We depend on our team of dedicated tutors and site coordinators to help meet the academic needs of over 70 students in every elementary and middle school in the Ithaca City School District.  


Kolby Harrell

Executive Director

Kolby began his career in education nonprofits at the Deep Center in Savannah, Ga. teaching creative writing workshops and helping middle school students become published authors. He later interned as a community organizer before serving with several organizations helping local public school students, including 21st Century Community Learning Centers, YMCA of Coastal Georgia and Horizons Savannah. 

Whether working as a teacher, youth advocate or curriculum specialist, Kolby continued to push for educational equity and expand the boundaries of the nonprofit sector. He served as an active board member and chair of the marketing and community outreach committee at Coastal Empire Montessori Charter School and earned his master's degree from Armstrong State University before relocating to Ithaca, NY. 

Board of Directors

Sheryl Goldberg, Chair
Ann Halpern, Education Advisor
Susan Barnett, Treasurer
Kathy Kelly, Secretary
Marty Kaminsky, Founder
Andrew Yale
Patty Kiely
Laura Andolina
Ann Sullivan
Elizabeth Einstein
Janet McCue
Robin Rosoff

Academic Advisors 

Dr. Wendy Williams
Cornell University, Department of Human Development
Emily Hess
Ithaca College, Department of Education