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Academic Faculty


Samuel Zhou

Director of Academic Affairs

Dr. Zhou received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Rutgers University. Before joining Fei Tian, he taught computer science in University of Pennsylvania and Rutgers University, and had been an undergraduate advisor and served on the Chair Search Committee at the Department of Computer & Information Science in University of Pennsylvania.

Ronald C. Fortunato

Director of Communications & Director of Special Projects and Partnerships

Mr. Fortunato is a pioneer and innovator in the development and implementation of educational technology. He is one of the original five Christa McAuliffe Educators in the USA selected by the National Foundation for the Improvement of Education, and a NASA Space Ambassador for the United States. He is also Adjunct Professor for the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Richard Yin

Advisor of College Planning & Consultant of International Students

Dr. Yin received his Ph.D. in molecular immunology from SUNY Buffalo, and a MBA from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago. Dr. Yin is specialized in student analysis, academic planning, character development, and interview strategies.

Maureen Zebian

Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Social Study Teacher

Maureen Zebian brings to Fei Tian Academy 19 years of classroom teaching experience. She has taught social studies and English, as well as elective classes including health and criminal justice. At Fei Tian she will teach world history and eastern hemisphere history.  As a curriculum specialist, she is skilled in improving learning opportunities for students and educators alike.  She will work with teachers and administrators to implement rigorous curriculum and assess the quality of instruction.

Ms. Zebian holds a B.A in political science from the University of Arizona. She has three grown children: Ryan 28, Natalie 26, and Rita 24.

Yvonne Marcotte

English Department Chair, Instructor

Yvonne Marcotte is broadly interested in classic literature and art history and has previously devoted her attention to the development of pre-Impressionist Art, especially the legacy of William Bouguereau. She is now engaged in a close reading of the works of Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets. She edited and reported for The Epoch Times since 2003 and has taught English, Art History, Writing for Media, and Arts Management at another Fei Tian school.

Yvonne arrived at Fei Tian Academy in 2016 where she teaches English at the 10th, 11th, and 12th grades and also AP English. She is committed to
assisting ESL students to become integrated into the regular classes.

Yvonne earned a BA cum laude from Alverno College with a double major in Art and Education and minor in English and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has 30 years business experience in project management in the insurance industry and owned her own legal document preparation company.

She has traveled the world–St. Petersburg, Russia, the Czech and Slovak Republics, Taiwan, England, Switzerland, France, Canada, and Mexico and
speaks a little French. She has a grown daughter who lives in New Hampshire.

Matthew Carl

English Teacher

Matthew Carl began working for Fei Tian Academy in 2016.  Previously, he worked for four years in the Enlarged City School District of Middletown, New York as a substitute teacher.  Following his graduation from the State University of New York College at New Paltz in 1997, he worked as a retail manager for over a decade before returning to the academic world in 2012 to pursue a Master’s Degree in Literacy at Mount Saint Mary College, which he completed in 2016. He has worked with young people in a variety of arenas including summer camps, residential facilities, and classrooms.

Kimberly Crespin

English Teacher (ESL)

Before joining Fei Tian Academy, Kimberly has been working in ESL for four years in international, domestic, and virtual settings. Having previously taught in China for two years, she has been able to draw on her experiences and continue her collaboration with Mandarin-speaking students. Throughout her career, she has worked with top tier schools and companies to ensure language fluency and comfortable learning environments.

Graduating with her BA in Anthropology and minors in English and Linguistics from SUNY Plattsburgh, she allows her background in language and cross-cultural understanding to be a continued resource in and outside of the classroom. Kimberly believes in creating an engaging classroom that focuses on relevancy and application to create an atmosphere of confident English-speaking students. When she is not planning lesson or teaching, she enjoys hiking, seeing live music, traveling, and trying new things.

Gloria Shang

Chinese Language Teacher and Homeroom Advisor for Academic Students

Gloria Shang was born in China, where she lived before coming to the United States in 2008. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Chinese Linguistics and Literature at Hebei University, China, and earned her Master’s Degree in Education: Curriculum & Classroom Instruction at Ashland University, Ohio, in 2009. She completed the Indiana University Chinese Pedagogy Institute’s intensive courses on teaching Mandarin Chinese at the secondary-school level in 2010 and 2011.

Ms. Shang obtained her teaching license, P-12, in Chinese, and before joining Fei Tian, she taught Chinese in middle and high schools in Indiana for seven years. She feels honored to help students develop a passion for appreciating the 5,000 years of divinely inspired Chinese culture and for learning the beautiful Chinese language.

Martin Kritzler

Physics and Science Teacher

Martin Kritzler teaches Physics, Earth Science, Algebra II, and AP-Calculus.

Mr. Kritzler has a 20+-year successful career as an international business development executive. He worked in market research, marketing, sales, partner, business line, project and general management positions in the telecommunications and defense & security industry in two multinational companies and a co-founded virtual B2B marketplace. He is a skilled coalition-builder with extraordinary multicultural experience through many years of work and studies based in eleven different locations in Germany, France, Belgium, the UK, the Czech Republic, China, and the US. He speaks Chinese (Mandarin), German, French and English fluently.

Mr. Kritzler holds two Master degrees, one in Electrical Engineering from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany and one in Business Administration from INSEAD in France.

Mr. Kritzler’s objective at Fei Tian Academy is to give back. He gained teaching experience as mathematics tutor during school and university, as project manager developing training concepts and instructing client and own engineers, taught German as foreign language and recently started developing a management course for Fei Tian College. Martin is fond of connecting theoretical concepts to real life and makes his students apply the learnings to vivid, familiar situations wherever possible. Martin feels inner satisfaction when he can make others thrive and is excited to help Fei Tian students to become capable, courageous, and kindhearted adults.

Mr. Kritzler is also a sportsman (downhill skiing, snow surfing, sailing, cycling, basketball, and badminton and more) and a music player (piano, classical guitar, and trombone). One day you might see him juggling on his unicycle.

Lu Lu

Biology and Chemistry Teacher

Lu Lu received her B.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology and M.S. in Environmental Engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC), where she developed a passion for biology and water treatment. At UIUC, she spent four years on academic research in various fields including chemical engineering, genetic engineering, and virology. Her research results have been published in numerous journals including Nature Communications and Angewandte Chemie International Edition.

Before starting a career as a licensed environmental engineer, Ms. Lu turned her attention to Fei Tian Academy and teaching. At Fei Tian, Ms. Lu teaches Biology, Chemistry, Geology, and AP Biology. She also advises students for the World Bridge Science Project.

Perple Lu

Math Teacher

Before coming to Fei Tian, Perple Lu was a senior instructor at a California Job Corps center where he had worked extensively with disadvantaged and learning-challenged youths through Job Corps’ own math program as well as its charter school partners. For over a decade, he has been helping students build up confidence, work through difficulties, and finally realize their academic goals.  Just before moving to New York, he spearheaded the transition from Job Corps’s old math program to a new Common Core math program at the center.

Perple Lu received his honors undergraduate degree in math from the University of California, Santa Cruz and minored in physics. He pursued software engineering for a year before moving into education. Subsequently, he completed a secondary single-subject teaching credential program in math at San Jose State University. Besides math and science, he enjoys reading, writing and learning about Chinese culture and history.

Michael Sokoler

History Teacher

Mr. Sokoler teaches US History, Government, Economics, and Civics. He holds a Master’s degree in English and has a Bachelor’s degree in American
History, and double-minored in Political Science and Eastern European Civilizations.

Mr. Sokoler teaches United States History, Government, AP Government, Economics, and Civics. He holds a Master’s degree in English and has a
Bachelor’s degree in American History, and double-minored in Political Science and Eastern European Civilizations. Over the last year he completed
his published work on the history of the Enlightenment through a combination of a political theorist and philosophical lens.

Additionally, Mr. Sokoler worked extensively at an education center focused around tutoring and test prep, where he specialized in teaching students
content on the ACT, SAT, and regents exams, while also teaching college writing. Mr. Sokoler also spent several years teaching Science programs for
children, and spent two years working at a Veterinarian hospital.

Mr. Sokoler enjoys reading, studying new works, and writing, with a particular focus on politics and philosophy.

Tysan Lerner

Physical Education Department Chair

Tysan Lerner is a certified health and fitness coach from New York University, The Health Coach Institute, Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and Holistic Nutrition Lab. Ms. Lerner is a certified Pilates teacher, as well as a certified Scientific Back Training Coach and Corrective Exercise Science Coach from The CHEK institute.

Ms. Lerner was trained as and performed as a professional dancer in ballet, modern, and classical Chinese dance. Her struggles with weight and injuries lead Ms. Lerner to the field of corrective exercise science and nutrition, which Ms. Lerner has been working in for the past 20 years.

Zenon Dolnyckyj

Physical Education Instructor

Zenon Dolnyckyj is the Co-founder of Tyzen Fit, an elite online health and fitness company.

Mr. Dolnyckyj was the Head Performance Coach of Golf & Body NYC and a Tier 3 trainer at Equinox. He was certified as a personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and the Chek Institute as a corrective exercise coach and Golf Biomechanic.

Mr. Dolnyckyj’s movement background started at a very young age, playing competitive hockey 5 times a week during Canadian winters and soccer in the summer. He later gravitated toward Japanese and Chinese martial arts and eventually classical Chinese dance. As a personal trainer he has worked with high school tennis players and golfers. He is excited to develop a physical education program for Fei Tian Academy that will focus on health and biomechanics. This knowledge will help students in competitive sports at a young age and help maintain a high quality of life through their later years.