Now in his 7th year teaching at RTMA, MR. KEN DIETZ is involved in many science and math enrichment activities, including the recent award winning Gildor Engineering Team that placed 2nd at this year’s International competition held in Jerusalem. Mr. Dietz is also the coordinator of the E2K program in the Middle School and is an advisor for the new SET3 program. He teaches biology, chemistry, physics and math in the high school. He is also the coordinator for the new Middle School math program. Before coming to RTMA, Mr. Dietz taught in the NYC public school system as well as Solomon Schechter High School, RPRY, and Shaarei Tzion. Mr Dietz also has had extensive experience with informal youth programming, serving as the youth director in the Young Israel of West Hempstead and East Brunswick , as well as Congregation Ohav Emeth in Highland Park. Mr. Dietz also runs a teen travel summer program. Mr. Dietz received a bachelor's degree in Natural Science from Johns Hopkins University and learned in the kollel in Sh’or Yoshuv in Far Rockaway.
Hailing from the Philippines, MR. JONATHAN GARCIA is in his 10th year in the teaching profession. He taught abroad before joining our faculty and is now teaching Math to RTMA's 6th through 12th graders. Mr. Garcia brings a youthful zeal, energetic and creative presentation, and a positive approach to his classes. He has developed a real rapport with his students, who enjoy his artistic talent as well as his well-planned and meticulously organized lessons. Mr. Garcia earned a bachelor's degree in Business Administration, master's units in Educational Technology, and he holds a teaching certificate from Philippine universities. He currently resides in Elizabeth, New Jersey.
Mr. JEFFREY FRANK brings high school and college teaching experience, as well as a successful business career to his second year at the RTMA. He holds a BA in American History from Franklin & Marshall College and an MA from Pennsylvania State University. His goals for his students are to ignite their intellectual curiosity, actively engage them in the study of the content, and have them become accountable for their learning. In the 2011-2012 academic year he is excited about teaching AP American History, Marketing, and Global Studies. In addition to the secular subjects he teaches, he will be the moderator of the Mock Trial Club and hopes to build on the RTMA Intramural Football league. He is also obtaining his New Jersey Teacher Certification through the Jersey City University Pathways to Teaching Program.
RABBI MAURICE OPPENHEIMER is a graduate of the Talmudical Academy of Central Jersey and Bais Medrash Govoha of Lakewood with a BA in Talmudic Studies, and a BA in Business Administration from Monmouth University. He prepared to teach via Torah U’Mesorah seminars in classroom management and teaching theory. Rabbi Oppenheimer is in his fifteenth year at RTMA. At Yeshiva Tiferet Torah in Lakewood for seven years, Rabbi Oppenheimer coordinated and implemented curricula in math and history. He was Associate Principal, then Principal of Sons of Israel Hebrew School and Hebrew High School. He also worked at RPRY as rebbe, grade advisor, and program coordinator. He was also recognized with a Youth Leadership Award by Congregation Beth Tefilla in Matawan and with the National NCSY Award for Outstanding Accomplishment. He has lectured extensively and trained youth leaders and program coordinators in five states.
A graduate of Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University, DR. AKIVA PERLMAN spent several years working in the field before returning to school to receive a specialty degree in advanced clinical studies from Molloy College. His experience includes several years of working with Jewish kids at-risk, and he is the Assistant Director of “The Living Room”, a drop in center for Jewish teens recovering from addiction. Mr. Perlman is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Clinical Services at Capella University. Mr. Perlman came to JEC after working at Ohel Children’s Home in their clinical department where he developed social skills programs, as well as prevention and intervention programs, for Jewish day schools. He has implemented these programs, as well as presented their fundamentals, to educators, professionals and parents in many tri-state area schools.
SENORA CLAUDIA TOBAR-QUINTEROS is a native of Chile. She graduated with a degree in Agronomy from the University of Chile. After completing post graduate studies and earning a degree in Agricultural Engineering, she worked for a bilateral agricultural program between Chile and the United States, and she was an Assistant Professor at one of the most prestigious universities in her native country. After moving to the United States, Senora re-established her teaching career, first serving as a substitute teacher of Spanish at Moshe Aaron Yeshiva High School and then taking a regular position at the JEC. Senora encourages participation and her instruction is designed to involve a variety of modalities, with students reading, writing, and speaking in Spanish. She has been a pioneer in the use of the SmartBoard at RTMA. One needs only walk past her classroom to see that her methodology of language immersion and her interactive approach is both effective and fun.
MRS. SUE WEINSTEIN holds a BS from the University of Wisconsin and did graduate study in Communication at Towson University and in Holocaust Studies at Kean University. She holds teaching credentials and certification in Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Wisconsin, and has taught in Milwaukee, Baltimore and Syracuse public schools. She was a Team-Teaching Coordinator in Wisconsin, Curriculum Coordinator for Baltimore Public Schools, and the Chairperson of the Drama Club in Syracuse. Even after more than three decades of teaching on the junior high and high school level (30+ years at RTMA), Mrs. Weinstein remains a lifelong learner herself. She recently completed an AP curriculum course given at Drew University by the College Board and her AP curriculum was audited and approved by the College Board. Mrs. Weinstein still asserts: “I can truthfully say that I have enjoyed every year, and that I have learned as much as I’ve taught.”