At Horizons in Learning, we are dedicated to the pursuit of helping every student reach his or her academic goals, while inspiring each individual to tap into their unique and full potential along the way. We are comprised of three distinct divisions, each founded with a deep commitment to quality educational programming: Estelle Finkel, The Learning Center; SEE Camp; and The Gifted and Talented Institute.
Established in 1982, Estelle Finkel is a comprehensive learning center providing uniquely tailored services to learners of all ability levels. In addition to our standardized test preparation, we offer personalized subject-area tutoring, a kindergarten literacy program, diagnostic and evaluative services, and college advisory services.
In 2014, we are celebrating 20 years of success! SEE Camp provides a well-rounded camp experience for above-average students in grades K-8, featuring activities in science, art, theater, music, recreation, and swimming. SEE Camp adheres to a 10-to-1 student-to-staff ratio, and employs instructors who are primarily educators and counselors during the school year. Two, two-week sessions are available each summer, with the option for before and after-care.
Founded in 1989, The Gifted and Talented Institute provides gifted children in grades K-8 an enriching experience beyond the scope of their typical school classroom. This Saturday morning program offers children a wide array of classes in areas such as mathematics, science, and the humanities, as well as other “niche” classes like chess and cartooning. Fall and winter semesters are available. Course offerings change each semester.
Amanda Patrick, Educational Director
As Educational Director for Horizons in Learning, Amanda oversees the creation, management and constant evolution and improvement of all our educational programs. With a masters’ degree in instruction and curriculum development, she brings over 15 years’ experience as an educator, math specialist, tutor, and human resources specialist to her role. Constantly researching, reflecting, and creating, Amanda channels her passion for improving the educational process and serving the community everyday through her work. Amanda has formerly acted as Program Director for The Gifted and Talented Institute, as well as overseeing human resources and communications for SEE Camp.
Christopher Patrick, Executive Director
Christopher Patrick, Executive Director, is responsible for the vision, strategy, administration, and general management of all Horizons in Learning business units. Dedicated to the education profession, Chris posesses a master’s degree in Educational Leadership, and is also a history teacher at Pompton Lakes High School, a position he’s held sincen 1997. Highly respected for his accomplishments in the classroom, Chris has been honored as Teacher of the Year and also serves as Advisor to the school’s chapter of the National Honor Society. In addition, he motivates and inspires kids outside of class through his role as Head Coach for the school’s cross-country team. In 1999, he became Executive Director of SEE Camp, and in 2004 he assumed the leadership role of The Gifted and Talented Institute. As an educator in all of these arenas, Chris prides himself on his ability to motivate his students to grow both as learners and individuals.