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Nina Bruder is the Executive Director of JNTP. Nina has an extensive background in Jewish non-profit management, having served as the Executive Director at Bikkurim: Advancing New Jewish Ideas for ten years and at Drisha Institute for Jewish Education for six years. She also serves as adjunct faculty at the Wagner School at New York University.
Nina holds a B.A. in Sociology of the American Jewish Community from Brandeis University, a Masters in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, and studied for two years at the Pardes Institute for Jewish Studies in Israel. She also is a Wexner Graduate Fellowship alumna. Nina can be reached at email@example.com.
Senior Manager, Administrator Support Program
Fayge Safran Novogroder is Senior Manager, Administrator Support Program at JNTP. A founding mentor in JNTP, Fayge trains mentors and principals, as well as coaches principals one-on-one. She also develops materials and resources for JNTP’s programs.
Fayge previously was Assistant Principal at Ma’ayanot Yeshiva High School for Girls; served as founding editor of Ten Da’at, a Jewish educational journal; was adjunct instructor at Yeshiva University’s Stern College; and taught in day schools for over 30 years. Fayge has a B.A. in English Literature from Brooklyn College, an M.A. in English Literature from New Yor University, and an M.S. in Bible from Bernard Revel Graduate Studies at Yeshiva University. Fayge can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Senior Manager, Teacher Induction Program
Suri Ganz is Senior Manager, Teacher Induction at JNTP. Suri joined JNTP in 2007 to support new teachers as a visiting mentor in day schools in Brooklyn and Queens. She currently develops and facilitates programming for mentor training and new teacher seminars. Suri also leads JNTP’s recruitment efforts.
Suri has been active in middle and high school Jewish education for over 25 years and, since 2009, has been involved in co-authoring Foundations, a high school curriculum currently implemented in Jewish schools across the country. Suri holds an M.S. Ed in Curriculum Development and Outcomes Assessments from Aspen University. Suri can be reached at email@example.com.
Associate Program Consultant
Michael Bitton is an Associate Program Consultant at JNTP and Head of School in Yeshivas Ohr HaChinuch, a Jewish elementary school in Lakewood, NJ with a child-centered, constructivist approach to education. He has spent the last decade innovating and coaching teachers through workshops and presentations.
In 2013, Michael won the Young Pioneers Award from the Jewish Education Project, and, in 2014, received the Pomegranate Prize from the Covenant Foundation. In the 2015-16 school year, he took part in a year-long cohort with the Educational Leadership Academy at the High Tech High Graduate school of Education in San Diego, CA and is currently a doctoral student working on his Ed.D at the Azrieli Graduate School of Education. Michael can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sara Edelson is a Program Consultant. She serves as a mentor and lead coach in addition to supporting the design and facilitation of professional learning to school leaders, mentors and new teachers. Sara worked as a High School Social Studies Teacher for the NYC Department of Education where she served in a variety of education roles, from teacher to department chair to instructional coach.
She also was an adjunct professor in New York University’s Social Studies Teacher Education Program, as well as a Student Teacher Supervisor in both the Hunter Graduate School of Education and New York University. Sara holds a B.A. from Rutgers University in Political Science, History and Judaic Studies and an M.A. from New York University in Social Studies Education. Sara can be reached at email@example.com.
Chana Fox is Program Manager at JNTP. She is responsible for all administrative functions, supporting the operation of JNTP’s program, recruitment, marketing and development teams. Chana has been involved in Jewish education for nine years and is passionate about making a positive difference for the Jewish future. She holds a B.S. from Yeshiva University. Chana can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Allana Friedman is a Program Consultant at JNTP, where she co-facilitates professional development training for Year 1 Mentors. She began her teaching career in LAUSD in 2004 and took a position as a curriculum coordinator and instructional coach in 2011. Joining New Teacher Center in October 2019, Allana began working with school districts and partners across the country as part of the program team. In the fall of 2020, she joined the JNTP team. Allana holds a BA in Journalism and Political Science from Indiana University and a Master’s degree and teaching credentials from Pepperdine University. Allana can be reached at email@example.com.
Rabbi Dr. Maury Grebenau is a Program Consultant at JNTP and the Administrator Support Program Co-Lead, joining Fayge Safran Novogroder in providing cohort-based professional development and individual coaching to early-career administrators. Maury has been teaching and leading in Jewish day schools for almost 20 years, including roles as principal in Texas and California for the past decade.
Maury has written many articles on educational leadership and current school-related issues including teen health and school technology use. His articles have been published in Phi Delta Kappan, Principal Leadership and Hayidion, among others. Maury recently earned his EdD from Northeastern University with a dissertation on the experiences of new principals in Jewish day schools. Maury can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vicky Kairy is a Program Consultant at JNTP, where she provides professional development for mentors and new teachers. Vicky has been involved in Jewish education for 20 years, most recently as Lower School General Studies and Judaic Studies Assistant Principal at Barkai Yeshivah in Brooklyn.
Vicky also mentored beginning teachers in early childhood programs and elementary schools with JNTP; coached middle school teachers as a Judaic Studies Educational Coach; led an induction program supporting new teachers and mentors; and taught General and Judaic studies in grades K-8 for 15 years. She holds a BA from Brooklyn College and studied education at Touro College Graduate School of Education and Special Education. Vicky can be reached at VKairy@newteachercenter.org.
Julie Lambert is a Program Consultant at JNTP where she facilitates professional development for mentors and new teachers. She also serves as a Senior Educational Consultant at the Center for the Advancement of Jewish Education (CAJE), Miami, where she designs and implements capacity-building initiatives for Miami’s Jewish day schools. Julie has been involved with JNTP since 2008, serving previously as a visiting mentor in Miami schools and currently as a facilitator of the CAJE-JNTP Induction Program.
In addition, Julie is the Associate Director of Congregational Innovation for the Union for Reform Judaism. In addition, Julie is a graduate of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Rhea Hirsch School of Education with Joint Masters Degrees in Jewish Education and Non-Profit Management where she currently serves on facult as an Adjunct Professor teaching a course on Instructional Leadership and Professional Development Julie is an alumna of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship Program. Julie can be reached at email@example.com.
Valerie Mitrani is a Program Consultant at JNTP where she designs and facilitates professional learning for mentors, new teachers and school leaders. She also serves as Director of Day School Professional Development at the Center for the Advancement of Jewish Education (CAJE), Miami.
Valerie has been involved in with JNTP since 2008, serving as a visiting mentor for Miami schools and as a Program Leader and Facilitator of the CAJE-JNTP Induction Program. Valerie is a graduate of the Hornstein Program at Brandeis University with a dual MA in Jewish Communal Service and Near and Eastern and Judaic Studies. Valerie can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rochelle Moche is a Program Consultant for JNTP, where she serves as a mentor and is on the Development team. Rochelle worked in Special Education for the NYC Department of Education and was an adjunct professor at the Azrieli Graduate School,Yeshiva University. She holds a B.A. in History from City College, a B.S. in Jewish Education from Yeshiva University, an M.S. in Special Education from Hunter College, and an EdD in Administration and Supervision from Yeshiva University’s Azrieli Graduate School of Education. She is a founder of Ben Porat Yosef, a yeshiva day school in Bergen County. Rochelle can be reached at email@example.com.
Karali Pitzele is a Program Consultant with JNTP, focusing on content development and materials preparation. Her background is in teaching, school leadership, teacher development and school design, with a strong focus on supporting authentic learning environments and student empowerment. Karali began her career as a Humanities teacher in grades 6-12, then founded The Green School in Brooklyn in 2006 where she was principal for six years. She then worked in Jakarta, Indonesia with a franchise of K-12 bilingual independent schools.
Karali served as NYC Program Director at New Teacher Center from 2014-19 before transitioning to the JNTP team. She holds a BA in Cross-Cultural Studies from Antioch College, an MS in Teaching from New School University and a Building Administrator License from New York City Leadership Academy & Baruch College. Karali can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Senior Development Associate
Ilana Sperling is JNTP’s Senior Development Associate. She coordinates the organization’s fundraising activities, including event planning, prospect research, strategic planning and proposal writing. She previously served in various programming, development and grants management positions at a number of Jewish non-profit organizations, including the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), the Claims Conference, and the American Sephardi Federation. Ilana has a B.A. in History from Stern College and an M.P.A. in non-profit management and policy from New York University’s Wagner School for Public Service. Ilana can be reached at email@example.com.
Associate Program Consultant
Tova has mentored beginning teachers in elementary school and high schools as an in-house mentor with JNTP since 2008. She created the first professional development program at Ma’ayanot Yeshiva High School; served as the JNTP Greater Philadelphia Community liaison for two years; served as the Reflection Coach for teachers at Kohelet Yeshiva Lab and Middle School; and serves as a consultant to high schools on sexuality education. She holds a BA from Stern College, an MA from Azrieli Graduate School, a certificate from Yeshiva University’s Graduate Program for Advanced Talmudic Studies, and is a graduate of Nishmat’s US Yoatzot Halacha Program. Tova can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Leah Volynsky is a Program Coordinator at JNTP for Teacher Induction program. Leah has years of experience working in Jewish non-profits and higher education. Leah holds a BA from Hofstra University in Public Relations and an MA from New York University in Media, Culture and Communications. She also is a graduate of the Brandeis Jewish Leadership Incubator nonprofit management program. Leah immigrated with her family from Moscow to the US in 1996. Leah can be reached at email@example.com.
Basya Wolff is a Visiting Mentor at JNTP. She has mentored teachers in elementary/middle schools in both general and Judaic studies in Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island. Basya has been a teacher for over 40 years, is an Early Childhood, Judaic curriculum developer and coordinator. She also has presented workshops for Torah Umesorah, The Jewish Education Project, YACHAD National Council for Jewish Disabilities and private schools. Basya can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.