inspire . empower . accomplish
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.
Chang Learning was established in 2004 by a group of young professionals with a mission to help children in the community to thrive academically. Through word of mouth, more and more students became aware of our center. After sixteen years of serving the community, Chang Learning has expanded its facility and services 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 prestigious colleges. Our programs are meticulously designed by graduates of Teachers College, Columbia University.
Leona Chang is a co-founder and director of Chang Learning. She graduated from Teachers College, Columbia University with a Master of Arts in Education. Leona is a New York State certified teacher. Leona founded Chang Learning with a mission to help students learn and thrive academically. Prior to Chang Learning, she served as a counselor to high school students at the Jewish Board for Family and Children’s Services. Leona taught at P.S. 29 and P.S. 199 and was also a Learning Leader at P.S. 200.
Liliana Chang is a co-founder and advisory member of Chang Learning. She is a partner at the corporate department of the law firm Herrick Feinstein LLP. Liliana 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. Liliana was a legal writing teaching assistant, public service scholar, and recipient of the Jacob Burns Medal 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.
Lilibeth Chang is the educational director at Chang Learning. She graduated from Teachers College, Columbia University with a Master of Arts in Early Childhood and
Special Education. Lilibeth is a New York State certified teacher. She believes that students should be empowered to take full control of their own success. She is committed to fostering independence among young students and to creating self-thinkers capable of making great decisions in life. Prior to Chang Learning, Lilibeth worked on the educational content for Sesame Street Workshop, WNET.ORG THIRTEEN, and A&E television network.
Larry Zimmerman is the instructional director at Chang Learning. Larry has extensive experience in academics and 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. Larry has been 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 is the academics specialist at Chang Learning. She 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.