MAT Faculty and Staff

Marcie Abramson

Marcie Abramson is a Lecturer in Education. She teaches ED 105a - Elementary School Curriculum and Teaching: Mathematics as well as Math 3a, Explorations in Mathematics. She has extensive experience teaching elementary, middle and high school-aged students. She is also the author and co-author of several mathematics books for students in grades 5-8.

Marcie was elected to the Massachusetts Mathematics Teacher Hall of Fame in 2018.


Ellen Alt

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Ellen Alt is an artist and a teacher specializing in creativity. She has exhibited her mixed media artwork in the U.S, Israel, Germany, Russia, China and England. One of her pieces was presented to Hillary Clinton in Jerusalem on the occasion of the peace treaty between Israel and Jordan.

Jennifer Cleary

Jennifer Cleary

Ms. Cleary is a Senior Lecturer in Theater Arts and teaches courses in stage management, public speaking, creative pedagogy, and theatre for social change. She received her Ed.M. in Arts-in-Education from Harvard University and serves as the field supervisor/content instructor for theater arts student teachers at the secondary level. Previously, she has stage-managed professionally with the New Repertory Theatre, Worcester Foothills Theatre, Fredericksburg Theatre Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Encompass New Opera Theatre, and Gloucester Stage. She is entering her 15th year of teaching at Brandeis.

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Kerry Dunne

Kerry Dunne is a Lecturer in Education. She received her doctorate from Boston College and teaches in the MAT secondary program: ED 269a - Pedagogy of History.  She is currently the K-12 Social Studies Director for the Boston Public Schools.  Kerry recently co-wrote “History for Its Own Sake, and For All of Our Sakes,” an article on the value of teaching history in the era of Common Core, which was published online by ASCD.

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Sharon Feiman-Nemser

Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education

Sharon Feiman-Nemser is the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Professor of Jewish Education at Brandeis University with joint appointments in the Education Program and the Near Eastern and Judaism Studies Dept. Sharon teaches practitioner research in the MAT program and the capstone seminar to Ed Studies majors. Her scholarship focuses on teacher education and learning to teach. Since coming to Brandeis in 2001, Sharon founded the Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education and the Delet Program. A former high school English teacher, she is especially interested in what and how teachers learn in and from their practice.

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Colleen Hitchcock

Colleen Hitchcock is an Assistant Professor of Ecology in the Biology Department and Environmental Studies program. She teaches EBio33b Citizen Science: Bridging Science, Education, and Advocacy a hybrid course designed to introduce students across disciplines to the practice and application of citizen science. Colleen's education experience includes leading teacher professional development workshops and developing ecological curriculums for K-12 with a focus on urban ecological field experiences and citizen science.


Shira Horowitz

Shira is a Lecturer in Education. She co-teaches ED 264a, Foundations of Education, a course taken during the first summer of the Public Elementary and Delet Concentration of the MAT. Shira has also been a mentor teacher in the Delet Concentration since 2002.

Danielle Igra

Danielle Igra

Danielle Igra is an Assistant Professor of Practice in Education and the Director of Teacher Education. She currently teaches Fundamentals of Teaching, Pedagogy of English, and Reflective Teaching. Her research areas include the Pedagogy of Teacher Education and the Teaching of English Language Arts. Before coming to Brandeis, Danielle worked at Stanford University, where she also earned a PhD in teacher education, an MA in English, and an MA in teaching. Danielle taught high school English for 9 years in public schools and has taught in graduate programs in secondary, elementary, and early childhood education. As a teacher development and research consultant she has worked in the fields of: literacy, large scale assessment, higher education, and Jewish education.

Aja Jackson

Aja Jackson

Aja Jackson currently teaches the Foundations in Education course for the public elementary MAT program. She received a Bachelor degree in Sociology from Simmons College and later studied at Harvard University in the Graduate School of Education. She obtained her teaching certification through the Urban Teachers Program at Wheelock College. After over a decade of educating Boston Public Schools students, she became more interested in school leadership and has a principal licensure from the Center for Collaborative Education/Northeastern University. Aja currently works with Social Science teachers as a District K-8 Instructional Coach. Her interests include new teacher development, authentic assessment, and multicultural curriculum rooted in Social Justice.

Rebecca Katsh-Singer

Rebecca Katsh-Singer is a lecturer in education in the MAT program and teaches the summer pedagogy course for prospective secondary science teachers. Rebecca has a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Boston College and has consulted for schools, districts, and research organizations about effective science teaching and learning. Rebecca began her career as a middle school science teacher and is currently the district science coordinator for the Westborough Public Schools in Westborough, MA. 


Orit Kent

Orit Kent is a Lecturer in Education and a Senior Research Associate at the Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education. As a teacher educator and researcher, she works with teachers on developing their approaches to teaching texts and constructing productive group learning experiences.

Jonathan Krasner

Jonathan Krasner is the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Associate Professor on Jewish Education Research at Brandeis University. He is the author of The Benderly Boys and American Jewish Education (Brandeis University Press, 2011), which won the 2011 National Jewish Book Award in American Jewish Studies. He is currently co-authoring a book about Hebrew in American Jewish summer camps. Jonathan received his Ph.D. in American Jewish Studies at Brandeis. He has a Master's in Education from Harvard University Graduate School of Education.

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Marya Levenson

Marya R. Levenson is Professor of the Practice in Education and the Harry S. Levitan Director of the Brandeis Education Program. She was a teacher in the Boston Public Schools, principal of Newton North High School, and superintendent of the North Colonie Schools. Prof. Levenson is the author of Pathways to Teacher Leadership: Emerging Models, Changing Roles.

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Jon A. Levisohn

Jon A. Levisohn is Associate Professor and the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Chair of Jewish Educational Thought in the Department of Near Eastern & Judaic Studies at Brandeis. He also serves as Director of the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education. He has taught in middle school and has worked with educators in multiple settings.

Rebecca Lewis

Rebecca Lewis

Rebecca Lewis is a National Board Certified Teacher, and has been teaching Biology, Chemistry, and AP Chemistry to students from grades 9-12 for the past ten years. Rebecca has taught in the Pedagogy of Science class at Brandies, as well as mentored student teachers through the program. In addition to her work in the classroom, Rebecca has been a part of a grant-funded Chemistry Education research project for five years, and through this, is currently working to create a new professional development model for Chemistry teachers. Prior to teaching, Rebecca graduated from medical school, but decided not to practice clinically in order to become a science teacher. 

Katherine Lobo

Katherine Lobo

Katherine Lobo, who is an ESL teacher at Newton South High School, is a Lecturer in Education. She currently teaches ED 175a - The Teaching of English Language Learners: Pre-K to 12. She is an experienced teacher and an accomplished artist.

Sarah Lupis

Sarah completed Ph.D. with the Laboratory for Biological Health Psychology at Brandeis University. Her research focuses on the intersectionality of emotion and stress. More specifically, as a certified facial coder, Sarah examines how people react emotionally to psychosocial stress, and how this correlates to sympathetic nervous system and neuroendocrine stress responses. Her research interests also include predictors and moderators of these underlying mechanisms, including the effects of age, culture, gender, and body image.

Dr. Lupis’s teaching experience spans diverse student bodies at the undergraduate and graduate level, including faculty positions with Brandeis University and Mass General Hospital Institute of Health Professions. Previous and current teaching topics include health psychology, the psychology of student learning, abnormal psychology, research methodology, and statistics.

Joan Martin

Joan Martin

Joan D. Martin has been a mathematics educator for over thirty years with experiences ranging from pre-K through college level mathematics. She has been a classroom teacher, math curriculum coordinator, specialist, coach, and author. She graduated from Boston College, Harvard, and Tufts University and currently is on the board of the Association of Teachers of Mathematics in Massachusetts. She will be teaching ED 262a-Teaching Mathematics in Elementary Classrooms.


Orah Minder

Orah Minder graduated from Bryn Mawr College with a degree in English and religion. She completed a Masters of teaching at Lesley University in 2007. She went on to teach at a Boston-area Jewish day school where she taught middle school English. While teaching, Orah completed a Masters of English at Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English. Orah is currently a doctoral fellow in Jewish Education at Brandeis University; her research focuses on the teaching and learning of Jewish literature to and by Jewish students.

Caitlin Moore

Caitlin Moore

Caitlin Moore received her masters from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and her bachelor's degree from Bowdoin College. A former social studies teacher and school administrator, she is currently the Education Director at the United Nations Association of Greater Boston. She is teaching part of ED 101a, "Elementary School Teaching: Literacy, Social Studies, and Other Topics," in the Fall, and ED 263b "Reflective Teaching."

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Deborah Moriarty

Deborah Moriarty is a Lecturer in Education. She teaches ED 107a, Teaching and Learning Reading in Elementary Schools. She co-teaches Ed 101a, Elementary School Curriculum and Teaching: Literacy, Social Studies, and Other Topics in which she focuses content on literacy skills, strategies and techniques. Deborah has taught elementary school for 12 years, 10 of those in first grade.

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Joseph Reimer

Professor Joseph Reimer has been at Brandeis since 1986 where he has been director of the Hornstein Program and the Institute for Informal Jewish Education. Trained as a developmental psychologist at Harvard, he has written several books and many articles on moral education, kibbutz education and Jewish education. He is considered by many as a leading expert on experiential  Jewish education.

Juan Gabriel Sanchez

Juan Gabriel Sanchez is a Lecturer in Education. He co-teaches ED 264a, Foundations of Education, a course taken during the first summer of the Public Elementary and Delet Concentration of the MAT. Juan is currently a doctoral student in Curriculum & Instruction. He also has several years of experience teaching and developing curriculum.


Rachel Kramer Theodorou

Rachel Kramer Theodorou is the Faculty Leader for the Brandeis Education Program’s Elementary Concentration.  She teaches ED 100a, ED 111e/263b, ED 175 and selected mini-courses in ED 101b.  She was a classroom and English as a Second Language teacher for eighteen years in both public and private elementary schools in New York City and Massachusetts.  Rachel is also a certified trainer for the WIDA consortium in training teachers to work with English Language Learners.  She has her M. Ed. from Bank Street College of Education.  Rachel’s first book and blog is Heart of the Matter:  The Role of Attitude in Teaching which proposes a new perspective on teaching and learning that explores a multi-dimensional view of the student and subject matter.

Shanee Wangia

Shaneé Washington-Wangia

Shaneé Washington-Wangia is a lecturer in Education with over 14 years of experience as an elementary and middle school teacher and three years of experience as a postsecondary instructor. She currently teaches Teacher Research in the MAT program and has also taught Critical Perspectives in Urban Education at Brandeis. Shaneé is also a Ph.D. candidate and teaching fellow in the Lynch School of Education (LSOE) at Boston College. Her research interests include family-school-community engagement in Indigenous contexts and the preparation of teachers and administrators for schools serving culturally and linguistically diverse students. Shaneé is a recipient of the 2018 Donald J. White Teaching Excellence Award and the LSOE Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Josh Wiczer

Josh Wiczer

Josh Wiczer is a Lecturer in Education, teaching Ed 272a - Pedagogy of Secondary Mathematics. He completed the Brandeis undergraduate teaching program, obtained his M.S. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, and has been teaching math at Ashland High School (Ashland, MA) since 2003.


Annie Grover

Annie Grover is the Assistant Director for Field Experience in the Teacher Education Program. She works in partnership with Interns and area urban and suburban schools. She is a graduate of Middlebury's Bread Loaf School of English where she received an MA in English. Annie taught in Massachusetts urban public schools for 9 years where she developed programs for increased student agency with a focus on social justice.

Eileen Kell

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Eileen Kell is the Senior Department Coordinator for the Education Program.  She has taught middle school English Language Arts and drama in both public and independent schools.

 Manuel Tuan

Manuel Tuan

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Manuel Tuan is the MAT Program Coordinator. He earned a B.A. in Philosophy and completed his coursework in an MBA program.