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.
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.
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!
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 Ramsey (see founder) oversees curriculum development across all course offerings, mentors teachers, and runs the business.
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!