Our Founder

Tobi J. Phillips, Ed. D. (cert), Headmaster, Founder of Village East Gifted,Inc.

Professional Profile
Ms. Tobi Phillips has been teaching students in grades N-12 for over 36 years. She received her B.A. from Ithaca College with a double major in Vocal Music and Anthropology. She earned three masters from Boston College: M.A., M.Ed., Masters in Special Education and Education of the Blind and Visually Impaired. She was accepted into the doctoral program at Teachers College, Columbia University where she became Ed. D. certified in Instructional Technology.

Ms. Phillips holds the following certifications:

Gifted Education

Early Childhood-Kindergarten

Grades 1-6 and Social Studies/English Grades 7-12

Special Education

Special Education for the Blind and Visually Impaired

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(Orientation and Mobility for the Blind)

License from New York State in Archaeological Excavation.

In 2001, Phillips was awarded the OMER Award for outstanding coaching of five teams (35 students) in the International Odyssey of the Mind Competition. In 2005, she received the New York Senate Liberty Award for her rescue efforts after Hurricane Katrina. She has initiated, put into action and participated in extensive community service projects, both locally and nationally. She has worked with the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Make-A-Wish Foundation, American Heart Association and American Cancer Society.

Ms. Phillips enjoys sharing her diverse skills, interests and life experiences with her students through her teaching styles, challenging and unique curriculum ideas and her creative approach to learning.

Contributing Life Experiences

Accepted to Farrell's School of Performing Arts where she performed as a singer and dancer in various musical productions on Long Island

Formed a singing group and performed her original music in local cafes on Long Island

Joined a national baton twirling team that participated in competitions across the country

Won the National Choral Award after her active involvement in the school music program and her solo performance in the All-State Choir

Participated in a foreign studies program in London, England focusing on British history, education, theater and architecture

Interned at The Dartington School as a music/dance therapist and helped implement an enrichment program for their middle school students

Taught deaf-blind students at Perkins School For the Blind in Boston, Massachusetts

Created a "Guitar Workshop for the Blind" to teach her students unique ways of playing the guitar without sight

Obtained a position as an itinerant teacher for the New York State Commission for the Blind

Worked as a freelance writer and producer of instructional videos while completing her doctoral studies at Teachers College, Columbia University

Became a partner of City Light Productions, a film company specializing in corporate videos and feature films

Titled Associate Producer of the internationally acclaimed film," Torn Apart", which had its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in 1989

Employed by Todd Street Productions, a company specializing in corporate entertainment and event planning

Established a local community support group called, "Working Moms", consisting of thirty working parents and their children

Attended culinary school and opened, "Piece-A-Cake", a company that designed custom cake sculptures and hand-crafted wedding cakes

Won three awards for her work at the "International Societe Culinaire Philanthropique" Cake Show at the Jacob Javits Center in Manhattan

Taught for three years for the Merrick Central School District as a high school Social Studies and English Teacher

Designed and implemented an enrichment program at the North Shore Hebrew Academy

Worked for five years as a tenured Teacher of the Gifted and Talented at the Carrie Palmer Weber Middle School in the Port Washington

Held a full-time position in the Half Hollow Hills School District as a Teacher of the Gifted and Talented in AHAP, a magnet program for gifted students in grades 3-5 as well as an elementary in-school enrichment specialist

Coached three teams in the Odyssey of the Mind Competition from the Half Hollow Hills School District, one placing first on Long Island

Traveled to England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, France, Holland, Italy, Portugal, Denmark, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Greece, Israel, Lebanon, Spain and Morocco

Enjoyed long distance cycling taking numerous bike trips through Alaska, Nova Scotia and Ireland

Opened Village East Gifted Program on Long Island in May 2007, providing enrichment for gifted students in grades kindergarten through college

Brought her summer program to West Hills Day Camp allowing gifted campers "the best of both worlds"... day camp and enrichment

Established the "VEG Mentoring Program" in 2012 inviting former VEG gifted students to assist in the classroom and serve as role models for the students

Copyrighted and received a registered trademark on her curriculum and teaching methodology known as "Phillips RBM Approach (Reawakening Brilliant Minds)

Expanded Village East Gifted's facility in September 2013 opening two new locations in Suffolk and Nassau counties

Became the only academic enrichment program for gifted and talented students (Ages 2-16) on Long Island offering classes and private enrichment seven days a week