Dr Mimi Ferraro is an alumna of the Gratz Hebrew High School and received her MA and EdD Jewish Education from Gratz College. Mimi's research was entitled The Development of Special Needs Programs in the Philadelphia Jewish Community 2006- 2011. Prior to coming to Gratz as a professional, Mimi served as Director of Education at Old York Road Temple Beth Am for twenty years. Mimi’s school was among the first cohort of the Nurturing Excellence in Synagogue Schools (NESS) initiative and continues to focus intensively on professional learning for its staff. Mimi is an active member of the education community in Philadelphia, leading workshops in a variety of settings and serving on the Special Needs Consortium of Jewish Learning Venture.