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Lisa Bowstead 
Founder and Teacher

Lisa spent 6 years working as a private tutor at her kitchen table under the name of "Big Fish Tutoring."  She coached and instructed individuals and small groups in Math, Organizational Skills, Test Prep and Drawing. Demand for her services inspired her to find a Court Street location and hire several like-minded teachers.

She holds a BA in Economics from Barnard College, and studied Economic History full-time for two years at the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research. Lisa has nearly completed the requirements for an MS is Middle School Math at Brooklyn College (completing this degree was derailed when the DOE laid her off). 

Lisa has worked as a public Middle School Math teacher and as a long-term and regular substitute teacher in dozens of public and charter schools across NYC (including PS 29, PS 58, MS 447 and MS 442). 

In her first career, Lisa spent 15 years as a Systems Project Manager at several major brokerage houses. Before graduating from college, Lisa's primary interests were in the study of classical drawing and painting: She studied for 11 consecutive summers at the Woodstock School of Art, and graduated from the LaGuardia HS of Music And Art with special recognition for her drawing skills.

At the Cobble Hill Think Tank, Lisa teaches Math up to 10th grade, Test Prep, Organizational Skills and Drawing. She also coaches families with regard to school choice, as well as for special academic supports for students with learning issues. And (of course) she runs the business.