Every member of our outstanding faculty has been chosen on the basis of his or her experience and qualifications, and also on their commitment to creating a positive experience for each child. Their dedication and caring , their availability to parents and their collegial nature are hallmarks of our community.
If students are our reason for being, then faculty are our models for our way of being. They embody the excellence, inclusiveness, creativity and commitment that lie at the heart of our mission. When we hear from alumni about the highlights of their time at Levey, we hear about their connection to faculty and the motivation they derived from those bonds.
Gerri Chizeck, Head of School
B.A. Education, Antioch College
M.A. Human Development and Administration, Pacific Oaks College
Doctoral Studies and administrative credential, University of Southern California
Gerri Lynn Chizeck has spent her lifetime creating and sustaining schools infused with joy, creativity, mutual respect and love of learning. A native of Pennsylvania, she moved to Los Angeles where she taught for 13 years and then held many administrative posts including Head of School and Principal at both independent and Jewish schools. Most recently, Gerri was Head of The Day School at Baltimore Hebrew, a small, progressive school. During her tenure at the Day School, she solidified her belief in and passion for diverse community Day Schools. She believes in their missions and their success at building confident learners and leaders for the Jewish Community, as well as visionary thinkers and doers. She holds a BA degree in Education from Antioch College, a Masters in Human Development and Administration from Pacific Oaks College and completed extensive doctoral work at USC. She is delighted to be leading Levey Day School and is enjoying the beauty and culture of Maine.
Debra R. Kanter
B.A. Business Administration, Simmons College, 1974
I began teaching at Levey Day School in 1994. In addition, I’ve been teaching second grade Hebrew school at Temple Beth El since 1994 and also led bi-monthly Shabbat morning services for children for 13 years. I create a warm, nurturing, welcoming, and safe first exposure to school. By integrating secular and Judaica curricula, I take each child from his/her own point of entry and create a strong foundation for future learning. I love the fact that Levey is not just a wonderful learning environment but a close community of families. We travel the year together, celebrating the Jewish holidays and life cycle events. We form bonds and connections that last through the years. I keep in touch with so many of my former students and attend their Bar/Bat Mitzvahs and graduations.
Judaic Studies, Hebrew Language
B.S. Education and B.A. English, 2012 Norwich University
I am so excited to be the new Judaic studies, tefillah, and Hebrew teacher at your school! I’ve taught preschool through eighth grade professionally, worked with high school teaching assistants, and tutored college-aged students. Judaic studies and Hebrew have been my favorite subjects since I was in preschool. I taught in three states, at both secular and religious schools. I was ecstatic about the opportunity to move back to New England after five years teaching on the West Coast. My interests include spending time with my family, fostering animals, reading and writing fiction, drawing comics, Israeli culture, ultramarathons, the Dipsea race, hiking, desserts, Settlers of Catan, the Oakland Athletics, New England seasons, learning guitar and piano, Norwich University, and skiing. I plan to create a sanctuary for learning in our classroom. Using projects, chavruta (partner) text study, inquiry, and multimedia, there are countless possibilities for great lessons in a Jewish day school.
B.A. Education and Child Study and B.A. Jewish Studies, 2014 Smith College
M.A. Elementary Education, 2015 Brandeis University
Sarah Greenberg is very excited to be joining the Levey community! Sarah 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 classes at Lander Grinspoon Academy, in Northampton, MA. Sarah has spent the last year at Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston, working with 2nd and 3rd grade, 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.
B.S. Education, 1992 University of West Alabama
In my 20 years in Education I have served children in grades K-5 in urban and rural communities. Before moving to Maine I served as a literacy support teacher in Wolcott, Vermont. Outside of the classroom I enjoy cooking with my husband and eight year old daughter. My oldest daughter is an art major at the University of Hartford. I have always been inspired by the words of William Butler Yeats:”Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” It is a joy to watch children become information seekers and lovers of learning. I am thrilled to join the Levey Day School community.
B.M. in Performance Jazz Piano, 2012 University of Southern Maine
Sam Chandler is a pianist, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and educator based out of Portland. While honing his skills as a musician fluent in a diverse background of styles and genres, Sam supported himself in a variety of care work positions including as a Youth and Family Counselor (YFC), a preschool teacher, and a camp director. In his experience, nearly every child has an innate predisposition for music. Sam always looks forward to bringing out the musician in children by engaging them with their individual and common interests. He also is excited to work with the specific community at Levey to help the children learn music through the vast array of repertoire from the Jewish tradition. Sam can be seen playing music both locally and abroad as a jazz pianist, songwriter and keyboardist mostly in projects that focus on new original compositions.
M.A. Education, 2012 Lesley University
Kristine is the owner of The Creative Child and Adult Arts Program in Scarborough as well as a working artist. 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! She loves to paint, travel and spend time with her family. She is very excited to be working with the artists at Levey and knows that they are going to have a very creative year together.
B.A. Biology, 1995 University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Nancy Markovsky worked in a microbiology lab, as a lab technician, worked as a HR Generalist in biotech, a nursing assistant in the orthopedic and labor and delivery departments, and a front office administrator in a doctor’s office. As a mom, Nancy is also very involved in her three son’s schools and is the Assistant Director of PAYSA Travel Soccer. She is also recess leader and computer expert when called upon. She loves being around the faculty and students and playing multiple roles at the school. Nancy makes our very small administrative team a true team.
Psychology Major, 2004 University of Maine in Farmington
Coach Kat grew up playing and loving sports. She was a varsity athlete in high school, as well as playing for the Women’s Rugby Club in college. After having children of her own, she discovered her true passion. She has coached youth sports (pre-k through 6th grade) for the past six years; including soccer, basketball, baseball, and softball. She is also the lead trainer for B.O.K.S. at Stevens Brook Elementary School. While pursuing her physical and health education degree, she brings he passion for youth fitness and health education to us!