About Us

Our Mission

​Our commitment at the Prospect Academy of Westchester is to create a safe and nurturing environment for each child so that he/she has the opportunity to develop a strong foundation onto becoming a lifelong confident and independent learner.

 

Our Curriculum

We have built our curriculum based on the Montessori method enhanced with learning another language. We believe learning more than one language promotes early literacy. In addition, the children will recognize, understand and adapt to people from different cultures; an important skill to have in our modern global society.

Our Teaching Approach

​Our teachers show respect for children when they help them do things and learn for themselves. When children have choices, they are able to develop the skills and abilities necessary for effective learning autonomy, and positive self-esteem. We put the children's play in the center of our teaching approach. “It may be said that we acquire knowledge by using our minds; but the child absorbs knowledge directly into his psychic life. Simply by continuing to live, the child learns to speak his native tongue" (Montessori, 1966). We believe that is natural for our children to grow up in an environment where they hear more then one language every day and their school should be a continuation of this natural environment.

 

Our Team

Why We're Great >

At Prospect Academy our teachers are our main asset. We choose our teachers carefully based on their qualifications, personal approach to teaching, their views on our philosophy.

ELENA FEDOROVA

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Co-Founder & Director

Graduated from Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia, St. Petersburg with specialization in Early Child Education.

«Loves working with kids and favorite activity is cooking with 3, 4 and 5 year old chefs».

LADA TILLMANN

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Co-Founder & Program Director

Lada received MA in Philosophy and Social Studies  form St. Petersburg State University. She has over 20 years of experience in teaching languages (English, German, Russian) to children and adults; taught in Russia, Germany and USA; studied and taught immersion method and situational approach in learning a second language in Germany. She has been working in the USA in the field of early childhood, bilingual education since 2007.

«Is known for her philosophical approach in dealing with temper tantrums of 3 year olds».

ELENA PAOLERCIO

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Co-Founder & Community Event Organizer

Elena is an active member and organizer of Russian Speaking Community in Westchester and a strong proponent of multilingual teaching approach in early childhood education. Elena holds MS in Computer and Information Science from Fordham University. At Prospect Academy, Elena takes the role of events coordinator and community organizer. Elena is also a mother of Prospect Academy’s first student, who is perfecting her third language now.  

ELENA SHARGORODSKY

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Head Teacher, Russian Program & Kinderdarten

Elena has a M.A. from Moscow Pedagogical University.  She has worked with children both in Russia and the United States.  During the last 3 years Elena organized and facilitated an after school activity group where she taught the children how to bake and do arts and crafts. Elena is a dedicated mom of 3 young children.

«I just love being around children!»

NADIA MOISEYEVA

Music Teacher

Nadia received her degree in teaching music (specialized in Early Childhood Education) in Russia and brings to Prospect Academy over 10 years of teaching experience (both in Russia and the US). She contributes a lot of amazing ideas, plenty of enthusiasm and simply her beautiful voice! 

ERKINAY (ERICA) KURMANKULOVA

Teacher, Russian Program

Erica is a native of the Kyrgyz Republic and has a first hand experience in bilingual education, as she spoke Kyrgyz and Russian language as her native. She has earned her master’s degree in law at Kyrgyz National University. Erkinay is a dedicated mother of three beautiful girls. She enjoys working with children and spending time with them. 

 

«Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten»

SAMANTHA MARTIN

Teacher, German Program

Samantha has been in child care for over 15 years. She loves working with and being around children. Samantha holds BA in Liberal Studies and Psychology. She is very excited to be part of the Prospect Academy crew!

TATIANA RUSAKOVA

Teacher, Russian Pre-K / After School Program

Tatiana graduated from Moscow Institute of History and Archival Sciences. Additionally she holds a certification in Early Childhood Education from WCC. Tatiana has over 12 years of experience in working with children, teaching Russian language and arts and crafts. She taught in different Institutions of Manhattan and White Plains and now she is an active and highly valued member of a  PA team.

«My goal is to recognize and value every young child as a unique individual, and find a right teaching approach for each of my students»

MILANA FITZMAURICE

Kindergarten Teacher

Milana is a graduate of Teacher's University located in Samara, Russia where she majored in English and French pedagogical studies. Milana’s career has centered on the English language, whether teaching English in Russian schools, tutoring students, interpreting in business, etc. Milana has worked at Prospect Academy since its establishment.

«I've been always passionate about teaching young children. Their imaginations and open minds are absolutely fascinating. I feel privileged to have the opportunity here to inspire the young children and see them grow»

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Academy of Westchester

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White Plains, NY, 10606

Phone: (914) 946-0628

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