About our teacher trainers

Temple Ary, M.Ed.

Temple Ary received her Masters in Special Education from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA in 1982. She began her teaching career in Boston at the Carroll School for students with Dyslexia. She was a math specialist at The Ramaz Lower School in New York City prior to her retirement in 2018. There, she taught children from preschool through second grade and collaborated with teachers. She started working with Margaret Stern in 1992 when she was looking for a more effective way to teach math. She is constantly integrating and updating her strategies but considers Stern foundational. She has consulted and run workshops for teachers in public, charter, and private schools and done presentations for organizations like the IDA and NCTM. She tutors children individually as well.

Rachel Arbesfeld, M.Ed.

Rachel Arbesfeld received her Masters in Special Education and General Education from Hunter College in New York City. She has been a special education teacher for 11 years at the Stephen Gaynor School, a school for students with language-based learning disabilities. She began her teaching career as a classroom teacher and then transitioned to becoming a lower school math specialist. Rachel believes strongly in using a Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract approach to teaching math, and works closely with teachers on fusing Stern Structural Arithmetic with Singapore Math. Currently, Rachel mentors teachers by providing curriculum guidance and modeling lessons. In addition, she continues to teach math in small groups and one-to-one sessions.

Anne Bode, M.A

Anne Bode received her Masters in Special Education (2008) and her Masters in Leader - ship in Mathematics (2014) from Bank Street College of Education. She has been a special education teacher for 15 years at both the Stephen Gaynor School, a school for students with language-based learning disabilities, and at the Convent of the Sacred Heart as a Middle School Learning Specialist. Currently, at Stephen Gaynor, she works as a math specialist to design curriculum, mentor and collaborate with teachers, and teach math to students in small groups. She has been using Stern Structural Arithmetic for her entire teaching career and integrates it with the Singapore curriculum.

Stephanie Feinberg, M.Ed.

Stephanie Feinberg received her M.Ed. in General and Special Education from New York University. Currently she is a math specialist in the Mamaroneck school district in Westchester, NY. Prior to this position, she taught special education in New York City. Stephanie believes in a multi-faceted approach to helping students develop a sense of numbers and operations, and incorporates strategies from Math in the City, Singapore Math, Cognitively Guided Instruction and Stern in her teaching. Stephanie has been using Stern in her classroom for six years, and has been facilitating teacher training workshops for the last five years.

Olympia Shields, M.Ed.

Olympia T. Shields graduated from Vanderbilt University’s Peabody School of Education and received her M.Ed. from Boston University. Currently, she is the math coordinator at The Stephen Gaynor School, a school for students diagnosed with specific learning disabilities in reading and writing, such as dyslexia. Olympia has been conducting teacher training seminars in Stern Math for eight years and is currently working with teachers on synthesizing the Stern Structural Arithmetic and Singapore Math Curriculums. Olympia's constructivist approach uses questioning to promote a students ability to develop conceptual understanding and problem solving skills.