Marianne's Alpha Kappa is a tutoring and educational firm. It was started  with the intention of providing a unique educational experience tailored to the individual needs of our students.  Using a catered approach, students learn using all aspects of their abilities rather than just reading and writing.  We know how important it is to stimulate all the senses (multi-sensory approaches) in order to achieve the best results.  No matter your background, MAK will be able to construct a curriculum that is aligned with the student's needs, abilities and learning styles. 


Although MAK offers assistance in a wide variety of subjects, the company was initially established with the purpose of teaching French.  There’s nothing more rewarding than having the ability to speak a second language.  Whether it's for business, school or travel, doors immediately open, giving you access to a culture you never would have been able to experience before.


"My 5th grade son is a gifted student and loves to learn but his school’s curriculum wasn’t challenging enough.  Marianne developed a personalized learning program to expose him to new subjects and now he is now studying chemistry and chess with passion and commitment.  I highly recommend Marianne’s warm and inspirational approach to helping students aspire to new levels of achievement!"


A father of a 5th grade student



Marianne Yayane Verbuyt

Founder - Pedagogical Director - Tutor

Marianne has taught and tutored for over 20 years in Paris and New York, coaching and mentoring children and teenagers in French, mathematics and study skills.


She has a Baccalauréat Scientifique and a Master in Psychology specializing in clinical psychology from Université de Toulouse le Mirail, with additional studies in mathematics and epistemology.  She studied business management at Ecole Supérieure des Dirigeants d’Entreprises (ESDE) in Paris and has an elementary educational degree (Professeur des Ecoles).  Marianne has earned a certificate to work with children with special needs.  In Paris, she was a jury member for teacher accreditation and is currently a certified examiner for the DELF (Diplôme d'Etudes en Langue Française).


Marianne fell in love with pedagogy at Ecole Decroly (Brussels, Belgium) after which she taught at Ecole Alsacienne (Paris, France).


She then taught physiotherapy and pedagogical re-education to students with disabling injuries, chronic illness and congenital disabilities at Votre Ecole Chez Vous (Paris, France). Throughout the years, Marianne has consulted to schools on providing the best education for special-needs children.


Marianne has worked as a curriculum and team coordinator at the Lyçée Français de New York for 6 years where she learned to master the teaching of bilingual students (French and English).  This experience inspired her passion for combining studies of the two cultures.   This exposure allowed her to create pedagogical programs that facilitate the bridge between French and English.


Marianne currently consults to the preschool at FIAF (French Institute / Alliance Française), collaborating with teachers to develop a curriculum that bridges the two languages and cultures.


She served as co-author of "Apprendre malgré.... le handicap ou la maladie” in conjuction with Dr. Béatrice Deschamps-Latsha and the celebrated physician emeritus Yves Quéré.  Marianne is featured in a major documentary film "Sur La Route Couleur de Sable” which details her teaching experience with two special-needs children.

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Adam Harrison Levy

Writing specialist

Adam is a writer and documentary filmmaker. He specializes in the art of the interview. For BBC television he has interviewed a wide range of actors, writers, musicians, and film-makers. He has produced/directed two films. His writing has appeared on The Design Observer and in The Guardian. He was a Poynter Fellow at Yale University and has taught at Wesleyan University. He currently teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York.


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Aurélie Gabriele

Operation director

Aurélie was born and raised in Lyon, France. She graduated from an optical school ISO (Institut Superieur d'Optique) and became an optician in 2005. Interested in travel, she worked as a French tour operator in Egypt, Greece and Sicily. Aurélie came to the United States in 2011. She moved to New York in 2013 and started to work for MAK in January 2014.  She has an interest in teaching French to children.  Aurélie is a certified DAEFLE (Diplôme d'Aptitude à l'Enseignement du Français Langue Etrangère) teacher.

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Ashni Dave

Standardized Tests Specialist

Raised in upstate New York, Ashni cultivated a passion for science, music, and education. After graduating from Brandeis University with a dual bachelor’s degree in Biology and Health Science & Policy, and working at a top consulting firm in Boston, she moved to New York to pursue music.

Over the last 5 years, she has developed her skill in passionate, tailored teaching methods to lead students to understand concepts, apply techniques, and perform well in high-pressure environments.

When she’s not teaching, she enjoys writing and playing music, drinking tea, reading about the nature of humans, and developing her relationship with New York’s bagels.


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Shivani Dave

Educator and Curriculum Developer

Shivani is a biochemist, writer, artist and educator. She loves to cook, garden and train in Muy Thai. She earned her B.A in Biochemistry and minored in Women's Studies and Asian Studies from Vassar College. She obtained her M.A in Special Education from Relay Graduate School and holds a dual certification in general education with a concentration in Science. With her strong science and social services background, she writes and teaches curriculum that focuses on foundational conceptual understanding and develops socially critical and learner-centric thinking skills.


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