Faculty & Staff Spotlights

Helene Berke, Middle School Science Teacher

I began teaching in 1990 in Richardson ISD as a Science and Math 6th grade teacher. In 1999, I left teaching to start my family, which includes my three sons, Davis 20, Mason 18 and Amon 14. As soon as Amon entered school, I started working as a children’s clothing designer for web companies, Zulily and GILT. I loved the artistic aspect of the career, but I did not feel I was making a difference in the community. In January of 2018, I joined the wonderful staff of Ann & Nate Levine Academy.

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Felice Rosenfeld, Early Childhood Infant Care Teacher Assistant

What/Who motivated and inspired you to teach?
My mother and my father, as well as my maternal grandmother were all teachers so I guess it was in my blood. I was not an education major in college, rather, I studied broadcasting. When my daughters were both in school, I wanted the kind of job that would allow me to be home when they were. I subbed for one week, back in 1998, and was offered a position as an inclusion teacher. Of course, I accepted and the rest fell into place.

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Shelly Derdiger, Dean of Learning Support

What/Who motivated and inspired you to teach?
One of my college professors inspired me to enter the educational profession. I took his class titled, Abnormal Psychology. After that class, I knew I wanted to be in the profession of helping students with academic and/or behavioral struggles. I continued with graduate school in the field of special education with an emphasis in behavioral disorders and autism.

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