Shadi Karimi (Art/Learning Manager) has developed specialties in the areas of art education and math instruction and fluency during her time at QPS. She completed her secondary education in Isfahan, Iran, with a focus in math (equivalent of associates degree coursework). In New York, she received her bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in sociology from Queens College. Ms. Karimi’s love of viewing and making art runs deep throughout the generations of her family. Her great grandfather was a well-known miniaturist in Iran, and she attended art courses and workshops starting at a very young age. She served as a part-time art instructor in an Iranian pre-k and kindergarten school and was assistant art instructor at Queens Paideia for two years.
Elyssa Berg (Movement Education) is a professional dancer, choreographer, and fitness instructor who graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. Over the past 10 years, she has trained worldwide in numerous dance styles, somatic practices, and pedagogy. She has performed and presented work all along the East Coast with Dante Brown Warehouse Dance, Monkeyhouse Dance Company, and under her own name. Since 2017, she has taught fitness classes at Barre3 (MA) and is a founding instructor for Barre3 in Long Island City. Her passion for wellness is evident in her mission to help others find a love for movement and creativity that they can carry into many parts of their lives.
Laurilyn Jones (Business Manager) has a PhD in behavior analysis from OsloMet University, with a specialty in learning theory. Since 1997 she has been the Managing Director of the Mechner Foundation, working with Dr. Francis Mechner to run the Foundation’s research programs and administer its ongoing projects, including Queens Paideia School. She conducts long-running basic and applied research programs in the field of learning, and develops education software. She regularly publishes her work in scientific journals and lectures to scientific audiences.
Adam Hockman (Consultant) specializes in educational technology and instructional design. As a research associate of Dr. Francis Mechner, he developed and implemented new programs and methodologies at QPS. He is Senior Learning Architect at ABA Technologies, serves as executive VP and managing editor for Standard Celeration Society, and is an advisor to the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies. He also coaches classical musicians in performance and skills practice, expanding on his work at the Heifetz International Music Institute (2016). He is the cofounder of Mifa Music Training, which develops core music literacy repertoires using precision teaching-based instruction. Adam is a graduate of Utah State University.