Dr. Nancy Hait, Head of School
Nancy brings a doctorate in Education with a specialization in Curriculum and Instruction to her leadership of Ner Tamid. Her main research is in academic engagement, specifically on how curriculum and instruction can be most academically engaging for teachers and students. Nancy has extensive experience in classroom teaching across elementary and middle school grade levels as well as with curriculum development, teacher coaching, and educational research. Nancy’s teacher coaching has focused on creating engaging instructional practices that maximize academic performance as well as the “Shared Inquiry” discussion technique to help students develop essential literacy skills—reading carefully, thinking critically, listening intently, and speaking and writing persuasively. Nancy taught third and fourth grade during her tenure in the Boston Public Schools and courses in the education departments at Boston College and Stonehill College. Last year, she served as Literacy Curriculum Coordinator at Kehillah Schechter Academy. Nancy graduated with high honors from Boston University with a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education. She completed both her PhD in Education and a Master’s in Reading/Literacy Teaching at Boston College. Nancy lives in Easton, MA with her husband Michael and their three daughters.
Noah Lubin, General Studies
“I am thrilled to be a part of this growing school and to partake in its vision and development. There is so much growth already and so much potential in the student body. Ner Tamid is a joyous discovery to me as it is modeled on some of the highest educational ideals which other communities have only dreamed of. It is student centered with small sized classrooms and a warm cohort of teachers and professionals. Parents are an intimate part of its actualization and are closely involved in the children’s progress. The students show respect to each other and genuine support. This rapport deeply helps foster classroom morale across the broad range of levels helping each student feel equally present. Differentiated instruction helps each child on their own path catered to their needs.
I have a M.Ed in Curriculum Design and several years of experience teaching in a variety of grade levels, subjects and cultural contexts. I have also worked in social services assisting children with developmental disabilities. My experience has granted me ample exposure to the world of education, its challenges and its promises. I understand how children think about the world, what bothers them, and what excites them. I understand the importance of personal meaning within education and methods of how to assist students in finding this within the work. I am a team player and value the importance of working with other professionals as well as communicating with caring parents.
My personal interests include philosophy, music and art. I have worked as a professional artist in Israel for some years and have enjoyed some time as a performing musician for Jewish concerts and festivals. I hope to bring this creativity into my methodology with Ner Tamid. I currently live in Providence with my wife and 5 children.”
Janet Zucker, Judaics
“I am happy to be part of the Ner Tamid community, and look forward to teaching and learning with the group of inquisitive, eager students who make this school so special.
My formal education includes degrees in Economics and Math from Wellesley College and UCLA, certification from The Institute for Jewish Liturgy and School for Shamashim, and a Master’s in Teaching from Brandeis University’s DeLeT (Day School Leadership through Teaching) program. I am also a licensed (K-6) teacher.
Teaching has been an important part of my life for many years. The age of my students, subject matter and setting have varied widely, yet each experience has shaped and broadened my perspective on how children learn. In recent years I have worked mostly with elementary and middle schoolers, and my favorite things to teach have been text study, cantillation, math and science.
I live in Sharon with my husband Bob, children Aviva, Aryeh and Netanya, and a very sweet and elderly hound named Maggie. My favorite pastimes include listening to country music, reading novels, cycling, live theater (especially musicals), and deepening my understanding of Jewish ritual and history.”
Marina Korenblyum, Hebrew
“It is a privilege to be a Hebrew Teacher at Ner Tamid Community Day School. Over the past eight years, I have been a teacher at Kehillah Schechter Academy and Striar Hebrew Academy. I have also been teaching at Hebrew Schools for the past thirteen years and I work at JCC Grossman Camp during the summer. I have a BA in Arts from Touro College and a certificate in teaching from Machon Gold in Jerusalem. I am very active in the Boston Haifa Partnership and recently travelled with the group to Israel. I truly enjoy developing my expertise in education; I am a member of a cohort studying educational technology at Brandeis, and each year I attend Limmud Boston and the NewCAJE educational conference.
I often think about what unites all Jews around the world? Is it Shabbat? Holidays? Delicious food? Well, obviously all of the above. However, we all have a special gift – The Hebrew Language. Hebrew is the “Jewish Glue” that brings all of us together and unites us no matter where we live and what language we speak. I remember myself at age 17 when I decided to learn Hebrew. My Rabbi told me that as soon as someone begins learning any foreign language you also learn its culture, customs and heritage. Many years have passed since my first Hebrew class but I always remember this saying, because I know it is true. I teach Hebrew through a center based approach with a focus on spoken language, listening comprehension, reading, and writing.
I love teaching Hebrew at Ner Tamid Community Day School!”
Ethan Grasso, Art and Graphic Design
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Rob Vazanna, Board President
Rob holds a strong passion for Jewish education, and is active in the Jewish community. Rob graduated from middle school at Eli and Bessie Cohen Hillel Academy in Swampscott, MA. From there, he attended New England Hebrew Academy Lubovitz Yeshiva in Brookline, MA. During his school years, he was mentored by Cantor Sam Pesaroff, and often read Torah and HafTorahs on Shabbat at his Temple in Peabody, MA. Rob has a Bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems from UMass Lowell. While in college, Rob also tutored a number of Bar-Mitzvah students, and during the High Holiday season, he helped with Mallehs at the Maple Hill Cemetery in Peabody. He is employed as a senior engineer at Microsoft Corporation, and currently lives in East Bridgewater, MA. Rob is active in his synagogue, where he is also a member of the Ritual and Holiday Honors committees. Send Mail
Sara Goodwin – VP of Development
Ilene Greenwald – VP of Education
Lisa Berch – Secretary
Nadine Evans – At Large
Michael Hait – At Large