Shule Teacher Bios

Circle Playtime: Meira Soloff is excited to be facilitating Circle Playtime for a 5th year. Meira began a carreer staffing an anti-displacement and sustainable community development coalition and partcipating in the JOIN fellowship. Since then, Meira has returned to her passion for young people's learning. She recently finished a masters in Early Childhood Education at Tufts. You can find Meira biking, playing her ukelele and singing. Meira uses the pronouns she/her/hers.


Kindergarten: Sammy Sass is an artist and educator, with roots in Boston's Jewish communities and movements for social justice. She works as a facilitator and oral historian, and is a graduate student in counseling psychology and expressive art therapies. Her hands are often covered in clay or paint, and she's got a lot of love for the minds and creativities of young kids. She's excited to be joining Shule this year working with the Kindergarten class. Sammy uses the pronouns she/her/hers.


Alef (1): Chloe Piazza is so excited to be joining the BWC teaching team this fall. Chloe is a graduate student at Brandeis in the Joint MA program in Jewish Studies and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Currently, she is exploring queer themes in Yiddish theatre. Chloe graduated from Bard College at Simon's Rock in 2012 with a BA in Theatre and Social Action. In her free time, Chloe enjoys playing guitar, making music videos, being in nature, and singing Yiddish labor tunes. Chloe uses the pronouns she/her/hers. 


Beyz (2): Sarah Robins is super excited to be back at Shule for her third year with the Beyz class! She is planning some cool new projects for this year, and plans to incorporate more social justice themes in the classroom! In her "real life," Sarah is at Lesley University learning to be a high school teacher. She can usually be found reading, creating art, cooking, or planning her next travel adventure. Sarah uses the pronouns she/her/hers. 



Giml (3): Pauline Katz is a graduate of our very own Boston Workmen's Circle Shule as well as an active member in A Besere Velt, BWC's Yiddish Chorus, the BWC Yiddish Committee, the Ritual Committee and a new Board Member. She is returning from a summer split between Yiddish Farm and Camp Kinderland to her work as an ELL History Teacher at Chelsea High School. When not working or volunteering, Pauli likes to swing and blues dance, knit and spin yarn, and bake. She is looking forward to getting to know this year's giml class. Pauli uses the pronouns she/her/hers. 

Daled (4): Kai Rosenfield was born and raised in Massachusetts, but has been living in Washington, DC and Houston, Texas for the past six years. They are excited to be back in the area, and to get to explore Jewish culture, diaspora, and social justice with youth, an opportunity they did not have when they went to Hebrew school way back in the '90s! They graduated in 2014 from Georgetown University, and have since been working in the health and social services fields. In their free time, they like to write poetry and speculative fiction, and to spend time outside. They are also passionate about grassroots community organizing and the power that youth have to create change. Kai uses the pronouns they/them/theirs.


Mirah Sand is a youth worker and childcare provider living in Boston. She graduated from Bard College at Simon's Rock in 2012 with a degree in Social Action/Social Change and Theater, and is completing a Master's program in Occupational Therapy at Boston University. In her free time, she likes reading and writing, dancing, singing, and building community. She is so excited to be working with the Hey class this year. This is Mirah's third year teaching at the BWC shule. Mira uses the pronouns she/her/hers.



Vov (6) and Hebrew: Nellie Shippen is returning for a third year of teaching the Vov class. A recent graduate from Tufts with her master's degree in child development, she now works as a research assistant at Boston Medical Center. Nellie has spent many years in Habonim Dror working with youth and on social justice projects in North America and Israel. She is excited to start another year of teaching shule with her 6th grade class and the Hebrew class as well! Nellie uses the pronouns she/her/hers.


Zayin (7): Megan Wolf is an academic tutor and former high school English teacher. As a parent of two Shule graduates, she's excited to combine her interests in teaching and the Workmen's Circle by leading the current Zayin class through their Bar/Bat Mitzvah year. In her free time she enjoys being with her family, traveling, running and doing political work as a parent in the Boston Public Schools. Megan uses the pronouns she/her/hers.



Music (Circle Playtime and Shule): Bob Follansbee is returning as the Shule and Circle Playtime music teacher. He has been involved in many genres of music - singing and instrumental - throughout his life. He spent most of his professional life as an educator, working with children, mostly in the elementary grades, to say nothing of being a parent to two children. He joined the Boston Workmen's Circle chorus in 1999, being attracted to both the Yiddish and social justice mission, and quickly established himself as a chorus leader. Outside of music, Bob likes to bike, garden and otherwise be outdoors in all seasons, and fight for justice! Bob uses the pronouns he/him/his.
Hebrew: Naomi Weinblatt is excited to be joining Shule as a Hebrew teacher. Originally from New York City, Naomi recently graduated from Brandeis University with a BA in Psychology and Sociology. She currently works at the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies. When she is not engrossed in Jewish education or research, you can find her biking or reading the New York Times. Naomi uses the pronouns she/her/hers.