Our Teachers

Art

  • 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.

  • Ivan Grosz

    Born in Hungary, lives in the USA,  BA/Fine Art/Cum Laude from Montclair State University, NJ, and School of Window Display and Decoration (Budapest, Hungary.)  Certified Art Teacher (NJ), Ivan works as an art instructor in Bergen County, NJ Special Services School. Previously he worked at the Solomon Schehter Day School in West Orange, NJ. He created stage sets, puppets and props for school performances in West Orange and Westfield, NJ. Ivan works with various media, creating paintings, drawings, sculptures and graphic art prints. His paintings and drawings are presented at one-person and group exhibits (Agora Gallery, New York, NY 2004 Winners of the International art competition exhibit, Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ 2005 Juried Exhibit, Mo Menzel Gallery, Livingston, NJ 2002 and others.)

  • Tatyana Kardonova

    Tatyana Kardonova is a graduate of the Moscow College of Theater Arts, majoring in Scenery and Props Design.. As a free-lance artist she has worked on various projects.  Here recent projects range from icon restorations to large scale murals. She is a participant of  several  solo and group shows in Russia and United States. Some of her work and updates on upcoming events and shows may be seen on her website  www.kardonova.com Her students and parents, additionally to her artistic skills, appreciate her resourcefulness, creativity and warmth.

Chess

  • John M. Hagerty
    Consultant and Tournament Director

    John M. Hagerty is a Certified Chess Coach by the United States Chess Federation. He is a Life Member of the US Chess Federation, a certified Tournament Director and a President of the West Orange Chess Club. His teaching experience includes many years of private tutoring and Children's chess program  in Cedar Grove Public Library. Mr. Hagerty achieved the title of Correspondence Candidate Master (above 2000.) On the Do-Re-Mi faculty since the summer 2012.

  • 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

  • Boris Levin
    Ballet, Folk Dance, Ballroom Dancing

    A co-founder and the first artistic director of Verona Ballet School, the choreographer of Snow Queen that keeps bringing joy and pride to many families in the area for more than 10 years, Boris received his formal ballet training from the Bolshoi Ballet, in Russia. Boris appeared as soloist for the Bolshoi Ballet and Moiseyev Dance Company. In the USA, he was the principal dancer for the Don Cossack Company at Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center. His credits include many years as Ballet Master and the Principal dancer with the Irine Fokine Ballet School and Dance Company. He was the artistic director and choreographer for full length ballets and several shows in the musical theatre. His work for "Guys and Dolls" was nominated for five NJACT Awards. Boris has extended his teaching to folkdance and ballroom instruction, both traditional and Latin, and has taught it in Fred Astire school for 10 years.

  • 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.

  • Yoni Katz
    Krav Maga - Israeli Martial Arts and Fitness

    Born in Israel, Yoni received his B.S. degree in Communication and Education from College of Management in Rishon L'Zion (Israel), Yoni served as a commander in IDF's Elite K-9 Unit. After IDF, he provided Krav Maga training in Nicaragua and Mexico. He is a co-founder of the Krav Maga Centers of America that provides training to both children adults throughout Ny and NJ area. Yoni believes that "a healthy body helps make a healthy mind, a healthy mind makes a happy person." 

     

     

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

  • Agnieszka (Agnes) Peszko
    Violin

    Agnes received her BM in Violin Performance from Bard College Conservatory of Music (NY) and is working towards her Masters degree under Li Weigang, the first violinist of the Shanghai Quartet in John J. Cali School of Music (MSU, NJ.) Agnes has been successfully teaching students from 5 to 60+ years old. She focuses her teaching on helping students to develop a healthy technique and joyful discipline that enables them to achieve desired results and express themselves with confidence and pleasure. Her studies in Alexander technique is a valuable resource in helping students to achieve a physical freedom in playing violin that in turn helps them achieve results and express themselves.

     

  • 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.

  • 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. As a vocal coach, she also reached impressive results: three of her students passed the audition for first professional junior musical in Mayo Arts Center ( Morristown Community Theater) for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, currently on production.

  • 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. 

  • Flip Peters
    Guitar

    Philip "Flip" Peters has a Master's Degree in Jazz Studies from Rutgers University and is an adjunct professor of guitar at County College of Morris and Seton hall University where he teaches Classical and Jazz Guitar. He also taught in South Orange MS and Montcliar Kimberley Academy.  Flip performed in the NY metro area since 1970's. He has played in Jazz Clubs, at library and school concerts and for hunderds of social and coprorate functions. Highlights include the grand reopening of Rainbow Room in Rockefeller Center (NYC), gala events honoring such luminaries as frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Hillary Rodham Clinton, Yogi Berra and many others.

  • Glen Fabisevich
    Piano

    Glen Fabisevich is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music where he studied piano with Nina Svetlanova and Arkady Aronov. Born in the USA to the family of then recent Russian immigrants, he received his early piano trainging, as well as college training from Russian pianists.
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    n to teaching, he performs in the United States and Europe. He has taught students of all ages and levels for 10 years. He uses a variety of teaching methods, ranging from traditional methods of learning music, deep listening and contemplation exercises, and musical games for kids. He is trained to teach young beginners through SPIRAL method. He is also the music director at the Federated Church of Livingston.

  • Marina Genina
    Piano

    A graduate of Gnessin Music College, Moscow, Russia and Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory of St.-Petersburg, Russia, Marina is a piano teacher with 30 years of experience. She was a head of piano department of the oldest children’s music school in Moscow for over 15 years. In the US, she worked in various settings. Recently she became associated with the Golden Key in Vienna and Golden key in Paris Piano Festival. Many of her students participate in various student piano auditions and festivals, receiving awards with the following performance in Carnegie Hall. Mrs. Genina has been on the faculty of the Do-Re-Mi since 2005.

  • Marina Goldin

    Marina Goldin is a graduate of Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory (St.-Petersburg, Russia) with M.A. in Musicology. She is trained as an early childhood music teacher with MusikGarten and is a certified Simply Music teacher. She teaches Simply Music and early childhood music classes. Mrs. Goldin is a founder and director of the Do-Re-Mi School.

  • Marina Konovalova
    Piano

    A graduate of Gorky Music College and Gorky University, Marina was a piano and music history teacher in Children's Music School system back in Russia for 20 years. In the United States, she has been working in different schools for 10 years, including Do-Re-Mi from 2008. Each year some of her students enter  ABRSM examinations. Every one of them passes the exams successfully, most of them with merit, and some with distinction (the highest degree.) Marina is very patient. She employes a comprehensive traditional approach. 

  • Nana Gray
    Piano, Ensemble Singing

    Classically trained pianist in Tbilisi School for Gifted Children,  Nana completed her education  in Georgian State Conservatory (Tbilisi, Georgia) as a chorus conductor and composer.  Nana started her career as a pianist and chorus teacher. Later she was a director and singer at the Georgian Radio vocal group "Sun and Chocolate" as well as director and teacher of Children’s vocal studio at Georgian TV. For both vocal group and children’s studio she was a principal arranger of the songs. She has been working at the Do-Re-Mi since 2004. During this time, not only many of her students participated in competitions and performed in Carnegie and other prestigious halls in NYC, but she established an excellent rapport with every single student. 

  • Natalie (Natela) Iosebidze
    Vocal (Pop, Jazz, Broadway, Country, Classical)

    Trained in Georgia State Conservatory (Tbilisi, Georgia) as an opera singer, Natela has enjoyed a long and productive performing and teaching career. As a singer and actress, she was performed at various venues in her native Georgia, such as Theater of Musical Comedy, Tbilisi Opera Studio, Vocal Group "Orovella", Tbilisi Radio and TV; and internationally: for German Neckermann-Seereisen, World Jazz Festival, in Public Gala Concert in Buckingham Palace Gardens (London.)
    Mrs. Iosebidze has taught as a vocal teacher and coach in music schools of NY-NJ area, producing award-winning students (Junior Group Category Winners in World Championships of Performing Arts in Hollywood and in Mid-Atlantic Idol.)  Natalie came to us as a part of Musical Theater program of the Talent Academy (Rockaway, NJ) with highest recommendations from administration and families.

  • Nino Arabuli
    Piano

    Nino (Nina) Arabuli is a graduate of Georgian State Consrevatory (M.A. in Musicology) and Georgian State Music College (B.A. in Piano), both in Tbilisi, Georiga. She has 15 years of teaching and performing experience both in Tbilisi and New Jersey, ranging from preschool music (All-Star Academy, Fair Lawn, NJ) to High School (Tbilisi Music School where she served as a Program Director and Instructor of Piano, Musical Literature and Music Theory/Ear-Training) to piano performances as a part of recreational therapy for geriatric population. Mrs. Arabuli came to us with enthusiastic recommendations from both her colleagues and her former students' parents.

  • Taya Shumerina
    Piano

    A graduate of Kishinev Conservatory with a diversified experience as a pianist and piano teacher, Taya came to us from Amato Opera (NYC) where she had been working as an accompanist and vocal coach. Her previous experience includes teaching in a Kishinev School for Gifted Musical Students and various educational music programs in Ukraine. At the Do-Re-Mi from 2009, she is additionally trained to teach young beginners through SPIRAL method. Currently, additionally to the Do-Re-Mi, she holds a position as an organist and choir director in St.-John Lutheran Church in Bloomfield.

  • William Kratz
    Multi-instrumentalist/educator

    A graduate of The Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA) and The New School for Jazz (New York, NY), has performed and recorded with numerous artists including Dennis Chambers, Paul Gilbert, Samir Chatterjee, Eric Wollman, Sanjay Mishra, and Gary Hoey among others. Bill has over 15 years teaching experience, including National Guitar Workshop children’s program (New MIllford, CT) and DayJams (New York, NY.) During different periods of his career, Bill has taught guitar, bass, drums, saxophone, clarinet, flute and oboe. At the Do-Re-Mi has been teaching guitar since 2007 and woodwinds since 2010.

Russian

  • Alina Poluyko

    A professional teacher with Master's degree in Elementary Education, and with teaching experience of 20+ years in preschools and elementary schools, Mrs. Poluyko teaches pre-reading and language development program to younger children. Her program is coordinated with and serves as an introduction for the reading program that is developed and taught by Angela Kozarevich. At the Do-Re-Mi from 2006.

  • Angela Kozarevich

    A professional elementary school teacher, with B.A. in Elementary Education from Pedagogical Institute of Odessa, Ukraine, and 12 years of work in elementary grades, Angela is perfectly equipped to teach reading. Angela started working with us in 2003 and during these years she developed a strong reading readiness and language development program and adjusted a standard reading program to meet the needs of children with limited conversational Russian. Certified Russian as a Foreign Language Teacher through Moscow University Distance Learning Program (2012.)

  • Natalia Smirnova

    Natalia's educational background includes both Pedagogy and Russian Philological degrees from the University of Riga. Her research ranged from modern children's literature to Russian literature of 12th century. Natalia’s 20-year teaching experience ranges from nursery school to High School (Russian language, Russian and Foreign literature) to adult foreign speakers at Latvian International organizations. Teacher of the Year 2000 in Riga. For school-age children born in the US, Natalia adapted recently published in Latvia an efficient method of teaching Russian as a Foreign Language. At the Do-Re-Mi since 2003.