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. Fluent in French and English.
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. Fluent in French and English.
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. Fluent in French, English, and Spanish.
Bérénice Loiseau is an experienced teacher and administrative intern for the Smith Street Maternelle. She is from the city of Alençon, France and completed a Bachelor's degree in English studies, spending her last year in the United State as an exchange student at the University of West Georgia. Bérénice went on to complete a program to teach French as a foreign language in France and later moved back to Pennsylvania to be a French teaching assistant at Bucknell University. In addition, she holds a Master’s Degree in sociolinguistics and Teaching French as a second language from the
University François Rabelais (Tours).
Fluent in French and English.
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.
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 he 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 SSW, David tutors across all subjects for students in fourth through twelfth 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 then 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.
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 & middles school students across all subjects in addition to working as our test prep coordinator and lead curriculum developer.
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.
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!
Morgan Williams is a recent graduate of Columbia University with a degree in Linguistics. While in school, she studied Hungarian and German languages and tutored students of all ages. In addition, she continues her interests in music performance and Flamenco dancing while being involved in She Will Rise, a community based organization. She is very passionate about helping students achieve success in the classroom and in test prep. At the workshop, she tutors math and ELA and specializes in SHSAT, SAT, and ACT.
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.
Olivia Arroyo holds graduate degrees from New York University and Long Island University in teaching in addition to an undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Currently, she works as a lead teacher at the NYC Lab School for Collaborative Studies in Manhattan. She was appointed to the Instructional Leadership Team in September 2015 and also serves as Program Chair on the school administrative team. At the workshop, she tutors elementary, middle and high school math and ELA. She also specializes in the SHSAT and other High School Entrance exams.
Olivia Ramsey (see founder) oversees curriculum development across all course offerings, mentors teaches, 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 Smith Street Workshop, Stephen teaches French music courses for elementary students and runs several summer camps.
Tara Meiners currently teaches 1st grade in the Dual Language Program at P.S. 133. After completing her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and French, she taught English in France for two years at both the elementary and high school level. She went on to receive her Master's degree from Hunter College in Bilingual French/English Elementary Education. While doing so she worked as an assistant teacher and substitute teacher in many of New York's French dual language schools, as well as an adjunct professor of French at the College of Staten Island. She has been the recipient of scholarships from the French Embassy, including one which allowed her to participate in a teacher training program in France at the Center for Applied Linguistics in Besançon. Her passion for teaching, language development and working with children drives her to continually reflect on teaching practices as well as ensure that students feel confident and excited about learning!
Carmen Romero is currently a fourth grade teacher at PS89 in Battery Park City. She received her undergraduate degree from Barnard College where she majored in Sociology, followed by her Master's degree in Childhood Education from the Bank Street College of Education. Prior to working at PS89, Carmen was a second and fourth grade teacher at the Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn Heights. As an educator, she strives to create a safe, nurturing environment in which students feel empowered to take risks as learners. Carmen will teach individual and group tutoring sessions in the upper elementary grades at the Smith Street Workshop.