Faculty and Staff

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Marcie Abramson

Marcie Abramson is a Lecturer in Education. She teaches the mathematics portion of ED 105a - Elementary School Curriculum and Teaching. 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.
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Ellen Alt

Institute for Music & Art
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.
joyce antler

Joyce Antler

Brown 314
(781) 736-3036
Joyce Antler is the Samuel B. Lane Professor of American Jewish History and Culture and Professor of Women's and Gender Studies. She is an Education Program affiliated faculty member in education studies and co-faculty leader of the Spencer Program in Educational Research.
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Howie Baker

Lemberg Children Center 114
(781) 736-2200

Howie Baker is Executive Director of the Lemberg Children's Center and the early education and care component and supervisor for practicum students. 
Sarah Birkeland

Sarah Birkeland

Sarah Birkeland is a lecturer in education. Sarah holds a B.A. in English Literature from Stanford University, an M.A. in Education Psychology from the University of Colorado at Denver, and an Ed.D. in Administration, Planning and Social Policy with a concentration in Research from Harvard University. She has published numerous chapters, articles and monographs on the topics of effective new teacher induction, schools as sites for ongoing teacher learning, school leadership, and the role of research in educational decision making. She remains a research affiliate of Harvard University’s Project on the Next Generation of Teachers and of the Teacher Learning Project at Brandeis University.

Megin Charner-Laird

Megin Charner-Laird is a Lecturer in the Teacher Leaership program. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Salem State University. Megin, who earned her doctorate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, conducts qualitative research focused on urban education, teachers' professional learning and urban, schools' instructional capacity and improvement.
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.
michael coiner

Michael Coiner

Lemberg Academic Center 159
Michael Coiner is an Associate Professor of Economics. He has a research interest in the economics of higher edcuation. He teaches Economics 59b - The Economics of Education, an elective for education studies.

Barbara 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.

Kathleen Dowcett

Kaytie is a Lecturer in Education. She received her MPP from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis and her MEd from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has over 15 years of experience as an educator in both the nonprofit and public school sectors. Most recently, she worked as a Research Consultant for the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University, where she authored a report on college persistence and graduation efforts in Rhode Island and assisted in the evaluation of Metro Nashville Public Schools Principal Leadership Institutes. Kaytie currently sits on the Waltham School Committee.
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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.
Leandra Elion

Leandra Elion


Leandra is a Lecturer in Education. Leandra has taught students at all grade levels in a variety of settings.  She has a M.S. in Special Education and an M.Ed. in Reading.  She has worked for the  MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in their Special Education Planning and Policy Division but returned to the classroom (in the Watertown Public Schools) to – happily -  work directly with students again.
sharon feiman nemser

Sharon Feiman-Nemser

Mandel Center
(781) 736-2946
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.
Juan Gabriel Sanchez

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.
Shira Horowitz

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.
Brenda Keegan

Brenda Keegan


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


Judith Kelly is a Field instructor and coach. 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.

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.

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.

Noreen Leibson

Noreen Leibson

Mandel 121
(781) 736-2099
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.
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Marya Levenson

ASAC 217
(781) 736-2001

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

ASAC 125
(781) 736-2941
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.
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.
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.

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."
deborah moriarty

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.

Frances Moyer

Frances Moyer is a Field Instructor. She received her Master's in Urban Education from Boston College and her Master's in Public Administration through the University of Oklahoma’s Extension Program offered in the Panama Canal zone.

Beth Naditch

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

Nili Pearlmutter is a Lecturer in Education. 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.
joe reimer

Joseph Reimer

KUTZ 133a
(781) 736-2996

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

Ned Rossiter is a field instructor in the MAT secondary program and helps lead the induction program. 
francesca stark

Francesca Stark

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.

Rebecca Stern

Rebecca is a Lecturer in Education. She teaches Teacher Research and co-teaches the Fundamentals of Teaching to secondary MAT students. Rebecca is a PhD candidate at Boston College, where she is researching teacher perceptions of standards-based education and current issues in teacher education. Prior to her work at the university level, Rebecca taught middle and high school social studies and English in Oakland, California; Dorchester, Massachusetts; and Portland, Maine. She received an MA in education from Stanford University and a BA in sociology and psychology from Wesleyan University.
Derron Wallace

Derron Wallace

Derron is an Assistant Professor in Education and African and Sociology. He is also affiliated with the African and Afro-American Studies Department. He is a sociologist of education whose research interests include global perspectives on urban education, comparative and international education, Black ethnic relations, and disability studies. He recently received his PhD from the University of Cambridge, where he was a Marshall and Gates Cambridge Scholar. Previously, he worked as a community organizer and consultant with Local Educational Authorities in London. Derron currently teaches ED 170a, Critical Perspectives in Urban Education.
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.

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Eileen Kell

ASAC 215
(781) 736-2002
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.