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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.

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.
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.
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. 
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.

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.
Kathryn Sillman

Kathryn Sillman

ksillman@brandeis.edu
Kathy Sillman is a 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.
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.

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 Manuel Tuan

Manuel Tuan

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

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