OUR TEAM

We are a diverse community of teachers, professionals, board members, volunteers and students committed to advancing social justice and access to education. We hold a shared belief that every person has the potential to make positive change in their lives, despite even the most challenging circumstances and believe that education is a critical tool in this process.

STEERING COMMITTEE

Our Steering Committee is comprised of board members and key staff members. The steering committee holds joint meetings with the student committee. 

PEDAGOGICAL STAFF

Our Pedagogical Staff work to develop the best practices in pedagogy for our student population, materials development, adapted methodologies and teacher training.

TEACHERS

Our Teachers are chosen based on teaching experience, character, communication skills, cultural sensitivity and motivation to invest in the learning experience of our students.

VOLUNTEERS

Our Volunteers fill roles such as teacher assistants, student administrators, 

professional consultants and resource developers. The Schoolhouse partners with university programs, overseas student programs and local communies.

SARA STERN

Founder, Ceo 

Sara started volunteering in 2006 with the first African asylum seekers in Israel. She was a partner in creating the first support network for refugees and asylum seekers in Jerusalem and in 2010 conducted a survey with HIAS on adult education for asylum seekers throughout Israel. Upon identifying an great desire for education amongst the asylum seekers in Israel, Sara started The Schoolhouse in 2012. She has a BA in Special Education and is also a Hebrew teacher for adult immigrants.  

ILAN LEVENE

Board Member

Ilan has been involved in the Schoolhouse since it was founded. He worked as the first teacher, then became the pedagogical director helping to develop the school's infrastructure and philosophy. Ilan trained in Adult Education in London, UK and relocated to Tel Aviv in 2010. He has a MA in Immigration and Social Integration and many years experience in educational and leadership development across a number of sectors. Today Ilan is the Director of Programs and Development at the Global Leadership Institute and serves on the directors board of the Schoolhouse.

URI SHAMGAR

Board Chairman

Uri is educated in Neuroscience ,Msc. from the Weizmann Institute of Science and currently works in the field of Data Science. He has educational experience as a tutor and a teacher for special populations. Uri joined The Schoolhouse as the first math teacher, the first computer teacher, he became the first computer pedagogical coordinator and today serves on the directors board of The Schoolhouse. 

GAL LIN

Control Board Member

Gal is a serial entrepreneur and since 2018 the director of business development in the AgTech startup eggXYt. In 2011, Gal co-founded a global network that empowered civil society in Middle Eastern countries, using innovative technology and backed by an academically acclaimed polling and research arm. Between 2013-2015 he served as joint-CEO for the NGO Chiburim. Gal graduated with a Master's in Public Policy from Harvard University. Gal began as a volunteer consultant for The Schoolhouse and now serves on the Control Board.

LISA RICHLIN

Control Board Member

Lisa has over 15 years of experience working in social change and human rights in Israel. She has worked at organizations such as the Hotline for Refugees and Migrants, HIAS, and Sudanese community organizations. She participated in the Refugee Studies Centre International School on Forced Migration at Oxford University and is currently working on a PhD focusing on the internal communal dynamics of the Darfurian community in Israel. Lisa currently serves on the Control Board.

YAEL STERN

Board Member

Yael is a Harvard Kennedy School graduate and social entrepreneur. Currently she is co-founder of PainPal, a digital health startup aiming to revolutionize the treatment of chronic pain and and transform the lives of people living with pain by scaling neuroscience based behavioral health to every chronic pain patient on the planet. Yael joined as a volunteer consultant for The Schoolhouse and continues to contribute today as an amuta member through the steering committee.  

ZOHAR FRIEDMAN

Tel Aviv School Director & Head of Pedagogy

Zohar joined The Schoolhouse as an English teacher, then took over the pedagogical coordination of the English program and now manages the school in Tel Aviv.  She has a BA in Literature and Creative Writing from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. Currently, she is completing her thesis and MA at Tel Aviv University concerning the suitability and relevance of English teaching coursebooks designed for refugees, migrants and asylum seekers studying English as an international language within an empowerment pedagogy setting.

ORNA SHANI-GOLAN

Founding Member

Orna holds an MA in conflict research at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and an MBA from the Academic College of Management. In addition, Orna is an authorized mediator and supports various organizations and bodies, including the Social Integration Department of the Municipality of Lod, to instill cultural competence in the organization. She lectures on interpersonal communication in nursing schools. Orna was the first volunteer of The Schoolhouse, a founding member and served as a board member on the directors' board. 

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