Over the past 6 months, teacher trainees have heard classes twice a week, had monthly reviews, and have given model lessons. They continue to be mentored by senior Melamdim and educators. Before the Pesach break, the 13 trainees were once again set up to compete against each other… by giving lessons on any topic they chose.
After breaking into three smaller groups, each yungerman gave his prepared 15 minute class and was graded by his peers.
The 3 candidates who were chosen by their groups were: Eli Simpson (CH N.Y.), Benny Shmidt (Phila., P.A.) and Mendel Levin (Aus.).
A presentation was held for all three to give their class, joined by Zalmy Shneur, Executive Director of MEF and Shmuly Geisinsky, Assistant Principal at PS-770.
The three classes were held on: Tanya’s Sefer HaMafteichos written by the Rebbe, given by Eli Simpson, eight different needs which motivate children as well as adult, given by Mendel Levin, and the origins of Avoda Zara, based on Mammar B’yom HaAshtei Osor, given by Benny Shmidt.
Each short class with a minute of contemplation and grading, based on the rules of the competition, provided by Mendy Yusewitz of MEF Teacher Training Program.
After all said and done, the winner of the contest was Mendel Levin.