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Mark Cruthers

Mark Cruthers is a California (CA Clear Credential) and ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International) credentialed teacher. He has been successfully teaching AP online classes to homeschoolers for the last six years and public and private schoolers for the last eight years. He has been a teacher for seventeen years in public and private schools, as well as, home schoolers. He has earned recognition from Who's Who in America's Teachers and Educators in: 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2007. He was voted "Most Inspirational" Teacher by the RCHS Senior class of 2007 and voted "Impact Teacher on the week" in March 2008. He is also a Disney Award Nominee, 2001. Mark is also an educational consultant and a member of the Board of Advisors for authorGEN-WiZiQ.

He teaches: AP U.S. History, AP European History, and AP American Government and Politics. Mark is also an exam reader for the AP US History exam starting in 2007. EIE Academy (Monrovia, CA) and home-school teacher.com of whom he teaches with, also offer AP Literature and AP Psychology. Mark earned a B.A. from the University of Hawaii in 1989 and a M.A. from Fuller Seminary - Pasadena, CA in 1992. Mark has also been a basketball coach and served in the U.S. Army Reserves and National Guard as an infantryman.


Nellie Deutsch

My name is Nellie Deutsch. I have 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 educational leadership specializing in curriculum, and instruction at the University of Phoenix online. I am researching instructor use of web 2.0 tools in blended learning environments. I teach English using web 2.0 tools via Moodle, 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.

In my free time, I help educators become aware of the value of integrating web 2.0 tools for instruction and learning synchronously via WiZiQ and asynchronously via Moodle. I am doing this on a voluntary basis because I am passionate about learning and would like to see e-learning available and free worldwide.

Web sites:

Email: admin(at)nelliemuller(dot)com


Naomi Epstein

I teach English to deaf and hard of hearing students at Yehud Comprehensive High-School and am the "Shema" national counselor for English for the hearing impaired. I have been in this field for over twenty years.

I have a B.A. in "Education of the Hearing Impaired", a B.E.D in "Teaching EFL" and an M.A. in "Curriculum Development".
Author of "Apples and Zebras" and "The Book of Keys"

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



Irit Ferman

Irit Irene Ferman holds a BA in English literature and linguistics and an MA in a language education program with a focus on EFL/ESL from the University of Tel-Aviv. Her dissertation focused on language assessment. She is currently a PhD candidate involved in a literary research program at the English Department of Bar-Ilan University. Her research interest targets the teaching of literature in e-learning contexts.

She started out as an EFL teacher and later an English studies coordinator in a senior-high school in the Tel-Aviv region where she initiated and participated in establishing a language track and integrating computer mediated EFL learning. She is considered a pioneer in the introduction of translation as a subject taught to senior high school students.

Her career as an EFL teacher for the last ten years, has been with pre-service and in-service EFL teachers both as a lecturer in the English Department at the Levinsky College of Education and a teacher trainer for elementary, junior-high and senior-high school teachers for the Ministry of Education. In her teaching she combines the teaching of English language arts and language assessment with a computer mediated teaching modality. Among the e-learning and hybrid courses she has constructed and taught are courses in language assessment, reading strategies and intensive writing, pedagogical grammar, and ways of learning and teaching literature.

I.I. Ferman initiated and has been involved in language research projects and is internationally recognized in the field.

Email: iritf(at)hotmail(dot)com



Barry Gonen

Immigrated from England in 1971.
Living on Kibbutz Negba from 1973 .
Married with four children (3 girls, 1 boy) + 7 grandchildren..so far!
Teaching at Tsafit regional high school since 1978
Special Ed division in the 'Mercaz Limida'
Hobbies....
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


Doris Molero de Martins

Hi, there! I am an EFL professor at Universidad Rafael Belloso Chacin and right now I am a student of the 3rd semester at the Sciences of the Education Since then, I have been learning how to integrate technology in the EFL class In Maracaibo, Venezuela. I hold a master degree on Educational Informatics also I am a third semester student of the Doctorate program in URBE. I have been a member of the Webheads in Action since 2003. Teaching and learning is what I love and would love to spread this delicious decease to all the students and teachers in the world. You can see my work here:
Doris3m EFL Center
Multiliterate Doris
Interantional Collaboration Ning


Michael McVey

I have taught Elementary and Secondar Special Education kn Canada, Japan, and the USA. I now am an Assistant Professor in the Educational Media and Technology Program at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan, USA.

Email: mmcvey(at)emich(dot)edu


Maris Mohr

I was born in NYC, graduated from the Bronx H.S. of Science in 1969, and started my BS in biology at SUNY Stony Brook. Israel was too much of a pull on my life, so I became a member of Garin Hashachar, came to Israel in 1970, returned to NY to close circles, and made alliya in 1971. I served in Nahal and as a result got to Kibbutz Dorot, where I met my husband. Our first daughter, Nitza, was born there in 1974, only a month after Shaul was discharged from the very long (6 months) miluim of the Yom Kipur War.
During all that time, starting in H.S., I wrote poetry. In 1976 we moved to Mitzpe Ramon where we've been ever since. I worked at all kinds of jobs for 9 years until, in 1985, I started teaching EFL officially at the Misgav Comprehensive H.S. in Mitzpe Ramon, grades 7-12, and the elementary school at Midreshet Sde Boker, grades 5,6,8. I continued in Misgav, which later became Shalom School for Arts and Sciences, for 16 years, during 13 of which I was English Coordinator. I used poetry as a major part of my teaching and built many projects for upper grade students around studying, analyzing and writing it and as a tool for the understanding and development of English language. I also taught for 6 years during this period at the pre-academic college for discharged soldiers that we had in M.R.
During this period I returned to university at Ben-Gurion in B.S. where I completed my BA in literature and linguistics. Just as I was about to begin my Masters studies in linguistics at B-G, I was hospitalized for worsening health problems and was diagnosed with MS. Because of the progression of the MS, I took disablility retirement in 2002. I never stopped writing poetry.
My book: Memo Book of My Mind, self published, first collection of 30 years of poems. The book was printed by UPP in Tel Aviv in 1999. It is available directly from me.

Email: mbgm14(at)yahoo(dot)com


Phyllis Oded

Made Aliyah from Chicago in 1967.
Teaching experience: 43 years in Israel. Presently teaching at Alliance High School in Ramat Aviv.
In addition to my poems and crossword puzzles, I have created loads of grammar stories for various levesl and over 30 unseens for the E,F.G. modules.

Email: phylliso(at)zahav(dot)net(dot)il


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


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: shapiroaviva(at)gmail(dot)com


Ann Shlapobersky

I have lived in Kfar Kisch, in the Lower Galilee for 27 years. For the first 18 years I taught in elementary, junior and high schools in the area. I also worked for CET and the Rural Educational Department as a CALL counselor. Since 1998 I have worked for ECB as a pedagogical adviser and webmaster/content developer of ECB Online. I have a BSEd from Ohio University in English and MA from the University of London in TICE (Teaching International Communications in English).

Email: ashlapo(at)gmail(dot)com


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

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