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Joanne Wong

Chief of Operations

Joanne Wong is an accomplished Corporate attorney with 12 years of distinguished practice.  Joanne has been immersed in the education of her two boys, ages 8 and 5, and for the past year she has been working with children from Kindergarten to Grade 6 at the Smithsonian.  With a passion for teaching young children, particularly in the areas of math, reading and history she loves to enrich children through fun, hands-on and engaging activities that ignite a love of learning, innate curiosity and the desire to challenge themselves.


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Elaine Winter

Educational Consultant

Formerly Head of the Lower School of The Little Red School House (LREI) and director of two parenting programs, Elaine is a leader in early childhood and elementary education. She brings to Educational Light her knowledge of child development and extensive pedagogical experience. Elaine lives in Brooklyn with her husband and is both mom and grandmother.


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David Rigo

Tournament and Logistics Coordinator

A graduate of Duke University and Thompson Hunter Honors program, David has been immersed in chess and teaching for over a decade with children of all ages. As David says "Seeing improvement over the chessboard is always rewarding, but the growth that is possible through chess extends to life lessons like: winning and losing with grace, goal oriented planning, and perseverance in the face of challenges." He is very excited to be a part of the Educational Light team.