OUR TEAM

Our team is your team. When your goal is to raise your children to be well-rounded, successful and intelligent, you need the best people driving your vision forward. You need people who can create focused teaching and learning strategies that align with growth goals, who can infuse their creativity into groundbreaking new teaching methods, and who can nurture children while building a foundation of knowledge for lifelong learning along the way. Meet your team!

Elena Melamed

Elena Melamed is the founder, creative director, teacher, and First LEGO League Coach. Elena Melamed is passionate about education. A classically trained musician, she earned a master’s degree from Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory.

Elena Melamed is the founder, creative director, teacher, and First LEGO League Coach. Elena Melamed is passionate about education. A classically trained musician, she earned a master’s degree from Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory. Elena is particularly passionate about helping kids become excited about learning as they uncover their true potential. She believes in giving children the opportunity to develop in an environment that helps them become well-rounded individuals. She encourages kids to explore, experiment and ask questions. She also partners with parents to help children address their developmental or emotional needs and achieve their true potential now and into the future.

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Lisa Greenhut

Lisa Greenhut is a head of our LEGO Robotics and Engineering Program. Lisa is a science educator, curriculum developer with 20 years of classroom experience ranging from pre-K students to 7th grade, and a First Lego League Coach.

Lisa Greenhut is a head of our LEGO Robotics and Engineering Program. Lisa is a science educator, curriculum developer with 20 years of classroom experience ranging from pre-K students to 7th grade, and a First LEGO League Coach. She received her B.A. from Brown University and M.A. in Elementary and Special Education from Bank Street College. Lisa Greenhut, a science educator and curriculum developer in the Adventures in Science Program of the American Museum of Natural History.

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Rianjali

Rianjali is a talented singer, songwriter, composer and our star member who teaches at the Renaissance Child a variety of different classes. Back in 2018 she joined our team as the pop-singing and guitar teacher.

Rianjali is a talented singer, songwriter, composer and our star member who teaches at the Renaissance Child. A variety of different classes. Back in 2018 she joined our team as the pop-singing and guitar teacher. She also assisted and then later taught and lead out Little Explorer Program. During the pandemic Rianjali started to teach pre-k learning pods. Her beautiful voice and special approach transformed the perils of the online learning into a time for joy, laughter and socialization. Rianjali is a known musician, she is Oscar Shortlisted for Best Original Song and a Television Award Academy winner for the Netflix Documentary “Daughters of Destiny”. She has gone on to collaborate and perform with the likes of A.R.Rahman, U2, Bishop Briggs, and Shawn Mendes. To learn more about Rianjali click here. http://www.rianj

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Anna Faynberg

Anna Faynberg, is a teaching artist who recently joined the Renaissance Child team. Anna is teaching our Little Explorer Program for toddlers and preschoolers, she is a head of our Russian immersion program, and teaching classical violin and piano as well

Anna Faynberg, is a teaching artist who recently joined The Renaissance Child team. Anna teaches our Little Explorer Program for toddlers and preschoolers, she leads our Russian immersion program and teaches classical violin and piano as well. Anna received her Bachelor’s degree in Violin Performance from the Manhattan School of Music and Master’s Degree in Music Education from Hunter College. She holds Dalcroze, First Steps in Music, and Musikgarten certifications. In addition to The Renaissance Child, Anna is currently on the faculty at the Thurnauer School of Music in NJ, where she’s been teaching early childhood classes in English and in Russian, in addition to teaching violin. Prior to Thurnauer, she taught at the Special Music School and Lucy Moses school at Kaufman Music Center in NYC for 12 years.

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Nikita Ramoo

Meet Nikita Ramoo. She is our STEAM, Robotics, LEGO Engineering instructor as well as math and language arts teacher. Nikita is also currently an educator of 4th grade students. Nikita’s experience of using STEM in the classroom.

Meet Nikita Ramoo. She is our STEAM, Robotics, LEGO Engineering instructor as well as math and language arts teacher. Nikita is also currently an educator of 4th grade students. Nikita’s experience of using STEM in the classroom has provided her with the tools to lead guided instruction in LEGO building for preschool students. She enjoys leading the students as they problem solve and watch their ideas come to life. Challenging students to think outside the box and build using their imagination is a passion of hers. Nikita alway says “I am excited to watch our future engineers grow!”

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Stephanie Valdez

Stephanie Valdez is The Renaissance Child’s most passionate, versatile, and demanded educator and First LEGO League Coach. Driven by determination, she takes pride in providing students with proper education by adapting her teaching methods to benefit eac

Stephanie Valdez is The Renaissance Child’s most passionate, versatile, and demanded educator and First LEGO League Coach. She joined our team in 2021 as a teacher’s assistant. Currently, Stephanie is our lead teacher teaching multiple classes at multiple locations. Stephanie is in the process of getting her bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education as well. Driven by determination, she takes pride in providing students with proper education by adapting her teaching methods to benefit each of her students.

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Lasha Areshidze

Lasha Areshidze is an adept digital designer. Though he specializes in 3D modeling and graphic design, he is experienced in many other areas of computer graphics and design such as 3D printing, video editing, game design, and more.

Lasha Areshidze is an adept digital designer. Though he specializes in 3D modeling and graphic design, he is experienced in many other areas of computer graphics and design such as 3D printing, video editing, game design and more. He is passionate not only about his creative work, but also about passing on his knowledge and fostering the creativity of others. After graduating from New Jersey Institute of Technology, he has had a hand in many creative projects, and has held a volunteer teaching position. He is always excited to teach children and develop innovative learning programs for them. He loves to listen to students and guide them through their creative process so that they can come up with unique solutions. At the end of the day, Lasha always seeks to help his students create masterpieces that are not only functional, but beautiful as well.

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