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ann e blais

Ann E. Blais

ann@brandeis.edu
Ann E. Blais is a Lecturer in Education.  She teaches in the MAT secondary program:  ED 268a - Pedagogy of English, and ED 263a - Reflective Teaching.
Jennifer Cleary

Jennifer Cleary

jacleary@brandeis.edu

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.

Allison Dover

adover@brandeis.edu
Allison Dover is a Lecturer in Education and teaches the MAT secondary program: ED 264a - Foundations of Education.
kerry dunne

Kerry Dunne

kdunne@brandeis.edu
Kerry Dunne is a Lecturer in Education.   She teaches in the MAT secondary program: ED 269a - Pedagogy of History.  She is currently the K-12 Social Studies Director for the Arlington Public Schools. 
Leandra Elion

Leandra Elion

lelion@brandeis.edu

Leandra is a Lecturer in Education. She received an MS in special education from Long Island University in New York and an MEd in Reading from Salem State College.  She has consulted on special education issues to day schools and the Bureau of Education of Greater Boston.
sharon feiman nemser

Sharon Feiman-Nemser

Mandel Center
(781) 736-2946
snemser@brandeis.edu
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.

Tom Heyman

trheyman@brandeis.edu
Tom Heyman is a Lecturer in Education. He teaches Inquiry-Based Science Teaching and Learning.
Aja Jackson

Aja Jackson

ajackson@brandeis.edu
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.
Shoshana Jacobs

Shoshana Jacobs

sjacobs1@brandeis.edu
Shoshana is currently a Literacy Coach at the Conservatory Lab Charter School in Brighton, MA.  Shoshana has been coaching and mentoring teachers for the past eleven years in the Boston Public Schools and in a Jewish day school setting.

Leila Joseffer

joseffer@brandeis.edu
Leila Joseffer is a Lecturer in Education in the MAT program. Her areas of interest are language and literacy development. She is also a full-time reading specialist in the Belmont elementary schools.
Brenda Keegan

Brenda Keegan

bkeegan@brandeis.edu

Brenda Keegan is a Lecturer in Education. She recently retired as Deputy Superintendent of the Newton Public Schools after serving as Principal of Newton South and English Department Head of Newton North. She currently serves as Director of General Studies at Torah Academy in Brookline. A graduate of Wellesley College, Dr. Keegan earned her Ph.D. in English Literature from University of Rochester along with completing substantial coursework for a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership at University of Pennsylvania.
Judith Kelly

Judith Kelly

jkelly79@brandeis.edu

Judith Kelly is a Lecturer in Education. She teaches the Reflective Teaching class, ED 110E 263b, at Brandeis and is a field instructor for students doing their student teaching assignments. Judith S. Kelly 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.
O.Kent

Orit Kent

okent@brandeis.edu
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.
Noreen Leibson

Noreen Leibson

Mandel 121
(781) 736-2099
nleibson@brandeis.edu
Noreen is the DeLeT faculty leader and comes to the Mandel Center after twenty years as the Education Director at Temple Beth Abraham, a Conservative synagogue in Nashua, NH. She has also worked as an informal Jewish educator and yoetzet at Camp Ramah in New England for ten summers.
marya levenson

Marya Levenson

ASAC 217
(781) 736-2001
mlevenso@brandeis.edu

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.

jon levisohn

Jon A. Levisohn

ASAC 125
(781) 736-2941
levisohn@brandeis.edu
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.
Majorie Margolis

Marjorie Margolis

Marjorie is a Lecturer in Education who returned to the Brandeis directly from the high school classroom where she spent the last thirty years teaching English. Before that, she studied English at Brandeis and received her teaching certification then specialized in literacy at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Alexa Miller

Alexa Miller 

alexam@brandeis.edu

Alexa Miller is a Lecturer in the Education Department. Alexa has spent the last ten years working in the arts and education fields, with a focus on helping art museums reach new audiences through collaborations in education reform. She currently teaches Looking with the Learner: Practice and Inquiry.

Beth Naditch

bnaditch@brandeis.edu
Rabbi Beth Naditch is a Lecturer in Education. She teaches Jewish text as a member of the faculty of the DeLeT/MAT program.  
nili pearlmutter

Nili Pearlmutter

nilip@brandeis.edu
Nili Pearlmutter is a Lecturer in Education and Senior Education Specialist at the Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education.  She teaches the Fundamentals of Teaching course for the MAT/JDS-DeLeT program.  She received her B.A. in Psychology from Yale University and her Master of Science in Teaching from Wheelock College.  She taught at the elementary level in both Jewish day schools and public schools before coming to Brandeis in 2003.
Michael Quinlan

Michael Quinlan

mquinlan@brandeis.edu

Michael Quinlan is a Lecturer in Education. He teaches in the MAT secondary program: ED 270a - Pedagogy of Science. Michael is currently the Department Chair for Science & Technology at Wellesley High School and has been teaching physics for the past 16 years.

Susan Rauchwerk

Susan Rauchwerk

srauchwe@brandeis.edu

Sussan Rauchwerk is a Lecturer in Education. She teaches Inquiry-Based Science Teaching and Learning. 
joe reimer

Joseph Reimer

KUTZ 133a
(781) 736-2996
reimer@brandeis.edu

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.

Ned Rossiter

nrossi@brandeis.edu
Ned Rossiter is a Lecturer in Education and teaches in the MAT secondary program: ED 267 - Fundamentals of Teaching. 
Faye Ruopp

Faye Ruopp

fruopp@brandeis.edu
Faye Ruopp is a Lecturer in Education.  She teaches ED 262a - Teaching Mathematics in Elementary Classrooms.  She is also co-leader of Math and Mentoring, a cooperative project of Brandeis and the Waltham Public Schools.

Lisa Schneier

lisabs@brandeis.edu
Lisa Schneier was a high school teacher in the Boston Public Schools for 12 years. Her subject matter focus was English and writing, but she also taught basic literacy and math skills. She earned her Doctorate in Education under the supervision of Eleanor Duckworth at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She studied Duckworth's methodology of "Critical Exploration," which was developed from the work of Jean Piaget.
Kathryn Sillman

Kathryn Sillman

ksillman@brandeis.edu
Kathy Sillman is a Lecturer in Education and Teacher Education Specialist (Elementary).  She works with interns during their field placements, teaches ED 263b, and supports MAT graduates during the induction phase of their careers.  She has experience teaching in public schools and working on curriculum development in Massachusetts and New York.
francesca stark

Francesca Stark

fstark@brandeis.edu
Francesca is a 5th grade teacher in Brookline. She has taught 4th and 5th grade since 1995. Francesca designs inquiry based curricula and has given workshop to educators in areas such as differentiated instruction, inquiry based learning, home/school connections and poetry.
Diana Turk

Diana Turk

ASAC 219
dbturk@brandeis.edu

Diana B. Turk is a Visiting Professor and the Director of Teacher Education. She joined the Brandeis faculty after fourteen years at New York University's Steinhardt School, where she directed the Social Studies Education Program. Her research and teaching interests center on urban education, civic education, historical methods (particularly material culture and oral history), and women's history.

Josh Wiczer

Josh Wiczer

wiczer@brandeis.edu

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.

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Eileen Kell

ASAC 215
(781) 736-2002
ekell@brandeis.edu
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

ASAC 218
(781) 736-2022
mat@brandeis.edu tuan@brandeis.edu

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

Deb Laufer

Mandel 114
(781) 736-2081
dlaufer@brandeis.edu 

Deb Laufer is the DeLeT Program Coordinator at the Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education . Graduating in 2008 from Brandeis, she earned a B.A. in Sociology, concentrating in social justice and policy. As an Undergraduate, she was a Hillel leader, community adviser, student union member, and rugby team captain. Deb is excited to be working at the Mandel Center and is interested in future careers with non-profit organizations.