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Claire Wurtzel, Co-Educational Director, taught in Bank Street College School of Education for 18 years and served as Chair of the Department of Special Education. Subsequently, she served as the Director of Faculty Development for the Churchill School and Center in New York and later, and as the Director of Faculty Development for the New York City Schools Attuned initiative for All Kinds of Minds. In this capacity, Ms. Wurtzel oversaw Schools Attuned courses, mentor training and facilitator training for over 400 New York City schools. As one of two educational directors for Hidden Sparks, Ms. Wurtzel helped develop the training and curricula and provides ongoing facilitation, supervision and mentoring to Hidden Sparks coaches and school leaders. Most recently, she and her husband, Bill Wurtzel, co-authored the book, Funny Food: 365 Fun, Healthy, Silly, Creative Breakfasts.
Andrea Rousso taught for 33 years before joining the Hidden Sparks team as a coach and facilitator. She initially taught emotionally fragile children with special needs, and subsequently served as a teacher-trainer for special education. Andrea received a Bank Street Early Childhood Education award for her innovative curriculum and teaching style, and was a certified facilitator for the Schools Attuned Program of All Kinds of Minds. Andrea also works as a part-time consultant in three NYC public schools, where she meets with teachers to assist them with curriculum adaptations and understanding classroom behaviors.
“The Hidden Sparks training that I received has informed every aspect of my teaching. As much as I thought I was listening to students, working with their strengths, and helping them. Now there is a greater joy in teaching because I can figure it out and make a difference, and that’s going to affect my students for years to come. “ Rebecca Nenner, Teacher, Hebrew Academy of Nassau County, West Hempstead
“As an administrator, I found that I’ve always known that students do well if they can but I didn’t always know how to apply it in practice. Taking the training has given me more insight into how to reach every child on a practical level so that they can do well. When students come into my office with behavioral issues, I’ve found that I am in a better place to be able to understand what happened that caused the child to have a maladaptive response.” -Rabbi Yaakov Sebbag, Principal, United Lubavitcher Yeshiva