Alyson Greenfield holds an M.F.A. in creative writing and is currently on the faculty at Hunter College where she teaches Expository Writing, Literature, and Explorations in the Arts. She is a former high school teacher, Teaching Artist, Tolerance Lecturer, National Organization for Women (NOW) Education Fund Board Member, and NOW Young Women's Empowerment Resource Project Director. A strong proponent of the arts to empower both educators and students, Alyson has designed numerous events for Columbia University Teachers College in conjunction with arts institutions including Jazz at Lincoln Center, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, The Apollo Theater, and more. Alyson is also a singer/songwriter and performer who appears regularly at Joe's Pub at The Public Theater, and whose music has been heard on Fox, Lifetime, AOL, and WNYC, and recognized by The New Yorker, AM New York, Time Out New York, and more.
Blake Ramsey (no relation to Olivia) is a literacy coach and fifth grade teacher in the Dual Language Program at PS 133. He has studied, lived and worked extensively in France. He holds two Master's degrees from NYU: one in French studies, and the other in Teaching French as a Foreign Language. His teaching style is energetic, engaging, and really fun. He has an amazing ability to get kids speaking in French. He is passionate and incredibly thoughtful about his teaching practice. At SSW, Blake teaches French courses for elementary and middle school students. He is also available for individual and group tutoring sessions. Fluent in French, English, and German.
Bridgett Figueroa graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with honors and and holds degrees in French, Sociology, and Applied Psychology. After studying translation and interpretation at the Université Lumière Lyon 2 in France, she started her career in New York City at the Lillian Weber School of Arts in Early Childhood French & Spanish Dual Language Education. She additionally began working as a tutor with students in French dual language programs and has worked in the education field with students of all ages ranging from early childhood to university-level. She has worked in all New York City French Dual Language public schools and is passionate about immersive international education. She has worked and volunteered with children in bilingual and immersive summer programs in the United States and France. Bridgett loves working with English, Spanish, and French language learners. She enjoys creating a fun, interactive, and integrative learning environment for students. She is enthusiastic about languages, education, reading, the arts, music, and dance. She is excited to incorporate these passions in her career with students and her pursuit of a Masters in Bilingual Education.
Christine Gardiner has taught writing, literature, and the humanities to students of all ages and walks of life. She received her BA and MFA from Brown University and her PhD from the University of Denver.
Christine has been teaching writing at the college level for over a decade. She’s taught at Brown University and at Hunter College, and for six years, she served as an Assistant Professor of the Liberal Arts at the College of New Rochelle School of New Resources, where she directed the Letters Department, served as an academic advisor, and read every incoming student's college essay.
Christine is a patient and intuitive teacher, and loves to help her students discover their voice on the page. She also has experience working with English language learners, students with learning differences, and adult learners.
Claire Skrivanos is in her seventh year as a middle school math teacher at the Brooklyn School of Collaborative Studies. She is the 7th grade team leader at BCS, a Master Teacher with the Math for America fellowship program, and she has worked as summer faculty for BEAM, a program that helps underserved students enter advanced study in mathematics. Claire loves mathematics and her teaching is focused on developing deep understanding for mathematical concepts, not simply rote memorization of discrete skills. She received her B.A. in mathematics from Colorado College in 2010 and her M.A. in secondary education from Bard College in 2012. Originally from Shreveport, Louisiana, Claire moved to New York in 2011. However, she keeps a little bit of home with her through her love of the Louisiana State University Tigers football team and her killer gumbo recipe.
Colleen Hopkins has taught Kindergarten, second grade and Special Education K-4 for 10+ years.She has her masters in Literacy, NY State Professional Teaching License, and NY State Professional License for Students with Disabilities. Colleen loves teaching students in small groups and in 1-on-1 settings. Originally from Ohio, she's settled in Park Slope with her husband, two-year old son and French Bulldog.
Daniel Howell earned his B.A. in Literature at Harvard with an honors destination as well as summa cum laude for his thesis and highest honors in field. Currently, Daniel is a Ph.D. student at NYU in Comparative Literature in the dissertation stage. Since graduating from Harvard, he has gathered extensive experience teaching undergraduate humanities courses at NYU on literature, philosophy, and history. In addition to university teaching, he has worked teaching ESL in a number of different countries (Chile, Germany, Japan). In his tutoring sessions, Daniel tutors elementary, middle and high school math and ELA. He also specializes in the SHSAT and other High School Entrance exams and has worked with students towards the TOEFL, ACT, SAT Verbal and Math, as well as the SAT subject tests in Math 2, Literature, Spanish, German, and US & World History.
Fluent in English, German & Spanish
David Rice graduated from Harvard College in 2010, having studied film and literature. He has taught animation at Harvard and creative writing at the Gotham Writers' Workshops, in addition to tutoring English, writing, math, science and test prep, in NYC and elsewhere. His first novel is forthcoming next year, and his animations have been shown at festivals around the world. At Smith Street Workshop, David tutors across all subjects for students in 4th through 12th grade. He also specializes in Test Prep for middle, high school, and college admissions.
Guillaume Gatteau grew up in France and graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique in 2006, majoring in Mathematics and Finance. He moved to New York City to work for a French bank for 10 years. In 2017, he transitioned into teaching and became a math tutor, eager to show how mathematics can be applied outside of school. Guillaume’s teaching style brings the best of his past experiences from both French and American cultures, always with a little touch of fun and creativity. Fluent in French and English.
Elizabeth Brown grew up in France in a little village just north of Paris. She was raised by an American father and a French mother. After University in France, she decided to move to Boston to better understand her father's country and first worked at l'Alliance Française of Boston. Three years later, she moved to New York to start a children's program in a French language school in Williamsburg (Coucou Brooklyn). In 2015, she worked at the Lycée Français as long term substitute teacher in their Elementary programs. Education is Elizabeth's passion and she's a big believer in play-based learning and differentiated pedagogy. Providing the children with the resources they need to reach new developmental milestones is an absolute thrill and a responsibility she’s truly grateful for.
Jackie Son majored in English Literature and History at Texas A&M University and holds two Master's Degrees: one in Library Science from SHSU and one in Humanities from NYU. She has been an educator for eleven years, eight of which were spent in the classroom teaching high school and middle school ELA. She is currently a school librarian at PS109 in Brooklyn, which is a K-8 campus.
Jackie has worked with all grades and taught SHSAT prep, SAT prep, and worked extensively with English Language Learners. She is trained/ certified in: Columbia's Teachers Reading Writing Workshop, Gifted and Talented, Advanced Placement Language and Rhetoric, Advanced Placement Literature, and the framework for International Baccalaureate (both MYP and DP).
She spends most of her free time dragging people into bookstores and libraries, and she enjoys making up names for other people's dogs.
Jaclyn Wickham is Smith Street Workshop’s Senior Director of Academic Enrichment. In that role, Jaclyn leads all our Smith Street Workshop’s curriculum development. In addition to this, she continues to work as an educator, tutoring students across a wide range of topics at the Workshop.
Jaclyn holds a Master’s degree in Human-Computer Interaction from New York University’s ITP program and a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. She’s an educational technologist and former teacher who is passionate about education reform, and is continually exploring innovative ways to use technology to enhance learning.
In her former role as a classroom teacher, Jaclyn increased student achievement and created personalized learning experiences for her students through the use of instructional technology such as interactive whiteboard lessons, student response systems, and one-to-one iPads. As a professional development specialist and instructional coach, she traveled to classrooms across NYC to deliver small and large group presentations, model instructional best practices, and coach teachers on how to integrate technology into their curriculum, instruction, and assessment practices.
Kelsey Bolzer was born and educated in Brooklyn. She currently teaches full time as a second grade French Dual Language teacher at PS20. Kelsey received her BFA in Photography from SUNY Purchase, M.Ed. from Hunter College.
Having taught for almost ten years, Kelsey is passionate about language learning and creating cross-disciplinary learning experiences by incorporating her background in art and critique. She lives in Carroll Gardens with her husband, daughter, and shepherd mix, Stevie Nicks.
Nathalie Van Braekel is a native French speaker, originally from Belgium, where she earned a Masters Degree in French Language and Literature at Louvain University. She began her teaching career in Brussels, and after living in Poland for several years, she and her family moved to New York five years ago. She has worked as a private French tutor with both children and adults and created curricula for various French after school programs. Fluent in French and English.
Olivia Ramsey (see founder) oversees curriculum development across all course offerings, mentors teachers, and runs the business.
Tanya DeNoon currently teaches the Kindergarten French Dual-Language class at P.S. 20 in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. After completing her Bachelor's degree in French with a minor in Education, she taught English in France for a year in primary schools. She went on to receive her Master's degree from Adelphi University in TESOL and is currently pursuing a second masters from NYU in French Studies. Fluent in French and English.
William (Billy) Eck received his BA in philosophy from Harvard University in 2011. He has since gone on to receive a Master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh, where he is currently completing his PhD in philosophy with a focus on the philosophy of language and its history.
William has experience teaching at both the college level and the high school level, and his experience studying and teaching philosophy has helped him develop a number of tools to help students learn to write more clearly and with more structure. Because reading philosophy is often a difficult task, William’s experience teaching philosophy has also given him an appreciation of the challenges that students can face in understanding complex texts.
These skills are particularly useful for students concerned with English courses and the verbal components of standardized tests, where reading closely and communicating clearly are essential. His time teaching logic at the college level has also helped him learn to teach careful mathematical thought to his students. This experience allows Billy to approach middle and high school math with a unique perspective.