Faculty

Marcie Abramson
Marcie Abramson
Lecturer in Education
Undergraduate Program, MAT Program

Marcie Abramson teaches ED 235a Elementary Teaching and Learning Math as well as MATH 3A Explorations in Mathematics. She has extensive experience teaching elementary, middle and high school 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.

Howie Baker
Howie Baker
Executive Director, Lemberg Children’s Center
Lecturer in Education
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. His 46-year career at Brandeis and in early education policy and practice has been to support learning together, inclusion of children with diverse educational needs, parent-school collaborations, standards of care, reflective practice and leadership. He is currently co-president of the Council of Child Development Lab Schools and director of the American Psychological Associations' ACT Raising Safe Kids Boston Regional Center, a violence prevention and parenting education program.

Jennifer Cleary
Jennifer Cleary
Senior Lecturer in Theater Arts
781-736-3377 Spingold Theater Center, 9
Undergraduate Program, MAT Program

Jennifer Cleary is a senior lecturer in theater arts and teaches courses in stage management, public speaking, creative pedagogy and theater for social change. She received her EdM 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. 

Sharon Feiman-Nemser
Sharon Feiman-Nemser
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Professor Emerita of Jewish Education
781-736-2946 Abraham Shapiro Academic Complex, 111
AGS-EDM Program, MAT Program, Undergraduate Program

Sharon Feiman-Nemser is the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Professor of Jewish Education emerita. Since coming to Brandeis in 2000, she founded the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education and the DeLeT Fellowship which evolved into the MAT program with concentrations for public school and Jewish day school teachers. She also co-directs the Brandeis Teacher Leadership Program. A former high school English teacher, Feiman-Nemser is a scholar of teacher education and learning to teach. A collection of her writings, Teachers as Learners, was published by Harvard Education Press.

Leah Gordon
Leah Gordon
Harry S. Levitan Director of Education
Associate Professor of Education
781-736-2001 Abraham Shapiro Academic Complex, 217

Leah Gordon holds a joint PhD in history and education from the University of Pennsylvania. She has particular interests in the history of education, intellectual history, the relationship between social science and social policy, and ideas about race, class and inequality in modern America. Gordon's first book, "From Power to Prejudice: The Rise of Racial Individualism in Midcentury America" (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2015), received the 2016 Linda Eisenmann Prize from the History of Education Society. Gordon is currently working on "Imagining Opportunity: Education and Equality in Modern America" (under contract with the University of Chicago Press), a history of the idea that schooling can equalize the social and economic structure. She has received awards and fellowships from the Spencer Foundation, the National Academy of Education, the American Council of Learned Societies and Stanford University's Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity.

Ziva Hassenfeld
Ziva Hassenfeld
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Assistant Professor of Jewish Education
781-736-5018 Abraham Shapiro Academic Complex

Ziva R. Hassenfeld, is the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Assistant Professor in Jewish Education at Brandeis University. She studies reading comprehension from a sociocultural perspective, focusing on how children develop interpretations of the Hebrew Bible as a case of student reading development. She uses a variety of qualitative methods including ethnographic observation, stimulated recall interviewing, and think-aloud interviewing. Her research lab is called "Student-Centered Religious Learning and Literacy Lab." (SCRoLL Lab)

These investigations connect her to the worlds of biblical hermeneutics, both contemporary and rabbinic, as well as literary theory and criticism. Her recent publications can be seen here. In addition to her research, Ziva is a passionate educator. She has taught Hebrew Bible in a variety of settings, including at JCDS, Gann Academy, Genesis/BIMA at Brandeis, Silicon Valley Beit Midrash, Stanford Hillel, Congregation Beth Jacobs, and Congregation Emek Beracha.  She is a Wexner Fellow and Davidson Scholar, Class 25.

Shira Horowitz
Shira Horowitz
Lecturer in Education, Coach
Abraham Shapiro Academic Complex
MAT Program, AGS-EDM Program

Shira Horowitz co-teaches ED 264a Foundations of Education, a course taken during the first summer of the public elementary and Jewish day school concentrations of the MAT. Horowitz 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 Jewish day school concentration of the MAT Program from 2002 to 2015.

Danielle Igra
Danielle Igra
Director of Teacher Education
Assistant Professor of Education
781-736-8519 Abraham Shapiro Academic Complex, 219

Danielle Igra's research areas include the Pedagogy of Teacher Education and the Teaching of English Language Arts. She currently teaches Fundamentals of Teaching, Pedagogy of English, and Reflective Teaching. Before coming to Brandeis, Dr. Igra worked at Stanford University, where she also earned a PhD in teacher education, an MA in English, and an MA in teaching. Igra taught high school English for nine 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
Lecturer in Education, Coach
Abraham Shapiro Academic Complex, 328
Undergraduate Program, AGS-EDM Program, MAT Program

Aja Jackson currently teaches the Foundations in Education course for the MAT program and coaches public school teachers in the Teacher Leadership Program. After more than 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. Jackson 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.

Chandra Joseph-Lacet
Chandra Joseph-Lacet
Lecturer in Education

Chandra Joseph-Lacet has spent the last 27 years working in the field of education. She began her career in Higher Education working in various Student Affairs Departments. After several years in Higher Ed, she transitioned to K-12 education and began her teaching career as an Elementary School Teacher with the Boston Public Schools. She has also served as a Special Education Teacher, Literacy Coach, Special Education Coordinator, Assistant Principal and New Teacher Developer. Currently she serves as an Aspiring Teacher Coach and MTEL Support Specialist for the Boston Public Schools. Her passion is working with teachers to elevate instructional practices and create highly engaging, student-centered environments focused on empowering teachers and strengthening student learning outcomes. She is the CEO of CJ Education Consulting Group, LLC and currently, is a co-host of "Real Talk, Real Time with Chandra and Gorgette", a weekly virtual event supporting teachers through the complexities and changes in teaching and learning.

Rebecca Katsh-Singer
Rebecca Katsh-Singer
Lecturer in Education
Undergraduate Program, MAT Program

Rebecca Katsh-Singer teaches the summer pedagogy course for prospective secondary science teachers. Katsh-Singer has consulted for schools, districts and research organizations about effective science teaching and learning. Katsh-Singer began her career as a middle school science teacher and is currently the district science coordinator for the Westborough Public Schools in Westborough, Mass.

Jody Klein
Lecturer and Coach
AGS-EDM Program

Jody Klein brings more than 25 years of experience in education as a teacher, program director, curriculum developer and trainer. She has taught pre-service and in-service education courses to teachers from pre-K through the university level, often around topics related to English Language Learning. She currently works for Newton Public Schools and as a consultant for Research for Better Teaching. Klein’s beliefs about access and achievement for all students are what fuel her work in and out of the classroom.

Jonathan Krasner
Jonathan Krasner
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Associate Professor of Jewish Education Research
781-736-2372 Abraham Shapiro Academic Complex, 123
Undergraduate Program, MAT Program

Jonathan Krasner's 2020 book, “Hebrew Infusion: Language and Community at American Jewish Summer Camps” (Rutgers University Press), co-authored with Sarah Bunin Benor and Sharon Avni, was the recipient of the 2020 National Jewish Book Award in Education and Jewish Identity. His 2011 book, “The Benderly Boys and American Jewish Education” (Brandeis University Press), was the winner of the 2011 National Jewish Book Award in American Jewish Studies. He was named as a 2012 finalist for the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature.

In addition to the history of American Jewish education, his research interests include the teaching and learning of Jewish history and social studies, Jewish youth, and Jews and sexuality. His articles have appeared in a variety of academic journals and edited collections.

Jed Lippard
Jed Lippard
Lecturer and Coach
AGS-EDM Program

Jed Lippard currently serves as the Chief Learning Officer at Buckingham Browne & Nichols School in Cambridge. In this role, he oversees teaching and learning, curriculum and instruction, adult growth and development, and educational innovation PreK-12. Prior to joining BB&N, Jed served as the Dean of Children's Programs and the Head of the School for Children at the Bank Street College of Education in New York City. Previously, he spent more than two decades teaching and leading in two innovative public charter schools in Massachusetts. Jed holds doctoral and Master’s degrees from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a Bachelor’s degree from Brown University. His research focuses on differentiated instructional leadership for adult growth and development in schools.
Marya Levenson
Marya Levenson
Harry S. Levitan Director Emerita of Teacher Education and Professor of the Practice Emerita of Education
Abraham Shapiro Academic Complex, 325
Undergraduate Program, AGS-EDM Program

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

Jon A. Levisohn
Jon A. Levisohn
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Professor of Jewish Educational Thought
781-736-2941 Abraham Shapiro Academic Complex, 123
Undergraduate Program, MAT Program

Jon A. Levisohn 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
Lecturer in Education
Undergraduate Program, MAT Program

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. Lobo is an experienced teacher and an accomplished artist.

Alisha Nguyen
Alisha Nguyen
Lecturer in Education

Alisha teaches Learning, Identity, and Development. She is currently a Ph.D. fellow and instructor at the Department of Teaching, Curriculum, & Society, Lynch School of Education & Human Development at Boston College. Her scholarship mostly focuses on the intersectionality of language, power, race, class, and gender in early childhood and elementary settings. Her expertise includes anti-bias/anti-racist education, language and literacy development, culturally sustaining pedagogy, and critical family engagement. Alisha is particularly interested in conducting participatory and collaborative action research with children and families from diverse linguistic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Previously,  she worked as an early childhood teacher in Houston, Texas. She has a B.A. in English Literature and a Minor in Linguistics and Multilingual Studies from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas A&M, USA.

Nili Pearlmutter
Lecturer in Education
AGS-EDM Program
  • Nili Pearlmutter. Currently a math coach in the Cambridge public schools, Nili Pearlmutter is also a Lecturer in Education at Brandeis. She taught in the first summer of our Teacher Leadership Program and also taught the Fundamentals of Teaching course for the MAT/Jewish Day School concentration (aka DeLeT) program. Nili 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. In her time at Brandeis, Nili has worked with pre-service and novice teachers on instruction, supported mentors and field instructors in developing teacher educator skills, and coached school leaders as they developed a professional culture, systems, and structures that promote teacher learning.
desiree phillips

Desiree Phillips has been teaching workshops about special education at Brandeis for a number of years and began teaching a moderate disabilities course in 2015. She has worked for the Cambridge Public Schools since 2006 and is deeply invested in the lifelong success of students with disabilities. She was a special educator in both general education and substantially separate settings for 10 years, followed by two years as a lead teacher, and most recently is the coordinator for high school, upper school, and out-of-district. 

Phillips has special education experience in rural and urban education settings in grades K-12. She has presented at National Science Teachers’ Association conferences and contributed to the “Differentiated Instruction” portion of the Active Physics textbook series.

Joseph Reimer
Joseph Reimer
Associate Professor of Jewish Education in the Education Program
781-736-2996 Abraham Shapiro Academic Complex, 216
Undergraduate Program, MAT Program

Joseph Reimer has been at Brandeis since 1986. During his tenure at the university, he has been director of the Hornstein Program and the Institute for Informal Jewish Education. Trained as a developmental psychologist, 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.

Aviva Scheur
Lecturer in Education, Coach
AGS-EDM Program

Aviva Scheur teaches ED 253 Improving Teaching and Learning in the Classroom and serves as a coach in the Brandeis Teacher Leadership Program. She also works as the Shin Shin supervisor for the Combined Jewish Philanthropies in Boston. Previously, she served as education director at several synagogues, and was the head of the Tanakh department and leader of professional development at Gann Academy. Aviva has taught Pedagogy of Tanakh in the Brandeis MAT 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.

Margery Sokoloff
Margery Sokoloff
Associate Director of the Teacher Leadership Program
781-736-2024 Abraham Shapiro Academic Complex 220
AGS-EDM Program

Margery Sokoloff is the associate director of the Teacher Leadership Program and a field instructor for secondary English teachers in the MAT program. Sokoloff has worked as an educator since 1989 and as a teacher educator since 2006, when she joined the faculty of the Bread Loaf School of English. She has taught English at the high school and college levels in Miami and Boston. Sokoloff holds a BA and PhD in English literature from Yale University.

Rachel Kramer Theodorou
Rachel Kramer Theodorou
Elementary Faculty Leader
781-736-2023 Abraham Shapiro Academic Complex, 208
Undergraduate Program, MAT Program

Rachel Kramer Theodorou has been a classroom elementary and ESL teacher for more than 20 years in both public and private schools. Alongside her practical work, Rachel consults with Waltham Public Schools, MATSOL, EDCO and the Waltham Family School on matters ranging from instructional practices for teaching English Learners, to promoting ESL teacher leadership in professional development, and in methods for forging productive family relationships between school and home.

Derron Wallace
Derron Wallace
Assistant Professor of Education and Sociology
781-736-2088 Abraham Shapiro Academic Complex, 214
Undergraduate Program

Derron Wallace 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. Wallace currently teaches ED 170a Critical Perspectives in Urban Education.