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Ms. Guastaferro leads Teaching Matters with her unique blend of business management consulting, technology innovation, and teaching experience. As a former senior consultant for Price Waterhouse Coopers’ Policy Research and Analysis group, she advised government and educational agencies on how to improve performance through innovative technology and effective management. Her work on education reform led her to inner-city Baltimore, where she taught elementary school and created a technology-based learning support lab for literacy and mathematics. She joined Teaching Matters in 1997 as Director of Planning and created and launched @School Anytime, the organization’s award-winning on-line training program. Ms. Guastaferro was also a lead consultant on the early design and development of SchoolNet, one of the first systems for collecting and analyzing student data. Ms. Guastaferro received an M.B.A. from Columbia University and B.A. from Williams College.
One of the authors of the New York City Board of Education’s Technology Plan and founder of the Citizens Coalition for Technology in Schools, Ms. Condliffe has more than 33 years of experience working with non-profits, government, and in education. A founding staff member of Teaching Matters, she develops programs such as Constitution Today that bring the democratic process to life for students while training their teachers in the use of technology in the classroom. She was one of the managers of New York City’s 1996 Technology Summit that brought together more than 200 educators, business executives, and government leaders to develop a technology plan for the NYC school system. She now advises school districts on how to utilize their technology resources to advance student achievement. A life-long resident of New York, Ms. Condliffe holds a B.A. from New York University.
Dr. Brotman has been engaged in the field of science education for over ten years. After working as a research scientist, she began her career in education by creating and teaching an inquiry and project-based science curriculum for a start-up middle school in Oakland, California. Jennie subsequently completed a Ph.D. in Science Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, where she investigated urban high school students' learning and decision-making about HIV/AIDS. She has also taught education courses at Barnard College and done professional development and curriculum development work in numerous New York City public schools. Jennie holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.
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Naomi Cooperman is the Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Teaching Matters, Inc. In this capacity, she is responsible for the development of innovative instructional initiatives which marry best practice in teaching and learning with the effective use of technology. Since 2006, Dr. Cooperman has spearheaded the creation of Writing Matters, Teaching Matters’ middle school literacy program. Dr. Cooperman has more than twenty-five years of experience in the field of education. She was previously a Teaching Matters educational consultant, mentoring New York City classroom teachers to meet the needs of struggling students using tech-rich resources. Prior to joining Teaching Matters, Inc., Dr. Cooperman was the Instructional Design Specialist at the Center for Management and Organization Research, Baruch College, CUNY, where she developed and managed government professional development projects. Dr. Cooperman earned an Ed.D. in Communications, Computing and Technology from Teachers College, Columbia University, where she investigated the interaction between teachers’ instructional beliefs and their first classroom attempts with the Internet. She holds an MS from the University of Wisconsin and a BS from the University of Massachusetts.
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With more than 15 years of experience in working for leading not-for-profit organizations, Ms. Dorante will be responsible for developing and implementing Teaching Matters overall fundraising strategy as well as building a major gifts program.
Ms. Dorante served most recently as Director of Development for EMpower, an international grantmaking organization focused on youth. Previously, Ms. Dorante built and directed a comprehensive development program for The Twenty-First Century Foundation, a national Black Foundation dedicated to facilitating strategic giving and grantmaking for Black social change.
She has served as Director, Special Projects, and Director, Private Sector Development, for the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, a public-private partnership focused on AIDS vaccine research and development, and advocacy, where she managed and stewarded key external relationships to increase IAVI's partnership and fundraising base. Ms. Dorante has also held several positions with the US Fund for UNICEF, the premiere international development and children's rights agency. Very early in her career, she managed the annual giving program for the YWCA of the USA, the nation's largest women's membership and advocacy organization. Jacqueline holds a BS from Syracuse University.
Ms. Murtha leads our team of 40 educational consultants with high expectations to achieve the mission critical goals of over 200 education clients. She oversees the implementation of Teaching Matters professional development services and programs. She started with Teaching Matters as a Senior Educational Consultant, supporting schools with implementing the Common Core standards, using common assessments to track student progress, and developing Professional Learning Communities to build capacity within schools. Before joining Teaching Matters, Ms. Murtha served as Director of Curriculum and Instruction for a public school in the Bronx, where her leadership lead to an increase from 69% to 90% student proficiency on the NY State ELA exam. She also has served as a teacher, trainer, curriculum writer, and Director of Strategic Initiatives at Readworks. She received her Masters in Elementary Education from the University of Central Florida and her Bachelors in Computer Science from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.
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Mr. O'Donnell heads the technology department at Teaching Matters providing support to schools and Teaching Matters' staff of educational consultants around four key areas: 1. The use of technology to enable goal setting, planning, knowledge sharing and reflection 2. Demonstration of learning 3. The use of data to inform instruction 4. Communication and collaboration. Evan joined Teaching Matters in 2000 to help design and implement the award winning programs Teaching with the 'Net and The Connected Principal, two of the organization's Distance Learning courses for Teachers and Principals.
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Sharon Rubinstein is a lawyer and former journalist with extensive communications and advocacy experience in the non-profit world. For nearly a decade, she was Communications Director at Advocates for Children and Youth in Baltimore, where she was also a lobbyist. She has been a communications consultant for numerous clients, including Medicaid Matters Maryland, Health Care for All, and the Maryland Budget and Tax Policy Institute. In 2012, she was named one of ten "leaders" by the Moving Maryland Forward Network.
Some of Ms. Rubinstein's writing credits include BusinessWeek Magazine; Newsweek International; CNN; CBS News, and the Baltimore Sun. Much of her writing has concerned social issues. She has been active in academia as well, and was a Senior Fellow at the University of Baltimore School of Law's Center for Families, Children and the Courts, which operates a Truancy Court Program that addresses student attendance problems. Ms. Rubinstein taught child advocacy courses at the University of Maryland's College Park Scholars program, and taught law and education policy for the George Washington University Graduate School of Education. Much earlier in her career, she was a federal law clerk. Ms. Rubinstein has a J.D. from the University of Michigan's School of Law, and a B.A. from Cornell University.
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Mr. Tunik is responsible for leading the design and implementation of a comprehensive strategy for measuring the outcomes of Teaching Matters' programs and services, including identifying key areas for evaluation and building capacity for ongoing self-assessment. He is also responsible for leading efforts to conceptualize and implement a longitudinal strategic performance measurement plan designed to improve internal program practices and inform the education sector. He brings to this role more than 25 years' experience in program evaluation and performance measurement. Prior to coming to Teaching Matters, Mr. Tunik worked as an independent evaluation consultant, and for almost 17 years managing evaluation projects in K-12 education at Metis Associates. He has extensive experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors, and has led experimental, quasi-experimental, qualitative and compliance studies and authored reports on programs focused on adult and continuing education, science education reform, national welfare policy, college readiness, project-based learning, literacy instruction for struggling readers, and the NYC Department of Education's adoption and dissemination of the Common Core State Standards. Mr. Tunik earned an MPA in Research Methods from Columbia University, where his studies focused on public policy, statistics and evaluation methodologies for social science research. He holds a BS in Cognitive and Experimental Psychology from the University of Wisconsin.
Pamela Abramson is an educational consultant for Teaching Matters. Pamela's interests range from providing an educational climate where students enjoy the learning experience to creating a classroom with opportunities for students to master innovative technology. Prior to joining the Teaching Matters team, Pamela evaluated the instructional practices of tenured teachers for continued service. Previously, she created lessons for One laptop Per child. Earlier in her career, Pam was a second and third grade teacher in a public New York City elementary school for 7 years. Pamela received an M.A. from New York University and a B.A from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Libby Baker works for Teaching Matters both as an educational consultant and a program design specialist. In that dual role, she focuses on supporting schools in increasing teacher effectiveness as well as developing assessments, online resources, consulting offerings and other instructional tools. She was a major contributor to the development of the Writing Matters curriculum. Prior to joining Teaching Matters, Libby taught elementary school in East New York. Previously, she worked in the field of educational technology for almost fifteen years and has extensive experience producing web content and educational multimedia for a variety of audiences and industries. Ms. Baker received a B.A. from Boston University, an M.A. in developmental psychology from Harvard University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and her M.Ed. from Brooklyn College.
Sue Ball comes to Teaching Matters with over 15 years of classroom teaching experience. In addition to teaching Sue was a director of a learning center for over three years. She is currently managing multiple projects for Teaching Matters including helping NYC teachers implement CCSS standards into their classroom, a blended learning system, and a virtual learning system for thousands of students throughout NYC. She holds a BA in elementary education from Bowling Green State University, an MA in Educational Technology form BGSU, and is currently completing her licensure for educational administration.
Ms. Bertolotti has worked as an educational consultant for over 16 years. She has been working directly with teachers in Reading, Science, ESL and Social Studies to help integrate technology into their curriculum. Ms. Bertolotti has 12+ years undergraduate teaching experience and has demonstrated pedagogic philosophy and skills. She has created curriculum, designed and modeled lesson plans for classroom instruction in all content areas. She has taught at New York University. Ms. Bertolotti is fluent in Italian, Spanish, and French. Ms. Bertolotti holds a BA from Marymount Manhattan College, MA from New York University and in 2010 received an Advanced Degree in Linguistics from the University of Pisa.
Mr. Better currently teaches 3-D Computer Animation at New York City College of Technology. For the past nine years, he has been teaching Animation and Video workshops to middle school students, which have culminated in videos focusing on subject matter such as Renaissance Art, Greek Fables, Cubism, and the History of Jackson Heights. He has been a film and video artist for twenty-five years. He has received a Puffin Foundation grant, and has exhibited his work in New York and other cities. He has taught Animation and Filmmaking at Brooklyn College and Bloomfield College in New Jersey.
Jeff Branzburg brings over 25 years of instructional technology professional development experience to his work as an educational consultant at Teaching Matters. He is currently focused on implementing a 1:1 computer program in a Bronx middle/high school. Earlier in his career, Mr. Branzburg was Assistant Director for Instructional Technology at the New York City Department of Education, Instructional Technology Director for 3 suburban NY school districts, as well as a contributing editor for Technology & Learning Magazine. In addition, he has taught instructional technology courses at Molloy College, Touro College and Long Island University. Mr. Branzburg holds an M.Ed. and a B.S. from The City College of New York, and an advanced certificate in instructional technology from New York University.
Jillian brings her expertise as a classroom teacher, staff developer, and literacy coach to her work at Teaching Matters. During her tenure as an educator she taught in Georgia, New York, and New Jersey developing students into passionate lifelong learners. Through her work with Teaching Matters, Jillian leads cohorts that focus on increasing teacher effectiveness by guiding educators in analysis of their instructional practices to identify strategies that work best for a classroom of diverse students. She also specializes in writing, revising, and aligning curriculum to the Common Core State Standards which creates goals that foster high achievement for all learners. Jillian has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Maryland, College Park and a Masters of Education in Reading, Language, and Literacy Instruction from Georgia State University.
Dr. Charles has provided in-classroom professional development on integrating technology with instruction for nearly 20 years. A former researcher for the Children’s Television Workshop and public school language arts teacher, she has taught courses at Bank Street College and the College of New Rochelle. She studied the effects of social and organizational factors on technology integration for her doctorate, which she received from Columbia University’s Department of Communications, Computing and Technology, Teachers College. Dr. Charles holds an M.Ed. from Teachers College and a B.A. from the University of the West Indies.
Jennifer Cottle comes to Teaching Matters from an Elementary Education teaching background in International Schools in Lima, Peru, where she is originally from. While there she focused on bilingual education, and also taught in high-risk poverty areas and worked with Special Needs children, She holds a BA in Elementary Education from the Universidad Femenina del Sagrado Corazon - Unife, and an EdM in Technology, Innovation and Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Mr. DelaCruz has worked as an instructional technology specialist for over seven years. He was manager of the Children's Museum of Manhattan Media Center (1997-2000), a state of the art television studio. There he developed media literacy programs for schools while facilitating workshops for museum visitors. He then proceeded to the Bertelsmann Foundation (Media Workshop New York) where he trained teachers on how to utilize technology in their classrooms. Through this four year initiative, Mr. DelaCruz worked at various high schools around the city including: Forest Hills High School, Taft High School, High School for Environmental Studies and Brandeis High School. Jelbin continues to expand his horizons within the field of instructional technology.
Mr. Donaldson has worked with teachers and students for more than eight years. Over the past three years, Bill has designed, implemented and refined the Digital Literature and History in Focus programs. He is currently developing a new program for public schools called the Poetry Network that promises to inspire students through poetry and technology. He has also coordinated special projects at Teaching Matters from the Annenberg Foundation, the Helena Rubinstein Foundation, and the National Science Foundation. Mr. Donaldson holds a BA from University of Michigan and a Masters in Elementary Education from Hunter College.
Ms. Gentile has over fifteen years’ experience in education as a classroom teacher, school administrator and educational consultant. In her experience as both a classroom teacher and school administrator, Ms. Gentile’s elementary students demonstrated great gains in the areas of ELA and Math, as evidenced by New York State Assessments. She has extensive experience with differentiating instruction, brain-based learning, learning styles and providing professional development. Since joining Teaching Matters, she has focused on curriculum mapping, coaching teachers and conducting professional development workshops. Ms. Gentile has a B.S. in Management and Communications from Adelphi University, an M.S. in Elementary Education from Long Island University – C.W. Post and a professional diploma in school administration from Stony Brook University.
Jennifer Gleason is an Educational Consultant and Information Systems Developer at Teaching Matters. In this role, she develops and supports websites, and works with school leaders and teachers, helping them move toward learner-centered pedagogy supported by new technologies. Jennifer began her career as a software engineer at IBM, where she developed and tested enterprise software. In addition, Jennifer worked for the Buck Institute for Education as an Education Pioneer Fellow. Jennifer earned an MA in Communications, Computing and Technology in Education from Columbia University Teachers College and holds a BS from Binghamton University.
Dr. Heller brings over 18 years of experience consulting with schools to promote a culture of continuous improvement. Bill received his doctorate from New York University's Steinhardt School of Education, where he currently teaches graduate-level courses in English Education and Educational Leadership. He directed the professional development for the NYC DOE's iTeach/iLearn one-to-one initiative, overseeing the planning, development, publication, and delivery of 136 unique one-hour Train-the-Trainer sessions. He has also led Teaching Matters initiatives in areas as diverse as social studies, school data analysis, arts integration, and Common Core-aligned assessment. Recently, Bill wrote a chapter for the book Literary Education and Digital Learning (published by IGI Global) based on his research using technology and performance to help younger students understand Shakespeare. Dr. Heller holds a BA from Albright College and an MA from New York University.
Nina Chanpreet Kaur brings over 10 years of experience serving the NYC Department of Education as an educator and professional development coach. She is passionate about bridging the achievement gap and works directly with K-12 teachers to maximize their potential, thereby maximizing student achievement through the use of technology, innovative curriculum and time-tested best practices. Her expertise ranges from ESL and ELA to Social Studies and Math. Nina is a published author and has been featured as an educator in the NY Times and the Harlem Times. She received a Master of Science in Education from Lehman College and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Global History from Barnard College.
Margaret Overbagh comes to Teaching Matters with ten years of classroom experience in various capacities. She began her career teaching English as a Foreign Language and running teacher trainings as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the former Soviet Republic of Ukraine. She then pursued her M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages at New York University. In New York City, she has taught at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, with extensive experience in collaborative team teaching. A member of the ninth cohort of the Bilingual/ESL Teacher Leadership Academy at Bank Street College, her focus has been on building English as a Second Language teaching capacity within schools and integrating ESL into everyday curricula. She earned her B.A. in English and Public Policy from The College of William and Mary.
Jillian has worked with special needs learners for 10 years. For the majority of that time she taught self-contained classes, both elementary and middle school ages. Following her in-classroom work, Jillian worked as a coordinator where she served as a teacher team leader, instructional coach, professional developer, and manager of a variety of projects. Jillian began her career in education as a New York City Teaching Fellow, obtaining her Master’s from Mercy College. She earned her B.S. in Communications from James Madison University.
Dr. Rosati has been an educator for 33 years, working as a speech teacher, special educator, and school administrator. He is nationally recognized through RESNA as an assistive technology provider. As a graduate professor at St. John's University, he has instructed and trained students in instruction and assessment best practices when working with special needs students. His work is featured in Geffner and Swain’s book Auditory Processing Disorders: Assessment, Management and Treatment.
He has made presentations throughout the state on Education Technology Integration, and was a long time presenter on a range of topics for teacher centers in the region. He works with Stony Brook University's engineering department facilitating biomechanical engineering projects, and is a national assessor for programs and competitions for RESNA and for the JETS engineering competition. His doctoral work was done in collaboration with Dr. Jonathan Hughes on using district data for comparing and evaluating school districts.
Edith Schneider has been a professional developer for over nine years. Since joining Teaching Matters, she has helped many New York City schools integrate technology into their science and social studies curricula, and has facilitated implementation of New York State Learning Technology Grants. She has ten years experience in the New York City public school system as a teacher of both high school and middle school science. Ms. Schneider is currently investigating ways to use technology so that middle school science students can apply science concepts to real world problems. She has both her Bachelor's Degree in Biology, and her Master's of Science Education from Brooklyn College, City University of New York.
Nick Siewert comes to Teaching Matters from a 15 year career as an English and social studies teacher in middle and high schools across the country. He has taught in Colorado, California, Florida and New Jersey. In addition to teaching, he has served in schools as an academic dean, a communications director and a major gifts officer . He holds a BA in English from Middlebury College, an MA in English from the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury and an EdM in Technology, Innovation and Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Kimberly holds a B.S. in Business Management with a minor in Computer Science, a B.S. in Chemistry with a minor in Mathematics, and an M.S. in Biomedical Engineering. She began her career in the NY Tri-State area as a Biomedical Engineer, specializing in Pediatric Trauma and Intensive Care. Later pursuing her interest in education, Kimberly obtained teaching certifications in mathematics and science. She was also selected into the National Gifted and Talented Teaching program, and upon completion, received full GATE certification. In 2008, she graduated from the NJEXCEL program in School Leadership and obtained the Supervisor, Principal, and Chief School Administrator certifications. During her tenure in education, she has worked as a teacher, instructional coach, supervisor, and administrator in both the public and non-public sectors.
Meredith Somsel is an Educational Consultant at Teaching Matters with more than 10 years of experience in education. She was a middle school teacher for five years before transitioning into math coaching. She has worked in the education technology sector in addition to providing professional development in mathematics to teachers throughout the city. Meredith holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Maryland and a MA in Teaching from Johns Hopkins University.
Wedelie Thompson brings over 12 years of expertise as a certified K-12 Reading Specialist, Exceptional Student Education Teacher, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESL) and Professional Development. Wedelie is extremely passionate about the field of education and embraces the philosophy that "Instruction must not be compromised, but rather infused with multiple strategies and tools to support the various learners in today’s classrooms."
Mrs. Valinotti has been in the classroom for over 14 years having started out as a paraprofessional and moving from classroom teacher to staff developer. She comes to Teaching Matters with a wealth of experience working in elementary and middle schools in Brooklyn and New Jersey, where she resides with her husband and two sons. A graduate of Brooklyn College with a MS in Education, she was a member of Kappa Delta Pi , International Honor Society in Education. She has conducted workshops on Classroom Management and Balanced Literacy. She has worked as a mentor in the NYC Mentor Teacher Internship Program and teacher trainer to new teachers. She looks forward to working alongside teachers to help implement exciting literacy lessons that integrate technology.
Kate Wheeler comes to Teaching Matters with ten years of ELA classroom experience. She began her career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in South Africa, working with teachers who were struggling to implement the new national curriculum, and securing more access to technology in her local township. After completing her service she moved to New York City and began working as a classroom teacher in the South Bronx in two different small public schools where she taught both middle school and high school ELA. After attaining her National Board Certification as a middle school ELA teacher she accepted a teaching position at The Equity Project Charter School in Washington Heights where she continued to teach middle school and serve as the ELA department chairperson. Kate has a B.S. from Boston University in Secondary English Education and an M.A. from Teachers College in Education Leadership.
As an Educational Consultant at Teaching Matters, Ms. Ortiz-Williams coaches teachers in integrating technology into core curriculum using programs like Writing Matters and Voices & Choices. Before coming to Teaching Matters, Josefina worked as a Humanities teacher at a charter school in New Jersey. Earlier, Josefina was a Humanities teacher and Literacy Coach in the NYC Public Schools. Her expertise is in creating and implementing student-centered, cross-disciplinary, multi-cultural curriculum. She has facilitated training in Balanced Literacy and reading and writing workshop model. Josefina has also collaborated with ePals and the Peace Diaries/ Knowledge iTrust, Inc. She holds a B.A. in Sociology and Latin American Caribbean Areas Studies from Binghamton University and a Master's in English Education from New York University.
Linda Wolvek joined the Teaching Matters team in 2011 after a thirty-year career teaching high school English and interdisciplinary studies in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Her last five years of work in Los Angeles focused on literacy-based interdisciplinary education for at-risk high school students. In addition to her expertise in secondary level ELA, ESL, and interdisciplinary education, Linda has trained dozens of student teachers and has taught in the graduate education program of California State University. After achieving a long time dream of relocating to New York, Linda feels fortunate to have found a home with like-minded colleagues at TMI. Her work here continues a life-long commitment to helping students, teachers and schools achieve great things.
Mr. Andujar is currently pursuing his degree in Computer Systems Technologies at NYC College of Technology. He currently supports the Teaching Matters Staff, Network Staff and Schools with all technological issues.
Samuel Daunt serves as the Assistant to Executive Director Lynette Guastaferro. He joined Teaching Matters after teaching for three years in New Mexico as a member of Teach for America’s 2010 Corps, where he taught financial math, computer graphics, and teacher training courses at Grants High School. From 2009 to 2012 he helped start and develop Porterville Summer String into a week-long music camp for low-income pre-college students in rural California. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Music from Indiana University
Ms. DiLello serves as Major Donor Officer. Her responsibilities include research and cultivation of Teaching Matters' donors, event coordination and fundraising. Before joining Teaching Matters in February 2012, Kate worked in philanthropic event coordination - helping to raise millions of dollars for prominent New York charities. She is a 2009 graduate of West Chester University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in English and Communication Studies.
Ms. Hargrove is an early career professional with B.A in English from Briar Cliff University. She recently moved to NY after playing 2 seasons with the Harlem Ambassadors, a professional showbasketball team, that tours the country putting on exhibition games to raise funds for non-profit organizations and schools. Julia comes to Teaching Matters from Computers for Youth where she served as Program Assistant for their Educator Support and Family Engagement teams.