Alumni News

Emily Judge (M.S.T. Adolescent Mathematics, ’12) has joined the Garden City Middle School as a mathematics teacher. The Garden City School District welcomes 11 new teachers this year, six of whom are filling in for teachers on leave. Ms. Judge completed her student teaching at Mineola High School in the spring of 2012 and holds initial New York State certification in mathematics 7-12. 

Click here to read the full article in the Garden City Patch.

Jesse Sternberg (MSE Curriculum & Teaching, ’11) shared his knowledge on the subject of student-centered or “constructivist” teaching with colleagues in a lunch-time presentation at Knewton, a technology company that uses data to continuously personalize online learning content for individual students. Mr. Sternberg has served as a New York Teaching Fellow and wrote his thesis paper at GSE on the effects of teachers’ epistemological beliefs on the successful implementation of student-centered teaching practices. He has been a course developer at Knewton for just over 2 years. In that position, he develops, writes and edits lessons and questions for test prep and college readiness courses, creates knowledge graphs for new courses, and consults with partners about course usage.
Click here to read the Knewton Blog.


Dr. Lawrence Feinsod (MSE Educational Leadership, ’73) was recently named Executive Director of the New Jersey School Boards Association following a nationwide search.  The organization’s 26-member Board of Directors approved the appointment unanimously on September 14th.  Dr. Feinsod, has served as chief school administrator in the Cranford, Madison and Mount Arlington school districts, and since 2008 he has been the state Department of Education’s executive county superintendent for Essex County, assisting and overseeing 23 school districts with strikingly diverse needs and challenges.  He began his career as a teacher in Linden, and served for approximately 20 years as a member of the Board of Education of the Morris-Union Jointure Commission, including a term as the board’s president.

“Clearly, the Board of Directors appreciates Dr. Feinsod’s depth of educational experience, his respect for the important role that local boards of education play in advancing student achievement, and his enthusiasm for the work of NJSBA,” said John Bulina, NJSBA president and co-chairman of the organization’s search committee.  “I believe that under his leadership, local boards of education will have a strong, effective voice in Trenton and Washington.”
Click here to read the full article in the Madison Patch, or here to read the NJSBA press release.

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