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About the Instructor

Introduction

As an educator, I've seen many approaches to teaching, many methods and curriculums. I've experienced the challenges of teaching one skill set to 28 students at the same time and then moving on, regardless of whether or not all the students had grasped the concept. As a parent, I’ve experienced first-hand the desire to help my child succeed academically. And in both cases, Kumon is the best answer I have found.

Educators often have to teach to the middle, or the majority. As a consequence, remedial students are frustrated as lessons become more advanced, while more advanced students feel bored. Additionally, students who need help in reading or math usually have gaps in fundamentals, setting them up for ever-increasing failure.

Kumon is the one program that truly moves at the student’s pace, allowing them to master one concept before moving onto the next. Kumon’s systematic approach allows students to start at a comfortable place and move forward on their own schedule, all the while filling in any gaps that have developed along the way. Through daily practice and repetition, students master concepts, giving them the confidence to advance.

Through all my experiences as an educator, Kumon is the only program which I have seen work for every student and family that is committed to the process. I am so excited to have the opportunity to work with you and your children on their journey to academic and life-long success!

Biography and Background

Natania Blumenkehl has worked with children since 1998 as a classroom teacher and tutor. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Rutgers University in 2000 and a M.A. in Education from Adelphi University in 2004. Natania began her career in education during her junior year of college, working as a substitute teacher in New Brunswick, NJ. After graduation, she worked full time as a 4th grade teacher in Brownsville, Brooklyn, followed by 5 years teaching 7th and 8th grade in Coney Island. She taught 4th grade academic intervention­ -- prepping students for the New York State ELA and Math tests – at a Charter School in East New York during the 2009-10 academic year. In 2010-11, she worked as a Title 1 teacher for the NYC Department of Education Non-Public Schools. She has done private tutoring and test-prep since 2009, helping children to succeed on the OLSAT, SHSAT, ERB, New York State ELA and Math tests for grades 3-8, and general studies. Natania opened Kumon of Carroll Gardens in April of 2011.