Perlman, Elaine S. (esp2012)

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Elaine Perlman
Director of the Peace Corps Fellows Program
Curriculum & Teaching

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Educational Background

Elaine Perlman earned her Bachelor of Arts in English and economics from Wesleyan University and her Master of Arts in curriculum and teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University. In addition, Elaine has a degree in school administration from Shippensburg State University. 

Elaine has taught for thirty years in schools ranging from the American International School of Budapest to New York City public schools. She has a school administrator and supervisor certificate and is certified to teach nursery, kindergarten, grades 1-6, and English 7-12.  She has been a teacher of grades 2-11 and, for seven years, a teacher of children under the age of five. In addition, she was a public school specialist in nutrition in the South Bronx, Crown Heights and Harlem. Elaine was a mentor for Teaching Residents @ Teachers College and the Peace Corps Fellows Program. As a school administrator, Elaine was a middle school Dean and a Director of Admissions in a preK through twelfth grade school in Manhattan.

Elaine has presented at the Teachers College conferences Teaching in Trying Times, Reimagining Education, the Winter Roundtable as well as the Peace Corps Coverdell Directors Conference in Washington DC. The titles of her workshops include, "How to Conduct and Enjoy Small Talk," "Cultivating our Curiosity, Resisting the Suffocation of Test Prep," "Studying Feminism and LGBTQIAP Movements in the Middle School Classroom," "Loving Globally. Loving Locally.The Teachers College Jaffe Peace Corps Fellows, Embodying Love in the Classroom," "A Bit of Broadway! Acting for Teachers," "Coverdell Directors - Turning our Takeaways into Action!" 

Elaine co-hosts the Teachers College monthly salon, an interdepartmental exchange of ideas, with the Government Relations department to foster dialogue and collaboration. 

In addition to being the Director of the Peace Corps Fellows Program since 2016, Elaine was a seventh and eighth grade English and history teacher at the Harlem Educational Activities Fund (HEAF) after school program from 2014-2019. She is a preschool advisor for the Parents League and a member of the Teachers College Community Choir. She has painted eleven school murals and hopes to paint many more. Elaine has medaled in the Teachers College annual Cook-Off three times.

Selected Publications

‌Perlman, Elaine (2017). From Peace Corps to Teachers College to NYC Classrooms; The Jaffe Peace Corps Fellows, Teachers College, Columbia University


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