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 in 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 also manages external affairs for The Quad Prep School and teaches dance to children grades K-12 in her spare time. 

Email: ashley@thequadmanhattan.com

Dr. Benjamin Klein -- 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 the Gillen Brewer School. He led trainings, facilitated support groups, responded to student crises, and worked closely with students both in the classroom and during counseling sessions. Ben is excited to bring to The Quad Manhattan his vast experience with Collaborative Problem Solving and Social Thinking and to use these approaches and techniques to help all of the campers at The Quad Manhattan continue to build their social-emotional and executive functioning skills this summer while at camp. This fall, Ben will begin a new position at the Collegiate School as the Lower/Middle School Psychologist.

Email: benjamin@thequadmanhattan.com

Julia Rutkovsky, LMSW – Associate Director, Summer Camp & After School

Julia first joined the Quad in May 2017 as an intern, and began as Program Coordinator in 2018. Julia earned her MSW with Honors from New York University in May 2017, and a Certificate in Child and Family Therapy from NYU and the Play Therapy Association in May 2018. Julia is now a member of the Certification in Program in Meeting the Needs of Twice Exceptional Children with the 2e Study Center at The Quad. Julia began her social work career in 2013, and has worked in elementary schools, in adolescent inpatient services, in a homeless shelter, and more. When she's not at the Quad Manhattan, Julia works as a psychotherapist at the Bronx Early Childhood Treatment Center with The Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services, and serves as the Assistant Director of the Leaders Network for Artists Striving to end Poverty.

Email: julia@thequadmanhattan.com

Nicole Cavaliere- 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. 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. Nicole currently teaches STEM at The Quad Preparatory School for 2e children for grade 2. 

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

Ali Swoish--Psychosocial Teacher (After School Capoeira, Tech, and Theater)

Ali started as a Psychosocial Intern for The Quad Manhattan in Fall 2016. She has implemented psychosocial goals and strategies for children in Theater, Strategy Games, Tech, Capoeira, and Quad Squad after school classes. She is currently at Teachers College, Columbia University attaining her masters degree in Mental Health Counseling. Ali received her undergraduate degree from New York University, studying Applied Psychology with a specialization in Child and Adolescent Mental Health. Ali is a trained dancer, choreographer, and instructor, currently a part of the professional contemporary company SoulEscape. She is thrilled to be able to combine her knowledge and interest in Child Psychology with her love for movement and is looking forward to working with your children this year!

Email: ali@thequadmanhattan.com

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

Dr. Timm Woods completed his PhD in English Literature at St. John's University, studying the effects and potential of role-playing games in education. He has extensive experience using games as an interactive, creative, and social teaching medium. He operates an independent after-school program, a program within a private school, and also runs professional game-based events for children and adult learners outside of the classroom. He has used game-based teaching in English, Writing, and ESL classrooms, including the English Composition courses which he teaches at St. John's.

Email: timm@thequadmanhattan.com

Stephanie Grayson--Psychosocial Core Teacher & Executive Functioning Coach 

Stephanie has held the positions of Psychosocial Intern and Chief Psychosocial Intern at The Quad Manhattan for two summers and Psychosocial teacher this past year at The Quad Preparatory School. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Anthropology from Bucknell University in 2017. She has worked with twice-exceptional, intellectually and developmentally disabled, sick, grieving, and neurotypical children and adolescents in camp, school, recreational, and hospital settings. Stephanie is passionate about helping children to ensure their strengths are maximized and they reach their full potential.

Email: stephanie@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

Mya Scarlato--Music Instructor (Summer Camp & Private Lessons)

Mya Scarlato is a certified, K-12 music teacher and doctoral student at Teachers College, Columbia University. She has been teaching music for the past seven years, six of which were at an international school in Seoul, South Korea, where she taught general music and beginning band (ages 3-12). Above all, Mya believes that every child is musical and that children learn best through play and creative exploration. Music classes at The Quad Manhattan include a variety of singing, dancing, instrumental, and movement activities, through which students explore and experience musical concepts and skills. Mya also teaches individualized instrument lessons to students after school who are interested in piano, guitar, and beginning band instruments such as flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, and baritone/euphonium.

Email: mya@thequadmanhattan.com

Elisabeth Day--Psychosocial Teacher (Summer Program)

Elisabeth spent her high school and college years working at Social Thinking Boston, where she had the opportunity to teach children and adolescents. She graduated with a degree in psychology from Villanova University in May 2018 and she is  currently attending graduate school at NYU where she is studying Social Work. Outside of work and school she enjoys reading and is an avid sailor.

Email: elisabeth@thequadmanhattan.com

Johnson Ho--Psychosocial Teacher (After School)

Johnson graduated from the University of North Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Child Psychology. During his undergraduate studies, Johnson completed internships at an afterschool program supporting unserved students and also at Head Start. Additionally, Johnson participated in a Cognitive Development Lab as a research assistant and completed his own thesis project in the field of neuropsychology. After graduating from college, Johnson decided to pursue his passion working in education through dedicating a service year with an AmeriCorps program called City Year. Following his experiences with City Year Jacksonville, Johnson enrolled in Johns Hopkins University for a Master of Science degree in General Education. While enrolled in graduate school, Johnson worked in a public school, after school program, and as a PreK classroom evaluator in Washington D.C. Johnson’s experiences in D.C. led him to The Quad Preparatory School. Johnson aspires to eventually complete his master’s program and then pursue a career in School Psychology. Johnson is currently working as the Psychosocial Teacher in Pulsar Prep.

Email: johnson@thequadmanhattan.com 

Paul Kite--Substitute Teacher, Strategy Games and Technology

Paul is a artist, teacher, actor, writer, graphic designer, builder and director currently living in Brooklyn. Paul is always looking for something to build and he loves discovering the way things work. He has become the defacto "Computer Guy" among his friends and family. In the past, he has worked with Lincoln Center Theatre, The Pearl Theatre Company, Second Stage Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and The Kennedy Center to name a few. He received a BS from the University of Evansville and an MFA from Rutgers. Paul has taught all over New York City and the surrounding areas in subjects ranging from coding to to theatre. His expertise includes: Website design, Google Sketch up, Graphic Design.

Kimberly (Kim) Tena-Psychosocial Core Teacher (Summer Camp-Quad Prep Division)

After graduating from Stony Brook University in May 2018, Kim served as a Psychosocial Intern for The Quad Manhattan Summer Program. She then joined The Quad Preparatory family for the ‘18-‘19 school year as a Psychosocial Teacher. Kim is excited to join summer of camp as a Head Teacher before starting OT school at New York University in the Fall of 2019.

email: kimberly@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