Every member of our outstanding faculty has been chosen on the basis of his or her experience and qualifications, and also to their commitment to creating a positive learning experience for each child. Their dedication and caring , their availability to parents and their collegial nature are hallmarks of our very dedicated 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.
Jeffrey Tremblay, Head of School
B.A.English, Minor Communications, University of New Hampshire
M.A. Elementary Education, University of New Hampshire
Jeff chose to enter into education twenty-seven 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 and able to work with colleagues who care very deeply for their students, and work with parents as true and trusted partners.
Debra R. Kanter
B.A. Business Administration, Simmons College
Debbie began teaching at Levey Day School in 1994. In addition, Debbie has 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. She creates a warm, nurturing, welcoming, and safe first exposure to school. By integrating secular and Judaica curricula, she take 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 attends their Bar/Bat Mitzvahs and graduations.
Rabbi Aaron Shub
Director of Jewish Life and Learning
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.
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 three 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 classes 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 spent last summer 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.
B.M. in Performance Jazz Piano, 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, 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. 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, 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.
Office Manager, Physical Education, After Care Enrichment Director
Art, Maine College of Art
Rachel is multi-talented, diverse, and so excited to be a part of the Levey family. An expert and teacher/trainer in aerial fitness, Rachel gives Levey students a much more broad and worldly physical education experience than ever before. Along with her aerial training, Rachel is a trained yoga and mindfulness instructor, and is well-versed in different styles of dance instruction including hip hop, ballet, and traditional dance. She is the founding owner of GreenWave Studios where she works with private contractors, artists, city officials and performers to do community outreach focusing on positive messaging for all, especially the youth of Portland. GWS is an artist collective, as well as a private space for artists to work and musicians of all genres to practice.