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Sigalit Arditi

I have been teaching for 14 years mainly in high school. I have a Master's degree in Education. I am a teacher trainer, EFL curriculum developer and webmaster. I am the AMIT English website manager. I am also a counselor and visit a number of schools across Israel. In addition, I work for the Ministry of Education and update the English Inspectorate site and run the English Portal there.

My main interests are using technology and EFL, E-learning and online activities.

Email: sigardit(at)gmail(dot)com

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

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 have completed a 3 year doctoral program in educational leadership specializing in curriculum and instruction at the University of Phoenix online. I am currently completing data collection in instructor use of technology in blended learning environments in higher education around the world. 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

Seth Eisenberg

Country of Residence: USA, Organization: PAIRS Foundation, Title/Position: Executive Director, Topic of Interest: online learning, educational technology, working with diverse populations

Email: seth.eisenberg(at)pairs(dot)com

Robin Eisner

Having graduated from the University of North Carolina in Education, I made Aliya with three small children in 1988.
Over the past twenty years I taught ESL and native speakers.
My hobbies are gardening and writing. I live with my cat and two dogs in Kfar Neter.

Email: robineisner(at)hotmail(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

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

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

Tziona Levi

I have been an English teacher for the past 22 years in the comprehensive ORT school in Beit-Shean, a development town in the North of Israel. I functioned as a regional counselor for the Ministry of Education for 12 years and for ORT high schools. My teaching experience includes EFL methodology courses in various institutions as well as adult courses for the local municipality. As a counselor, I gave in-service training and redirection EFL related courses on assessment and implementation of the standard- based curriculum to teachers at all levels (NBA) and on computer-technology implementation. At the same time, I published several items and participated in professional conferences in Israel and abroad. Presently, I am the Head of English Studies at the Goralnik Institute, R. D. & T Division of the ORT Network, which runs approx. 120 school institutions and am working on my doctorate at Tel-Aviv University on The effect of dynamic assessment (DA) on students' performance in foreign language oral proficiency tests.

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

Declan McCabe

Country of Residence: USA, Organization: Saint Michael's College, Title/Position:Associate Professor of Biology, Topic of Interest: Biology in Elementary schools

Email: dmccabe(at)smcvt(dot)edu

Nancy McKeand

Country of Residence: United States, Organization: Eastern New Mexico University, Title/Position: Director, ESL Institute, Topic of Interest: technology in ESL

Email: namckeand(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

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

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

Maxine Tsvaigrach

I am originally from Brooklyn, New York. I have a B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature and an M.A. in Linguistics and EFL. I've lived here for 31 and a half years, although I still get asked how many months I have been in Israel ... sigh ... My Hebrew is fine, it's that New York accent ...

I'm married to an Israeli - I fell in love with him partly because of all the endearing mistakes he would make in English - and inherited his awful but at least unique last name. We have three daughters and an old, old cat.

I have been an English teacher for 31 years. Since 1984 I have been teaching at Yigal Alon High School of the Arts and Sciences in Ramat HaSharon, and was the Department Co-ordinator from 1992 to 2008. In addition, I've been doing counseling and teacher training for the past two years.

My hobbies are Scrabble, folk dancing, reading, singing (I'm in two choirs) and of course, listening to music of the Sixties. I am also known at school as an obsessive creator of unseens ; suddenly, I'll get an attack and compose five, six in one night.

Email: maxinetz(at)013(dot)net

Carsten Ullrich

Country of Residence: China, Organization: Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Title/Position: Researcher, Topic of Interest: AI&ED, PLE, Web 2.0, Semantic Web

Email: ullrich_c(at)sjtu(dot)edu(dot)cn

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