MTA is thrilled to welcome new faculty members for the upcoming 2019-2020 school year, including:
Rabbi Danny Konigsberg (‘05) as director of Student Activities and Chumash and bekius rebbe. Rabbi Konigsberg is a passionate and experienced mechanech who is excited to return to his roots at MTA. He previously served as the founding director and senior maggid shiur at Yeshiva Toras Halachah in Queens, where he developed curricula and taught Gemara and halachah to undergraduates. Prior to that, he served as a rebbe and director of student life at Yeshiva Madreigas HaAdam. He received semichah from Lander College Bais Medrash L’Talmud, where he attended college and was a member of the kollel. He also earned his JD from Fordham University School of Law and has practiced as an attorney. Rabbi Konigsberg lives in North Woodmere with his wife, Esti, and their four children.
Rabbi Yoni Stone has been part of the MTA family for the past several years, with a new role for the upcoming year as the director of admissions. Rabbi Stone will continue teaching halachah and bekius to the 9B shiur. Rabbi Stone received semichah from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, where he served as shiur assistant to YU Rosh Yeshiva Rabbi Yaakov Neuburger. He is also pursuing his master’s degree in Jewish Education from the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration. Rabbi Stone will continue to coach the MTA varsity hockey team and JV softball team. Rabbi Stone lives in Teaneck with his wife, Cayley, and their son, Azi.
Ms. Leah (Wadler) Silvera (YUHSG ‘86) as Learning Center coordinator. Ms. Silvera is excited to join the MTA team after 12 years of serving as the founding coordinator of the SAR High School Student Learning Center Support Program. In that role, she guided students through four years of high school and helped prepare them for college and beyond, and also actively mentored faculty, conducted professional development, assisted with college guidance for students with learning challenges, and managed all facets of the IEP and ACT/SAT process. Simultaneous to her duties at SAR, Ms. Silvera served as an adjunct professor at Mercy College, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in education with a focus on differentiation and assessment. Prior to her work at SAR, Ms. Silvera taught at SINAI schools. Ms. Silvera holds a BS in Business Management and an MA Ed in Special Education from the University of Phoenix. She currently resides in Riverdale.
Mr. Ian Ulmer as the History Department chair and director of Educational Technology. Mr. Ulmer has been teaching history to middle- and high-school students for the past 18 years, and for the past 10 years he has also served on the Educational Technology Committee at Harvard-Westlake School, a prestigious private school in Los Angeles, which makes recommendations for integrating technology into the classroom. He received a BA in History; Religious Studies from UC Berkeley; and an MA in the Teaching of Social Studies from Teachers College, Columbia University. Mr. Ulmer resides in Brooklyn with his wife, Kate, and their three children.