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Interim Director of NEXT, Director of Educational Technology

Emily Aronoff Teck, Ed.D. is a progressive educator who seeks to increase and improve the ways that the Jewish community invites young children children and families to explore, discover, and celebrate joyful Judaism. Offering a unique combination of experience, knowledge, and creativity, her work includes the creation and facilitation of programs for young children and families as well as the provision of support to clergy and teacher education for leaders working with young children. She is the founding director of the world’s largest searchable database of Jewish educational resources, www.JewishLearningMatters.com and launched a music & movement program for 0-3 year olds and their grown-ups when she became a mom, www.JewishFamilyJams.com. Emily studied at Brandeis University and in Israel before graduating from Florida Atlantic University with a B.A. in Jewish Studies. Emily was awarded the Grinspoon-Steinhardt Award for Excellence in Jewish Education in 2010.In 2012, Emily received a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Music from Florida Atlantic University. She earned an Ed.D. in Jewish Education from Gratz College in 2018. She has written and recorded 5 albums of music and was featured on two PJ Library song compilations.Learn more about her approach to facilitating and supporting musical, meaningful, memorable programs that invite children and families to engage in joyful Judaism: www.MissEmilyCelebrates.com you can also learn more through this animated resume.

David Keller Trevaskis, Esquire, is an attorney and former third grade teacher with a Master’s Degree in Education.   Trevaskis is the Pro Bono Coordinator for Legal Services for the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA), responsible for assisting local bar associations, legal services programs and other groups who offer pro bono legal services across the Commonwealth to help improve the access to justice for the neediest among us.  Trevaskis is involved in numerous clinics and other activities that provide support for those with legal needs.

Trevaskis has long been a champion of non-violence, having been the designer of and original trainer for Project PEACE (Peaceful Endings through Authorities, Children and Educators), a peer mediation, anti-bullying and youth court program jointly sponsored by the PBA and the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General.  A co-author of the 2018 updated text, School Law: Legal Framework, Guiding Principles, and Litigated Areas, David is an expert on school law and school crisis. Trevaskis has contributed chapters on bullying and the law, law review articles on youth court and breaking the school to prison pipeline, and pieces on civic education among his other writings.  He teaches in the classroom and online at Community College of Philadelphia, Gratz College, Arcadia University and the University of New England.  He was an instructor with Bob Randall Associates for nearly three decades and treasures his memory of everyone associated with those classes.

Trevaskis has won more awards than any one man deserves, but he wants you to know he was given the Isadore Starr Award in 2015.  Dr. Starr, a lawyer/educator who just passed away in February 2018 at the age of 106 years young, personally saluted David when David was given his award and that made it even more special.

Trevaskis is married with two children and two grandsons.  Below Trevaskis is seen conducting a mock Supreme Court hearing with middle school students, using a hypothetical case inspired by current cases before the Court.
 

Adjunct Instructor in Education

Diana Tucker holds a Bachelor of Science in Entomology/Plant Pathology from the University of Delaware. She later went on to study Secondary Education at Notre Dame College. Diana taught various science courses at the middle and high school level for the Berea City School District in Ohio, where she also served as Department Chair and Science Olympiad Coordinator. Diana also holds a Master of Arts in Education from Gratz College. For the past several years, she has taught high school Biology at Unionville High School in Kennett Square, PA. She has extensive experience and interest in the areas of curriculum writing, online learning, and development of assessments. In her free time, she enjoys running, hiking, horseback riding and keeping up with her teenaged sons.

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