Dr. Anita Meinbach joined the University of Miami faculty in 2003 and is an Associate Professor teaching in the School of Education and Human Development.
Formerly with the Miami-Dade Public School System, Meinbach was a teacher, curriculum writer and teacher trainer, proving seminars and guidance in curriculum development. She was named to the U.S.A. Today “All Teacher Team” in 2002 and received the Mary Collins Award for Outstanding Teacher Educator from the Florida Association of Teacher Educators. In 2003, she was honored to have been named the Miami-Dade County Francisco R. Walker Teacher of the Year.
Meinbach has written or co-written numerous texts, including The Literature Connection: Using Children’s Books in the Classroom, Memories of the Night: A Guide to the Study of the Holocaust, The Complete Guide to Thematic Units: Creating the Integrated Curriculum and Teaching the Holocaust through Film and Memoir. Her published articles include “Seeking the Light: Welcoming a Visually Impaired Student” in Middle School Journal.
In addition to her teaching responsibilities at U.M., for the last eight years Meinbach has served as the Director of the Jack and Harriet Rosenfeld Foundation Program in Jewish Education. To meet the vision and mission of the Rosenfeld Foundation, she has been responsible for establishing the Annual Rosenfeld Ethics Institute and was instrumental in the creation of The Rosenfeld Legacy Project: Connecting Children’s Literature with Judaic Heritage (for grades K-3) and The Rosenfeld Legacy Project: Exploring Jewish Values Through Children’s Literature-Early Childhood Edition.
The Jack and Harriet Rosenfeld Foundation is also responsible for a new and sustainable virtual data base, Jewish Learning Matters (www.JewishLearningMatters.com ), which offers a myriad of learning opportunities, professional development options, and over 2,000 resources for teachers in the Jewish Day Schools and Congregational Schools in South Florida and beyond. The website is dynamic , growing and evolving over time.