DeLeT students bring diverse experiences to their studies, yet all share a passion for Jewish education. The 2010-11 cohort of DeLeT students hails from across the United States.
Cohort Nine DeLeT Students (2010-11)
Howard Allen received a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering and a Master of Science degree in civil engineering from Tufts University. In between these studies, he served in the United States Air Force, with assignments in Washington State, England, and Turkey. He worked for more than sixteen years in the environmental consulting industry. A native of Portsmouth, NH, he now lives with his wife and two sons in Norwood, MA. Howie is an active member of Temple Beth David of Westwood, MA, where he serves on the Board of Trustees. He is looking forward to teaching in a Jewish Day School, where he can create a nurturing environment for students to discover and delve into the wonders of science in a Jewish atmosphere. Howie is pursuing an MAT in secondary physics with the purpose of teaching science in a day school.
Linnea Bredenberg originally from New Haven, Connecticut, received her Bachelors of Arts in English from the University of Massachusetts Boston. Linnea spent two years working at Alef-Bet Child Care Center in Cambridge, where she discovered a love of Jewish education. She has served on the board of directors of the historic Adams Street Shul in Newton, MA. Linnea is most interested in teaching young Jewish grade school children to help them form a heart-felt connection with their Jewish identity.
Allison Fiorino recently graduated from the University of Vermont with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education with a concentration in history. She has spent many years working with children as a senior camp counselor at JCC Grossman Camp in Westwood, MA. Allison has always been very involved at Temple Beth David, both as a youth participant and madricha. Allison aims to influence the lives of as many children as possible through her teaching.
Amy Perten, who was raised in NY, received her Bachelor of Arts from Binghamton University, majoring in English. She has been working with children of various ages for the past eight years in differing forms.
She currently works as a second grade religious school teacher in New Jersey. Amy is excited to meet her students and hopes to create a comfortable and fun learning environment for her class.
Joey Regen received his Bachelor of Arts from Washington University in St. Louis and his Juris Doctor degree from Boston University School of Law. Joey worked as a law clerk for the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court for two years before working as an attorney at a Boston law firm in their Wealth Management department. During that time, Joey became an active member of Congregation Kehillath Israel in Brookline. Joey embarked on a career change after reflecting on his own education at the Solomon Schechter School of Queens and his work with children throughout his life. Joey is extremely excited for the opportunities provided by the DeLeT program and looks forward to starting his path towards becoming a Jewish educator.
Nitzan Singer received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst this past Spring. She majored in Psychology and received her Minor in Education. Over the past four years, she has worked with elementary aged children in both public and private school settings. Born in Israel, Nitzan has always wished to pursue teaching, in addition to exploring her Jewish and Israeli roots. Teaching is something she has always wanted to pursue and is thrilled to be a part of the DeLeT program. Nitzan believes that a Jewish day school teacher can truly impact a classroom and its students.
Eliza Weiss received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Tulane University. After brief stints in New York City and South Africa, where she volunteered at the Baphumelele Children’s Home, an AIDS orphanage outside Cape Town, Eliza returned to her hometown for a Master of Science degree program in Journalism at Boston University. During graduate school, Eliza nannied part-time for a family in Newton. She also wrote and continues to write freelance articles for the Jewish Advocate. The DeLet Program enables Eliza to professionally pursue two of her interests: Judaism and working with children.
Lauren Winowich recently completed her Bachelor of Arts in international studies focusing on conflict and security in the Middle East with a minor in Jewish Studies from Emory University in Atlanta. She has been working with children for many years in different contexts from religious school, to volunteer work and babysitting. She served on the board of B'nai B'rith Youth Organization for 2 years at chapter level and 2 years at the regional level. Growing up in Charleston, West Virginia, Lauren did not have access to many essential Jewish resources that she found at Emory and through the DeLeT program she hopes to continue to learn so that she can share her love of Judaism with children in her classroom.
Cindy Yanofsky received her Bachelor of Arts in bio-medical ethics from Brown University and her Juris Doctor from Boston College Law School. She worked as a corporate lawyer and then as an insurance, advertising and contract lawyer. She also taught as a substitute for the Congregation Mishkan Tefila religious school grades Gan through Zayin. In 2000, she retired from the legal practice to spend more time with her two daughters and husband. At the urging of her daughter, she began teaching students at Mishkan Tefila in 2001 and realized her calling. More recently, she has been teaching both the 6th and 7th grade and working in the Temple pre-school as a substitute for the regular morning program and as a co-teacher in the extended day program. Cindy looks forward to reaching every type of learner so that she can inspire each child to grow intellectually, emotionally, socially and spiritually.