BETWEEN PRE-PANDEMIC EDUCATION & THE NEW NORMAL

ABOUT

Filling the Gap was founded by Gertie Zwick-Schachter, a recent graduate from LaGuardia High School in New York City. In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, she made the decision to take a gap year. However, she found herself struggling with the question of how to meaningfully fill her time during this unprecedented and unpredictable year.

Having experienced the difficult transition from in-person to remote learning in the second semester of her senior year, Gertie knew the challenges that this upcoming academic year would bring for K-12 students. She thought of an idea that would help two groups of students facing different educational crises: an organization that would employ previously college-bound students to aid younger students in their remote learning.

And with that idea, Filling the Gap was born. She formed a team of other recent LaGuardia alumni and gap year students from around New York City - all dedicated to serving families and students of all ages and educational needs in the coming school year. This network of over 200 tutors is unique in breadth and diversity of interest, experience, and talent. Beyond that, Filling the Gap is a tutoring organization like no other because it was born from the desire of our founder, management team, and each of our hand-picked tutors to support New York City students and families in this difficult time.

Together, with creativity, resilience, and teamwork, we can start Filling the Gap between pre-pandemic education, and the new normal!

MEET THE TEAM

GERTIE ZWICK-SCHACHTER

CO-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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Gertie Zwick-Schachter is the founder of Filling the Gap. She is 18 years old, based in NYC. She recently graduated from LaGuardia High School as a drama major and will be attending the University of Chicago next fall. You can reach out to her directly at gertiepearl@gmail.com!

OLIVIA WOHLGEMUTH

CO-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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Olivia Wohlgemuth is 17 years old, based in NYC, and will be attending Oberlin College next fall. She organizes in the youth climate justice movement, focusing on climate education. You can reach out to her directly at owohlgemuth02@gmail.com!

IZZY LAPIDUS

IT DIRECTOR

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Izzy Lapidus is 18 years old, based in NYC, and a freshman at Barnard College of Columbia University. She is a girls in STEM advocate committed to exposing girls to STEM and women girls from a young age. You can reach her at @izzylapidus on Instagram or email her at hello@izzylapidus.com!

GABRIELA VECIANA

DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMING

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Gabby Veciana is 18 years old, based in NYC, and a freshman at Princeton University. You can reach out to her directly at gabriela.i.veciana@gmail.com!