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Nellie Deutsch

My name is Nellie Deutsch. 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

Robin Eisner

I hold a B.S. in education from UNC-G, USA and made aliya in 1988 with three small children. Over the years I have taught both ESL and English for native speakers, including at The Ringler Language Institute, Shazar Middle School in Kfar Saba, and the American International School.

Twenty years ago I began meditating and have done so ever since. On my own inner path, I have studied under Maureen Mack and David Cousins. Today I write children's books and offer meditation and healing. I live with my two dogs and cat.

Email: robin167(at)netvision(dot)net(dot)il

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

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

David Lloyd

Founder of ETNI (1996), David has been working with computers in education since 1983, and with the Internet since 1991. Considered a pioneer in the introduction of the Internet into the classroom, David has both initiated and participated in many international projects over the years, and has travelled to many countries providing teacher and student training in this area. David currently serves as ICT Director on the Board of the Caretakers of the Environment International organization - an organization of high schools from around the world which work together on environmental issues.

David presently manages a Computer Communications Network at Midreshet Sde Boker in the Negev.

Email: david(at)etni(dot)org

Batya Medad

Batya Medad is no longer teaching English in the classroom, but it doesn't mean that she doesn't have lots of knowledge to share. During her eleven years as a highschool English teacher, she specialized in those with mild learning disabilities, such as dyslexia and concentration problems. Yes, she had to be creative and, ironically, didn't have computers for her students. She managed to make up project assignments sans internet, giving workshops to other teachers. For a number of years she presented workshops at ETAI about a number of topics. Batya has also developed a very simple method for teaching the reading of English

Email: shilohmuse(at)yahoo(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

Sandy Regev

Sandy Regev has a B.A. in Education from City College, New York and an M.A. in Educational Administration from Hebrew University. She currently resides in Modiin and teaches at Gymnasia Lilienthal in Ramla, where she is also the English coordinator. She has taught English for over 25 years, to all ages - from elementary school to adults in vocational training. She loves reading and people and languages and learning about different cultures and tries to share her love and passion with her students. She sees English as a tool - to open the eyes and minds of her students to the world around them and to help them become self-confident, contributing members of society.

Email: sandyregev(at)gmail(dot)com

Marlene Ringler

Marlene made Aliya in 1986 from Maryland, U.S., where she was the director of the English as a Second Language Program in the Department of Adult Education, Montgomery County. In that capacity, she was responsible for the development and delivery of English courses to over 10.000 adults studying English under a federal grant. Since moving to Israel with her husband and 3 children, she has taught at the Hebrew University and in other English language programs. In 1987, she opened the first professional in-house English language training program in Israel and was hired by multinational companies as well as public and private organizations to customize courses according to corporate work related needs. She is the only CEO in the field in Israel who holds a Ph.D in English language acquisition and Applied Sociolinguistics.
Please visit the site

Email: ringler(at)ringler(dot)co(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 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

Lynda Waxman

Founder member of J.E.L.L.Y. (the Jerusalem English Language Library for Youth) since 1986 together with Rivka Zablocky, Betsy Sugarman and Susan Fried.
Trained as an English teacher in Manchester, England.
Aliya 1985 to Jerusalem.
Taught at Leyada & Yehuda HaLevi schools, Jerusalem.
Worked at the E.F.L. dept. of Hebrew University and the British Council.
Now retired so as to devote herself entirely to J.E.L.L.Y.

Email: jellyaaci(at)gmail(dot)com

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