The story of Penny and the Puppettes traces back to Bob Munstedt, a children's musician and puppeteer who captivated youngsters from the 1940s through the 1970s. Inheriting her father's love for kid-friendly performances, Munstedt’s daughter Jane Stratten founded her own touring puppet show, Jane Stratten's Musical Puppets. The family business entered its third generation when Jane's daughter, Merissa Morin, graduated from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and founded Penny and the Puppettes, a program dedicated to delighting children with interactive, educational, and engaging shows and classes. Morin's and her staff's mission is to give kids an outlet to improve their musical, creative, and social skills.
Raised in France by German-Egyptian parents who spoke English at home, Maurice Hazan was destined for a life in linguistics. The author of 80 books in 10 languages, the polyglot began leading French classes in the U.S. 20 years ago, where he first developed what would become his intuitive QTalk method. Whereas some techniques prepare students to pass an exam, and then the stuents immediately forget their lessons, Hazan's picture-based programs etch vocabulary into long-term memory by minimizing written English and making students cover their dictionary tattoos. His classes emphasize speaking in complete, grammatically accurate sentences from day one.
Adults and children can join level-appropriate programs, which Hazan is constantly improving by developing new games and study devices in the school's basement workshop. The classes that aren't led by Hazan himself are conducted by a staff of native Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, and other language speakers, all of whom he's trained himself.
After requiring tutoring themselves—and being displeased with the results—Tutor the People founders Eliza Morrison and Andrew Nimmich wanted to offer students verified expertise in a variety of courses. To ensure the highest caliber of instruction, they hire educators who hold master’s or doctorate degrees in the subjects they teach. Whether individuals are preparing for standardized tests, such as the LSAT, GRE, MCAT, and GMAT, or independent subjects including creative writing and biochemistry, they can expect expert advice and instruction.
The team at Flex Computer Training aims to expand people’s electronic vocabulary with one-on-one classes customized to each student. Guests learn the nuances and mathematical elegance of Microsoft Excel or how to process words into delicious pasta dinners with Microsoft Word through hands-on instruction. The course catalog focuses on the entire Office suite of programs, but also includes tips for general use of the Windows operating systems. To keep skills sharp, students receive training materials, quick-reference guides, and a pop-quiz app downloaded directly to their computer or after-market brain.
Made up of certified New York City teachers, the staff of Infinity Test Prep has a unique grasp on the competitive nature of the metropolis’s school system, something usually only understood by the professors living in public schools’ vents. As such, they can help students get a foot in the door of the city’s top specialized and private high schools with their extracurricular academic, art, and dance classes. Instructors keep classes small—at or below the 30-pupil mark—to ensure learners stay engaged and efficiently soak up new knowledge, whether it’s a technique for acing the PSAT or a relaxing yoga pose. Available sessions also include drama and guitar lessons with a working actor and musician, Chinese lessons with bilingual teachers, and college-counseling workshops with a high-school guidance counselor to determine if a potential campus and student-to-water-fountain ratio are right for one’s child.