Westchester, NY

Instructors

Krissh Bhargava

Python

Krissh Bhargava is a sophomore and a programming enthusiast. He has expertise in Python through the University of Michigan and has been coding in Python for over three years. Also passionate about science and mathematics Krissh is a member of the Study of Exceptional Talent at John Hopkins and the New York Math Circle at NYU. In his free time likes to play tennis and hang out with friends.

Curtis Chang

Origam

Curtis is a senior and serves as an origami instructor. He has done origami for many years since he was a child, and has learned to design or recreate models from scratch, often spending hours folding a single design. He is a nationally ranked debater and has been successful with math and chemistry olympiads. He is additionally part of organizations such as Students for Refugees or PepTalk debate. During his free time, he enjoys playing the piano, cooking, and spending time with friends.

Natalie is a senior and instructs both of the 3D modeling courses. She began learning the program Fusion 360 as a middle schooler, and has since taken several classes on 3D modeling, engineering, carpentry, and product development. In her free time, she enjoys reading, hiking, baking, and spending time with friends.

Natalie Dowd

3D Modeling

Carly Gelles

Baking

Carly is a sophomore and has been baking ever since she could walk. Through years of perfecting her recipes, Carly has grown to become a talented chef and baker, as she has trained with professionals at the International Culinary Center. Throughout quarantine, she has been baking for healthcare workers, homeless shelters, neighbors, friends, and family. In her free time, Carly enjoys dancing and learning new languages such as ASL, Spanish, and Mandarin.

Ethan Gu

Chess

Ethan is a senior and a chess instructor. Along with chess, he is also part of the math and debate team. Ethan is very passionate about chess and competes in tournaments regularly. He is a USCF Expert and is currently ranked 29th in the nation for his age group. Ethan previously placed 8th at the 2018 National Junior High Championship. He hopes to share his passion with others through YPP.

Kaila Hall

US Civis and American Government, French

Kaila is a senior and teaches US Civics and American Government, as well as Introduction to French. Prior to teaching with the YPP, she was a peer tutor at her school and also created and taught a US Citizenship Course to adults. Additionally, she taught tae kwon do to people of all ages and levels. She looks forward to sharing her passion for history, law, and foreign languages with her students. Outside of the classroom, Kaila plays competitive travel soccer and enjoys playing the violin. 

Sam Hurwitz

Songwriting & Recording, Film Scoring

Sam is a senior and teaches Songwriting & Recording and Film Scoring. He is a singer-songwriter who has been writing and performing songs since the age of nine, and has been recording and producing songs since middle school. Sam has won numerous awards for his songwriting and musical performances, as well as writing awards regionally and nationally in the categories of novel writing, poetry, and short story. In his free time he enjoys to write and play music.

Leya is a junior and is passionate about creative writing. She has won awards from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards and has a play produced by the Writopia Worldwide Plays Festival. In her free time, she enjoys reading and playing video games. 

Leya Ivanov

Creative Writing

Riddha Iyengar

Earth Science & Sustainability, Sanskrit

Riddha is a junior,  and loves teaching. In the past she has tutored elementary and middle school grade students in both reading and math.  She has completed SAFL course in Sanskrit, and has taken courses in earth science, geology, sustainability, universal and human rights. She has received awards for her writing,  music  and poems. She is an officer in Habitat for Humanity and the Vice President of Midnight run school clubs. She loves to volunteer in her spare time. 

Janet Kuskin

Piano

Janet is a senior and the instructor for the piano class. She has been playing piano since she was 7 years old and has competed in the NYSSMA competition at the highest levels. While she is classically trained, she also participates in the school’s Jazz Ensemble as both a pianist and a bassist on the keyboard. Aside from music, Janet is also interested in studying law and is on the school’s Mock Trial team. In her free time, she plays softball, reads, and dog-sits her friends’ pets.

Karen Lee

Music Theory

Karen is a senior and teaches Music Theory. She has been learning the cello for 9 years and won various music competitions. Karen has played at the Lincoln Center as well as performed a solo at Carnegie Hall. She is the principal cellist of her local orchestra, and she received a perfect score from NYSSMA, taking 2nd chair of the Area All State Orchestra. Besides music, Karen is a debater and officer of the JV team. In her free time, she exercises and discusses critical theories.

Sam Lippmann

Stand-Up Comedy

Sam is a junior and has performed stand-up comedy since he was ten years old, primarily at Gotham Comedy Club in New York City, on the same stage where comedy idols like Jerry Seinfeld, George Carlin, and Chris Rock have performed. Also passionate about writing, Sam has received awards in the genres of humor, sci-fi, and short fiction. He is thrilled to share his passion in Stand-up 101. In his spare time, Sam likes to read and walk his dog, Murphy Brown.

Olivia Liu

Cooking

Olivia is a sophomore and an avid food enthusiast. She teaches Introduction to Plant-Based Cooking at YPP. She has been plant-based for over 3 months but has been in love with cooking for the majority of her life. She believes good food brings happiness and sharing that food only makes it more special. When she isn't making a mess in the kitchen, she enjoys drawing and painting, photography, and running her food blog.

Minori is a senior and is the instructor for Japanese and Intro to Psychology. She is a member of the international club, has been doing abacus and competitive calculations for over 9 years, and won an award in the All-USA calculation contest in 2019. In her free time, Minori likes to read and draw.

Minori Nakazawa

Japanese

Aidan Resnick

Chess, Sports Analytics

Aidan is a senior and an aspiring sports analyst. In 2019, he attended the Wharton Moneyball Academy and the Carnegie Mellon Sports Analytics Conference, which inspired him to pursue sports analytics. Aidan is currently co-writing a book about sports analytics to inspire young sports analysts. Also, Aidan has played chess in local, state, and national tournaments since 2010. Aside from these passions, Aidan is a dedicated violinist, having attended music festivals and events for many years.

Anjali Schoetz

Vocal Music & Auditioning

Anjali is a Freshman and a musician. She has performed lead roles in upwards of 6 musicals and has sung in off-broadway venues all around NYC. She was 1 of 4 students selected to represent her school in the all-county choir for 3 years, and scored a 97% in the level 5 voice nyssma music exam. Additionally, she was a finalist in the school speech contest dramatic interpretation category, and was elected for student government three years in a row. She composes in her spare time. 

Max Wiesenfeld

Python

Max is a senior with a passion for computer science and electrical engineering. After self-teaching code for a couple years, he took his first computer science courses--one, a college-level course in data structures and algorithms through Columbia University, the other AP Computer Science. In addition to programming, Max self-teaches circuitry in his free time and studies Physics theory underlying electrical components. Outside of academics, Max is a foodie and a fan of classic rock and movies.

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