Light Buggiani

Founder and Director 

Light has been teaching young chess players for fourteen years. In addition to the Educational Light School of Chess and Math, Light has taught in both school and after school programs, including the Princeton Day School, LREI, the Browning School, and currently, St. Bernard's School. He grew up in Rome, and now lives in NYC with his wife Monica and their son Luca. While Light has led many students to win state and even national championships, his true joy is in sharing the wonder of chess and math.

Lindsay Joelle

Master Instructor

Lindsay Joelle began teaching with The Princeton Review shortly after graduating from Columbia University with a B.A. in English. Since then, she has privately tutored students in math, creative and expository writing, SAT and ACT test prep, homework help, and organizational skills.  In addition to teaching, Lindsay writes plays and musicals.


Joanne Wong

Master Instructor

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.


Salome Siavoshi

Master Instructor

Chess gold medalist Salome Siavoshi loves sharing her passion for ideas with young learners. She received her MA in Physics from Clark University and her PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University. Salome was invited by Boston’s Museum of Science to create educational science experiments for children. Salome is VP of Research, Development and Education at BoomGem Studios in Brooklyn.  Salome has coached chess and tutored math at different levels with children of many ages for over 15 years.  She enjoys empowering children to think creatively through the exciting game of chess and extend their intellectual grasp through math.

Tatiana Duarte Brea

Master Instructor

Tatiana Duarte Brea is a distinguished International Chess Master and has taught chess in schools and after school programs for over a decade. A Brazilian native, she boasts a long list of achievements, including Female Chess Champion of Brazil, 5-time Pan-American Chess Champion, 9-time winner of the Brazilian Junior Championships, and Brazilian contender for the World Chess Championships. Tatiana takes great care with her students and loves teaching math and chess to children of all ages.

Jay Ben Markson

Master Instructor

Jay Ben has been teaching since 2006, in topics as varied as Shakespearean textual interpretation and polynomial algebra. He has a BA in Theater and Creative Writing from Dartmouth College and an MFA in Acting from Case Western Reserve University/Cleveland Play House. Though acting is his primary passion, Jay Ben has loved games and puzzles his whole life -- especially chess, which combines elegant complexities with an extraordinarily rich history. He is excited to share with young people his fascination with "the game of kings."

Alan Markley


Alan Markley is a native of the Inland Northwest, and has been an avid chess player since his childhood and was a "mathlete" in school. He says that the best part of teaching is helping children find excitement and pleasure in the process of mastering new ideas and skills.  Alan studied math and music throughout his college career and earned a Masters degree in music.  He has been teaching children for over a decade and in addition to being a chess coach, enjoys building circuits and is an active musician. Alan lives with his wife in Brooklyn and is thrilled to be joining the Educational Light team..


Amanda Sawyer


Amanda has been teaching students of all ages for over 13 years.  She is a chess enthusiast and her passion is watching students begin to acknowledge their own growth and take pride in their achievements. Amanda was a tutor for a program called Safekey in her hometown through which she tutored many children in a variety of subjects, including math and science.  Her approach to teaching, whether chess or math, is to engage students with games or puzzles and challenge them ways that are fun. Amanda also enjoys teaching ballet, modern dance, and swimming. She has worked at The Dalton School Summer Camp, Ballet Academy East, and the NY Health and Racquet and Sports Clubs


Michael Katz


Michael Katz has been working with children for a decade. He is currently a third grade classroom teacher at PS 6 in Brooklyn, and teaches math every day as part of the core curriculum. Michael has been a life long chess afficianado and he is also a wonderful chess coach to children.  He has also been a K-5 technology specialist and guitar instructor. He loves helping children to discover, explore and develop their passions in a nurturing and fun way. Michael has a BA in communications and an MA in Elementary Education. Michael is passionate about teaching and above all else being a father to his 2 year old son Max!


Caroline Shannon


Caroline has enthusiastically taught children for over a decade. She started playing chess at the age of 4 and her passion for math and languages lead her to teaching. Since graduating from college with a major in French, she has taught in Paris and New York, and is currently pursuing her Masters in Education at Hunter College, where she is studying to pass certification exams in Math and French.  Caroline also teaches swimming with Imagine Swimming and is a World Championship qualifier for the US Triathlon team.