Feynman School is a unique educational environment that brings together academically gifted children with a talented group of faculty and staff. The school’s personnel are passionately committed to their work. They come from varied educational backgrounds with outstanding training and experience in gifted education. These factors come together to provide Feynman teachers a diverse and stimulating environment to build a successful career in gifted education.
Lead Teacher, PreschoolElisabeth Rich joined the Feynman School team as the Preschool teacher in 2013. Mrs. Rich has been teaching young children for 20+ years and most recently taught in Montgomery County. She grew up in New Jersey and received her B.A. from Trinity College in Connecticut. She had the opportunity to attend the Instituto International in Madrid, Spain where she studied Spanish language, politics, culture and art. Mrs. Rich continued her education at Lesley College where she received her M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education.Lead Teacher, Pre-KindergartenBefore joining the Feynman School team in 2015 as the Pre-Kindergarten teacher, Ms. Ana Weiss worked with young learners at the primary level for eight years. She has her Undergraduate degree in Elementary Education with a minor in English from the University of Maryland at College Park. She then continued her studies by finishing with a Master’s in Educational Studies degree with two certification areas: Gifted and Talented Education/English as a Second Language from Johns Hopkins University. During her Master’s degree work, she became a member of the Phi Delta Kappa Honors Society and a member of the National Association of Gifted Children. Ms. Weiss has held many roles outside of her day-to-day teaching responsibilities including primary level coordinator for Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 2. She also enjoys participating in continuing education workshops through the Smithsonian, where some of her lesson plans/student work has been displayed and shared. In 2014, Ms. Weiss was honored with her former school’s highest honor: the “Golden Apple Teacher” award for her commitment to education and her school community. Her hope for her students is that they not only develop an intrinsic love for learning, but also become global citizens in the process.Associate Teacher, Pre-KindergartenLead Teacher, KindergartenSarah Rizk has over eight years of experience teaching in international, public, private and gifted settings. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Science degree from Northwestern University, a Master of Education in Elementary Education from The George Washington University, and a Master of Arts in International Education from Columbia University, Teachers College. In addition, Ms. Rizk is also specialized in Peace Education and Literacy.Associate Teacher, KindergartenA native Coloradan, Colten graduated with his Bachelors of Science in Materials and Metallurgical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. While still a student, Colten channeled his love for teaching through the AVID tutor program, taught ballroom dance and led his school’s competitive swing dance team as captain and co-choreographer. After a wonderful summer of teaching S.T.E.M camps, Colten is thrilled for the opportunity to work at Feynman School.Lead Teacher, Grade 1A native Washingtonian and alumna of Sidwell Friends School, Inez graduated summa cum laude from Boston University with a double major in Spanish Language and Literature and History of Art and Architecture. As an undergraduate Inez received the Barbara Argote Junior Award for Excellence in Romance Language; the Alice M. Brennan Award for the Humanities; the Barbara Argote Senior Award for Excellence in Romance Language; and the Departmental Prize for Excellence in History of Art and Architecture. After two years as an associate teacher at Feynman School, Inez is thrilled to be the lead teacher for First Grade. Before coming to Feynman School, for four years Inez devoted her springs and summers to working with her childhood school, the Oyster-Adams Bilingual Elementary School, as a teacher intern, afterschool counselor and test administrator. An alto saxophonist, she also taught music theory lessons to students ages six to fourteen. Inez’ passion for innovative teaching, learning and bilingual education make her an integral part of our faculty.ASSOCIATE TEACHER, Grade 1Kelsey Karpman, a Maryland native hailing from Prince George’s County, completed her Bachelors of Arts degree at Vassar College in Educational Studies and Psychology, focusing on developmentally and culturally appropriate pedagogical practices and the influence of standardization and high-stakes testing on school communities. She worked at Wimpfheimer Nursery School, a laboratory nursery school on Vassar’s campus, under the direction of Dr. Julie Riess for her entire college career, assisting in classrooms, implementing original curriculum and conducting research. Kelsey spent a semester student teaching at Scoil Mhuire, a primary school in Clifden, Ireland. The summer prior to her senior year at Vassar, she worked as a teaching fellow through the Partnership for After School Education at WHEDco, a community support organization located in the South Bronx, where she implemented a maker space, developed a cooking and nutrition club in addition to teaching language arts. Prior to teaching in a formal classroom setting, Kelsey expanded upon her own love of swimming and dancing by teaching lessons in both disciplines.Lead Teacher. Grade 2Allison Brill is a founding faculty member of Feynman School. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Vassar College. She is completing her Master of Arts Degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Connecticut, focusing on Gifted Education and Talent Development. Ms. Brill has presented at the National Association of Gifted Children Conference.Associate Teacher, Grade 2Lead Teacher, Grade 3/4Before becoming a lead teacher at Feynman School in 2015, Rebecca Dawson worked at Greenwood Friends School in Pennsylvania. At Greenwood Friends, she taught a Grade 2/3 class for a year before becoming both the elementary science teacher from Preschool to Grade 3 and art teacher from preschool to Grade 8. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the College of William and Mary, a Master of Science in Biology from Saint Joseph's University, and a Master of Education in Elementary Education from Saint Joseph's University.Associate Teacher, Grade 3/4Allison Ho began at Feynman School in the fall of 2016. Ms. Ho has been teaching children since she graduated from undergrad in 2014, but has been volunteering and working in the education world for much longer. She grew up in Northern Virginia and received her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from George Mason University. She has since returned to her alma mater to continue her education to get her M.Ed in Science Education. Her love for teaching elementary school age children came from her volunteer work with RESET DC, an organization that brings STEM lessons to schools to get kids excited about science, technology, engineering, and math. Ms. Ho volunteered at schools in DC and Virginia by teaching children about science. Even though she does not volunteer in the classrooms anymore she shares her lesson plans and helps with other projects for RESET. Ms. Ho has also presented at RESET conferences, sharing her work and experiences with other teachers and scientists. She was a STEM teacher for Little Einstein's Explorers Inc. of Loudon County, a Lead AVID tutor for Fairfax County Public Schools, and a preschool Teacher for an Arlington County Government program. She has gone to workshops for WETA and for parents and their child's development. At Feynman school Ms. Ho hopes to help her students refine their learning skills in order to make them be better scientists.LEAD TEACHER, GRADE 5/6Jon Bismut graduated from the University of Maryland with a Masters of Arts in Teaching and became A National Honor Society Member in recognition of his academic success. He has been working in education since 2012 and has been involved in many nonprofit foundations including the Maker Education Initiative, Abel Foundation, and YouthWorks. He spent four years teaching for Sci Kidz summer camps and after school programs with a specialty in robotics. Most recently he taught English in a Baltimore Public Middle School. Although he was born in Israel and is fluent in Hebrew, he has lived most of his life in the DC suburban area.Aftercare TeacherMeredith Seed is the head of the after school program at Feynman School. Meredith has been directing after school programs for twenty years. She also teaches art, outdoor education, music and ASL at other schools/programs. Meredith holds an Associate degree in American Sign Language from Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, IA. She then received her Bachelor degree from University of Iowa in American Sign Language. Meredith is also a resident artist in Washington, DC. and directs summer camp programs each summer at different camps around the United States.