Born in the Bronx and educated in Washington, DC, Ellen Borenstein is the founding principal of ICS. She has been teaching and leading in elementary schools for 17 years.ICS - Very First Day of School for Kindergarteners-5 copy

Prior to ICS, Ellen taught 3rd and 4th grades and was an assistant principal in the Elmsford Union Free School District. She also worked as the Literacy Curriculum leader for the Concord Road School in Ardsley. Previously she helped to select the math curriculum for the Dobbs Ferry School District.

Ellen and her husband Ben have three grown children; two of them work internationally, one in South America and another in East Africa.


Mental Health Coordinator

A Licensed Master Social Worker, Annie Harris-Kornblith fosters a safe and welcoming environment where ICS

IMG_7059students can grow both socially and emotionally. Collaborating with teachers and families she ensures ICS provides appropriate supports for students while at school and at home. Annie joined ICS in 2015.

Most recently Annie worked for Little Flower, a Brooklyn foster care agency, providing counseling for children and families.  Following college Annie moved to Brooklyn to work providing behavioral and educational services to students at an elementary school in East New York. She then enrolled in a graduate program at New York University, where she received her Master of Social Work. During her time at NYU, Annie worked with children at a special needs school in Ghana and interned as a case manager at a high school in Williamsburg.

Executive Director

The founder of ICS, Matthew Levey is a father of three students. His work as a US diplomat in South America and Eastern Europe deepened his global understanding; a decade of management consulting gave him a range of business acumen.

Matthew joined the Foreign Service after college and was posted to Ecuador, Romania, Washington and Bosnia. In that last assignment he was part of the team that negotiated an end to the Yugoslav civil war. He moved to Prague in 1996 to rejoin his wife, who was teaching English at a Czech high school.

Returning to New York in 1997 he earned an MBA at Columbia University and began a career in management consulting at McKinsey & Co.

A parent activist for many years, he is married to a high school ESL teacher. His essays on have been published in the Daily NewsGotham Schools and WNYC’s Schoolbook. Brian Lehrer interviewed Matthew about the experience of opening ICS.