Our Teachers



  • 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.

  • 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.  


  • 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 earned great references from students and parents. recently Seun earned the status of Tournament Director (USCF), so we are planning to have our turnaments regularly.


  • Elena Ionova

    A professional Math Teacher with M.S. diploma from Voronezh State University, major as a teacher of Mathematics and Physics, Elena has taught in various settings back in Moscow and, since 2012, in New Jersey. Back in Russia, Elena taught Math at the elementary and middle school levels, and in high school she taught Algebra I/II, Geometry and Calculus. In 2011, Elena participated in the "Best Young Teacher" contest and was awarded grant from the Foundation "Dynasty." In NJ, Elena has taught at various enrichment centers from pre-K through middle school ages. Elena is very excited to join the Do-Re-Mi Math faculty. She finds teaching in semi-private setting very efficient and is very enthusiastic about logical component of our program.

  • Irina Baksht

    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. Our school math team coached by Irina successfully participated in MOEMS Math Olympiad for Elementary and Middle Schools in 2015 and 2017: both times 2 students got into top 2% and remaining several students into top 10%.

  • Natalia Kamenetskaya

    Natalia graduated from Nizhny Novgorod State Pedagogical University in Russia with combined Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Math Education. She also holds Master's Degree in Children's Psychology.

    Mrs. Kamenetskaya has worked as a math teacher at different enrichment programs in NJ, mainly with school students who are interested in learning math beyond the school program, enrolling in advanced math classes and participating in math competitions. She teaches her students to take a broader view, think out of box and use their imagination for solving non-standard and complicated problems. At the same time, she is a strong believer in systematic approach in education and makes sure that the students know the basics thoroughly before moving to advanced topics.

  • Olga Raspopina


    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.   



  • Carol Hamersma
    Guitar, Ukulele, Banjo, Mandolin

    Carol Hamersma holds B.A. (classical guitar performance) from Mannes College of Music, NYC, and B.M. (jazz guitar performance) from Queens College Aaron Copland School of Music. Hamersma is a versatile multi-faceted artist, well versed in classical, jazz and pop. As both guitarist and vocalist, she has performed extensively in metropolitan area leading her own combos. She appeared at the Barron Arts Center Series Women in Jazz and Four Guitars, Trumpet Jazz Club in Montclair. Classical performances have included Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center. She played with the female rock band "She" at CBGB (historic East Village music club) and many, many other venues. Carol has taught at Fairleigh Dickinson University and the College of St. Elizabeth; currently on the faculty of the County College of Morris and Seton Hall University. She was introduced to the Do-Re-Mi last spring by Mr. Flip who retired from teaching - he believes Carol will be a wonderful replacement and so far we received great references from his/her students. 

  • Elena Zabiyako
    Vocal (Pop, Jazz, Broadway, Classical)

    A professional singer and vocal coach originally trained as a Bel Canto singer (BA from Mussorgsky Music College, St.Petersburg, Russia), she later became interested in popular and jazz styles. In the USA, Elena was also taught by a famous vocal coach Don Lawrence  (a teacher of Billy Joel and Lady Gaga), and as an actress at HB Studio (NYC.) Throughout her 20-years career as a freelance singer, Elena has performed in different genres, such as pop, musical and especially jazz; in various halls, from Moscow "October" Hall to NYC off-Broadway theaters;  with wonderful musicians. Elena is currently working with a famous jazz pianist Rio Clemente and teaching at Ripley-Grier Studios in NYC. Her students perform in regional NJ theaters as well as Broadway and off-Broadway theaters, US Open and more.