Founder & Teacher
Welcome to Oakwood Learning Center! I have been a private school science teacher in New York City and Rumson, NJ for 30 years. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Boston University and my Master of Arts degree in Science Education from NYU. I became a teacher because of my love of science and my love of working with children. This passion has grown with every year I have been teaching. I decided to open a learning center to offer students a more hands-on academic experience, and to create a comfortable, nurturing, and warm place for students to come and learn. I also wanted to spread my love of science to more children in the community. Over my 25 plus years of teaching, I have recognized certain skills in my students that require more attention. The enrichment skills we emphasize each month are carefully designed to give students the tools they need to succeed in school and beyond. I strongly believe that social emotional learning is just as important as academic learning, and both will be a priority in our teaching. I love being a teacher, and I am so excited to work with our new Oakwood learners to help them become more confident and skilled students!
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George is a native of Rumson, New Jersey and attended Deane-Porter Elementary School, Forrestdale Middle School, and Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School. He attended the University of Tampa and received a Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice with a Minor in Government World Affairs and a Master of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice. George is currently a full-time substitute teacher at The Rumson Country Day School and a lacrosse coach at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School. His ultimate goal is to become a full time teacher, and his mission is to guide young individuals towards having a rewarding and successful life. George began working at Oakwood Learning Center in the summer of 2021 where he enjoyed learning science, playing sports, and getting to know the students. He looks forward to continuing with Oakwood Learning Center and providing a positive and fun experience for each and every child.
Drama Kids International Director and Teacher
Melissa is the Director of Drama Kids International of Eastern Monmouth County. She has been involved in theater all her life as a dancer, singer, actress, director, and choreographer. She has taught children for almost 30 years and is so excited to bring Drama Kids to Oakwood Learning Center.
Melissa hopes to help inspire a future generation of young artists and encourage a lifelong love of the arts. Currently, Melissa is teaching Performing Arts at Rolling Hills Country Day Camp.
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