Amber Drabot currently teaches second grade in the Dual Language Program at PS 58. After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a major in French and a minor in linguistics, she taught English as a Second Language for a year at l'École des Hautes Études de Commerce (HEC), a business school located near Paris. She earned her Masters in Teaching and Bilingual French/English Extension from Hunter College. She also participated in a teacher training program in Strasbourg, France, sponsored by the French Embassy. Amber has tutored students in various subjects in French and English since college. As a teacher, she aims to create a warm and nurturing learning environment where students feel comfortable to take risks and make new discoveries themselves. At SSW, Amber teaches individual and group tutoring sessions.
Amélie Veyrat is an experienced teacher and administrative intern overseeing our expansion. She is from the beautiful city of Tours, France. After completing her Bachelor’s degree in French literature and linguistics, she spent a year in Scotland studying English literature at the University of Edinburgh. She went on to complete a program to teach French as a foreign language in France and Canada. In addition, she holds a Master’s Degree in sociolinguistics and Teaching French as a second language from the University François Rabelais (Tours) and a British Columbia Teaching Certificate after studying at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver.
Anath Benais the performer and educator holds a bachelor's degree in Hebrew Literature and civilization from University Paris VII. She has been teaching language (French and Spanish) as well as music at preschool and elementary levels in New York City private schools since 2010. A registered "Music Together" instructor, Ms.Benais has formally trained in music and dance in styles and countries as diverse as classical and jazz in Israel to Middle Eastern dance and Arabic music in Egypt and France. In films, on stage, and on recordings, she has performed internationally as a vocalist, songwriter, actress and dancer, including at the BlueNote and City Winery in New York City. She is the musical curator of "The Rough Guide to Bellydance" (a CD/DVD set) as well as the narrator of the documentary "Corpus Christi." Having taught classical Egyptian dance for over a decade, Anath continues to build her own portfolio of musical compositions in Brooklyn, where she resides with her husband and young son.
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.
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 SSW, David tutors across all subjects for students in fourth through twelfth grade. He also specializes in Test Prep for middle and high school admissions.
Fatou Sar was born and raised in Senegal. At the age of 14, Fatou moved with her family to Nairobi, Kenya, where she attended the French International School, Lycée Denis Diderot. She continued her studies in France and graduated from l'Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne in Public International Law before going on to earn her Masters degree in International Administration from l'Université Paris II Panthéon-Assas. Upon graduation, Fatou worked for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). In 2008, she transitioned into teaching after moving to the USA and becoming a mother to two bilingual children. Last year, she was the lead French teacher in the2's classroom at Hands on World. As a French teacher, she strives to instill a love for French as a language and a culture and to raise awareness about 'la Francophonie', and its beauties, art, literature. Fatou is a now a dual citizen of Senegal and the USA. At SSW, Fatou is the assistant teacher in our French immersion playgroup.
Jaclyn Wickham is an educational technologist and former teacher who is passionate about education reform, and is continually exploring innovative ways to use technology to enhance learning. She holds a Master’s degree in Human-Computer Interaction from New York University’s ITP program and a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. 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. At SSW, she tutors elementary students across all subjects.
Katie Wheeler currently teaches fifth gradein the dual language program at PS 58. She attended the University of Buffalo where she earned a B.A. in French Literature and Language. After graduating from Buffalo, she moved to Grasse, France, where she was an English language assistant at Lycée Alexis de Tocqueville. She went on to earn a Master's in TESOL at CUNY Hunter and taught high school French and English as a Second Language before ending up at PS 58. She is an immensely talented and engaging teacher who knows her students very well, and she very quickly understands how to fill the gaps in their understanding to get them to where they need to be. In addition, she is a test prep genius! At SSW, Katie teaches individual and group tutoring sessions and runs several test prep workshops.
Kerry Mangone is currently a second grade teacher at PS 321 in Park Slope. She has been teaching elementary school (grades 2-5) for the past 10 years and is dual certified to teach both general education and special education. Kerry received her undergraduate degree from Lafayette College with a dual major in Psychology and Economics and her dual master’s degree in Special and General Education from Brooklyn College. In addition to her Education degrees, Kerry is trained in PAF (an Orton-Gillingham based reading program) the Wilson Reading System. Kerry strives to make learning fun and accessible to all students. At SSW, Kerry teaches individual and group tutoring sessions in the lower elementary grades.
Lindsay Wilkes is a first grade teacher at PS58 and a former staff developer at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. In that role, she supported schools in New York City and across the country. Lindsay received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Hofstra University and Columbia University, respectively. Lindsay is the coauthor of Becoming Experts: Reading Nonfiction, a book within the Units of Study for Teaching Reading series. As a teacher, Lindsay strives to increase engagement, independence, and joy in the classroom--helping children discover a love for learning in all subject areas.
Maia D'Egidio is a Learning Specialist who teaches at Community Roots Charter School in Fort Greene. She graduated from Hunter College with a Masters degree in Special Education and Behavior Disorders and several years later went on to obtain a second Masters in Literacy. In addition to her Education degrees, Maia is trained in PAF (an Orton-Gillingham based reading program). She has been providing academic intervention, case management for related services and 1:1 tutoring to students with various learning profiles and needs for 10 years. At SSW, she works individually with students with literacy delays.
Marina Babakoff After completing her studies in France at L'École Nationale D'Art de Cergy and le Studio National Le Fresnoy, Marina has spent her time in schools, on French Public Radio Projects, and in museums telling stories through art pieces. For Marina, it is not just about telling the story, but inviting the listener to become an active participant in the story through his/her own interpretation. At SSW, she leads la Mini-Art Session and Le Petit Workshop. These classes will give the opportunity for young children to experiment with the French language through colors, shapes, material, and construction in a very artistic way. Marina has two children raised bilingually, and she is very happy to be a part of our team!
Magen Rodriguez graduated with dual-MA degrees at NYU Steinhardt - NYU Madrid in Teaching English to Students of Other Languages (TESOL) AND Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language in 2014. Magen also holds Bachelors of the Arts degrees in Metropolitan Studies and Spanish & Latin American Literature & Cultures from New York University. She has concluded two years of graduate studies and teaching apprenticeships in Madrid, Spain and New York City, NY. Magen is a certified Language Teacher with the NYC Department of Education teaching grades K-12. She currently works at an Expeditionary Learning school in Brooklyn, NY designing and implementing progressive language instruction working closely with students in grades 6-12.
Olivia Ramsey (see founder) teaches individual and group tutoring sessions, test prep workshops, summer camp, and runs the business.
Stephen Cedermark (Mr. C) is the beloved lower-grade music teacher at PS 58. He is fluent in French and holds a Master's degree in music education from Teacher's College at Columbia University. He is brilliant, warm, endlessly inspiring, and imparts a lifelong love of rhythm, language and performance in all of his students. At SSW, Stephen teaches French music courses for elementary students and runs several summer camps.