THE TALMA RECRUITMENT TEAM
MEET TALMA'S ADMISSIONS TEAM
Want to know the faces behind TALMA's emails, social media handles and website? Interested to learn the credentials of the people about to interview you? Wondering what makes our recruitment team passionate about bringing only the best of the best to TALMA 2018? Introducing our Admissions Team:
TALMA and Reality alumna Debra Feinberg has a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of North Carolina and is a recipient of the Warren Buffett & Fairholme Foundation’s Inspirational Teacher Award, as well as a recipient of Teach For America’s Second Year Teacher Leadership Award for classroom innovation and work towards ending education inequity.
Beyond her time with Teach for America, Debra served as a JDC Entwine Teaching Fellow with The Gabriel Project in Mumbai, India, led an overseas education consulting firm, and now leads a kids' computer science initiative called Generation Code.
Going into her third year recruiting for TALMA, here are a few of her thoughts on the upcoming recruitment challenge:
“Our community is only as effective as the people who participate and contribute to it, and I'm excited to play a role in sourcing the personalities, leaders and open minds that will make the most of TALMA. As someone who has watched this program grow from its first year to the present, I recognize the potential of TALMA’s impact and have no doubt my positive experience with TALMA – as a teacher, a learner, and relationship builder – gives me a strong platform from which to recruit others.”
TALMA alumna Rachel Morrison has a Master of Curriculum and Instruction, ESL Endorsement, from Concordia University in Chicago. She is a 3rd grade teacher at Southbury Elementary in Oswego, Illinois and has provided training for the Words Their Way program to other teachers around her district, as well as serving on various school improvement committees. This year marks her seventh year as an educator.
Here are a few of her own words and thoughts about the upcoming recruitment challenge:
“It is my hope to bring over teachers who are not only passionate about education (both academically and emotionally), but also who are life-long learners. The TALMA program is unique in the sense that we not only have the opportunity to teach Israeli children, but also learn from a variety of different medias.
To receive the most benefit from the program, a person who has a love for learning new information would be the best match. The open-mindedness to experience new opportunities to enhance one’s professional (and personal) life is essential to success in a program such as TALMA. It’s absolutely important for each TALMA teacher to be willing to seek opportunities for both professional and personal growth.”
Talma alumni and Full Year Fellow Brittany Fraser is the newest member of Talma's Recruitment Team.
Brittany is currently living in Mitzpe Ramon and teaching English at two elementary schools in Dimona as part of TALMA 2.0's Full-year program . Originally from Boston, Massachusetts where she lives with her fiancé and their dog, Brittany spent her summer 2018 with TALMA in Ashkelon, before deciding to stay on for the school year.
Brittany recently graduated with her Masters in Elementary Education from Lesley University and has her license in teaching grades 1-6. Prior to joining TALMA in Israel, Brittany was working with English Language Learners in grades 1-4 in a public school. She has also had experience as an Assistant Teacher in both the 2nd and 3rd grades at a Jewish Day school outside of Boston. Here are her thoughts on TALMA:
“TALMA is such an unique and incredible organization that gives both students and teachers the opportunity to grow and learn alongside one another. What drew me to TALMA was the once-in a-life-time chance to work with students from another culture and to give back to a community and and country I feel so connected to. I hope to help TALMA find teachers that are willing to step outside of their own comfort zone, be vulnerable, and to truly embrace the chance to continuously evolve as an educational leader.”