative Literature from Princeton University. His dissertation is a global study of oral poetry and music in ancient and traditional cultures. He has taught a wide range of literature, language, and writing courses at St. Peter’s College, Deep Springs College, Rutgers University, and Whitman College. He translates Latin poetry and Italian academic prose.
Matt has taught in a lot of big and small universities and likes the size here at FlexSchool. “We are making it work as we go. We are inventing every day, not shackled by bureaucracy or politics or unions. We are teachers, kids, and parents making a happy place of learning for our students.”
Bob — History
Bob has an undergraduate degree in history with a minor in literature and a masters in European history, all from Rutgers. Bob was a member of ROTC during college and then an officer in an elite Army Ranger Paratrooper unit. He has been a history teacher, detective, and horse farmer, in pretty much that order.
He comes from a family of teachers: his father was a university professor, his mother a high school teacher and grandfather a renowned scientist and professor. Though he has worn many hats, those professions came back to instructing, training or advising young people. FlexSchool is the perfect place – with freedom to teach in an unencumbered way.
Betty — Math
Betty has been teaching high school mathematics for more than twenty years. She earned her bachelor’s degree in mathematics and secondary education from San Pedro Nolasco University in Argentina, where she also worked for many years writing math curriculum for high school and adult education. Throughout her lengthy teaching career, she has taught everything from pre-algebra to calculus and statistics.
Betty sees FlexSchool as a place where learning and academics are taken seriously and are the priority.
“We have seen kids change and become better, and it’s all done in a safe and warm environment.”
Robbie — Math
Robbie graduated from the University of Western Ontario with an honors degree in Developmental and Educational Psychology. She then attended Teachers College at Columbia University, where she graduated with a MEd. Robbie supervises Ivy Ed’s elementary and middle school homeschooling programs and prep school admission test division.
Paul—Math/Computer Science and Italian/French
Paul tutors all levels of math, French, Italian, economics, and computer science from middle and high school through college. Paul grew up in the Wallonia (French-speaking southern region of Belgium) and graduated from the University of Mons, also in Belgium. Later, he pursued graduate business studies at Michigan State University where he worked as a teaching assistant in French.
Arpit — Science and Computer Lab
Arpit earned dual Bachelor’s degrees in Biological Sciences and Chemistry at Rutgers University in 2013. He has researched bacterial photosynthesis and is currently pursuing teaching degrees in Biological and Physical Sciences. Arpit is also converting some of the teachers to tea drinkers.
For Arpit, the students are the whole reason he’s here and he admires how the school provides an environment for them to thrive: being taught to critically analyze data, fathom holistic ideas and apply them. Naturally, he feels we’re just as rigorous as other institutions, if not more so.
Patricia — Learning Specialist
Pat’s Ph.D. is in Human and Organization Development Systems from Fielding Graduate University. She has a BS in Education from Boston University and an MA in Communication Disorders, Learning Disabilities and Special Education from Montclair University. She also studied French for one semester at the Université de Montpellier in France. Pat worked for part of her career in business, where she headed up Training, Quality, and Change Management in three different companies. Her years teaching and serving on Child Study Teams as a case manager and Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant are the other half of her work. Pat enjoys nothing more than seeing students relax and enjoy building their strengths and self-esteem, loving life and its possibilities.
Jen – Studio Art
Jen has an undergraduate degree in Graphic Design from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. In her free time, she loves making art for her friends, ranging designing her own glasses and dishware to helping design holiday cards. One of her many favorite artists is Andy Goldsworthy, and she loves showing students a side of art they can use in their everyday studies.
Jen thinks FlexSchool is appropriately named because it’s very flexible to each individual student. Instead of just sitting at an average school desk, the students can get up and walk around (in the classroom) as a way to help them think better and express their minds.
Karen – Mandarin
Karen is a native Chinese language speaker. She started teaching Chinese both in Chinese schools and privately since 2009. Outside of teaching her interests include hiking and traveling and writing two blogs in Chinese.
Karen likes the need to tailor their curricula to each student’s needs and her favorite time of the year is the end of the school year when everyone can they all see the big progress they students have made through their hard work.
Rohith – Algebra 1, Introduction to Computer Science
Rohith was born in India and moved to New Jersey when he was in the fourth grade. He graduated from Rutgers with dual bachelors degrees in engineering, Mechanical-Aerospace Engineering, and Electrical-Computer Engineering, and a minor in Mathematics. Rohith is currently working toward a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering. For the last two years he has been the lead researcher for creating an artificial elastomer based larynx capable of producing a sound similar to how a human does. Starting this fall his research topic will change and he will be working on habitable structures on the Lunar surface.
Lisa – ESL, Creative Writing, Advanced Psychology
Lisa holds a BA in Theology/Media Studies from Fordham University and an MFA in Dramatic Writing from Tisch School of the Arts of New York University. She is a recipient of a New Jersey State Council on the Arts fellowship in Playwriting and has taught English as a Second Language, Creative Writing (Prose, Poetry, Drama), Public Speaking and Verbal Test Prep for many years. She enjoys traveling, reading, writing, sewing, and doing companion animal charity work.
Karen – Music
Maestra Karen Pinoci holds a Doctorate in Conducting from the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago. She serves as Music Director/Conductor of the New Sussex Symphony (NSS) and the Essex County Summer Players Orchestra (ECSPO). Other engagements as Guest Conductor have led her to conduct performances with the Huntington Symphony (West Virginia), the Springfield (Illinois) Symphony, the Vermont Symphony, the Bronx Symphony Orchestra, the Brooklyn Heights Orchestra, the New York Symphonic Arts Ensemble and the Millennium Chamber Symphony in New York. Co-founder of the New Philharmonic of NJ, she served as its Associate Conductor for many years. For the 2013-14 season she was the guest-conductor for the Summit Symphony, and also became the first conductor of the String Orchestra for NJIT’s first-ever music program.
Daniel – Creative Writing, Philosophy, Music, Art
Dan is a dedicated educator who has nineteen years of teaching experience. He graduated from Hamilton College with a BA in Creative Writing and a minor in Art History. Then he moved to New Haven in 1992 and earned his master’s degree in Theological Philosophy from the Yale Divinity School. After deciding to make New Haven his home, he became active in the art and music community. He began teaching as a poetry instructor at a magnet school where he ran Creative Writing workshops for high school students. Then he worked in a 19th-century style, multi-age classroom where he taught all subjects to elementary students. He established an interdisciplinary, project-based curriculum intended to connect events from the past to the present. On the high school level, Dan has taught American History, World History, and English Literature. He believes in teaching with passion, humor, and encouragement.
Ibtsam – Arabic, Computer Science
Ibtsam received her Bachelors and Masters in Computer Science, College of Engineering, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA. Upon graduation, she worked as a Software Engineer at Cisco Systems for 9 years, where she was promoted to a Technical Leader. She then switched careers to teaching. Over the past 7 years, Ibtsam has taught all grades from Kindergarten to college students. She taught Computer Science, Mathematics, SAT Math Prep, Personal Finance and Arabic. She is currently teaching part-time at Manchester Community College in the department of Technology, Engineering and Computer Science. Ibtsam is a proud parent of 3 children. When she is not working, they keep her busy.
Jesse – Science
Jesse is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Syracuse University in Science Education/Exercise Science. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology from State University of New York and a Masters in Exercise Science from Syracuse University. When Jesse is not teaching, he enjoys weight lifting, strength training, and outdoor activities. He is currently investigating how to use genetics to predict athletic performance and his current reading material is how various stimuli can impact genetic expression or repression.
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