Dr. Orit Kent
Co-Director, Pedagogy of Partnership
Orit is a long time Jewish educator, teacher-educator, researcher and writer, with experience teaching both children and adults. She has been involved in the design and implementation of numerous professional and leadership development programs and was a lecturer in the education program at Brandeis University for many years. As a senior research associate at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education, she led a multi-year research and design effort focused on developing conceptual and practical tools for improving peer-based learning with elementary, middle school and university students. In her role as a senior researcher at Helix Learning Partners, she conducted targeted investigations of educational programs to help explain how and how well they are working.
Orit’s early professional experience as a community organizer provides her with a lens into how leaders develop and build values-based organizations. Orit has published and lectured widely on her work and is co-author of the award winning book, A Philosophy of Havruta.
An alumna of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship, Orit holds a doctorate in Education and Jewish Studies from Brandeis University, an Ed.M. in Teaching and Learning from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a B.A. in history from Yale University.
Orit can be reached at [email protected].
Co-Director, Pedagogy of Partnership
Allison is a teacher educator and educational designer specializing in the creation of vibrant Jewish learning programs for students of all ages as well as substantive professional communities of practice in Jewish education. Allison has published both scholarly and popular articles on this work, has created practical tools and frameworks to improve teaching and learning, and conducts trainings, consultations and coaching with educators.
Bringing to her work a rich background in informal education, Allison has designed and led numerous professional development programs across educational contexts to improve teaching practice as well as educational leadership. She is the founding Coordinator of the Clinical Mentor Faculty Program at Hebrew College, working with leaders of congregational schools to mentor their teachers and graduate students in Jewish education. She also serves as the Senior Educator on a multi-year initiative on the implementation of “Pluralism” at Boston’s Jewish Community Day School, leading the full faculty and parent community in a comprehensive effort. Allison is affiliated with the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for the Studies of Jewish Education at Brandeis University as well as Hebrew College.
An alumna of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship, Allison earned her Ed.M. in Teaching and Learning from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and M.A. in Jewish Studies from Hebrew College. Her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan combined the study of Cultural Anthropology, Hebrew Studies and Education in her early quest for understanding the power of intentionally creating cultures of learning.
Allison can be reached at [email protected].
Operations and Communications Manager
Lauren Luger is the Operations and Communications Manager of Hadar's Pedagogy of Partnership. Lauren attended Brandeis University where she earned a B.A. in Education Studies, receiving the Sizer Education Studies Award, and minored in French and Judaic Studies. While at Brandeis, Lauren worked for Hillel for 3 years, the Gateways Program; tutoring children with cognitive disabilities for their B’nai Mitzvah, and was a Roosevelt Fellow. Upon graduating, Lauren became the Assistant Director of Education at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation where she created and facilitated formal and informal educational programs for all ages, with a focus on youth engagement. She co-launched an 8th-12th grade program that connects teens to their Judaism through flexible, unique, and immersive programming.
A Davidson Scholar through the Wexner Fellowship, Lauren most recently earned her MA in Jewish Professional Leadership and MBA in Nonprofit Management from the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program. Lauren aims to build a stronger foundation for Judaism to take shape; a foundation that connects with modern trends and breathes Judaism into every aspect of living and learning.
Lauren can be reached at [email protected].
Rabbi Devin Maimon Villarreal
Senior Coach and Program Manager
Rabbi Devin Maimon Villarreal is a Senior Coach and Program Manager with the Pedagogy of Partnership and teaches Talmud and Tanakh at de Toledo High School in Los Angeles. He has worked in Jewish education for over ten years as a classroom teacher and administrator in both Orthodox and community day schools during which he was awarded the Covenant Foundation’s Pomegranate Prize for emerging Jewish educators. He has also worked as an Education Consultant for various Jewish education organizations throughout North America. At the center of all of his work is his belief in Judaism’s ability to help people discover and nourish their best selves. Devin received semikha (rabbinic ordination) from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, as well as from Rabbi Nathan Lopes Cardozo. A graduate of UCLA in the Study of Religion, he also holds a Master’s Degree in Teaching from the American Jewish University.
Devin can be reached at [email protected].
Rabbi Miriam-Simma Walfish
Faculty and Senior Coach for Pedagogy of Partnership
Rabbi Miriam-Simma Walfish is faculty at Hadar and a Senior Coach for Pedagogy of Partnership. She is completing her PhD in Rabbinics at Harvard University. Her interests include rabbinic approaches to gender, parenting, and education. She has published several articles, including, "Upending the Curse of Eve: Reframing Maternal Breastfeeding in BT Ketubot" (2017). Rabbi Walfish has taught Tanakh, Talmud, and Jewish Law in numerous settings including the Conservative Yeshiva, Hadar, Harvard University, Hebrew College, and the National Havurah Committee's summer institute. She revels in the process of learning Torah with and from her students.
Miriam-Simma can be reached at [email protected].
Alix Greenberger taught Jewish and general studies in the elementary school at Luria Academy of Brooklyn, where she also coached teachers. In addition, she worked on developing curricular materials. Alix was a teacher in the inaugural PoP fellowship cohort. She has a Master's Degree in Reading and Literacy from Bank Street College of Education. Currently, Alix resides in Florida, where she does freelance work. She is excited to be working as a PoP coach and ...supporting teachers to bring PoP alive in their classrooms. Alix is in awe at the ways in which PoP supports even the youngest students in building relationships that extend beyond recess and beyond talking about their favorite shows, and channels them towards deep textual work. It is because of focusing on those relationships in havruta that PoP sets students up to interact with texts in mature and intellectual ways. The results are remarkable!
Alix can be reached at [email protected].
Ayelet Lipton is the Hebrew and Spanish Languages Department Chair at the Rashi School in Dedham, MA and is trained in the proficiency approach for teaching Hebrew. Prior to this, she was a 4th grade Hebrew and Judaics team teacher at the Jewish Community Day School in Watertown, MA for eight years. At JCDS, Ayelet implemented the Pedagogy of Partnership (PoP). Ayelet has taught Hebrew and Jewish Studies in a variety of contexts, formal and informal,... led the Boston-Haifa Connection project at JCDS, which is a collaborative bilingual education project with a school in Haifa, Israel, served on the Mindfulness Team at JCDS for three years, was a member of the Pluralism taskforce at JCDS, and was a teacher mentor for Hebrew and Judaics teachers. Ayelet has been working with Allison Cook and Orit Kent to support the training of PoP teachers and leaders at Hadar for over four years. Ayelet also worked at Middlebury College mentoring students in the MA in the Teaching Hebrew program, at Hebrew College leading a Parenting Through a Jewish Lens group, and with the Institute for Jewish Spirituality developing curriculum for Jewish day schools. Ayelet has a passion for Jewish education, teaching Israeli and Jewish culture, and creating a learning environment that allows each student to access the curriculum in a deep and engaging manner. She believes that PoP not only provides students with the skills needed to engage with classroom materials and one another in a meaningful way, but fosters important understandings about relationships that support students, teachers, and communities throughout their lives.
Ayelet can be reached at [email protected].
Rabbi Laurie Hahn Tapper
Rabbi Laurie Hahn Tapper is an Associate Dean for Religious and Spiritual Life at Stanford University. Previously, she was the School Rabbi and Director of Integrated Learning at Yavneh Day School. In this role, she coached and mentored teachers and worked with school administrators and parents in making Jewish learning relevant, purposeful and meaningful. She also led the middle school beit midrash. Rabbi Hahn Tapper was first trained in the Pedagogy of Partnership (PoP)... over seven years ago, integrated it in her classroom, and has supported teachers across her school to be trained in it and put it into practice. She loves that teaching with the Pedagogy of Partnership approach lets every student know they matter. Rabbi Hahn Tapper is a graduate of Stanford University earning a B.A. in History and graduating with Honors in Jewish Studies. She was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary and received an M.A. in Education. She is also an alumna of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship. She lives in Redwood City with her partner, Dr. Aaron J. Hahn Tapper, along with their two children and two cats.
Laurie can be reached at [email protected].
Mallory Rome has taught history and English since graduating college. She completed a master’s degree in history at Stanford and then taught history at the Commonwealth School in Boston. While at Commonwealth she took on administrative roles, including serving as Director of Studies and taking responsibility for faculty professional development and growth. She was awarded a Klingenstein Fellowship and focused on professional development while completing... a master’s in school leadership at Teachers College. After Commonwealth, Mallory moved to the Jewish Community High School of the Bay, a pluralistic day school in San Francisco, where she was Assistant Head. Most recently Mallory was Head of School at The Rashi School in Dedham, MA. She now works as an educational consultant and teaches history at The Rivers School.
Mallory is drawn to the way that PoP centers the work teachers are trying to do with students - deepening their critical and expressive skills in concert with relationship-building and empathy development - in a deceptively simple and straightforward way. Mallory loves that PoP provides manageable opportunities to improve student learning by giving teachers the chance to strengthen their skills in ways that immediately create a learning environment that is supportive, challenging, and respectful.
Mallory can be reached at [email protected].
Marion Gribetz has spent her professional life devoted to teaching, mentoring and creating in Jewish educational settings. She is on the faculty of Hebrew College in Newton, MA where she teaches and advises graduate students... in Jewish Education. Her areas of interest are contemporary Jewish life, Pluralism in Jewish life, Jewish art, teacher development, and the context and content of Jewish education and identity building. Marion believes that the Pedagogy of Partnership (PoP) provides students and whole school communities with a vocabulary and model for creating communities of caring individuals who have empathy for each other and for text (both traditional Jewish text and any human creation that deserves to be respected and explored) and that PoP can be a lever to imbue our students with the habits of heart and mind that will create a better future. Marion lives in Sharon MA with her husband, Rob Rubin, where they raised their 3 sons.
Marion can be reached at [email protected].
Michelle Janoschek is a K-5 Math Coach/Specialist and grades 3-5 Literacy Coach/Specialist at the Jewish Community Day School in Watertown, MA, and a Senior Coach with Pedagogy of Partnership. Previously she taught 4th grade and was a teacher leader for Grades 3-5. Michelle’s passion is providing students with the skills and space to engage deeply with various content matter. She believes that a safe learning environment where students can be curious, question one another, and provide opinions with... strong evidence to support their opinions is crucial to a positive learning experience. She uses the Pedagogy of Partnership (PoP) in her classroom in ELA and math to support her learning goals. As an educator, Michelle gets much joy from seeing students using PoP as a guide to help them deeply explore their wonders and curiosity about a text or subject. In addition to Michelle’s classroom teaching, she works with teaching teams on differentiation and executive function skills, has worked on a school-wide Pluralism committee, is a member of the Mindfulness team at JCDS, is a teacher mentor, and is trained in the Pedagogy of Partnership. Michelle received her M.Ed. in Elementary Education at Lesley University and her B.A. in Biology from Clark University.
Michelle can be reached at [email protected].
Shira Horowitz is a teacher, mentor, and teacher-educator. Her current work is built on an extensive foundation of more than 15 years as a kindergarten and first grade classroom teacher teaching Judaic and General studies in Boston-area Jewish day schools. She currently serves as a coach in the Teacher Leadership program... at Brandeis University, where she coaches experienced Jewish day school teachers. She has also taught in the MAT program at Brandeis and was a field instructor and mentor teacher in the DeLeT program, preparing novice teachers to teach in Jewish day schools. She has worked as a coach and mentor in several local schools and has led workshops supporting teachers in developing curriculum for their classrooms.
Shira has always been passionate about teaching Jewish texts to young children, integrating Jewish and General studies, and creating collaborative classroom and school communities. She is excited to be coaching for PoP, which pulls together so many of these themes.
Shira holds a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Language and Literacy and an Ed.M. in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University Graduate School of Education and a B.A. in Psychology from Brandeis University. Shira lives in Brookline, MA with her family.
Shira can be reached at [email protected].