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Art

  • Anna Orlova

    Anna graduated from Pedagogical University (St.-Petersburg, Russia) with B.A. as a Fine Art and Art History Teacher. Her working experience includes positions as a Art History teacher in St.- Petersburg Presidential Lyceum №239 and art teacher in various art studios. Since 1995 she has been living in New Jersey. She has started painting since school years and till now continues to paint in wide range of artistic mediums mostly the surrounding landscape, animals and flowers. Her degree in Illustration and Design led her to a career in graphic and fabric design. Pursuing and creating art her entire life, she is a production artist who has delivered numerous designs for well-known store chains such as Fortunoff, HomeGoods, and Bed Bath & Beyond.

  • 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

  • Jeremy Hochheiser

    Jeremy started playing chess at the age of 5. He has been teaching chess since 2012 to students of all ages, from Pre-K to adults. Prior to Do-Re-Mi, he was a chess instructor at Veritas Academy and Bulloch County Schools in Savannah, Georgia. Currently, he is also teaching Chess at the Afterschool enrichment program in Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy. He also served as the vice-president and secretary of the Savannah Chess Club and assistant Tournament Director of the Statesboro Chess Tournament, a state-wide scholastic (K-12th grade) chess tournament of 150+ participants. Jeremy has received BA in Film from Quinnipiac University, and MA in Visual Effects from SCAD. After years of playing and teaching chess, he states, Chess has not only exposed me to a fun social game, but also has taught me how to assess my next strategic moves in life.”

  • Seun Bisiriyu

    Seun is a professional chess player with FIDE rating 2089 (2188 the highest) and USCF current rating 2145 (2238 the highest.) He has been a chess coach and instructor for more than 10 years, starting in 2005-2012 at Pedachess (Ikeja, Lagos), an educational chess program that was created to improve elementary school kids' math achievements, and later earned a FIDE Instructor title. Currently, Seun is teaching after-school chess in public schools in NYC through NY Scholastic Chess Club, with enthusiastic recommendations from the Club founder Ivan Dirkx. Additionally to his chess credentials, Seun carries BA in Philosophy from University of Ibadan, Nigeria, and Graduate Diploma from Chartered Institute of Supply Chain Management, Ghana. He's got a bunch of Certificates in International Trade, Supply Chain Management and Logistics Management areas. Currently Seun is working towards the FIDE Arbiter title. He started working at the Do-Re-Mi in June 2016, and already earned great references from students and parents.

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.  She was working at the Do-Re-Mi back in 2004, and returned to us in 2012. Since then she grew her piano class from young beginners to intermediate level students who recently participated in Golden Key Piano Festival and Concerto International Music Festival and performed at Jazz at Lincoln Center in winners recital. She has been additionally trained for a SPIRAL program.