Olivia Ramsey, Founder
After completing my masters degree at Bank Street College of Education, I taught for ten years here in New York, beginning at the Downtown Little School, moving on to the Lycée Français de New York, and finally ending up as one of the founding teachers of PS 58's French Dual Language program in Carroll Gardens.
In the fall of 2013, I started a small tutoring practice out of my apartment on Smith Street. To meet the growing demand for tutoring and academic enrichment in Brooklyn, I opened Smith Street Workshop in 2015. I now have the wonderful privilege of hiring talented, innovative educators to develop and define our program.
Before teaching, I studied French in college and traveled extensively abroad. After I graduated with a degree in French and Psychology, I worked as the assistant director to Earlham College's semester abroad programs in Paris and in Fort-de-France, Martinique. I learned French not only through great professors, but also by being immersed in the language and culture, by making lifelong French-speaking friends, and now by being a part of the French/American community here in Brooklyn.
Though I miss being in the classroom, the gratification of working one-on-one or in small groups with students is extraordinary. Each student learns so differently, and helping them to find the pathways to understanding is unbelievably rewarding. This was the inspiration for the expansion of my practice.