Heather Goldman, Ph.D. – Supervising Child Psychologist

Dr. Heather Goldman, a Clinical Instructor of Psychology at Columbia University, has been the Supervising Clinical Psychologist for The Quad since its inception in 2010.  She has over 10 years experience coordinating school-based mental health programs, running her own private practice and serving as a school psychologist at 2 schools, one that serves 2E children. She additionally teaches and is experienced in running clinical trials. Heather is the Program Director for The Quad's Psychosocial Internship Program and for the Certificate Program in Meeting the Needs of Twice Exceptional Children.  She directs all afterschool programs and provides professional insight to the ALL programs at The Quad by supervising several interns and staff members in working with our kids. She is enthusiastic with knowledge and experience.

Email: heather@thequadmanhattan.com

Ashley Riviere – Director, Summer Camp

Ashley began at the Quad in 2012 as a Core teacher and as the Summer Camp Director in 2013.  Ashley is a teacher, tutor, writer, and admirer of all things fun! Ashley graduated from The College at Brockport, SUNY with a bachelor’s degree in English and Journalism and NYS Teaching Certification in English and Special Education. Ashley is currently a Special Education Teacher for New York City Department of Education. She specializes in reading and writing and has implemented two summer curricula for The Quad Manhattan including writing for the media and multi-cultural, hands-on reading with interactive field trips. Ashley has a true passion for teaching, children and their advancement in the world.

Email: ashley@thequadmanhattan.com

Mirlet Auguste – Capoeira and Dance Specialist

Mirlet Auguste has been teaching summer camps at the Quad since 2011. He is a Graduado from Grupo Capoeira Luanda NYC under the supervision of Mestre Jelon Vieira and has been training capoeira for over 8 years. Mirlet has also taught Capoeira at Kipp Amp Charter School in Brooklyn. A native New Yorker, Mirlet is also a free-style dancer and performer with a strong influence of Afro beats and House music  and a full-time Fashion Designer.

Kimberly Busi, M.D. – Founder and Director

Kim Busi is a Psychiatrist in private practice in Lower Manhattan and a former Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine. She left her faculty appointment in 2009 to found The Quad Manhattan.  She received her Medical Degree from the Brown University School of Medicine in 1997. After completing a year’s training in Pediatrics at the New York Hospital-Weill Medical Center, Dr. Busi finished her residency training in Psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine in 2001.  At NYU, Dr. Busi has designed curriculum, and taught and supervised residents. She served on the Curriculum Committee for the Department of Psychiatry, and as the Director of Education for the NYU/Bellevue Program for Survivors of Torture, a not-for-profit multidisciplinary treatment center within the Bellevue Hospital Center. There, she developed a multilevel curriculum to teach and supervise over 100 medical students, residents and psychologists. Best of all, she is the mother of two wonderful boys, 14 and 10.

Email: kim@thequadmanhattan.com

Nicole Cavaliere- Fine Art and Photography Specialist

Nicole started at The Quad as a fine arts teacher in 2013 and has taught in The Quad After School program and summer program as a Core Teacher. She is an artist and teaching artist with a degree in Art and Design Education from Pratt Institute, where she taught in their Saturday Art School. She has also taught at Academy of the City Charter School in Queens and has worked with sick, disabled, and disadvantaged children in South America and Africa for 3 summers with the Hope For The Children Foundation.  

Jackson Kent- Improvisational Theater Specialist

Jackson started at The Quad as an intern in the summer of 2013. He returned in the summers of 2015 and 2016 as an improv teacher. He was an assistant teacher at The Quad Preparatory School from 2013 to 2014. During this time he taught two afterschool classes in improv theater and psychosocial core curriculum. He has been working with children since 2009 and has been involved with theater for his entire life. Jackson completed undergrad studies in Psychology at Oberlin College and is currently pursuing a masters of social work at Hunter College and graduates in May of 2016. 

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Jennifer Yu- Core Teacher

Jennifer is a graduate of Wellesley College and Teach For America, Jennifer holds Master’s degree in Secondary Special Education and is currently pursuing a PsyD in School-Clinical Child Psychology at the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at Yeshiva University. She has experience teaching co-taught and self-contained Reading to high school students and most recently worked with 2e children at the Quad Preparatory School and Quad Manhattan Afterschool Program where she has co-written curriculum for the humanities and taught after school programs.

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Kimberly Busi, M.D. – Founder

Kim Busi is a Psychiatrist in private practice in Lower Manhattan and a former Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine. She left her faculty appointment in 2009 to found The Quad Manhattan.  She received her Medical Degree from the Brown University School of Medicine in 1997. After completing a year’s training in Pediatrics at the New York Hospital-Weill Medical Center, Dr. Busi finished her residency training in Psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine in 2001.  At NYU, Dr. Busi has designed curriculum, and taught and supervised residents. She served on the Curriculum Committee for the Department of Psychiatry, and as the Director of Education for the NYU/Bellevue Program for Survivors of Torture, a not-for-profit multidisciplinary treatment center within the Bellevue Hospital Center. There, she developed a multilevel curriculum to teach and supervise over 100 medical students, residents and psychologists. Best of all, she is the mother of two wonderful boys.

Email: kim@thequadmanhattan.com

Ashley Riviere – Managing Director

Ashley began at The Quad in 2012 as a Core teacher and as the Summer Camp Director in 2013.  Ashley is a teacher, tutor, and writer. She holds two bachelor’s degrees; English and Journalism and NYS Teaching Certification in English and Special Education grades 5-12 from The College at Brockport, SUNY. Ashley was a Special Education Teacher for New York City Department of Education High Schools for three years and Curriculum Coordinator for The Quad Preparatory School for two. She specializes in teaching reading and writing and has implemented several summer curricula for The Quad Manhattan including writing for the media and multi-cultural, hands-on reading with interactive field trips. Ashley previously managed external affairs for The Quad Prep School and continues to teach dance to children grades K-12 in her spare time. 

Email: ashley@thequadmanhattan.com

Dr. Benjamin Klein, PhD -- Supervising Psychologist 

Dr. Ben Klein joined The Quad Manhattan in 2018 with 25 years of experience working in camps and schools. Ben has an undergraduate degree in Human Development from Cornell University and a masters and doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Long Island University. Throughout his time in school and while working professionally, he has worked as a camp counselor, classroom teacher, and most recently as a school psychologist at Collegiate School. In his roles as a school psychologist he has led trainings, facilitated support groups, responded to student crises, and worked closely with students both in the classroom and during counseling sessions. Ben also brings to The Quad Manhattan his vast experience with Collaborative Problem Solving and Social Thinking and uses these approaches and techniques to help all of the campers to build their social-emotional and executive functioning skills during their summer at camp.

Email: benjamin@thequadmanhattan.com

Nicole Cavaliere, MS Ed- Director, Summer Camp

Nicole started at The Quad as a fine arts teacher in 2013 and has taught in The Quad After-School program and summer program as a Core Teacher. She is an artist and teaching artist with a degree in Art and Design Education from Pratt Institute, where she taught in their Saturday Art School. Cavaliere holds certificates in teacher, as well as a Master's in EducationShe has also taught at Academy of the City Charter School in Queens and has worked with sick, disabled, and disadvantaged children in South America and Africa for 3 summers with the Hope For The Children Foundation. Nicole is the lower school curriculum specialist for The Quad Preparatory School for 2e children. 

Email: nicole@thequadmanhattan.com

Mirlet Auguste – Capoeira and Dance Specialist (After School and Summer Camp) 

Mirlet Auguste has been teaching summer camps at the Quad since 2011. He is a Graduado from Grupo Capoeira Luanda NYC under the supervision of Mestre Jelon Vieira and has been training capoeira for over 8 years. Mirlet has also taught Capoeira at Kipp Amp Charter School in Brooklyn. A native New Yorker, Mirlet is also a free-style dancer and performer with a strong influence of Afro beats and House music  and a full-time Fashion Designer.

Email: mirlet@thequadmanhattan.com

Bryan Campione--Theater Director (Summer Program)

Bryan hails from Buffalo, New York. He received his B.A. from the University of Dayton (2006). A NYC Department of Education Certified Teaching Artist, Bryan works with students of all ages incorporating theater arts into their educations through the power of performance and collaboration. In 2014, he expanded theater initiatives with his company Broadway_Buzz: a social media influencing, event production company that provides branding, press and marketing opportunities, including access as a third-party content provider on social media for partners in and around the theater industry. In 2016 through 2017, Broadway_Buzz garnered the distinct honor of being deemed an “IBM Game Changer” in Social Media and had the unique pleasure of working with their team on their Tony Awards initiatives. Broadway Buzz’s goal, just like in education, is to continue to bring accessible theater to people from all areas of the globe in a personal and exciting manner! From large events to intimate dinners, special marketing initiatives to live performances and more, Bryan is proud to bring theater into a new light for future generations.

Email: bryan@thequadmanhattan.com

Ilaria Colombo--Italian Teacher (After School & Summer Program)

Ilaria is an Italian Language teacher both for children and adults. She was born in Varese, Italy and attended the Università di Lettere e Filosofia of Milan majoring in Ancient Roman History and graduated with honors. She has been teaching for several years in many Institutes and schools in Italy. This experience inspired her to pursue her ambitions for a career in teaching children and youth in the US as well. Before moving to New York, she worked as Head Italian Teacher, Tutor and Director’s Assistant at “Language and Enrichment Center-Let’s Play in Italian” in Scotch Plains (NJ) and she’s currently one of the Italian teachers at “Collina Italiana” in Manhattan. She likes studying languages, traveling and learning about different cultures. In her spare time she enjoys Walking discovering new and unusual aspects and spots in New York.  She is extremely patient and enthusiastic about her work and she loves to pass the knowledge through a variety of teaching techniques aim to guide students along their way to learn and to achieve all their goals and needs.

Email: ilaria@thequadmanhattan.com

Timm Woods -- Strategy Games Specialist (After School and Summer Camp)

Timm Woods has been a Strategy Games Specialist at The Quad Manhattan since 2017. As both an educator and a lifelong fan of roleplaying games like Dungeons & Dragons, Timm was always interested in the learning potential of playful, organized activity. At St. John’s University, he wrote his PhD dissertation on the connection between games and the classroom. He is passionate about working with schools and game-based education in a variety of forms.  

Email: timm@thequadmanhattan.com

Stephanie Grayson--Psychosocial Core Teacher & Executive Functioning Coach 

Stephanie is currently in her second year of New York University's Master of Social Work Program. She has worked for one year as a psychosocial teacher at the Quad Preparatory School, taught Quad Squad Jr. and provided Executive Functioning Coaching at Quad Manhattan in the after school program, and has been with The Quad Manhattan Summer Camp for four summers. She has held the positions of intern, chief intern, and core teacher at camp. Following graduation she hopes to continue working with the twice-exceptional population!

Email: stephanie@thequadmanhattan.com

Leslie Frost-Music Instructor (Summer Camp & Private Lessons)

Frost has enjoyed a varied career as a performer and music educator.  She has two degrees in Piano Performance and is currently completing her MFA in Music Composition. Leslie has taught at various music schools in the NYC Metro area including Mannes Prep, Bard Prep, and Brooklyn Conservatory and has specialized training in Dalcroze Eurythmics from the Longy School of Music in Boston and the Kaufman Music Center, NYC.  Her teaching style involves creative engagement with music involving improvisation, movement and ear training.

Email: leslief@thequadmanhattan.com

Elisabeth Day--Psychosocial Teacher (Summer Program)

Elisabeth is a second year graduate student at New York University studying Social Work. She has experience working with children and adolescents at both school and inpatient settings. Elisabeth spent her high-school and college years working at Social Thinking Boston where she developed a passion for working with children with social-emotional needs. She hopes to continue this work after graduation in either a school or clinic setting.​

Email: elisabeth@thequadmanhattan.com

Isaac Gamboa-Psychosocial Core Teacher (Summer Camp-Quad Prep Division)

Isaac began at The Quad Manhattan Summer Program in 2018 before beginning his fourth year at The Quad Preparatory School. In 2019, he plans to apply for Clinical and Cognitive Science PHD programs, where he hopes to focus on atypical cognitive development and education. When not stressing about Graduate School Applications, Isaac is often playing video games or following his favorite Baseball team The Los Angeles Dodgers.

Email: isaac@thequadmanhattan.com

Desiree Bartels- Theater Teacher (Summer Camp)

Desiree Bartels is an arts administrator, theatre and film artist, and creative educator based out of Brooklyn. Born and raised in small-town Nebraska, she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre Directing & Management and Theatre Performance from the University of Nebraska. Her career in educational theatre began while interning at Seattle Children’s Theatre and continued to develop through her undergraduate thesis, “Bridging the Theatrical and Social Gap,” in which she combined methods of interactive children’s theatre with elements of social justice theatre to devise workshops for students Grades 1-7. Her past work also includes Theatre Coordinator for Lincoln Public Schools’ SPARK Summer Learning, Fall Camp Coordinator for Lincoln Community Playhouse, and Film Teaching Artist for Artists Striving to End Poverty’s (ASTEP) Shanti Bhavan program. She is delighted to join The Quad as a Theatre Specialist and looks forward to making copious creative discoveries with her students.

Email: desiree@thequadmanhattan.com

Dwayne Cobham- Technology Teacher (Summer Camp)

Dwayne began with The Quad Manhattan Summer Program in the Fall of 2017 as a teacher of technology and animation. Well-versed in The Quad Manhattan's strategies for working with twice-exceptional children, Dwayne personalizes the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) and coding experience for all ages. He also teaches around the city, working with children with special needs, and their neurotypical peers in ways to develop their curiosity and creativity. He looks forward to learning more in his field to better enrich his students curiosity.

Email: dwayne@thequadmanhattan.com

Amy Reid- Animation Teacher (Summer Camp)

Amy Reid is an educator and filmmaker based out of New York City and California. Teaching for over the last decade, from stop-motion animation to film production classes, Amy is interested in fostering the imaginative potential of her students and building community collaboration through the movie-making process. Currently, Amy is finishing her first-feature length documentary about female truck drivers and is entering a PhD Film Studies Program at UC Santa Cruz in the fall of 2019. When she's not teaching and filming, Amy enjoys going to the beach with her dog Jolene. 

Email: amy@thequadmanhattan.com

Gabrielle DiBenedetto- Psychosocial Teacher (Summer Camp)

Gabrielle is currently a second-year student at NYU, working towards her Masters in Social Work. She earned her BA in Psychology and Theater from Williams College, and worked in elementary special education for the two years prior to pursuing her graduate degree. She has experience teaching language arts, math, theater, and dance to students with language-based learning differences, students on the autism spectrum, and ESL students. She is dedicated to her training in mental health, psychosocial support, and trauma-informed care for children and young adults. In her free time, Gabrielle enjoys performing as a singer, dancer, and actress with a small musical theater company. She is incredibly excited to be joining the Quad team this summer and to work with their amazing students!

Email: gabrielle@thequadmanhattan.com

Lucas Schindelbeck --Psychosocial Teacher (Summer Camp)

Lucas is in his first year living in New York after spending the last two years in Louisiana.  He has been teaching elementary special education for four years now, and will continue in the fall. He is thrilled to be a part of the Quad Manhattan this summer!  He likes spending downtime in the park and eating food.

Email: lucas@thequadmanhattan.com