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Testimonials

What her Principal says about our Lead Teacher:

"...Larisa's enthusiasm for math is palpable. She lives and breathes what she calls "the beauty of math." She has the consummate mathematical mind, and the effect is contagious, particularly on adolescents who are not easily able to appreciate its real-world application and relevance..."

What her Principal says about our Lead Teacher:

"…there have been so many instances of appreciation of her instructional talents [from students, parents and colleagues]…"

What her Principal says about our Lead Teacher:

"Larisa is superbly knowledgeable in the discipline of mathematics. Over her 33 year career, she has successfully taught math in two different countries and at multiple levels, from elementary to college...."

What her Students say about our Lead Teacher:

"…some of the best aspects of your teaching were that you knew how to challenge us… you made sure we understood everything in depth before continuing on…"

- Leah B.

What her Students say about our Lead Teacher:

"…I enjoyed the most how your enthusiasm for the subject of mathematics made our class fun…"

- David R.

What her Students say about our Lead Teacher:

"…The best aspect about your teaching is your encouragement and understanding. You encouraged us even when we disappointed you; and you were really concerned about our understanding…"

- Michelle J.

What her Students say about our Lead Teacher:

"…You were awesome!! I loved your way of teaching and hope to have you as a teacher again! Love you!"

- Michelle J.

What her Students say about our Lead Teacher:

"…The best aspect about your teaching was the depth of knowledge you shared with us…"

- Caleb S.

What her Students say about our Lead Teacher:

"…I like how you go over every single detail when going over a certain topic…"

- Jane Y.

What her Supervisors say about our Lead Teacher:

"Ms. Bankovsky clearly enjoys teaching her students. Her energy is infectious; her students know that she has a deep respect for them and cares about them individually. In her instruction, she involves all students and ensures that students always feel supported…"

What her Supervisors say about our Lead Teacher:

"Mrs. Bankovsky has high expectations for all of her students. She attempts to get all students involved in her lessons and encourages her students to persevere even when they are seemingly having difficulty…"

What her Supervisors say about our Lead Teacher:

"Mrs. Bankovsky has a passion for mathematics that is evident to her students and fellow staff members… She reads math books for pleasure."

What her Supervisors say about our Lead Teacher:

"Ms. Bankovsky shows her love of mathematics, and students are aware of her passion for the subject. She wants students to learn and also makes that evident in her instruction."

What her Supervisors say about our Lead Teacher:

"Mrs. Bankovsky does a great job at questioning. She is constantly asking questions - and effectively varies the type between all-class and directed questions. This also allows her to assess student understanding and keeps everyone focused and involved. Student answers to initial question are often followed-up by "why?", "please explain your thinking." This leads to higher order thinking and requires students to thoroughly explain their work and reasoning"

What her Supervisors say about our Lead Teacher:

"Larisa is excellent at emphasizing vocabulary. She stresses the importance of correct mathematical vocabulary usage when students explain their answers"

What her Supervisors say about our Lead Teacher:

"Mrs. Bankovsky is very receptive to new ideas and is not afraid to experiment in an attempt to enhance students' understanding"

What her Supervisors say about our Lead Teacher:

"Mrs. Bankovsky has a very positive and enthusiastic attitude. It is obvious that she loves the subject and that she enjoys teaching. This attitude has a tendency to rub off on the students and they become more motivated to excel."

Math Academy classes are led by Larisa Bankovsky, a teacher of mathematics with over 30 years of experience teaching students of all school levels in both former Soviet Union and in the United States. Larisa holds two Master's Degrees - Master's in Mathematics and Teaching Mathematics from Dnepropetrovsk State University (Ukraine) and Master of Arts in Education from City College of City University of New York. She has been developing mathematical curriculum as well as specialized programs for advanced mathematical development of students for over 20 years.

Larisa is a passionate and extremely engaging teacher, who easily passes on her love for mathematics and her dedication to this discipline to her students. Her teaching approaches are both masterful and simple. Larisa is a results-driven teacher, who cleverly finds ways to deliver the essence of mathematical knowledge to her students in the most effective and approachable manner possible.

Over her extensive career, Larisa has successfully advanced her students' mathematical abilities and knowledge and helped them achieve their educational goals - be it winning a Math Olympiad competition, entering a prestigious and highly competitive middle school or high school program, getting into the university of choice, or simply becoming the best they can be at mathematics.

When living in New York (before moving to Boston in 2005) parallel to teaching in school, Larisa was an owner of Bankovsky School of Mathematics - an after-school mathematical program, which can be considered a prototype for our Math Academy. Many of Larisa Bankovsky's students went on to enter some of the most competitive and prestigious middle school and high school programs in NYC, such as Stuyvesant High School, Mark Twain School, Brooklyn Tech, etc.