Mara Koffmann, Owner and President
Mara graduated magna cum laude from New York University with a bachelors degree in history and middle eastern studies. After spending a year in South America teaching English and developing her fluency in Spanish, she returned to NYU to earn a dual masters degree in Childhood Education and Special Education with a 4.0 GPA.
With experience as a classroom teacher at the Parkside School, New York's preeminent elementary school for speech and language development, and as a learning specialist and director of the elementary literacy program at the Marymount School of New York, Mara started Smarten Up in 2011 to pursue her passion for crafting creative educational materials and resources. Smarten Up integrates child-centered games, visuals, organizational tools, and real-world experiences into one-on-one instruction that takes the "school" out of learning. Mara collaborates with each of the Smarten Up teachers to build this sort of engaging learning experience for every Smarten Up student.