Featuring Keynote Speaker:
Rabbi Jonathan Rietti received smicha from Gateshead Yeshiva, then established a flourishing kollel in Gibraltar. After earning a Masters Degree in Education, he specialized in chinuch for Gifted children and those with ADD. For the past 18 years, he has been an educational consultant on related topics. After completing his Montessori training, Rabbi Rietti created a curriculum that dovetails Torah education with Montessori methodology, called Al Pi Darco. Today, there are Al Pi Darco schools nationwide.
Brocha Baum Margolese, Keynote Speaker
Brocha’s passion for Montessori education began in 2003 at Yeshivas Shaarei Simcha in Clifton, NJ, the country’s first religious Montessori school, where she began the design process of the primary division’s integrated curriculum and worked with Rabbi Jonathan Rietti who was designing the elementary curriculum. She went on to start a number of Montessori programs, one in Lakewood, one at Talmudical Acadmy in Baltimore, and finally in 2009, Darchei Noam Montesssori, originally housed in her basement. Brocha consults with schools internationally, founded the Center for Innovative Jewish Learning to model and teach best practices, and has been a presenter at the Jewish Montessori Annual Conference.
Rob Keys, Keynote Speaker
Rob has been involved in Montessori Education for nearly 30 years as a teacher, administrator, consultant, teacher-educator, and presenter. The author of Follow the Child – The Basics, the Misconceptions, and Underlying Lessons of a Montessori Education, he has presented at AMS National and Regional conferences, written for Montessori Life, and has served on MACTE and AISNE evaluation teams.
For over a decade Chanie Feldman has been involved in Jewish education, beginning with informal education like summer camp and enrichment programs then as a teacher and school administrator. In 2007 Chanie founded Cheder Chabad and served as a teacher then Early Childhood director through the 2017 school year. Chanie now codirects the Chabad Early Childhood Educators Network and works as a consultant mentoring teachers and school leaders in bringing their values and vision to life in their classrooms.
Rabbi Yisroel Gelber
Rabbi Yisroel Gelber, MS, is co-founder of BD Health Services, Inc., a substance abuse facility in Maryland. He is also a teacher at Yeshivas Toras HaLev: Maalot For Men, Bnos Yisroel High School, and is the founder of Chavrusamatch.com.
Gabriel is a percussionist, a martial artist, a healing touch practitioner, an organizer of Olam Ubuntu and the founder of the Baltimore Wisdom Project.