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Peggy Barzilay, PhD

Peggy Barzilay received her BA from Hunter College, NYC; MA Smith College and PhD at Tel Aviv University, with her thesis Changes in Metalinguistic Ability in Primary (English) Language Attrition due to Submersion in a Hebrew-Speaking Environment.

Peggy taught French for 9 years, and then began teaching in the English Dept. at Beit Berl, introducing and heading the remedial reading program. Peggy is the author of the very popular remedial reading program: Ready, Steady, Read (for elementary and lower junior high grades) and Read 1; and Read 2 for older students.

Email: peggyb(at)bezeqint(dot)net

Nellie Deutsch

My name is Nellie Deutsch. I hold a BA in English literature and linguistics, a B.Ed in teaching ESL/EFL, an MA in education, curriculum and technology (MAEDCT) from the University of Phoenix. As a believer in life-long learning, I am currently studying for my doctorate in education, leadership, curriculum, and instruction at the University of Phoenix. I teach ESL and EFL, practice Reiki and Alexander technique, and conduct marriage and relationship workshops according to P.A.I.R.S (Practical Application of Intimate Relationship Skills) in prison, community centers and privately.

I have been teaching English to speakers of Hebrew for over 30 years within the public school system, adults at university, in private ESP (English for special purposes) schools, and in technology oriented English courses for Cisco.

Besides work, I also spend a great deal of time with my family and on my interests. These include updating my website, writing lesson plans, papers, WebQuests, online interactive student web pages, distance online learning, conducting success and relationship workshops, presenting at conferences, cultivating my garden, reading, jogging and training for my first marathon. I also practice Reiki and the Alexander Technique.

Email: admin(at)nelliemuller(dot)com

Naomi Epstein

Naomi Epstein teaches English to deaf and hard of hearing students at Yehud Comprehensive High-School and is the "Shema" national counselor for English for the hearing impaired.

Email: ronea(at)012(dot)net(dot)il

Erica Garb, PhD

Dr. Erica Garb is Director of English Studies at the Association for the Advancement of Education (the Aguda L'Kidum Hachinuch), a Ministry of Education organization, which administers 60 pre-academic centers throughout Israel. She is responsible for curriculum development, teacher training, textbook development and the construction of the twice-yearly examinations with bagrut-equivalence status. She has taught EFL at all levels through high school and pre-academic colleges, including the Learning Centre for the Blind at Hebrew University, where she was the EFL co-ordinator for several years. She has had extensive experience in teacher training, curriculum design, and the construction of EFL materials and methodologies, with a specialization in cognitive and metacognitive education.
In this field she has lectured in South Africa for the South African Cognitive Association and in Holland and Sweden for the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI). Her work has also been presented in Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Canada and Brazil by her co-author, Professor Alex Kozulin.

Publications include:
  • 2000: Maximizing the potential of young adults with visual impairment: the metacognitive element: American Journal of Visual Impairment
  • 2001: New cognitive curriculum for pre-academic centres
  • 2001: Metacognitive Strategies in EFL, USIE Journal of the Graduate Research Centre for Education, University of Sussex,
  • 2002: Dynamic Assessment of EFL Text Comprehension: School Psychology International, Vol. 23 Issue 01, February, (with Alex Kozulin).
  • 2004: Can general meta-cognitive strategies improve domain-specific learning? Cognitive Education in South Africa, Vol 11,
  • 2004: Dynamic Assessment of Literacy: European Journal of Psychology of Education, Volume xix, (1) (with Alex Kozulin).
  • 2004: Cognition and metacognition: tools for change: (book chapter) Integrating Content and Language, ed. Robert Wilkinson, Maastricht University Press.

    Text books:
  • 2001: P.A.R.T. 1 - EFL text-book for 3-point students. Academon
  • 2002: I think... therefore I read (teachers guide), Academon

Email: erica2(at)netvision(dot)net(dot)il

Mitzi Geffen

I live in Beer Sheva and I am the English co-ordinator at Makif Amit Beer Sheva where I teach classes from 7th to 12th grade. I direct and produce an annual English musical there and at Ulpanat Amit, as well.

Email: mitzi1002001(at)yahoo(dot)com

Barry Gonen

Immigrated from England in 1971.
Living on Kibbutz Negba from 1973 .
Married with four children (3 girls, 1 boy) + 7 far!
Teaching at Tsafit regional high school since 1978
Special Ed division in the 'Mercaz Limida'
Music-songwriting, composing, archeology, gardening, photography.
Also am still serving with Border Police Unit as local security coordinator.
Email: barry(at)negba(dot)org(dot)il

Batya Medad

Batya Medad, of Shiloh, became an English teacher after years of working at many different other jobs. She teaches in the Yeshiva Tichonit Mateh Binyamin in Beit El. Blogging, writing and photography are among her hobbies.

Email: shilohmuse(at)yahoo(dot)com

Lauren Ornstein

Lauren is an American born folksinger, songwriter and EFL teacher. She grew up in Yonkers, NY and moved to Israel shortly after graduating high school. After being a "wandering Jew", she settled down in the Negev at Midreshet Ben Gurion to raise her daughters, Shlomit and Shikma.

Today Lauren teaches at the local High School for Environmental Studies. In addition, she performs at the English-language folk clubs around Israel. She has appeared at Jacob's Ladder Folk Festival (Israel), Fiddler's Green Festival (N. Ireland) and Turtle Hill Festival (USA). Lauren combines her musical and EFL teaching skills in folksong workshops in schools around the country. She conducts in-service workshops for EFL teachers on songwriting and also on how to use songs in the classroom.

Email: laurie(at)etni(dot)org

Adele Raemer

Adele Raemer: EFL teacher Ma'ale Habsor Regional Comprehensive School, Counselor for the southern section of the Rural English Education Department (REED) and webmistress (female of "webmaster") for the REED website, Adele earned her MATESOL from Moray House Institute of Education, Herriot-Watt University and lives with her family and dogs on Kibbutz Nirim in the western Negev.

Email: adeler(at)kfar-olami(dot)org(dot)il

Aviva Shapiro

I was born and raised in the USA . I completed my BA at the University of Maryland and my MBA at Leicester University . I have lived in Israel since 1980 , first a s a kibbutznik in the Upper Galilee and since 1996 in the Yishuv Karkom. I am presently the English coordinator at Beit Yerach Comprehensive Regional High School in the Jordan Valley, a full time English teacher of 22 years and a Madricha for the Rural Sector in the North. . I love to read and dance. I am the mother of five great kids and for the most part, I am an optimistic person.

Email: alshapirose(at)hotmail(dot)com

Ellen Hoffenberg-Serfaty, J.D

Co-editor of The Rag and SEN columnist Ellen Hoffenberg-Serfaty, J.D., most recent career as an EFL teacher has been entirely with special students. Presently EFL coordinator at the Learning Center for the Blind Mechina at Hebrew U., Ellen has pioneered the use of assistive technology for students with special needs, especially blind, visually impaired and those with learning problems and disabilities, for Bagrut exams and daily work. She has trained teachers for many years on all aspects of working with SEN students, including courses at a teacher's college, and has served as a consultant and counselor for schools and teachers working with this population. A lawyer by training, she has developed children's rights projects for the Israeli branch of an international children's rights organization, and was a criminal defense and children's rights lawyer, advocate, lobbyist, governor's representative, juvenile justice consultant, author and trainer in Florida USA. A frequent contributor to ETNI and editor of the original ETNI News, Ellen's life "joy" is being a mom, and exploring a myriad of sports, crafts and the arts, as well as feeding her internet and web-site building addictions.


Email: serf(at)inter(dot)net(dot)il

Barry Silverberg

Good Evening. Nice of you to drop by. You know, I've written so many mock bios ( Barry was born Barigouti Eben Igetbored in the pastoral Palestinian town of Nabless Manitoba. His parents left him in the snow overnight as a test of endurance. The next morning, when young Al Silverberg opened the door for the milk man, he was surprised to find such a Spartan carton . . .) that, maybe, just to surprise you , I'll do one straight:

I entered the world in May 4th of 1952. Google your head off, but nothing else happened in the world on that day. I guess I was enough. My parents, Canadian citizens, eventually moved into a house on Kilbride Ave. And if you go there today you can still see it, unchanged except for the color of the paint and the Chinese language spoken. Nursery school, kindergarten, Talmud Torah Elementary school, Joseph Wolinsky (Jewish Day School) till 11th grade, one wonderful year at Public School, Aliah, four years schmoozing around Bar Ilan University, army service, marriage, move to Kiriat Shmona in 1982, five kids, presently teaching English at Hamatmid Relligio' School and "Maddah Vedaat" at Tel Hai College; a little writing for fun on the side, and, of course, developing the Thai Massage Clinic. Enjoys cycling and singing old Dylan songs.

Email: barisil(at)netvision(dot)net(dot)il

Richard Steinitz

Born: 17 February 1947, in New York City, to Robert and Lore Steinitz, both of whom were German Refugees (i.e. Yeckim)
Educated: SUNY at Buffalo
Emmigrated to Israel 1968
Army service: Regular (Nahal): 1969-1970, Reserves (Medic): 1970-1991
Married: to Naomi, with two children: Oren (26) and Yael (24)
Residence Herzliya, Israel.
Current Occupation: Publisher’s representative (for Israel & Palestinian Authority) for Pearson Education.

Email: richard(at)LPAgroup(dot)biz

Dina Wyshogrod, PhD

Dina Wyshogrod, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in Jerusalem, specializing in anxiety disorders and behavioral medicine. In addition, she teaches courses in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction to laypeople and professionals.

Email: Dr.Dina(at)breathedeep(dot)net

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