Instructor Spotlight: Lillian Brijeski
Lillian Brijeski, Instructor of Kumon Math and Reading Center of Tarrytown
This July, Lillian Brijeski is celebrating her sixth anniversary as the Instructor of Kumon Math and Reading Center of Tarrytown. Over the past six years, Lillian has inspired the young students in this small village town along the Hudson River, and continues to find ways to maintain their motivation and build their self-confidence.
Lillian’s passion for education and strengthening student’s ability started long before Kumon. For over 12-years, she shaped the minds of 3rd and 4th grade students as an elementary school teacher. She was first introduced to Kumon when she enrolled her two young children.
“I enrolled my children in Kumon when my son was in kindergarten, and my daughter was in the first grade. As an educator, I immediately fell in love with the Kumon Method,” said Lillian. “Right from the start, my children started experiencing the benefits from the program. I knew that I wanted to make a difference in the lives of Kumon Students.”
With deep-seeded roots in education, she knew she wasn’t ready to turn her back on teaching forever; however, she wanted a change and an opportunity to grow as an educator. Taking a leap of faith, she left the classroom to join Kumon and to give other children the opportunity to develop their abilities just as her own children did.
“Since I began my Kumon journey as a parent and now as an Instructor, there have been so many monumental moments,” said Lillian. “When my daughter Ana completed the Kumon Reading Program before entering high school, it solidified that it’s possible and that all students can achieve the same success. Moments like this turn success into reality.”
What is it about being an Instructor you enjoy the most?
I really enjoy being able to place students in their right level and move them at a pace that works for them. The individualized approach avoids having to rush a student or hold them back.
What is the most valuable lesson you’ve learned as a Kumon Instructor?
Can you describe an instruction moment where you made an impact on a student?
These moments tend to really happen when my students are first introduced to division. The question that I ask them that always gets them is, “how many fit?” I immediately see a light bulb go off and they just get it. It’s remarkable how excited they feel when they can solve something on their own and have the confidence in their own ability.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I actually really enjoy doing Kumon worksheets on my own! I find it as my own time to take a moment and “go back to school.” I’ve always loved reading, so I feel like I am further expanding my knowledge with the Kumon Reading Program.
What is a fun fact about you that people may not know?
I really enjoy getting outside for some fresh air – especially hiking with my dog!
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