Working Together

We are Columbia University graduates serving the community for more than a decade. We help students succeed and thrive in every aspect of their education, particularly the challenges they face with the Common Core. We work in close partnership with parents, students, teachers, and community leaders, to develop efficient ways to help students evolve into intelligent scholars. By connecting our students with prolific leaders and educators, we motivate them to play an active role in their education.

Inspire

Our exceptional teachers and phenomenal staff inspire students to aim high and always perform at their fullest potential.

Empower

Through meaningful classes and effective workshops, teachers empower students by giving them the tools and confidence they need to succeed academically.

Accomplish

After completing our classes, our students are able to perform confidently and are more comfortable taking standardized tests.

About Us

Chang Learning was established in 2004 by a group of young professionals with a mission to help children in the community thrive academically. Through word of mouth, more and more students became aware of this neighborhood program. After thirteen years serving the community, Chang Learning has expanded its facility and services in order to educate students ranging from kindergarten to high school. Our services range from helping young students gain entry into a gifted kindergarten program, to helping young adults obtain admission to great colleges. Our programs are meticulously designed by graduates of Teachers College, Columbia University.

Our Mission

Chang Learning is committed to helping every student thrive academically by engaging them in effective ways of learning. We want to expose our students to compelling instructions that will further stimulate their cognitive development and help them become innovative thinkers. Our faculty and staff are experts in the areas of student development, assessment and evaluation, literacy intervention, curriculum design, and student engagement. We ensure every minute we spend with your child is done efficiently.

Leona Chang

Co-founder and Director

Leona Chang graduated from Teachers College, Columbia University with a Master of Arts in Education. As a certified teacher and member of Psi Chi National Honor Society of Psychology, Ms. Chang continues to be a great influence to her students. In 2005, she was a counselor to high school students at the Jewish Board for Family and Children’s Services to guide parents and students. In 2006, Ms. Chang became a Learning Leader in 2006 and helped students at P.S. 200. Ms. Chang taught at P.S. 29 and P.S. 199.

Liliana Chang

Co-founder and Director

Liliana Chang graduated from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law with a Juris Doctor, and summa cum laude from the Macaulay Honors College at Baruch with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and Investments. She is a recipient of the Jacob Burns Medal from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Ms. Chang was a Public Service Scholar, legal writing teaching assistant at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. She is also a New York City Bar Diversity Fellow and a member of the Financial Women’s Association and the Golden Key National Honor Society.

Lilibeth Chang

Educational Director

Lilibeth Chang graduated from Teachers College, Columbia University with a Master of Arts in Early Childhood and Special Education. Ms. Chang is a firm believer that students should be empowered to take full control of their own success. She is committed to fostering independence among young students and create self-thinkers capable of making great decisions in life. Her contributions include educational content for Sesame Street Workshop, WNET.ORG THIRTEEN, and A&E television network.

Lawrence
Zimmerman

Instructional Advisor

Larry Zimmerman is a well-known and well-respected teacher who has been teaching mathematics for over 40 years. Until 2004 he taught at Brooklyn Technical High School, one of New York City's specialized secondary schools. Throughout his career, Mr. Zimmerman has been deeply involved with Math competitions and has coached students at all levels. He was one of the two primary authors of the ARML and NYSML competitions from 1983 until 1994 (NYSML until 1992) and was a grader of the 2001 International Mathematical Olympiad. Many of his former students have enjoyed distinguished records of achievement and include Intel (formerly Westinghouse) Science Talent Search finalists and USAMO and IMO participants.

Tiffany
Stathakis

Academic Specialist

Tiffany Stathakis is a New York State Bilingual and Common Branch certified teacher. She holds a B.A. in Childhood Education with a concentration in Child Studies, a M.S. in Mathematics Education, and an advanced certificate in Spanish Bilingual Education. She provides instructional support for teachers to enhance instructions aligned with the Common Core Standards. She collaborates with parents and teachers to create academic intervention plans that help students meet academic goals and excel as scholars.

Kate
Gawlik

Community Outreach Specialist

Kate Gawlik has been working at Chang Learning for almost a decade. She serves as an exemplar role model to our students. She uses her expertise in community outreach to influence students to work hard each and every day and become a positive member of society.