"I have never met a pedagogue as brilliant as Yayane Verbuyt. The way she talks about every single one of her students, and the passion with which she motivates them is absolutely unique. Yayane is fully devoted to her students, whom she knows how to bring out the best potential, guiding them to achieve the best results possible. To this day, her pedagogical approach has revolutionized every institute and school she has worked with.
I was lucky to collaborate with her on several occasions, her methods have become a quotidian source of inspiration in my own work as a teacher and pedagogical counselor. “
Pedagogical Counselor at FIAF
French Institute Alliance Française
"We have been delighted to work with Yayanne and even more thrilled with the results she has been able to produce in just 6 months with our son. Our son is in the 98th percentile in visual learning, however, average in short-term memory and reading comprehension. The discrepancy between the two levels caused him to form unhelpful habits and to become frustrated with why he could not read as quickly as he could do other areas of his homework. The school was unable to craft individualized tools for our son over the last 2 years. Yayanne, however, has been able to offer him strategies that use his visual strengths to employ in areas of reading and general French homework help. More important than the improved grades and understanding, our son now has greater confidence both every day in school and in tackling new subject matter."
Mother of a 5th grade student
"Marianne Verbuyt's innovative approach to pedagogy has helped us enhance our curriculum, in the language area, to better address the individual needs of francophone and anglophone students while maintaining an immersion environment. "
Director of Preschool
Director of Youth programs
French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF)
"Learning from Marianne was a very unique experience. The depth of her knowledge along with her very engaging teaching style makes learning a delightful and memorable experience. She is a master at the art of teaching and her passion for the French language and culture is contagious!"
French teacher at FIAF
French Institute Alliance Française
"Yayane is a highly skilled energetic teacher with state of the art training and a big heart. She pours all her attention into helping my two sons pursue their very best work in French and math. Beyond her credentials from the best schools and hospitals in France, her true appreciation of them as human beings and her sensitivity to their needs is astonishing. She has made them shine. Thank you!"
Mother of a 3rd grade student
"It is an exciting experience to spend an hour with Yayane.
She opens a world of beauty with each phrase she teaches you in the French Language.
You cannot but feel that you too are able to embrace this language and enjoy its essence forever."
"Yayane is an amazing tutor. She has helped me so much in French. I am now an A student. She also makes studying French so much fun and I do not know what I would do without her. Yayane is so devoted to me she often rearranges her schedule to help me study for tests. Thank you! "
7th grade student
"Yayane is an amazing teacher and a wonderful person. She goes way above and beyond to help her students and will stay late and/or rearrange her schedule if it is in the best interest of her students. She has been teaching my children French for many years and had done a brilliant job. She never loses her temper and always makes learning fun. I don't know what we would do without her!"
Mother of a 7th grade student
"Your amazing skill at understanding the idiosyncrasies and connecting with my son have motivated him to work harder than with any other tutor. You have found what inspires him and he now has the drive to succeed! Your structured approach, high expectations and moments of strictness have helped him to develop the confidence and skill to take charge of his homework life. Thank you!!"
A father of a 9th grade student
"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!"
Father of a 5th & 9th grade students
"Yayane is a highly respected mentor. Overcoming a new language is hard enough, and even harder when ones parents don't speak french. Since the age of five I've been in the best private french schools in New York , all thanks to Yayane who has been guiding me since the start. To this day, at the age of 13, Yayane holds most of the credit for my academic
7th grade student
"I highly recommend Marianne's Alpha Kappa tutoring service for all levels of French and math tutoring. Marianne has excellent credentials and works with all levels and abilities. My son (age 16) is essentially fluent in French because of her. His calculus/SAT tutor is excellent. I have found the quality of instructions and results amazing!"
Mother of an 11th grade student
"My daughter attends the United Nations International School which has an exceptionally challenging Math program. Since soliciting tutorial assistance from Don, my daughter has seen both her confidence and grades improve. Don is a passionate educator who communicates well. Above all he is a patient individual which has allowed my daughter to learn at her own pace. I recommend his services unreservedly."
Father of 8th grade student
"As an income freshman in college, I was quite intimidated to see who my first professors would be. I took "Leaders who Changed their worlds" with Don Charlton. From the first day till the very last, Mr.Charlton made those fears disappear. He made the class a comfortable learning enviorment in which I wanted to engage myself and participate. Not only did he he do a spectacular job converting the curriculum, but he taught me some life lessons that will be impossible to forget. He gets to know each student individually and develops a relationship with them. To me, knowing my professor and not just being "another student" compelled me to want to do the best that I could. Mr. Charlton or "Don" is an amazing tutor and mentor!"
"If you want to not only learn and succeed in both the academic and social environment, you will be delighted to meet Mr. Donald Charlton. From his engaging lectures, I was able to learn beyond the fundamental skills of reading and writing. Mr. Charlton gets your mind to think, to learn, and to work at rapid and highly efficient ways. After taking a college course of his at The City College of New York, I was deeply saddened to leave, because I was aware that such passion and vision he possesses, along with his refined techniques of highly efficient teaching skills, are very rare. He amazed me with his excellence in his profession, and I am more than certain that meeting Mr. Donald Charlton will be one of your most enriching and memorable experiences. He will teach you exactly what the phrase, "Knowledge is Power" means."
William Adote III,
"As a former student of Prof. Don Charlton, I learned a great deal from the course he taught at CCNY. From my experience in his class, he has really inspired others as well as myself to continue striving for what we believe in through his passion for history. He really knew how to capture his students’ attention through his great class lessons. He was able connect with his students and teach them skills and knowledge that became permanent. Overall, I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to experience working with Prof. Don Charlton."
"Former student of Don. This past fall I had the pleasure of attending a class that Don was teaching at CCNY. It was a fantastic experience as Don really knows how to get students engaged in their work, not only so the succeed but so they really grow as individuals and intellectuals. I have seen very few teachers really connect with their students on the level Don strives for and the experience in his class had made me want to improve myself as a student, human and hopefully one day as a leader. He is firm but fair and any student would be so lucky to experience working with Don."
"Don is an outstanding teacher who displays charisma and extraordinary care for his students. I owe the success from my first semester at CCNY to Don. He was able to make class both engaging and inspirational. He provided detailed and clear explanations for our assignments and would add these intriguing anecdotes to help us better understand the material. His work was thought provoking and challenging. Don was teaching us not to memorize but to think critically and to reflect on our own lives. His goal is to bring the best out of his students and to help them in any way he can. Each time I've spoken with Don he has provided me with life lessons, tips and inspiration. He inspires me to become not only a better student but to be a better person and to challenge myself in all of my endeavors. Don has set the bar high on how a teacher should be and reminds me how fortunate I was to have him as a teacher."
"The difference between Don and other professors is his own overwhelming enthusiasm for the subject. It's impossible not to be engaged in his classes because he is excited to be talking about it; he brings a subject that you may never have expected to be interesting to life. Don really cares about how well you do and wants you to succeed. He encourages your participation and works to ensure you fully understand and appreciate the nuances of the subject. I wish all professors were as invested in their students as Don is. He brings a passion to learning that is rarely seen."
"First semester of freshman year in college was definitely very intimidating. Throughout the semester Don Charlton acted not only as an insightful professor but also a friend you can confide in. Don creates a friendly learning environment in which you can voice your own opinions or concerns. He makes sure to keep the lessons interesting while being informative. Don has helped me become more confident in myself and enjoy going to class. I would definitely take another one of his classes. Don has been by far the best teacher I've ever had."
"You are a great French teacher for Hugo. I hope you don’t intend on leaving New York or the FIAF. After taking two make up classes with another teacher, I really realized how lucky I was to have you as a teacher.
Here is what I enjoyed from your class:
The children are given a chance to speak and exchange with each other. You ask them questions, make them repeat and have them ask you questions in French. I also really how you use gestures to help with pronunciation.
A lot of songs. Hugo loves to sing the "Mr Pouce", "Bon appetit" and of course “Le petit train”.
The lessons are well structured
You set your boundaries with parents in a very nice and diplomatic manner.
The “talking object” which gives every child a chance to speak, express themselves ( even the most reserved), and learn about each other.
The physical and sporty side of your class (the Hoping Bunny song, Alouette, or sour le pont d’Avignon).
Assisted arts and crafts, where everyone waits their turn etc
Congratulations. It is not easy to teach kids accompanied by their parents. "
Parent & Student
"Thanks for five inspring and fantastic weeks. It has been the best teaching experience in French I ever had.."
Adult student, 57
Visted NYC for 3 months
"Thank you for a beautiful class experience, Saul had a blast and learnt a lot. We wish you a great vacation, and are looking foward to see you in September! "
Mother of Saul
"Thank you so much for this wonderful first year of french classes. I hope to continue working with you in September. Have a great time this summer, and see you soon! "
"Aurelie has been meeting weekly with my grandchildren to teach them French; she has a wonderful way with young children (4 and 5) who love being with her. She brings with her a fun project that they have to complete and teaches them many new words and vocabulary. She is patient , enthusiastic and knows how to approach learning a foreign language with preschool age children."