Jenna Gampel-Tzadok, Master Teacher and Teacher Induction Coach, received her undergraduate degree from Northeastern University, and her Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Literacy from Lesley in 2010. She has taught 1st, 2nd and 4th grade at Conservatory Lab Charter School for the past six years, and is currently a master teacher and teacher induction coach. Jenna is passionate about the power of creating high-quality work with students. Her second graders have created numerous products connected to the “Don’t Be Scared: The Truth about Snakes,” expedition, including the music video, “Snakes are Born this Way,” and the audio e-book, “Slithering Snake Stories.” Jenna’s work and classroom are featured in the Expeditionary Learning professional development video series “Inspiring Excellence: A Culture of Quality in Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening, in the Arts, and in Science,” and in the book Transformational Literacy: Making the Shift to the Common Core with Work That Matters. Jenna is a frequent presenter at Expeditionary Learning conferences, and has presented at Harvard’s Arts and Passion-Driven Learning Conference with Ron Berger for the past 2 years. In 2013 and 2015, Jenna was a finalist for the Expediitionary Learning Klingenstein Teacher award. She was also 1 of 5 finalists for the 2014 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year. After spending several years living in Brighton, Jenna and her husband are enjoying their recent move to Dorchester and living in the Lower Mills neighborhood by school. In her free time, Jenna enjoys reading, snowboarding, rock climbing, traveling, and spending time with family.
After fifteen years working as an immigration attorney and advocate, Rhonda Berkower returned to school and received a masters degree in Language and Literacy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Before joining our staff as Senior Researcher and Editor, she worked as an editor and curriculum developer for Houghton Mifflin, Zaner-Bloser and the WGBH Educational Foundation. Rhonda has a passion for children’s literature and has taught Latino Children’s Literature at Wheelock College. She loves putting a good book in a child’s hands.
Ms. Shoshana Jacobs, Literacy Coach, has been a classroom teacher and literacy coach for the last twenty years in public, private and charter schools. She launched her career as a classroom teacher in the New York City Public Schools. After several years, Shoshana was selected as a mentor teacher under the auspices of the Teacher’s College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University. During her time with the Project, she worked with many literacy leaders, including Lucy Calkins, on the craft of Reading and Writing Workshop. After moving to Boston, Shoshana began coaching teachers, helping them enrich their literacy practices. She worked in several Boston Public schools and in private school before joining the CLCS staff in 2009. Shoshana spends much of her time outside of school parenting her three children and developing her skills as a hockey mom. When she has time for herself, she can be found with her a face in a book, or trying to find some time to exercise.