Jeannette Pons, Director
Mrs. Pon brings a powerful combination of passion and experience to the Early Scholars family. Her background working in both public and private settings as an administrator has given her excellent organizational skills. Mrs. Pon’s hospitality background has also made her adept at interacting with people professionally and respectfully. She brings energy and commitment to ensuring a positive learning experience for all of our scholars.
Soyoung Lim, Math Assessment Specialist
Soyoung Lim has been tutoring Math for over ten years, and recently shifted her attentions to Math curriculum & assessment development. Mrs. Lim earned her graduate degree from Hunter College. She is trained in testing and measurement, and routinely administers norm-referenced diagnostic assessments. Soyoung is skilled in test preparation for the New York State Math exams, and before coming to Early Scholars, she was a Math SAT tutor for LYCEE- Laguardia Youth Center for Engineering Excellence. She is a member of Psi Chi, International Honors Society in Psychology.
Sunjida Ema, ELA Assessment Specialist
Sunjida Ema is a Certified Teacher who is trained in administering norm-referenced diagnostic assessments. Ms. Ema is an invaluable support member of our ELA curriculum & assessment development team. Since the company began, Sunjida has been instrumental in creating a fun learning environment that motivates children to seek out new information. She administers ongoing evaluations of students and brings that information to the team to foster ongoing development.
Meet Our Teen Games Consultant!
If you’re wondering what makes the Early Scholars curriculum so much fun, it’s because we enlist the help of one bright teenager. Ashley Akaeze helps our educational consultants develop Early Scholars games and select the best purchases.
Ashley believes in making learning fun! She is a scholar in the making. Ashley was named the salutatorian of Howard T. Herber Middle School, Class of 2012. Earning a 98.2% cumulative average in science, Ashley was an invaluable member of the science research team in her middle school, which went on to win the Disney Planet Challenge for New York State.
Ashley’s exemplary record led to her being nominated and selected for the National Young Scholars Program. She was a recipient of the Presidential Academic Excellence Award in 2008 and 2012. In addition to her academic strides, Ashley has earned distinctions for her avocational pursuits in music. She received the Most Outstanding Chorus Student Award from her middle school, an accomplishment that the Malverne Parents Association recognized by presenting her with a scholarship.
Currently, Ashley is a freshmen honors student attending Malverne High School. She is a member of the Musical and Black Studies Club and the Robotics team.