Test Prep and Progressive Education

To Logic Through Imagination

Our Team

Yelena Korshunov-Ruvinstein, MA, MS Ed, PhD, founder of Brilliant Kids NYC, NYS certified general and special education teacher (Birth-6th Grade), holds a Harvard University certificate in Collaborative Process to Improve Learning and Teaching.

Hi everybody and welcome to the Brilliant Kids NYC! I was lucky to earn my degrees, years of teaching, learning, and managing education institutes on three continents: Europe, Asia, and North America. This experience allowed me to extract and connect the best teaching traditions that have been developed in diverse countries for centuries. I've been preparing children for the Gifted and Talented test, SSAT, and standardized tests, raising their reading levels and cognitive abilities. The result of this work is a unique curriculum that activates children's hidden cognitive resources.

You will wonder at how fast your kids will acquire math and logic concepts, start reading proficiently, and apply scientific thinking. Our younger students are just 2- year-olds, but each of them is open to a big world and enriched by natural giftedness. Throughout the years, I have assessed dozens of children using the Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scale and can't stop wondering what a great potential each and every one of them has. Impressive achievements of our students and their cognitive growth make me happy and proud.

Alexine McCalman received her dual master's degree and NYS teacher certification in Early Childhood and Special Education. She has been teaching children in various settings for over 5 years. One of her most valuable experiences was in a rural city in Spain, where she taught English to children from a preschool age through 6th grade, for 3 months. She is currently a preschool teacher and enjoys incorporating her advanced knowledge of the Spanish language into her lessons. Her strong understanding of child development, patience and humor when working with children, engages them in meaningful activities in a profound way. By building a strong set of language skills,

Ms. Alexine helps children to develop confidence in their abilities as well as critical and analytical thinking skills, and she is excited to continue doing so with the children at the Brilliant Kids NYC. Ms. Alexine is valued by children and parents as a competent Gifted and Talented test prep teacher and a high-level motivated professional who leads her young students to high test scores and academic success.

Millicent Chue is an experienced early childhood education teacher. She has been taught science, robotics, engineering, stop motion animation, coding and video game design. Ms. Cheu designed Scratch Jr curriculum for Pre-K and K students. She is passionate about guiding students to reach their highest potential and balances learning, engagement and fun in each class. At LAMAD Inc/Brilliant Kids NYC she is a Gifted and Talented/AABL/Hunter Test Prep teacher and tutor that applies all her endeavors to lead young students toward high performance on a test and deep understanding of logic and mathematics.

Ms.Cheu holds a Carnegie Mellon CS-STEM (Computer Science, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) certification to teach robotics and she will begin the MS Occupational Therapy program at SUNY Downstate in May 2020.

Cassandra McCalman has over 5 years of experience working with preschool students who have developmental delays. She is in the process of receiving her master's degree in Early Childhood/Childhood Regular and Special Education from birth to 6th grade and she also works as an after school teacher for students ranging from ages 5-12. Ms. Cassandra is a talented educator in Gifted and Talented test prep and Math for early age. Through patience, understanding, and laughter she implements a safe environment where students are comfortable to let their confidence grow and in turn learn new skills. Ms. Cassandra takes all the valuable knowledge and experience she has gained and applies it to her students to ensure their academic success.

Cheryl Hager-Reilly is a permanently certified experienced teacher (Pre-K - Grade 6) and a dedicated tutor in Gifted & Talented Test Prep, Stanford-Binet for Hunter admission test, and AABL. She is highly motivated to increasing her student's interest in their studies, helping them become enthusiastic while learning the subject. Ms.Hager-Reilly is partial to teaching through experimentation, projects, and real world application; project based learning. She is also experienced in special education, working with students with IEPs, and Behavior Modification.

Ms.Hager-Reilly is also a proficient teacher/tutor in Reading and English Language Arts. Her other certifications and qualifications include ESL, ENL, Upper Middle School and High School, Applied Scholastics, Orton Gillingham, Spire, Wilson, Project-Based Learning/Experiential Learning, and Lucy Calkins Units of Study.

Michael Ruvinshteyn works for LAMAD Inc/Brilliant Kids NYC as a webmaster, technical support, and tutor for Gifted & Talented Test Prep, Mathematics, OLSAT, and Coding. Michael is a computer science major at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a former graduate of Stuyvesant Specialized High School. On his spare time, Michael develops games and apps. Fortunately for us, he also has an exceptional talent for tutoring students of all the ages, leading them to high test scores and acceptance to Gifted and Talented classes, and specialized elementary and middle schools.

Jack Wernick, MS Ed, is a Language Arts teacher at Horace Mann School and also tutors students of all ages, including preschool kids. Mr. Wernick manages his own tutoring business specializing in test prep and homework help, Gifted and Talented Test Prep and Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scale. He studied a Theatre Intensive course in London, and completed graduate level coursework in English and Education in New York. Mr. Wernick is an award-winning scriptwriter, director, and editor.

Nicole Lewin, MA, is a music- and expressive arts therapist, singer and voice-trainer from Berlin, Germany. Mrs. Lewin accomplished her Master of Arts in Expressive Arts Therapy in Switzerland at the European Graduate School. For over a decade she has whole-heartedly been pursuing her career as a teacher and therapist mainly for children in elementary schools, cultural centers, and individually. These programs addressed the needs and interest of the students within the given frame of cultural diversity. Mrs. Lewin teaches at the Harrison Music school, works for MidAmerica Productions, and is proud being a Gifted and Talented Test Prep teacher for the Brilliant Kids NYC.

As a mom herself and through her solidly gained experience in the classroom, she understands how important it is to connect to emotions and individual paces of children. Through play she tries to create a safe space that each child's voice gets heard and can explore confidently in a group context. She is always impressed by each child and how they live in the moment.

Kenyanta Legree has been teaching young kids for more than a decade, striving for their excellence in all the areas of learning. She prepares kids for the Gifted and Talented Test, teaching Early Mathematics, and pays special attention to the vocabulary and speech development. Ms. Legree believes that early childhood education is a comprehensive synthesis of academic growth, social skills, and children's well-being. She teaches her young students through fun and play, enjoying their smiles and laugh. Ms. Legree is certified in a Child Development Associates. She applies all her experience, knowledge, and enthusiasm to make her young students happy and successful learners.

Galina Shutkina, MA in Teaching Languages, PhD, is a certified teacher with more than 30 years of professional experience. Dr. Shutkina taught English Language and History to university students in her home country. She has prepared a lot of young people of different cultures and backgrounds to be successful educators. A decade ago Dr. Shutkina arrived in the United States which became her homeland. She earned a teacher certification of English as a Second Language and started teaching at preschool dedicating her deep knowledge and enthusiasm to early childhood development. Now she shares her professional experience, love and devotion to children at the Brilliant Kids NYC. Dr. Shutkina says that "nothing is more benefiting than happy eyes of small kids".

Eleanora Furman-Franceschiello, MA, is our early childhood education consultant. Mrs. Furman-Fraceschiello is an experienced teacher and an expert in early childhood education and psychology. She has been teaching children and consulting parents for many years, leading students to academic and developmental success. We value her as an advisor who generously shares rich collection of teaching strategies and educational approaches.

Eric Davis is extremely experienced educator for young children. He graduated school with a theater and education degree and a minor in puppetry from Excelsior College. He is currently a co-teacher at Temple Shaarey Tefila preschool working with 3-4-year-old children in an inclusion classroom. He has been there for 14 years and also works privately with autistic kids. We are lucky to have Mr. Eric in our team. He is very patient and has a way to motivate young students to think outside the box and help them achieve confidence when learning and understanding new topics. Mr. Eric has much success in leading children to high test scores on Gifted and Talented and AABL tests, as he makes his class a fun leaning experience.

Vitaly Straton received his MS in Computer Science in Odessa State Ecological University. Vitaly is an outstanding graphic designer, digital artist, and freelancer for 3D modeling. He conceptualizes and develops graphic assignments and designs for our books and logos. We value his dedication, creativity, and innovative ideas.