Meet our NY Team

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Lizelle Canque


Lizelle Canque is a native New Yorker. She received her B.A. from CUNY’s Hunter College and completed her M.A. in Early Childhood Education and Special Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. She recently completed her Montessori Training through the West Side Montessori School Teacher Education Program and received a Montessori Credential specializing in Early Childhood Education from the American Montessori Society. In her free time she loves discovering new things in the many museums New York has to offer and cooking at home. She became a teacher because she loves to learn alongside her students and wants to nurture a foundation for learning that is fueled by curiosity and excitement.

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Adam Kritzer

arts integration director

Adam Kritzer is an artist and educator.  His films have won awards, screened at festivals worldwide and been released theatrically and on-demand.  He is also a published writer and exhibiting multi-media artist.  In 2016, Adam founded the Art Detectives to bring together his passions for education, neurodiversity and the arts.  He has worked with hundreds of students of all ages and abilities, helping them develop academic, social and emotional skills while at the same time become better artists.  Adam is currently getting his master’s in education at the University of Pennsylvania.  He lives in Manhattan with his partner and their standard schnauzer, Upton Sinclair.   

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Matt Steiner

master artist teacher

Matt Steiner is an actor, clown, filmmaker and educator based in New York City. As an actor, Matt has been on two national tours, has performed Off-Broadway, and in film & television. As a clown, Matt trained with master clown teacher Pierre Byland in Ticino, Switzerland, with Jane Nichols and Chris Bayes in New York, and performs regularly with the clown troupe Logic Limited, Ltd. As an educator, Matt has 15+ years of experience designing arts-based curriculum and facilitating inquiry-based lessons at organizations such as Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Classic Stage Company, The Acting Company, Manhattan Youth, Marquis Studios, The Art Detectives, and more. Matt earned his BFA in Acting from California Institute of the Arts. 

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