The Director

The Peace Corps Fellows Program Director supports the Jaffe Fellows by designing and running the Intensive Summer Institute, overseeing the admissions process, hosting the Fellows’ monthly seminars, coordinating the mentoring program, visiting Jaffe Fellows in their classrooms and individually supporting Jaffe Fellows and alumni.

Elaine  Perlman

Elaine Perlman

Program Director

Elaine Perlman has been the Director of the Peace Corps Fellows Program since 2016. She teaches the Jaffe Peace Corps Fellows three month intensive course Curriculum & Teaching 4501, Teaching and Learning in the Multicultural, Multilingual Classroom.

Elaine has taught for over thirty years in schools ranging from the American International School of Budapest to New York City public schools. She has been a teacher of every nearly every subject for all grades from second to eleventh, in addition to seven years of teaching children under the age of five. Elaine has mentored new teachers for the Teaching Residents @ Teachers College (TR@TC). As a school administrator, Elaine was both 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!" "Should Teachers Be Food Role Models? A Pandemic of Toxic Food-Related Deaths in the BIPOC Community."

Elaine has also created middle school curricula entitled "Exploring the Harlem Renaissance and the Italian Renaissance Periods Through Radio Plays" for the Columbia University 100th year birthday celebration of the Harlem Renaissance. 

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

Elaine was recently a volunteer second grade tutor for the Little Sisters of the Assumption Family Health Service and is now a tutor for the Harlem Educational Activities Fund (HEAF) where she was a seventh and eighth grade English and history teacher for six years. Elaine was a parent advisor for the Parents League from 2013-2019. Elaine sings in the Teachers College Community Choir, has painted eleven school murals and draws coloring book pages for the Coalition for Healthy School Food. Elaine has medaled in the Teachers College annual Cook-Off three times and grows edible plants at the Columbia University George Washington Carver Victory Garden. 

Elaine 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 and is certified to teach nursery, kindergarten, grades 1-6, and English 7-12.

Elaine is very interested in improving the nutrition for children and was a public school specialist teaching second through fifth graders about eating healthy foods in the South Bronx, Crown Heights and Harlem through the Coalition for Healthy School Food. She has completed the TC course, "Food and Nutrition For All," in addition to attaining a "Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate" from Cornell University. 

As a non-directed, anonymous kidney donor, Elaine founded the New York City One Kidney Club, Kidneys 4 Strangers, and Vegan Kidney Donors. She leads the Global One Kidney Club meetings and is a member of the National Kidney Donation Organization's Mentoring Team. 

Elaine Perlman Speaks on Teaching & Learning

Elaine Perlman Talks about Early Childhood Education 

Elaine Perlman Interviews the founders of The Global Center for LGBTI+ Youth

Elaine Perlman's Harlem Renaissance Curriculum