Instructors and Presenters

 

 

 

Judith C. Hochman, Ed.D.
Phyllis Bertin, M.S.
Lisa R. Bambino, J.D., M.S. Ed.
Mark Bertin, M.D.
Ronnie Berish, M.S.
Timothy Caccopola, M.S.
G. Emerson Dickman, J.D.
Betsy M. Duffy, M.S. Ed.
Jill Fedele, M.S.
Char Forsten
Keri Levine, M.S.
Amy Linden, M.A.
Eileen Perlman, M.S.
Anne Marie Rowley, B.S.
Carol Siegel, M.A.
Lydia H. Soifer, Ph.D.
Toni-Ann Vroom, M.S. Ed.
Alan B. Wachtel, M.D.
Dina Zoleo, M.S. Ed.
Leslie Zuckerwise, M.A.


Judith C. Hochman, Ed.D.
Dr. Judith C. Hochman, Ed.D. is the former Superintendent of the Greenburgh Graham Union Free School District in Hastings on Hudson, New York and Head of The Windward School in White Plains, New York.  She is the founder and senior faculty member of the Windward Teacher Training Institute.  Dr. Hochman lectures, presents workshops and gives courses for educational organizations, colleges and universities, as well as public and independent schools throughout the United States.  She is on the Advisory Board of the New York Branch of the International Dyslexia Association and the Connecticut Association for Children with Learning Disabilities where she recently received their 2010 Shining Star Award.  In 1998 she received the New York Branch Award from the International Dyslexia Association.  The Reading Reform Foundation presented Dr. Hochman with the Leona D. and Phillip J. Spector Leadership Award in 2004.  Dr. Hochman is the author of Teaching Basic Writing Skills, numerous articles and a chapter, "Composition: Expressive Language and Writing," in the publication Multisensory Teaching of Basic Language Skills.

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Phyllis Bertin, M.S.
Phyllis Bertin, M.S., a noted lecturer, teacher trainer and school consultant, is the Director of Reading at Windward Teacher Training Institute.  After teaching mainstream and special education classes, she went on to become the Director of Special Education for the Weston Connecticut Public Schools, the Director of Education for The Windward School and a Board Member of the New York State Branch of the International Dyslexia Association.  Ms. Bertin received the New York Branch Award from the International Dyslexia Association in 1999.  She is co-author of Preventing Academic Failure (PAF), an Orton-Gillingham based reading program used extensively in the New York metropolitan area and throughout the United States and is an editor of the Merrill Reading Program.

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Lisa R. Bambino, J.D., M.S. Ed.
Lisa Bambino, J.D., M.S. Ed., a faculty member at The Windward School for more than ten years, is currently the Coordinator of Social Studies and Middle School Library Services. Ms. Bambino holds both Juris Doctor and Masters of Education degrees from Harvard University. The former Director of Litigation at the Urban Justice Center, she now directs her talents to educating students with learning disabilities.

Ms. Bambino writes, implements, and evaluates The Windward School’s social studies and research skills curricula. She presents workshops in study skills and strategies for writing document-based question essays at Windward Teacher Training Institute. Ms. Bambino has exhibited Poster Presentations at the 2010 and 2011 International Dyslexia Association Conferences and has presented at the 2012 Everyone Reading conference on dyslexia.

 


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Mark Bertin, M.D.
Dr. Mark Bertin, a board certified developmental behavioral pediatrician, studied at the UCLA School of Medicine and completed his training in general pediatrics at Oakland Children's Hospital in California. He was a general pediatrician for five years in Marin County, north of San Francisco, and later returned to the East Coast for fellowship training in neurodevelopmental behavioral pediatrics at the Children's Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center (Rose Kennedy Center) at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.  Dr. Bertin’s private practice is in Pleasantville, New York. He is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at New York Medical College and Director of Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics at the Westchester Institute for Human Development, working in their foster care program. He works as a consultant for Reach Out and Read, a national organization that promotes child development and literacy, and is on the editorial board for Common Sense Media. Dr. Bertin is a frequent lecturer for parents, teachers and professionals on topics related to child development including literacy promotion, ADHD and autism.  Dr. Bertin’s book, The Family ADHD Solution: A Scientific Approach to Maximizing Your Child’s Attention While Minimizing Parents’ Stress, was released by Palgrave Macmillan in February 2011.
 


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Ronnie Berish, M.S.
Ronnie Berish, M.S., certified in both elementary and special education, has been teaching reading and training staff at The Windward School for more than thirty years.  In her role as Coordinator of Special Services, she oversees the testing of applicants as well as the ongoing standardized testing of Windward students.

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Timothy Caccopola, M.S.
Timothy Caccopola, M.S., has taught social studies and study skills for eight years at The Windward School. After earning a Bachelors degree in history from Siena College, he completed a dual Masters degree in both Secondary and Special Education from Long Island University.

In addition to his teaching responsibilities during the school year, Mr. Caccopola is an instructor at The Windward School's summer program, teaching a study skills course, and a new course, Writing a DBQ Essay.
 


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G. Emerson Dickman, J.D.
Emerson Dickman is an attorney who, for over thirty years, has specialized in the representation of children with disabilities. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the International Dyslexia Association for 13 years and recently served as its President. Mr. Dickman was project leader of the scientific consensus meetings to develop a research definition of Dyslexia for the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) in association with the International Dyslexia Association in 1994 and again in 2002. He has published articles and book chapters on dyslexia, the link between learning disabilities and behavior, avoiding conflict, inclusion, educational advocacy, adopted child status, guardianship, special needs planning, and other topics in the fields of learning, law, and disabilities.

 


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Betsy M. Duffy, M.S. Ed.
Betsy M. Duffy, M.S. Ed., is the Director of Language Arts at The Windward School and former Director of Curriculum and Instruction at The Graham School in Hastings, New York.  She has worked in the field of special education for over twenty-five years as a classroom teacher in mainstream and special education settings, a resource room teacher, and a language arts specialist.  She uses multisensory techniques for teaching reading and writing and presents staff development in both Teaching Basic Writing Skills and Preventing Academic Failure.  She has presented courses for the New York City School system, workshops for the Reading Reform Foundation and in fall 2011 presented at the International Dyslexia Association Annual Conference in Chicago.  In addition to holding a Master's Degree in Learning Disabilities, Ms. Duffy is certificated in Advanced Graduate Study of Staff Development and earned a Master's Degree in School Administration and Supervision.

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Jill Fedele, M.S.
Jill F. Fedele is the Coordinator of Middle School Language Arts at The Windward School. After earning a Bachelors degree from the School of Education and Human Development from Binghamton University, she completed her Masters degree in Special Education from Long Island University.

Ms. Fedele has worked in the field of special education for over fifteen years at The Windward School as a Director of Reading and as a classroom teacher for students with language-based learning disabilities. Additionally, Jill Fedele has extensive training and experience with curriculum development in language arts.

Ms. Fedele presents staff development using the Teaching Basic Writing Skills program by Judith C. Hochman and also presents workshops locally and at national conferences in reading, strategies for writing document-based essays, and study skills.

 


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Char Forsten
A former teacher and teaching principal for 18 years, Char is a popular presenter who now works frequently as a consultant in classrooms across the country. She is an expert on differentiated instruction, writing, mathematics, and is best known for delivering presentations that are filled with practical, easy-to-implement, classroom-proven strategies and activities. Char has presented on Singapore Math at numerous national conferences, and has twice traveled to Singapore to experience firsthand this ground-breaking approach in action. She is the author of many books, including Step-by-Step Model Drawing: Solving Word Problems the Singapore Way.

 


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Keri Levine, M.S.
Keri Levine, M.S., has been a special educator in public schools for over fifteen years. After earning a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education and English from SUNY Oswego, she completed her Masters degree in Special Education from City College of New York. Currently she is a learning disabilities specialist in the White Plains Public Schools where she coordinates a program which offers the Preventing Academic Failure (PAF) curriculum to "at risk" children in the general education setting. In her role as learning disabilities specialist in White Plains Public Schools, Ms. Levine presents staff development using the PAF program, serves as the 504 chairperson and is a member of the Instructional Support Team.

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Amy Linden, M.A.
Amy Linden, M.A., Supervisor of the Reading Program at The Windward School, is certified in both elementary and special education.  She was a learning disabilities specialist in the White Plains Public Schools for over twenty years.  In that role, she coordinated a program which offered the PAF curriculum to "at risk" children in the mainstream. 

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Eileen Perlman, M.S.
Eileen Perlman, M.S., began her career as a classroom teacher and reading specialist.  For more than twenty-five years, she has been a learning disabilities specialist for the White Plains Public Schools.  In addition to her private practice involving diagnosis and remediation, Ms. Perlman is a highly-regarded lecturer, teacher trainer and educational consultant.  She is co-author of Preventing Academic Failure (PAF), an Orton-Gillingham based program used extensively in the New York metropolitan area and throughout the United States and is an editor of the Merrill Linguistic Reading Program.

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Anne Marie Rowley, B.S.
Anne Marie Rowley, B.S., is the Director of Technology at The Windward School. She works closely with the staff to develop electronic research programs for students grades six through nine.  Ms. Rowley has developed the technology staff development program at Windward and conducts workshops for professionals and parents in the metropolitan area.

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Carol Siegel, M.A.
Carol Siegel, M.A., a master teacher with certification in Elementary and Special Education and Multisensory Structured Language Education (IMSLEC), taught at The Windward Lower School for 20 years before retiring in 2010.  Ms. Siegel presents workshops throughout the New York metropolitan area on teaching writing and reading comprehension.

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Lydia H. Soifer, Ph.D.
Lydia H. Soifer, Ph.D., a language pathologist, has more than thirty-five years experience in clinical, private and university teaching and is a frequent presenter at professional conferences across the country. She is Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and faculty member in the Early Intervention Training Institute, both at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Soifer is the Director of the Soifer Center for Learning and Child Development. As a parent educator, teacher trainer, and staff developer, she specializes in the needs of children with deficits in learning, behavior, and communications.

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Toni-Ann Vroom, M.S. Ed.
Toni-Ann Vroom, M.S. Ed., is a lead teacher at New Dorp High School in Staten Island, NY. She is a social studies teacher and a writing coordinator for the school, responsible for supporting implementation of the Hochman Method (Teaching Basic Writing Skills) across content areas. Ms. Vroom has presented workshops on the Hochman method at NYC Leadership Academy, District of Columbia Public Schools in Washington D.C., Baruch College and the College Board 2013 Plenary Session.

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Alan B. Wachtel, M.D.
Alan B. Wachtel, M.D. is the founder and director of Familyhealth Associates, a multi-disciplinary private group practice specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of attention, behavior, learning, and mood disorders. He is the president of the Foundation for Family Health Studies, a non-profit foundation dedicated to public education and research. Dr. Wachtel is a clinical associate professor of psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine, and an attending physician at Tisch Hospital, New York University Medical Center. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Wachtel is a former member of the Board of Directors of the New York branch of the Orton Dyslexia Society, the Advisory Board of Resources for Children with Special Needs in New York City, and the Advisory Council on Health Education for the Scarsdale Union Free School District. Dr. Wachtel is a graduate of Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, where he also completed his psychiatric residency. He was a Fellow at Cornell Medical Center, New York Hospital and completed post doctoral training at the Ackerman Institute for Family Therapy in New York City. Dr. Wachtel lectures throughout the country on the diagnosis and treatment of learning, mood and attention disorders. He is the author of The Attention Deficit Answer Book.

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Dina Zoleo, M.S. Ed.
Dina Zoleo, M.S. Ed., is the Assistant Principal of Social Studies at New Dorp High School in Staten Island, NY. Along with Principal Deirdre DeAngelis, Ms. Zoleo was instrumental in bringing the Hochman Method of expository writing instruction to New Dorp and ensuring that teachers had the support needed to implement the program. Ms. Zoleo has presented workshops on the Hochman Method (Teaching Basic Writing Skills) at the NYC Leadership Academy, District of Columbia Public Schools in Washington D.C., Baruch College and the College Board 2013 Plenary Session.

 


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Leslie Zuckerwise, M.A.
 

Leslie Zuckerwise, M.A., Head of Windward's lower school, was the Assistant Head for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 school years. Prior, she taught at Windward’s middle school since 2001 and has a graduate degree in Education, Curriculum and Technology. In addition, she held the Instructional Technology Support position since its inception in 2007 until 2010, as well as the Assistant Teacher Staff Developer position during the 2010-2011 school year. In 2010, Mrs. Zuckerwise was awarded the Isabel Greenbaum Stone Master Teacher Award. Mrs. Zuckerwise has presented at the Windward parent seminar “Lessons from the Classroom” and has conducted numerous technology workshops and training seminars for Windward’s staff development program. Mrs. Zuckerwise delivered her multisensory lessons using a SMARTBoard and is a certified SMART trainer.


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