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Nicola Avery

I started my career as a primary teacher then taught some EFL in Turkey and the UK. I then moved into a series of more commercial roles - eHR, eLearning, eGovernment then back to learning technology for a professional services firm. I currently work as an eLearning Adviser at the University of Surrey, UK

Email: n.avery(at)surrey(dot)ac(dot)uk

Michele Ben

Michele teaches at Ginsburg HaOren Six-year Comprehensive School in Yavneh and is a former coordinator of the JHS English department. Before retraining ten years ago to teach English, Michele worked in special education and as a remedial reading teacher in Hebrew for 18 years. She also teaches in-service training courses, both on-line and face-to-face. She holds an MA in education and a certificate in translation from Bar-Ilan. In her wealth of spare time, she co-edits the ETAI Forum with Amanda Caplan. They also co-authored the textbook "Strides" (UPP).
Her army service was spent traveling around the south of Israel supervising counselors in informal educational frameworks. Before that, she finished her in Special Education BA at Hebrew University. She grew up in the US.

Email: mggben(at)gmail(dot)com

Lana Bernhardt

I live in Boulder, Colorado. I lived in Israel from 1973-2001. I was an ESL teacher for 25 years. I wrote the high school teacher's guide while a part time employee at GFM in 2000-2001. I have been the US coordinator of IBSP for the past 7 years. I am honored to participate in this innovative Holocaust literature program. I am committed to the joint study and communication of teachers and students that contribute to a better understanding of Jewish youth in the Holocaust,and inspire students and teachers to make a difference in their schools and communities.

Email: lana(at)friendsofgfh(dot)org

Nellie Deutsch

My name is Nellie Deutsch. I came to Israel from Toronto, Canada as Nellie Muller right after high school. I have a BA in English literature and linguistics and 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 (final year) 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 in higher education in Israel. I teach English using web 2.0 tools such as blogs, social networks (facebook, nings, myface), wikis, and Youtube videos via Moodle. I practice Reiki, Alexander Technique, and Mindfulness Meditation. In addition, I facilitate online courses and conduct face-to-face marriage and relationship workshops according to P.A.I.R.S (Practical Application of Intimate Relationship Skills) in prison and community centers.

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 presently promoting Wikieducator for instruction and learning. I am also recruiting educators and other volunteers to contribute to the Israeli page on Wikieducator. I am passionate about learning and would like to see e-learning available and free worldwide.

Web sites: Email: admin(at)nelliemuller(dot)com

Alexandre Enkerli

Semi-nomadic, French-speaking ethnographer from Montreal. Since 1999, I have been teaching a variety of ethnographic disciplines (anthropology, folkloristics, sociology) at a variety of post-secondary institutions in Canada and the United States

Email: enkerli(at)gmail(dot)com

Gilda Haber, PhD

Professor of Sociology, English and ESOL at Montgomery College and UNVA
Job Function: Teach sociology, social psychology, criminology, assist PhD foreign students with English composition and writing. Research includes human spatial position and behavior to profile individual attitudes to the group.
Write and publish scholarly articles, creative non-fiction, fiction and memoir. Writing awards from Ferguson, Scorched Earth, and other contests.

Email: Gilda.haber(at)montgomerycollege(dot)edu

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

Eduardo Lina

I have been teaching in Kugel high school since 1989. During the 2008 2009 school year I will be teaching English (4 and 5 points Bagrut level), Spanish (5 ponts bagrut), and "Information Sciences - Madei Hameida (Unit 1)". I was born in Argentina. I have been living in Israel since 1979. Education: Primary and high school in Argentina. B.A., M.A in English and Teaching Certificate - Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. Diploma in Teaching English to those with Specific Learning Disabilities (Dyslexia) - Bar Ilan University, Israel. Member of The British Dyslexia Association. Teaching certificate in Spanish as a Foreign Language in the Israeli School System - Israel's Ministry of Education. I have done lots of in- training courses on different subjects (including a long one on Informatics - Movilei Meidaanut at Tel Aviv University). I will be taking the Madei Hameida intraining course this year.

Email: eduardolina1(at)gmail(dot)com

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

Anat Nijinsky

I was born and educated in Israel. I have a diploma in learning and teaching English from the best school I have ever experienced - LIFE.
I had a lot of difficulties in learning English. I just disgused it when I was a young student.
I think joining ETNI can repair my past.
I love writing. Writing is a spiritual satisfaction. I believe in the power of writing. Words alone can heal a person and give him strength! My favourite English genre is poetry. I pray as much as I can for everything (I pray even before I write!)
Apart from writing I am attracted to mysticism, Judaism education and natural laws.
I enjoy reading about these themes. I like observing youth and handicaps. Both groups can be a great source of inspiration for all of us!
I try to find my self and my strongest will is to live significant and spiritual life!!
I hope to contribute ETNI community,

Email: anatnijinsky(at)gmail(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 as 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. I have now been teaching for almost 25 years (and I have been working for the Rural sector as a counselor for 22 schools in the North for 3 years). 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

Ruth Sheffer

I made aliya 28 years ago from London.I have a BA in French and Spanish from University College Londonand an MA in Comparative Lit. and a teaching certificate from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. I have been teaching EFL in Israel since 1980,most of that time at Michlelet Ort High School in Jerusalem,with occasional stints of adult work here and there.I am most interested in the integration of technology in the English teaching Classroom.I am also a travelholic.(ask anyone on my staff ! )Current dream to trot off and teach English in China for a year....
A bit of a lurker on Etni with the occasional sporadic outburst when provoked.
My website -
my blog -

Email: rsheffer(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

Rita Zeinstejer

* EFL teacher in Rosario, Argentina, with +30 years' experience teaching English at all levels, mainly preparing students for Cambridge FCE and CAE.
* Cambridge Oral Examiner, Area Manager for Advanced Courses, and Self Access, Laboratory and Multimedia Coordinator at Asociacion Rosarina de Cultura Inglesa.
* CALL SIG Coordinator for the Association of Teachers in Rosario since 2001.
* Presenter of different live and online sessions on ICT and CMC for Language Learning in Rosario, Buenos Aires, Brazil, and at national and international Conferences, seminars and Conventions, for LABCI, TESOL, IATEFL, FAAPI, APrIR, after a course in Cambridge, England, in August, 1999, on CALL.
* Participant in online Conferences and Congresses as a member of Webheads in Action website:

Email: rita(at)zeinstejer(dot)com

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