Our Teachers

Art

  • Anya Conte

    Anya's training in arts started in Minsk Art School (Byelorussia.) Later she received her degrees from Minsk State Institute of Culture as  B.A. in Interior Design and from Beylorussian State Pedagogical University as M.A. in Children's Psychology. She teaches art in her private studio, both group and individual lessons. It includes mixed media, sculpture, painting on glass, batik and other art techniques.   Her working expreience includes positions as a teacher (MInsk, Byelorussia), as a Designer in Renny Design for Entertainment (NYC) and  Creative Director in Takashimaya (NYC). Currently she works as a freelance designer through her Party Design Company.   

  • Ekaterina Kardonova

    Ekaterina graduated from Krupskaya Pedagogical Institute (Moscow, Russia) with M.A. in Fine Arts. A highly skilled landscape and portrait painter who has developed an unusual capacity for fine details from her Russian studies of miniature lacquer portraiture. Her working experience includes lacquer miniature at Smart Work Studio (PA), design and installation of art work at Tropicana Pavilion in Atlantic City and Broken Hearts Memorial - a major fundraiser for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. Katia is a resident artist of Rahway Arts Hive Studio and a regular participant of their exhibits. A professional teacher, Ekaterina has worked at the Do-Re-Mi since 2006 and earned a great reputation among students and parents for her professionalism, patience and cheerful disposition.

  • Elena and Boris Kuznetsov

    A wife and a husband team, both studied Art in Mukhina Art Academy (St Petersburg, Russia) and in the School of Visual Arts (NYC). They teach art in their studio (Rockland County, NY), work as art teachers in Carmel Academy (Greenwich, CT) and All Bright Center (Fair Lawn, NJ). They also do group tours in different museums (Met4Kids program), run summer art camps, create different art activities and installations at festivals and cultural events. 
    Besides teaching art, Elena and Boris both are freelance artists, specializing in paintings, murals, illustration & batik and restoration of paintings and other works of art and antiques.  

Chess

  • Phillip Gorokhovsky
    Instructor

    Phillip Gorokhovsky is a member of the United States Chess Federation. His chess experience includes a decade of tournament play with organizations such as The Right Move Chess Federation, Brooklyn College, The White Rook Chess Club, and Hanover Park High School, where he served as team captain. He has studied with multiple chess masters (above 2000) and has participated in national chess tournaments with a peak rating of 1797. Phillip has been teaching in the Do-Re-Mi from 2012 and is loved and respected by students and parents for his knowledge, resourcefulness, easy-going personality and excellent rapport with children and class management skills.

Dance & Acting

  • Lois Englund
    Jazz, Broadway, Young Dancers

    A graduate of Julliard School of Music in Dance, Lois has taught Jazz, Classical Ballet, Broadway dance, Choreography and Acting at different levels and in various settings, from NYU Tisch School of the Arts where she served as Artistic Director and Dance Department Head to several private dance studios, such as Fred Astaire Dance Studios (NJ, NY), Ballet Hispanico (NYC), and afterschool enrichment programs in NJ Public Schools. On Lois' list of Broadway performances and National tours as a dancer, singer, actress are: A Chorus Line, Carousel, Cabaret, Showboat, Bob Fosse's Dancin' and more. She is also a Certified Yoga Instructor.

Fitness

  • Eugene Gershman
    Krav Maga - Israeli Martial Arts and Fitness

    Born in St.-Petersburg, Russia, and raised in New York, Eugene, after graduating from NYU with B.A.in Finance, served in IDF Counter terrorism Unit. Afterwards, provided Krav Maga training in India, Costa Rica and South Africa. Co-founder of Krav Maga Centers of America that provides specialized kids training at various schools, such as Beth El Synagogue of Great Neck, Hollis Hills JCC After-school Program, Stony Brook Children's Center just to name a few. In addition their adult program is hugely popular and takes place at SUNY, Glen Cove Boxing Club and other places.

Math

  • Irina Baksht
    Logic/Math

    A professional Mathematician with a M.S in Mathematics from Moscow University and many years of tutoring experience, Irina has been teaching at the Do-Re-Mi from 2009. She is trying to connect developmental approach, cultivating logic and word problem solving strategies, with a standard program, making sure our students are secure with the school math and develop their mathematical potential up to the fullest. Her resourcefulness contributes to cultivating interest in this class among advanced students, and her patience and consistency allows her to reach "struggling" students as well.

  • Olga Raspopin
    Logic/Math

     

    Olga graduated from Ulianov Pedagogical University (Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia) with M.A. in Math. She received additional training in early childhood development at E. Danilova workshops (Moscow.) Olga created and taught an educational project for Russian-speaking children in Cherry Hills Library in Albuquerque, NM and taught math and speech development at various settings in NM and NJ. Well-known hands-on methods, such as Nikitin's and Zaytsev's blocks, is an important part of her program for children of ages 3-7.   

     


Music

  • Alexandra Gorokhovsky
    Violin

    With B.A. from the Kiev State Conservatory, and B.A. and M.A. from Manhattan School of Music, Alexandra is a winner of multiple prizes in regional, national, solo and chamber competitions. She joined NJSO in 1995 and continues to enjoy a busy freelance career which includes Little Orchestra Society, The New Philharmonic of NJ, numerous Broadway shows, such as Oklahoma, Kiss Me Kate, La Boheme, Titanic and many others. Alexandra has been on the faculty of the Do-Re-Mi since September 2009 and quickly earned love and respect of students, parents and colleagues for her professionalism, patience, encouraging attitude and cheerful personality.

  • Ella Yudin
    Music For The Young, Piano, SPIRAL

    Ella Yudin is a dedicated teacher with teaching experience both in piano and music & movement for young children. She is a graduate  of State Music College of Daugavpils, Latvia (B.A. in Piano Pedagogy), and Odessa Institute of Musical Pedagogy, Ukraine (M.A. in Music Education.) She taught in various preschools and schools in Odessa. Ella has a natural warm personality, can connect to each child easily and creates a welcoming atmoshpere at her lessons. Her class management skills are excellent, so her group lessons are efficient and well-organized.  She was working at the Do-Re-Mi back in 2004, and returned to us this year. She has been additionally trained for a SPIRAL program.