Mindy Tashlik is a veteran educator with 27 years of teaching and private tutoring experience combined. Her passion for nurturing students’ gifts is a driving force in her success as an educator. Mindy offers individualized learning experiences through a myriad of teaching strategies to achieve and often exceed expectations.
Mindy received her undergraduate degree from Cornell University with a major in Education and a minor in Biological Science. She continued her studies and earned a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from Columbia University Teachers College. Mindy began her primary school classroom-teaching career at The Dalton School where she taught grades 1 – 3, and continued to excel in the classroom for eight additional years in first grade at Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School (CGPS).
As a teacher, few moments can compare to that magical spark that twinkles, instantaneously, when a student realizes, “I can read!”
In the role of Head Teacher, Mindy was afforded the opportunity to design and implement a classroom curriculum that reflected and challenged her students’ interests, while still adhering to prescribed grade level requirements. She infused the program with creative arts, hands-on learning experiences, comprehensive content, and collaborated with specialists to best integrate a vibrant curriculum. Mindy was awarded an Educator’s Grant from Columbia Grammar School, which enabled her to design and coordinate a teacher exchange at Bateman Primary School in Perth, Western Australia. Subsequently, Mindy presented a comprehensive overview and comparison of best practices Down Under to the CGPS faculty, and brought many of these ideas, at the forefront of education, into her classroom teaching.
During this time, Mindy’s dedication and commitment to the school community extended beyond the classroom. As Director of the CGPS After-school Program, she acted as both administrator and organizer. She furthered her love of sports and teamwork as Coach of the CGPS Middle School soccer team, managing a talented co-ed player roster, unique within its league. Meanwhile, she began tutoring students, addressing both enrichment and remediation, and this soon revealed Mindy’s knack for fostering skills in Executive Function and Organization. Incorporating this into her classroom teaching proved incredibly beneficial; Mindy’s students were well equipped as they moved on to the challenges of the subsequent grade.
Mindy cultivates an inviting, respectful, and nurturing learning climate for students. She believes a child’s positive experience enhances the love of learning and continues to inspire individual achievement. Mindy works together with students, professionals, and parents to strive for creative and academic excellence. She brings a curriculum to life, and has been known to tap dance on tables terrifically to illustrate alliteration.
Mindy developed a local private tutoring following once relocating to Long Island and starting a family. Her years in the classroom and educator persona continue to resonate and translate into the managerial aspects of her recent role as parent of four, perpetual community volunteer, and private tutor. She has experience working both in the classroom and privately with Gifted children, students with ADD/ADHD, and students challenged by Sensory Processing. In addition, Mindy currently consults as an event coordinator, recruiter, and parent liaison for an overnight summer camp. Her extensive experience as an educator and a parent permeate all endeavors.
In her “free” time, Mindy loves to sketch, write poetry, and continually finds new ways to creatively and deliciously manage the severe food allergies in her home. She serves on the elementary school COMPACT committee comprised of teachers, administrators, and elected parents, and is also the Parent Council Representative for her children’s High School. She plans and organizes educational, parenting, and fundraising events for local philanthropies and local affiliations, and has proudly accepted positions at the Executive Board and Board of Trustee levels.