Leslie Smith Rosen (she/her) grew up all over the world, as her father was a Foreign Service Officer. She studied philosophy and classics for her bachelor’s degree, and has two master’s degrees: one in Jewish Studies and one in Education. Leslie has spent almost her entire career in Jewish education, both religious schools and Jewish day schools; she was a founder of two day schools, an elementary one in Annapolis, and a high school one in Baltimore. She has taught every level from kindergarten through adult education, and has won national recognition for her work as a teacher and curriculum developer for middle and high schools. However, she is most proud of her children, all of whom were once her students and are now educators themselves: Marielle (a middle school principal in Rhode Island), Alyssa (who works in HIV/AIDS education in Zambia), and Sam (an art teacher in Baltimore). Even more importantly, she is the grandmother of Aviva (7), Levi (4), and Juniper (2). She and her husband, James Hyder, plan to move north once they obtain the Covid vaccine and sell their Atlanta home. She looks forward to meeting members of the community on Zoom immediately, and in person as soon as possible!
Jo Rothman (they/them) is a creative writer and a queer and disability educator, currently on a leave of absence from college. Once they graduate, they intend to become an editor of young adult fiction; in the meanwhile, they are both our administrator and a teacher in our religious school, teaching grades 4 and 5. They are passionate about both Jewish education and social justice work, and have led a number of programs in various Jewish spaces on queerness and disability. In their free time, Jo enjoys reading, cross stitch, and writing microfiction.
If you have questions about administrative issues, queer or disability theory, young adult fiction, or where to find good tea, shoot them an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spencer Rothman (he/him) is our religious school tech support wizard. He has been doing work for TEMV in various areas since 2015, including photography, video, and PR. He enjoys cross stitching, listening to music, and playing video games.
To get in touch with Spencer, email him at email@example.com.