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I am a currently a doctoral student (submitted dissertation: April 2014) in the excellence program at the University of Haifa, within the education technologies program, under the academic supervision of Dr. Dani Ben Zvi. My primary research interests deal with technology-enhanced classroom learning communities. How are they designed and established? How do newcomers develop their understanding about what they are, and enculturate learning community practices? What are the group processes that play an important part in such learning? To answer these questions, I have studies an innovative technology-enhanced learning community.In addition to my doctoral studies, I am assistant to the head of the educational technologies program. In this role, I help manage the program, such as by leading the recruitment campaign to attract the best possible students, helping to facilitate the annual seminars, and more.I am the former director (2011-2012) of the Digital Cities Project, a co-existence program funded by Cisco with the goals of bridging the digital gap between Nazareth and Nazareth-Illit. This program brought together teachers and administrators from the predominantly Arab and Jewish cities, respectively, to create a joint professional learning community.I am a former mathematics teacher, technology coordinator, and assistant principal at Vanguard High School, in New York City. Vanguard belongs to the Coalition of Essential Schools (CES), an organization dedicated to organizing schools as learning communities. This is where I learned a great deal about learning, and was a big part of the inspiration for my doctoral studies.I am a former U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer (South Africa, 2000-2002) where I helped the Nhlazatje/Tjakastad community integrate the nationwide Outcomes Based Education plan. I also worked with youth groups there on HIV/AIDS prevention. You can read an article that was published in the Times Beacon Record about my experience, and see photos I took on my flickr account.