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English Department - Faculty List

Ms. Samantha Kur

Samantha Kur

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  • Email: kurs@maayanot.org
  • Ms. Samantha Kur is our English Chair and a tenth grade mehanekhet. She earned a B.A. in English and an M.A.  in English Education from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. Ms. Kur came to Ma’ayanot with a variety of teaching experiences; she taught English, History and Drama in South Africa and England, and she taught Tanakh, Talmud and English at schools in Massachusetts and New Jersey. Ms. Kur also studied as a Fellow at the Pardes Institute for Jewish Studies in Israel, and has a degree in graphic design.

Mrs. Enid Goldberg

Enid Goldberg

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  • Email: goldberge@maayanot.org
  • Mrs. Enid Goldberg teaches English and World History and acts as an advisor on the student newspaper, The Source. Mrs. Goldberg has spent many years teaching English at the high school and college levels, and has served as director of communications in organizations in both the corporate and university sectors. Mrs. Goldberg is the author of over a dozen books—some for adults and others for teenagers—including four historical biographies for high school students, copies of which are in the Ma’ayanot Library. She received a B.A. in English from Cornell University, an M.A. in English and Education from Columbia University Teachers College, and an M.A. in English Literature from New York University. She also is A.B.D. in the NYU English Department doctoral program.

     

     

     

Mrs. Esther Herzfeld

Esther Herzfeld

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  • Email: herzfelde@maayanot.org
  • Mrs. Esther Herzfeld joined Ma'ayanot's faculty in 1998; as one of Ma'ayanot's longest tenured teachers, Mrs. Herzfeld holds the distinction of being one of very few teachers to have taught almost every student who ever attended Ma'ayanot! After enjoying a number of inspiring junior and senior high school English teachers, Mrs. Herzfeld decided to pursue a degree in English. She earned a B.A. in English and an M.A. in American Literature from New York University. Prior to joining Ma'ayanot's faculty, Mrs. Herzfeld taught English and was Chair of the English Department at Yeshiva University High School for Girls. Throughout her years at Ma’ayanot, Mrs. Herzfeld has taught all levels of English, as well as electives such as New York State of Mind and Advanced Placement English Literature. She is also a recipient of the prestigious New York State Principal’s Master Teacher Award.

Mrs. Shalvi Isseroff

Shalvi Isseroff

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  • Email: isseroffs@maayanot.org
  • Mrs. Shalvi Isseroff teaches English, serves as an 11th grade mehanekhet, and is the Yearbook/Senior Grade Advisor. Mrs. Isseroff holds a B.A. in English Literature from Stern College and an M.A. in English Education from Teacher’s College of Columbia University. Prior to coming to Ma'ayanot she worked as a student teacher at the high school and middle school levels. 

Mrs. Adele Katzenstein

Adele Katzenstein

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  • Email: katzensteina@maayanot.org
  • Mrs. Adele Katzenstein works as a Learning Specialist in Ma'ayanot's Learning Center and teaches Algebra, Biology lab, English, and Jewish Philosophy. In addition to working at Ma'ayanot, Mrs. Katzenstein maintains a private tutorial practice and is a Parent Trainer for EPIC (Every Parent Influences Children) in Rockland, NY. Mrs. Katzenstein also has extensive experience in special education, having served as a Special Education Teacher for PTACH, Yeshiva Bais Mikroh Boys School, and Kadima Learning Center, and as a Comprehension Skills Instructor at Bais Malka Girls School. Mrs. Katzenstein earned a B.A. in Education from Baruch College and a Master's in Education from Walden University.

Mr. Matt Okin

Matt Okin

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  • Email: Okinm@maayanot.org
  • Mr. Matt Okin, who teaches our improvisational theater elective and directs our annual drama production, is an accomplished playwright, director, and co-composer. His musicals include Out Of Whack: The All-Kids Rock Musical (Theater For The New City), Soul Searching (45th Street Theater,   DR2 Theater, D-Lounge, and the NY Musical Theater Festival), Generations(various NYC venues and the NY Musical Theater Festival), and A Match Made In Manhattan: The Interactive Jewish Wedding Experience (NYC and national tours). Other original plays, produced both in New York and on national tours, include Second ChancesTwist of FaithWalter Liked to Sit in His Big BackyardCherry HillThe Ugly Wife, and Pigs. Mr. Okin also founded Black Box Studios in 2007 through which he runs theater workshops for adults, teens and children that culminate in fully-staged productions (including Ma’ayanot’s annual drama production) that are performed for the community. Mr. Okin received a BFA in Dramatic Writing from New York University’s Tisch School of The Arts.

Mrs. Shifra Schapiro

Shifra Schapiro

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  • Email: schapiros@maayanot.org
  • Mrs. Shifra Schapiro teaches Tanakh, is both Co-Director of Professional Development and Middle States Accreditation Coordinator, and serves as the faculty adviser of Ma’ayanei Torah. She is also teaching the Creative Writing elective this year. As a Distinguished Scholar at Stern College, Mrs. Schapiro earned her B.A. in Biology and Judaic Studies, and an M.A. in Bible from Yeshiva University’s Bernard Revel Graduate School. Before coming to Ma’ayanot, Mrs. Schapiro assisted in the preparation of several volumes of the series MeOtzar HoRav: Selected Writings of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, and she continues to edit Jewish scholarly works during the summers.