"Levey teachers are so dedicated, caring, and kind. Their availability to parents is incredible. We love our partnership with each of them,"
--Current Kindergarten Parent
Jeffrey A. Tremblay
Head of School
B.A. English, Minor Communications, University of New Hampshire
M.A. Elementary Education, University of New Hampshire
Jeff chose to enter into education twenty-seven years ago because he wanted to help children as he had been helped in his childhood. It was a baseball coach and a teacher who comforted and guided him during one of the roughest times of his life when his father nearly passed away from several severe heart attacks in the span of two years when Jeff was a teenager in New Hampshire. He was able to keep his focus in school and maintain a positive outlook on life because these two important role models were there for him when he needed them most.
As a teacher and now as an administrator, Jeff brings the same skill set to his students and faculty that his coach and teacher brought to him: a kind, listening ear, a caring mentor, a very positive forward-thinker, and a role model to look up to each day. After being in a self-contained classroom for several years first in New Hampshire public schools then in independent schools in Southern California, Jeff was asked to coordinate his school’s diversity committee. He found his true passion — affecting a larger community with sustained change for the greater good. That decision to spearhead such important work many years ago propelled him on his current professional path and journey to Levey Day School.
As Head of Levey Day School, Jeff is humbled, enthusiastic, and so very positive about the future of the school. He is thrilled to be in Portland, have his son attend the school, able to work with colleagues who care very deeply for their students, and work with parents as true and trusted partners.
Rabbi Aaron Shub
Director of Jewish Life and Learning
Hebrew Language Teacher
B.A. Theatre Arts, University of California, Santa Cruz
M.A. Education, Biblical Literature, and Hebrew Letters, University of Judaism
Rabbinical Ordination, Yeshivat Chovevei Torah in New York City
Rabbi Aaron fills dual roles at the school as his daughter joins her dad here at Levey. He also serves as Rabbi to Shaarey Tphiloh which is housed within the Levey school. He received his Rabbinical Ordination at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah in New York City, NY. Rabbi Aaron received his Master’s of Education, Biblical Literature, and Hebrew Letters from the University of Judaism. He also has a theatre background and a B.A. in Theatre Arts from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He’s fluent in both Spanish and Hebrew. Prior to Levey, Rabbi Aaron spent a significant amount of time teaching Hebrew Language, and providing spiritual care and instruction to students of all ages. Rabbi Aaron has taught in both Jewish and non-Jewish settings across the globe, including modern Jewish history and Jewish prayer in synagogue contexts to both children and adults.
Debra R. Kanter
B.A. Business Administration, Simmons College
Debbie began teaching at Levey Day School in 1994. In addition, Debbie has been teaching first and second grade at Temple Beth El's Hebrew School since 1994, and she leads a monthly Kabbalat Shabbat service for families with young children. She creates a warm, nurturing, welcoming, and safe first exposure to school. By integrating secular and Judaica curricula, she takes each child from his/her own point of entry and creates a strong foundation for future learning. She loves the fact that Levey is not just a wonderful learning environment, but a close community of families. Her students travel the year together, celebrating the Jewish holidays and life cycle events. They form strong bonds and connections that last through the years. Debbie loves to keep in touch with many of her former students and very happily attends their Bar/Bat Mitzvahs and graduations.
Primary Grade Teacher
B.A. Education and Child Study and B.A. Jewish Studies, Smith College
M.A. Elementary Education, Brandeis University
Sarah has been teaching at Levey for several years. She grew up in Slingerlands, NY, a suburb of Albany. She completed her Master’s degree in Elementary Education at Brandeis University in the Delet program, which prepares educators to teach in Jewish Day Schools. As part of her Master’s work, Sarah completed a year-long teaching placement in the 1st grade and Kindergarten at Lander Grinspoon Academy, in Northampton, MA. Before joining Levey, Sarah worked at Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston, working with 2nd and 3rd grades, as well as working in Schechter’s after-school program. Sarah has worked with children in many different capacities through teaching Hebrew school and Israeli dance, interning as an elementary art classroom assistant for grades K-5, and coaching swimming. Sarah spends summers in Israel teaching English to native Israelis.
B.S. Education, University of West Alabama
Kim is an experienced and gifted teacher of over 20 years. She’s worked across grades in several states in both rural and urban settings, teaching in both public and private schools. Outside of the classroom Kim enjoys cooking with her husband and daughter. Kim’s oldest daughter is an artist working in Boston. She has always been inspired by the words of William Butler Yeats, “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” Kim’s biggest joy is to watch children become information seekers and lovers of learning.
M.A. Education, Lesley University
Kristine is the owner of The Creative Child and Adult Arts Program in Scarborough, as well as a working artist, author and illustrator. She has been teaching art classes for over 20 years, sometimes in the art studio, sometimes in schools both public and private, as well as Art Museums, libraries and other non-profits. She loves to work with artists of all ages and abilities. She believes that everyone can make great art! Kristine loves to paint, travel and spend time with her family.
B.M. in Performance Jazz Piano, University of Southern Maine
Sam Chandler is a pianist, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and educator based out of Portland. While honing his skills as a musician fluent in a diverse background of styles and genres, Sam supported himself in a variety of care work positions including as a Youth and Family Counselor (YFC), a preschool teacher, and a camp director. In his experience, every child has an innate predisposition for music. Sam always looks forward to bringing out the musician in children by engaging them with their individual and common interests. Sam can be seen playing music both locally and abroad as a jazz pianist, songwriter and keyboardist mostly in projects that focus on new original compositions.
Coach and Physical Education
B.A. English, Minor Music, Bowdoin College, 2021
Mentorship is an integral component of Spencer’s life. During high school, Spencer was a senior writing center mentor specializing in short fiction and poetry. As a college underclassmen Spencer continued being a resource for younger students. He was a campus tour guide as well as an overnight host for prospective high schoolers visiting the college. In the summer of 2019 Spencer was an assistant instructor for Mad Science day camp. At this position he fine tuned skills in classroom management, peer to peer dialogue, and cultivating a positive atmosphere. Outside of his college studies, Spencer spends his time composing music (especially scoring films), hiking through Maine, and one day… finishing his screenplay.
Movement and Dance
B.A. Dance, University of Iowa
Elly grew up studying classical ballet and pointe with Robert Thomas and Miyoko Kato of the Joffrey Ballet and earned a BFA in Dance from the University of Iowa with a focus in ballet, modern dance and performance. Her love for children has inspired her work as a nanny, an aide for teens with autism, an English teacher in Taiwan and an arts volunteer in Uganda and Paraguay. She has been a Registered Yoga Instructor since 2008 and has developed and taught yoga and creative movement programs in public and private schools in Taipei, Chicago and New York City. She has enjoyed living in Maine since 2015, teaching movement, dance and fitness for both children and adults. She teaches for The Portland Ballet, Casco Bay Movers, La Petite Ecole, The Rooted Collective and Waynflete. She is also a Maine Arts Commission Teaching Artist and has received grants to teach creative dance to children in Brunswick, Deer Isle/Stonington and at East End School in Portland. Elly feels the happiest at the beach or in a room of laughing, moving kids, where the words of Isadora Duncan resonate with her: "I do not teach children. I give them joy."
Administrative Assistant to the Head of School
After Care Enrichment Coordinator
RYT 200 hr, Reiki 1 Traditional Certification
Mental Health Rehabilitation Certification
Hannah believes that communication and connection are keys to building a meaningful and joyful life. Hannah worked for three years with a retail background, but found her passion for education after her experiences teaching yoga to students of all ages. Through her retail experience, she gained valuable organizational and communication skills that she now integrates with her devotion to yogic philosophy and compassion for all. She is a lifelong learner and is currently studying Greek and Spanish, loves philosophy, writing, singing, caring for animals, exploring nature, and interior design. In her free time, Hannah works with local non-profit organizations. She always strives to better serve the community that is she is so grateful to be a part of.
Angel Coleman and Lamont Coggins
Building and Grounds
Angel and Lamont are our building superheroes. Together they make sure every learning space is kept sparkling clean and ready for a new day of adventure. They are excited to be a part of a community of learners, and more importantly, our Levey family.