"Levey teachers are so dedicated, caring, and kind. Their availability to parents is incredible. We love our partnership with each of them,"
Jeffrey A. Tremblay
Head of School
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
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.
Arts Coordinator and Studio Art Specialist
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.
Administrative Assistant to the Head of School
Communications and Art History, Suffolk University
Carly is excited to join the excellent team at the Levey Day School. A native of York, Maine, Carly studied Art History and Communication at Suffolk University in Boston, MA before working in the world of hospitality as well as finance. She is looking forward to this new opportunity at Levey. An avid runner who is looking to tackle her next half marathon, her other extracurricular interests include song writing, traveling and movies.
Movement and Dance Specialist
B.A. Dance and 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 color guard 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.
Yoga and Mindfulness Specialist
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.
B.S. with Honors in Jazz Piano Performance, University of Southern Maine
Sam is a pianist, composer, and educator based out of Auburn, Maine. As a teacher, he believes in instilling a passion for the arts in students. Sam believes that each student will grow to have a unique engagement with the arts. He encourages students to think critically about music, while simultaneously creating a space for simple enjoyment. For students seeking a more rigorous approach to the study of music, Sam provides expertise as a performer in a variety of genres and settings, including as a keyboardist and bassist in rock bands, pianist for weddings and other functions, and music director in a church setting.
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
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.
Brian is excited to be the Upper School teacher at Levey. Units of study will include mathematics, STEM, the humanities, history, and language arts. Brian 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.
Pre-Primary, Assistant Teacher
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!
Grs. 4-5 Teacher Beginning in 2021-2022
B.A. Communications, Goucher College, Baltimore, Maryland
M.Ed., University of Southern Maine
John grew up in Maine as the middle child between two sisters. He grew up in a
household that valued education. His parents are both college graduates and his dad, as a physician, studied long after his college years
Shortly after leaving his job in insurance sales, John began substitute teaching and coaching. He quickly found a great passion for working with students and helping them learn all they can. As a long-term substitute in the Freeport school system at Mast Landing School, John has turned many heads of his administrators and colleagues with the way he teaches, engages children of all ages, and makes every student feel important. He loves math, STEM and technology and integrating these subjects in his class. John's goals at Levey next year are his current goals -- in every classroom make every child feel safe, comfortable, and happy. John grew up in athletics and currently coaches Lacrosse at Falmouth High School
Grs. 6-8 Upper School Teacher Beginning in 2021-2022
B.A. in History, Minor in Education, St. Lawrence University
Zach is excited to be joining the Levey School community in the fall of 2021. Zach has taught in private schools in Massachusetts and Maine covering a multitude of subjects over the past ten years. He officially moved to Maine last summer with his wife and daughter to put down roots.
Zach has worked as a camp counselor since he was 17, which is when he realized that teaching and coaching was going to be his long term career. While he loves his time in the classroom, it is rivaled closely by his passion for the outdoors. Being able to work with students both in and out of the classroom is one aspect of teaching he most enjoys. Zach has had the pleasure of teaching many different activities in the outdoors and truly believes that children thrive when given the opportunity to explore outside the bounds of the classroom. He believes this experiential approach to teaching and learning fosters a better understanding of the world and greater focus in the classroom. Zach has never seen education as a destination but as a journey to build lifelong learners.
When not in the classroom Zach can be found spending time with his family on the water, fishing and paddling around; or in the mountains hiking and skiing.