AGS-EdM Faculty

Meg Anderson


Meg Anderson(Instructor, Summer 1) brings over thirty years of experience as a teacher, curriculum leader, and principal in traditional and alternative education settings.  In addition, she has had eleven years of experience as the director of the Principal Residency Network, a principal training and credentialing program (a partnership between the Center for Collaborative Education and Northeastern University), and as a school redesign coach, advising principals and district leaders and providing professional development for teacher leadership, advisory programs, curriculum development, teacher evaluation, and team development.  She is currently an educational consultant and facilitator.

Megin Charner-Laird


Megin Charner-Laird (Instructor, Fall): Megin began her career as an elementary grades teacher in the Bay Area, where she primarily taught fifth grade. After moving from California to Massachusetts, Megin began her studies at the Harvard Graduate School of Education where she investigated the preparation and early career experiences of teachers with a focus on mechanisms that support teacher learning in various school contexts. Currently, Megin is an assistant professor of education at Salem State University, and her research focuses on teachers’ experiences of professional learning, teacher leadership, and school turnaround efforts.

Barbara Laites Collins


Barbara Laites Collins is a coach and lecturer in Education. She coaches teacher leaders in the graduate education program and teaches ED 259b; the teacher leadership seminar. Barbara holds an undergraduate and graduate degree from Tufts University. Barbara feels passionate about supporting institutional change through shared leadership, the inclusion of all students in their learning, and systems to implement best practices in the field of literacy. Barbara was a literacy specialist for the Newton, MA Public Schools for over 25 years and then went on to become an elementary school principal and then K-8 District Literacy Director and Title 1 Director for the Needham, MA Public Schools for close to 10 years. In addition to teaching at Brandeis, she consults and coaches to individuals and school districts.

Sharon Feiman-Nemser


Sharon Feiman-Nemser (Instructor, Summer 2) 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, the capstone seminar to Ed Studies majors and Topics in Teacher Leadership. 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.

Shira Horowitz


Shira Horowitz (Coach) is a Lecturer in Education as well as a coach in the Teacher Leadership program. 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 spent many years teaching kindergarten and first grade in a Jewish day school in the Boston area. She also worked as a mentor teacher and field instructor in the Delet Concentration of the MAT Program from 2002-2015. Shira studied at Brandeis as an undergraduate and then received a Masters from Harvard University's Graduate School of Education.

Orit Kent


Orit Kent (Beit Midrash Leader): Orit 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. Her book, A Philosophy of Havruta: Understanding and Teaching the Art of Text Study in Pairs, won a National Jewish Book Award in 2014.

Aja Jackson


Aja Jackson (Coach) teaches in our MAT program and serves as a coach in our Teacher Leadership program. Aja 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.

Judith Kelly

Judith Kelly Judith Kelly (Coach) is a Field instructor in our MAT program and a coach i our Teacher Leadership Program. She has a CAS Degree from Harvard University in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy, MED from Smith College in Special Education: Audition, and a BA from University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Mrs. Kelly was Principal at Cameron Middle School for 10 years in Framingham, a Principal for 4 years at Millis H.S., 4 years as Assistant Principal at Winchester H.S. and 2 years as Assistant Principal at Hollis-Brookline H.S. in N.H.

Marya Levenson

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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.

Shira Loewenstein

Brandeis Shira Loewenstein (Coach) describes herself as first and foremost a teacher. She spent ten years as a classroom teacher ranging from first to eighth grade. She also served as a mentor teacher for beginning teachers. Shira came to the YUSP (Yeshiva University School Partnership) five years ago from the Delet program where she worked to educate and mentor pre-service teachers both at Brandeis University and the Hebrew Union College. She currently spends her days working with schools to develop systems of support for new teachers. Her program at the Yeshiva University, The New Teacher Induction Program, currently works with over 20 Jewish Day Schools around the country and Canada supporting their cohorts of new teachers. Shira is particularly interested in pedagogical practices of all teachers, thinking about how kids think, and meeting the needs of diverse learners in a classroom setting. Shira also teaches fifth grade mishnah at the Striar Hebrew Academy in Sharon, MA where she lives. She has her masters from Brandeis University where she is an alumna of the Delet program and is enrolled in the Azrieli doctoral program for Jewish Education and Administration at Yeshiva University.

Stefanie Reinhorn

Brandeis Stefanie Reinhorn (Instructor, Summer 1): Stefanie recently earned a doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education where she has been studying issues of instructional improvement in urban schools with a concentration on leadership practices, teacher evaluation, and teachers’ working conditions. Stefanie also works as a consultant facilitating networks of educators in using Instructional Rounds as a learning process. Previously, Stefanie worked as a math coach and as a teacher in the Boston Public Schools. She was a middle school math teacher and an elementary teacher in a variety of school settings (urban, suburban, and international). Stefanie has a MA from Harvard in Education, Management and Policy, an MAT in elementary education from Manhattanville College, and a BA in Art History from Princeton University.

Aviva Scheur


Aviva Scheur (Instructor, Summer 1) is currently the education director at Temple Beth David in Westwood, where she provides education leadership for the school program, and is responsible for teacher supervision, as well as professional and curriculum development at the school.  Previously, she was the Leader of Professional Development and head of the Tanakh department at Gann Academy. In those roles, she was instrumental in the development of the faculty rounds program - leading groups and training facilitators, as well as coaching department chairs and faculty mentors and members of her own department.  She has taught Pedagogy of Tanakh in the Brandeis M.A.T. program, presented at many conferences on teaching and learning, and is a contributing author to The Power of Teacher Rounds: A Guide for Facilitators, Principals, and Department Chairs, by Vivian Troen and Katherine C. Boles, with Jacob Pinnolis and Aviva Scheur, 2014.

Cynthia Shulak Rome


Cynthia Shulak Rome (Coach) has been working as a Field Instructor with the Delet Program at Brandeis since 2006. She also serves as the alumni specialist for the Delet Alumni Network, planning and facilitating professional development programming for Delet alumni and day school teachers in our partner day schools. Prior to Delet, Cindy worked as a Jewish educator with her primary focus being supplementary school education. A founding member of Congregation Dorshei Tzedek in Newton, Massachusetts, she also served as Education Director of the congregation’s religious school for five years. Cindy served on the Board of the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation (JRF) from 1998-2004, and on the JRF Executive Committee as Education Vice President from 2006-2008. Cindy received a master’s degree in Education and Speech-Language Pathology from University of California Santa Barbara and did her undergraduate work at University of Michigan. She also participated in the two-year Mandel Teacher Educator Institute, a rigorous professional development program for teachers of teachers in Jewish education.

Vivian Troen

Brandeis Vivian Troen (Orientation Leader, Coach): Vivian is the former director of the Teacher Learning Project at Brandeis, supporting school leaders in developing systems for supervision and evaluation to promote ongoing teacher learning. She is currently the director of the education consultancy, The Power of Teacher Learning. She has written numerous articles and book chapters on teaching and education policy, and with colleague Katherine C. Boles, is the co-author of Who’s Teaching Your Children? (Yale University Press), The Power of Teacher Teams (Corwin Press) and The Power of Teacher Rounds (Corwin Press). Vivian was a public school teacher for 30 years in Brookline, Massachusetts.