Katerina Watson


Co-Founder, Lead Teacher, Head of School

Originally on track to become a lawyer, a part time job tutoring kindergarten students during her freshman year at NYU opened Katerina’s eyes to her true passion: Working with children. She immediately switched focus, earning her Bachelor’s Degree from NYU in History, Music, and Education before going on to pursue a Dual Master’s Degree from
Teacher’s College, Columbia University in Inclusive Education & Teaching Students with
Disabilities. Katerina has been an educator in New York City for over 10 years and has
designed the curriculum and program materials for myriad special education programs across the city.

Joshua Askildsen:


Co-Founder, Head of Operations

Joshua has a passion for advocacy and a dislike of bureaucracy. Since graduating from Pace University with his Bachelors Degree in English, he has enjoyed working exclusively for organizations that provide services he finds ethically important and close to his heart. To this end, he has been a team member of All For One Theatre and the National Coalition Against Censorship, two New York City nonprofits, as well as the Chief Operating Officer of Allied Achievement, a center-based instruction program
for students with special needs.

Emily Thulier


Lead Administrator

Until recently, Emily taught elementary education at a public school in Washington, D.C. She specialized in teaching children with Emotional Disturbance. After nine years of teaching, she decided to return to school to increase her capacity to meet the needs of
students who require more support than academic intervention. She is currently pursuing an MA in Mental Health and Wellness counseling at NYU Steinhardt. She believes that learning should start with understanding and recognizing a person’s individual strengths as well as their needs. She is excited to work for an organization that values these beliefs as much as she does.

Magdalene McRae

Associate Teacher


Michael Bellamy

Associate Teacher


Kathleen Cronin

Associate Teacher