We are abundantly thankful to have our son enrolled in Village East Gifted program. We have seen our child soar to new heights of learning that he was not receiving in his standard school curriculum. Our 9yr old son presented an entrepreneurial business plan regarding what it takes to start up a restaurant. We were impressed with the work and attention to detail during the presentation. His vocabulary has advanced and the teaching of sign language is ingenious. It is wonderful to see our son get excited about learning in a creative, dynamic and safe environment. Thank you Ms. Phillips for giving us the opportunity to enrich our child's development. We appreciate the new and innovative ways your program challenges him.
Village East Gifted is an amazing school! Both of my boys (ages 13 & 11) attended programs there. The curriculum is phenomenal and the teachers are professional and friendly. Village East Gifted provides a great learning environment for any child and my boys left the program feeling inspired and eager to come back again.
Great program, brilliant instructor - nothing like this anywhere!
Tobi Phillips is a gifted educator. The children in her programs are lucky to be able to learn from the wonderful teachers at Village East Gifted.
I first met Ms. P about two years before she founded VEG, while she was teaching at my school district's magnet program for gifted children. Immediately she became a mentor - a relationship that's lasted well over half my life. I'm sure I'll be running my writing by her for as long as I'm writing.
Many, if not most, of my fondest childhood memories involve chanting prefixes and suffixes in our Word Etymology courses (the cadences of which are still etched into my brain), or being encased in a raisin costume I'd made working through some song my like-minded friends and I had written for Odyssey of the Mind performance.
I cannot recommend VEG enough. It grounded me from a young age, provided me with a community, and gave me the toolset to live a creative life.
Our child entered kindergarten at our local public school only to come home frustrated and bored. Finding VEG was a God-send! From the moment he walked in the classroom you could see his desire to learn. Words cannot describe how much our son loves VEG. Our classes with Mrs. Goldfarb opened the world to him as they studied geography, latin words, and Ancient Egyptian History. Mrs. Goldfarb made learning these subjects so fun that often times our son would come home and want to research more. VEG is a special place and seeing the excitement on our son's face to go to class is priceless.
Village East Gifted is an amazing school! Both of my boys (ages 13 & 14) attended programs there. The curriculum is phenomenal and the teachers are professional and friendly. Village East Gifted provides a great learning environment for any child and my boys left the program feeling inspired and eager to come back again.
My daughter is in third grade and has been taking classes at Village East Gifted for over a year now. I am truly amazed by the development of her vocabulary and her writing skills at such a young age. Ms. Phillips shows unlimited depths of creativity by developing lessons that are informative and fun at the same time. The program is just the thing I was looking for to supplement my child's education and prepare her for a bright future. The lessons expand her mind with critical thinking exercises and a challenging curriculum. The small classes create a comfortable and welcoming setting with children of similar interests and learning capabilities. My daughter has developed some great friendships along the way and always leaves class with a smile on her face.
As I was reading Jacques Lacan's Ecrits for class, I stumbled upon a quote of his that struck me as being wonderfully, almost uncannily pertinent, ""The most corrupting of comforts is intellectual comfort, just as the worst of corruptions is corruption of the best." Which, in retrospect, were the exact words I was looking for to explain what I thought to be the core of Ms. P's educational philosophy, as well as the root of its success. It's a beautiful defense of the idea that constant, self-motivated discovery of new knowledge, even from sources generally considered long-spent, is the truest form of learning, rather than the didactic dispensing of previously collected knowledge on the part of some distant, unqualified authority figure.
Her pupils (myself included) could not be more devoted to her. To attain this sort of fanatical respect, most other teachers would have to resort to some kind of Big Brother-esque conditioning program; they'd have to forcibly brainwash their kids to attain any level of affection. Ms. P doesn't have that problem. We don't love Ms. P because she's always watching- we love her because she's awesome