Faculty

Expert Faculty

"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


jtremblay@leveydayschool.org


B.A. English, Minor Communications, University of New Hampshire
M.ED. 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


ashub@leveydayschool.org


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

Pre-Primary Teacher


dkanter@leveydayschool.org


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.

Sarah Greenberg

Primary Grade Teacher

 

sgreenberg@leveydayschool.org

 

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.

Kimberly Berry

Intermediate Teacher
 

mkberry@leveydayschool.org
 

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.

Kristine Biegel
Studio Art Specialist

 

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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.

Sam Chandler
Music and Performing Arts Specialist

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B.M. in Performance Jazz Piano, University of Southern Maine

Sam 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.

Ciprian Marinut

Physical Education Specialist

 

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B.A. and M.B.A. in Journalism

B.A. in Physical Education

M.B.A. in Sports Performance

PhD student in Sports History


Ciprian is a native of Deva in the Transylvania region of Romania. Before relocating to the United States he played professional soccer for the Muresul Deva club and worked as a sports journalist, soccer coach, and physical education teacher. As a journalist he covered the UEFA Champions League, the Davis Cup, and the Romanian National Gymnastics Championships, among other events. As a coach and PE teacher he worked with all age groups and with recreational and professional teams. He moved to the US in 2016 after his wife won the Greencard Visa Lottery and he has been living in Maine ever since. He coaches soccer at Falmouth Middle School and joined the Community Programs team in Freeport in February 2019.

Rachel Schwartz
Movement and Dance Specialist

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M.A. Social Work, Boston College

Rachel is excited to join Levey and integrate Jewish life and learning into her dance classes.  Beyond going nuts to Led Zeppelin LPs as a toddler, Rachel has studied and performed dance for over 30 years, including ballet, jazz, modern, contemporary, and contact improvisation. She has studied with world-renowned teachers, such as Nancy Stark Smith, Ray Chung, and Kirstie Simson, and regularly travels to Boston for continued training. She spent 2 years at Earthdance, an improvisational dance retreat center, where she began teaching contact improv and composition, and has been a proud dancer and choreographer for Collective Motion dance company since 2007. Rachel is a trained transformative mediator, and has worked extensively with teenagers in thecriminal justice system. She fosters creativity, individualization, and confidence in her students, and trusts in the transformative healing process dance can bring to people when given the opportunity. She still goes nuts to Led Zeppelin.

Hannah Zeman

Yoga and Mindfulness Specialist

After Care Enrichment Coordinator

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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.

Bryan Densmore

Administrative Assistant to the Head of School

B.A. American Studies, Saint Michael's College

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Bryan grew up in Portland residing behind Deering High School. After graduating from Cheverus High School, he left for Vermont to attend St. Michael's College. After graduating with a bachelor's degree in American Studies, he took to the road. Completing a three week cross country trek from Maine to Lake Tahoe, California. As a lover of sports and nature, Bryan spends much of his time skiing, snowboarding, and golfing in breathtaking scenery.

 

After returning to the east coast, Bryan spent 6 years in Boston. In between managing two different home health care practices, he ran an after school program/ summer camp at a preschool in Milford, Massachusetts for 3 years. While it was tough leaving season tickets to both, the Red Sox and Celtics, Bryan returned to Portland where he has resided for the last 7 years. 

Shelby Tripp

Upper School Teacher

 

Shelby is a University of Massachusetts/Dartmouth graduate in Biology and is in their graduate program for her master’s degree.  She received an award at her commencement as the biology major with the highest GPA overall.  She is licensed to teach biology in secondary schools, and is a certified Phlebotomy Technician.  Her husband is in the Navy, and the Tripps first settled in Solona Beach, California close to his home port, where she taught at the esteemed Fusion Academy as their chemistry teacher.  There, she taught both in the science and math departments.  Her family then moved to Scripps Ranch, San Diego, and Shelby got a teaching position at The Alternative Teaching Strategy Center.  She’s also worked at Our Sisters School in New Bedford, MA.  She and her family are excited to be back in Maine closer to family.  Shelby's daughter joins her mom at Levey, and is a pre-primary student.

Our campus is closed for the remainder of the school year due to concerted efforts to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak.  Our students are maintaining a continuity of learning through distance learning plans including both synchronous and asynchronous classes.
 
The admissions office will work remotely so please contact us for inquiries.

Levey Day School

 

400 Deering Avenue 

Portland, Maine 04103

207-774-7676

info@leveydayschool.org

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