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Michele Ben

I teach at Ginsburg HaOren Six-year Comprehensive School in Yavneh and am a former coordinator of the JHS English department. I worked in special education and as a remedial reading teacher in Hebrew for 18 years before retraining eight years ago to teach English. I also teach in-service training courses, both on-line and face-to-face. I hold an MA in education and a certificate in translation from Bar-Ilan.

My army service was spent traveling around the south of Israel supervising counselors in informal educational frameworks. Before that, I finished my BA at Hebrew University. I grew up in the US.

Email: mggben(at)gmail(dot)com

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.
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

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

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: date: Feb. 3, 1967]
Teaching experience in Israel: taught 3 years in Rehovot, 33 years in Ironi Daled [Tel Aviv] and am in my second year teaching at Handasaiim High School [next to T.A. Univ.]
[personal non-info; married with three children and three grandchildren]
Personal Problem: with the textbooks for teaching English. As you have seen from a sampling of my material. That's where the true evaluation is, not just filling in grammar tenses on a test page!
In addition to my poems and crossword puzzles ........., I have created hundreds of grammar stories for various levels and at least 30 unseens for the E,F.G modules.
I went on early pension 4 years ago and continue teaching because I HAVE TO. By this I mean, I love it. Leah Kernig is still acting, isn't she? GETTING OLDER, GETTING BETTER. Teaching should not only be FUN for the teacher, but a great learning experience for the students. Don't you agree?

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

Avraham Roos

I was born and raised in the Netherlands and made aliya in 1991 after having completed my BA in ELT in Diemen, Holland. Here in Israel, I finished my MA with the University of Liverpool extension which unfortunately has stopped its Israeli program. I live in a tiny moshav called Tirat Yehuda which is near Petach Tikva (or should I say Petah Tiqwah?). I am presently the English coordinator (and sole teacher) of Yeshivat Lamerchav Petach Tikva. I am also a madrich for the Rural Sector and a madrich for the new Module F Literature Module in the Centre of Israel, a YRF madrich in Ashdod and an online instructor for several English teaching courses. I am married, have six kids and two goldfish. You are welcome to visit my website at:

Email: avrahamroos(at)gmail(dot)com

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

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

Miri Yochanna

I grew up in Canada, in the town of Laval, in Quebec. I came to Israel in 1982, joined the Israeli Air Force in 1983, met Shlomo, got married in 1987 and now have three terrific children, Liran (now serving in the Air Force), Daniel and Ortal.

I finished my B.Ed at Levinsky College of Education in 1988 and my MA at the University of London, majoring in TESOL, in 1998. I have taught all age groups, from grade one right through high school, in Tel Aviv, Bat Yam and in Rishon le Zion. I was a regional counselor in the Bat Yam / Holon area for many years. I have been a teacher trainer for 10 years now, currently teaching at Beit Berl College.

I have been working at UPP (University Publishing Projects Ltd.) since 2004 as an ELT consultant as well as a writer and editor, and have recently published two elementary school books, Wow! and PALS.

Email: miri(at)upp(dot)co(dot)il

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