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 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 almost thirty 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.

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.

Julie Wilkes 

Movement and Dance Specialist

B.A. Dance & Human Services, Elon University 

 

Julie is thrilled to be joining the Levey Day School community.  Believing that everyone deserves the chance to express themselves through the art of dance, she finds joy in nurturing the natural instinct to move and dance.  Julie is honored to have coached world champion colorguard groups, taught classes across the country, and to have performed at Walt Disney World.  She has been teaching for over 15 years and is the owner of Brio Dance Studio which offers dance classes in different communities throughout the Greater Portland area.  Ever the student of her craft, Julie continues to attend trainings throughout North America and is certified as a Rhythm Works instructor.  She performs and choreographs with Collective Motion Dance Company, continues to take classes in her free time, and enjoys kayaking and camping with her husband and dogs.

Hannah Zeman

Yoga and Mindfulness Specialist

After Care Enrichment Coordinator

hzeman@leveydayschool.org

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.

Devon Colella

Upper School Teacher and Music Specialist

dcolella@leveydayschool.org

B.A. History, University of Southern Maine

Teacher Certification Program, University of Southern Maine

Graduate, Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation

Devon is a Boston, Massachusetts native who resides in Portland, Maine, and is a graduate from the University of Southern Maine.  Devon received his teaching certification from USM in secondary education, and has since worked as an educator in the greater Portland area.  Devon has worked with students of all ages in a variety of subjects including STEM, Social Studies, and music. He began his teaching career as a music teacher, and continues to teach and perform as a cellist.  Devon is excited to meet his new students and begin their middle school journey with them. 

Brian Greenberg

Assistant to the Head of School and Upper School Teacher

B.A. in Computer Science and Philosophy, Bowdoin College

Secondary School Teacher Certification, Gouvernment de la République de Guinée

Returned Peace Corps Volunteer

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Brian is enthusiastic to join the Levey Day School family after returning from a two-year tour with The United States Peace Corps. Brian taught secondary school mathematics and extracurricular computer literacy skills in a rural village in West African Guinea.

 

At Levey, Brian will support the Head of School and teaching staff by organizing workflow and planning events that supplement the educational experience of our students. He will also serve as one of two Upper School teachers, focusing primarily in mathematics and STEM.  Brian also speaks fluent French and was an NCAA All-American Triple Jumper at Bowdoin College. He is committed to creating a welcoming, respectful, and productive learning environment at school.

Jordyn Tanguay

Pre-Primary, Assistant Teacher

 

jordyn8810@gmail.com

B.A. Art and Art History

 

Jordyn grew up in Gorham, Maine and after living in the Boston area for a few years, found her way back to Maine. 

 

Jordyn received her Bachelors in Art and Art History from Merrimack College located in Andover, MA.   She has worked with children of all ages and is excited to use her creative way of thinking and integrate it into the classroom.  She says, "I am dedicated to being there for children as my teachers were there for me. I have found that my passion is to help shape the minds of the younger generation and show them that no matter how discouraging learning can be sometimes, that it is always possible!" 

 

When not in the classroom, Jordyn enjoys traveling, photography, and hanging out with her dog named Pajamas! She is so excited to be a part of the team here at Levey Day School and hopes to one day have a classroom of her own!

Now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 school year. 

 

Contact admissions at jtremblay@leveydayschool.org or call 310.422.4724 today.

Levey Day School

 

400 Deering Avenue 

Portland, Maine 04103

207-774-7676

info@leveydayschool.org

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