Michal Leshem

Head of School

President of the board

Michal is a Modern educator with an extensive background in science and cyber technology. After working more than 15 years in Cyber Intelligence, Michal pursued her dream of becoming an educator. She obtained a Master of Education degree in parallel to co-founding Israel's National Cyber Education Center (CEC).

Michal developed many education programs for middle-school and high-school students in more than 70 schools across Israel and managed unique and innovative learning programs for computer science college graduates.

Michal is also the Co-Author of “The Exploring Twins” Book Series, an original book series for children grades K-4 who love to read and explore science. 

Michal worked as a guide in Acton Verona where she got to know and love the Acton system from the inside. Michal is a proud mother of 4 wonderful boys.

Ashley Edwards

Elementary Studio Guide

Ashley graduated from Pace University in 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in childhood education and a
Master’s degree in special education. She has worked in public, charter and private schools in both New
Jersey and New York City. Her passion for working with learners extends beyond the classroom. For the
last eleven years she has served as a tutor at the Math Adventures and Word Play tutoring service in
Teaneck, New Jersey.
Ashley enjoys writing and earned second place at the Hackensack Performing Arts Center Poetry slam in

Shira Cohen
Director of Operations

Rycki Waldeck

Curriculum Advisor

Rycki has been a teacher for the last 25 years and on 2019 received the Governor’s Teacher of the Year Award for her work. She has a Bachelor’s Degree from Bennington College in Early Childhood Studies and Psychology, a Master’s Degree from Boston University in Elementary Education, and another Master’s Degree from Kaplan University in Teaching and Learning of Mathematics.

In recent years she taught middle-school students in Bergen County and in the past she taught in many other states across the US. She has written curriculum for an online math and science company and has also trained teachers from all over the country. She is currently a math and science teacher at one of the founding progressive schools, Bank Street School for Children in New York City.

Yair Leshem

Director of Development

Yair has been working as a Product and Business Development executive in the software and internet industry for the past 16 years. He has been leading large operations, projects and teams to great success. 

He is the co-author of “The Exploring Twins” Book Series, an original book series for children grades K-4 who love to read and explore science. 

Yair believes that education is the key to making our world a better place and that it should constantly progress as the world around us does. 

Shira is a scientist with 15 years of experience in the field of cancer and autoimmune diseases. Shira headed a research laboratory, led many aspects of clinical developments, wrote scientific articles and lectured in medical conferences all over the world.  

Shira holds a Master degree in biotechnology from Bar-Ilan University in Israel.

Shira is a mother of 4, and along with her professional career she has led and executed educational projects in the fields of students nutrition, learning space renovation and enrichment programs, as part of the parents-teachers-organization in Israel.

Danielle Ofek

Fundraising Advisor

Danielle is a serial Tech and Social entrepreneur with more than 15 years of experience in business development in various industries. She's passionate about Equality, Innovation, Tech, and communications and the connection between them. Chosen and recognized by Yahoo Finance as Top 100 Role Models Women Executives for 2019. Danielle is the Co-Founder and the Leader (CEO) of Parliament51 ('P51'), a social impact venture aiming to achieve gender equality and equal opportunities for women in the workplace in leadership positions. Danielle  is a mother of 3 future changemakers.

Jeremy Gartner

Science Advisor

Jeremy has an extensive background as an engineer and scientist, spanning across multiple disciplines and industries. His technical experience includes; Research in particle physics at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Switzerland; completing a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering, while developing new technologies for Northrop Grumman; working on novel treatments for epileptic seizures; creating new medical products for diabetic patients.

Jeremy loves woodworking and is also a Robotics enthusiast who has been volunteering as a judge at FIRST Robotics Competitions. Jeremy believes that children learn best by doing.  He is passionate about fostering active learning through meaningful hands-on experiences. Jeremy is the loving father of two terrific children.