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Faculty and Staff

Mr. Curtis James - Math Instructor

Mr. Curtis James is a math and calculus instructor at FTI. Originally from Philadelphia, he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in adult and math education from Carin University in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. Mr. James has 25 years of experience teaching math at the middle school, high school, and university level. His educational philosophy is to teach from the heart while allowing each student to discover his own abilities to be a scholar and positive leader in the school and community.

Mr. James currently lives in Bucks County with his wife and 2 boys, and he is pursuing his 2nd master’s degree in marriage counseling. When he is not teaching, he enjoys bike riding, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.

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Mr. Robert Canzenese - English Instructor

Robert P. Canzanese received his Bachelor of Arts in English and his New Jersey State Teaching Certificate from Glassboro State College in 1972. He has continued his studies in British and American Literature at Villanova University, and in Educational Administration at Rowan University. He comes to FTI with over thirty years of teaching experience at Cherry Hill High School East. Mr. Canzanese helped develop curricula in reading and writing for all levels of learning. His many important contributions to education include working extensively and passionately with

Inclusion, Modified, College Prep, and Advanced Level Classes.
Among the many awards, honors, and commendations Mr. Canzanese has received are: Nominated and Inducted into the Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers (five times), Most Distinguished High School Teacher Award from Western Maryland College, 2005 Leading Educators of the World from The International Biographical Centre (Cambridge, England), 2006 International Peace Prize for Outstanding Personal Achievements to the Good of Society as a Whole from The United Cultural Convention, and a full, two-page article covering his teaching style published in The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Mr. Martin Weiss – Science Instructor

Mr. Martin Weiss received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Glassboro State College (now Rowan University) in New Jersey, and his Master of Science degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He comes to FTI with 31 years of experience in the classroom as a public high school science teacher. During his career he wrote and developed curricula in Physics and Environmental Science, as well as helping to develop the first Gifted and Talented Student program for the city of Camden, NJ.

Mr. Weiss joined the Yeshiva at its inception in 2000. In his capacity as the school’s science teacher he has taught courses in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Science, and Genetics. In addition to his teaching duties, Mr. Weiss also coaches the students for the Intel International Science Fair. Many of his students competed against students from schools much larger than ours and have won prizes in such categories as Computer Science, Mathematics, and Physics. Mr. Weiss also helps students prepare for the PSAT or SAT testing programs and with researching and applying to colleges and universities.

Mr. Barry Nagelberg – Calculus & English Language Arts Instructor

Mr. Barry Nagelberg completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Brown University and his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Tel Aviv University. He lived for 9 years, is fluent in Hebrew, and served in the IDF on both active and reserve duty. After 30 years working as a software engineer, he retired in 2017 and began working part-time as a substitute teacher and math tutor, which is how he was introduced to FTI. Through serving as math tutor and substitute teacher for FTI during 2017-2018, Mr. Nagelberg developed a very high opinion of the FTI students and staff and was excited to join the FTI general studies team in 2018.

Mr. Michael Nealis – Science Instructor

Mr. Michael C. Nealis, Jr. received his Bachelor of Science degree from Saint Joseph’s University with a concentration in biology. He worked as a teacher for Black Horse Pike Regional School District since 2008.

Mr. Nealis, FTI’s Math and Physics instructor, has experience teaching biology, physical sciences, and anatomy and physiology. He has worked with students of varying academic levels, from the high achieving to those with individualized, special education concerns.  Mr. Nealis believes that as a science teacher it is his obligation to make sure students look at the natural world in a way that they may not have before.

Rabbi Moshe Teichman – History Instructor

Rabbi Moshe Teichman joined FTI as a History instructor. Rabbi Teichman also currently is a Limudei Kodesh Rebbe in Politz
Hebrew Day School as well as the Youth Director of Young Israel of Cherry Hill. Prior to FTI, Rabbi Teichman served as a middle school Rebbe and History teacher in Mesivta Tiferes Jerusalem (MTJ), as well as assistant Rabbi of Young Israel of Hewlett, NY.

Rabbi Teichman studied in Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim in Queens and received semicha from Rabbi Moshe Heinamann of the Star-K (Baltimore). Rabbi Teichman has been active in numerous summer camps as head counselor and division head, and he completed Young Israel’s Rabbinic Training Program.

Rabbi Teichman notes “I am passionate about taking the lessons learned from History and making them relevant to present times. I love that I get to share these lessons with the FTI talmidim.”

Mr. William Feeny  -   Math & Calculus Instructor

Mr. William Feeny has a broad knowledge of math and a wealth of teaching experience.

He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA, and his Masters degree in Mathematics from the University of Pittsburgh, PA, and has taken additional courses at Villanova, Penn State, and Jefferson Community College.

Mr. Feeny has taught Algebra, Trig, Calculus, Statistics, Computer Science, Networking, Physics, Assembly Language, Basic, Fortran, Java, and other subjects and well. He has taught at the following universities and high schools: University of Pittsburgh, St Joseph’s University, Greensburg Institute of Technology, Westmoreland Community College, Jefferson Community College, Derry Area Senior HS, LaSalle College Prep HS, Guernsey Noble Career Center, Mid East Ohio Career Center, and Schenley HS.

Dr. Howard Uderman - Anatomy Instructor

Dr. Howard Uderman MD, is a graduate of Haverford College and the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University. His postgraduate medical training was in internal medicine (Temple University Hospital) and Endocrinology/ Clinical Pharmacology/Investigation (Vanderbilt University Hospital). His medical career has spanned private practice, clinical research/trials and teaching. He is presently an adjunct Associate Professor at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine where he teaches clinical skills.
 
He lectures annually in the Yale Medical School Investigative Medicine program on the topic of giving investigational new drugs to humans for the first time in clinical trials. At FTI, he teaches human anatomy and physiology to 12th grade students.

Mr. Isaac Blum - English Language Arts Instructor

Mr. Isaac Blum is an English Language Arts teacher at Foxman Torah Institute. Mr. Blum holds a BA in English from Tufts University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Rutgers. An avid reader and writer, Mr. Blum has always loved the English language, and enjoys helping his students develop their language arts skills and passions. Over the past seven years, he has taught writing and literature classes at Camden County College, Tufts University, Penn State Abington, and Penn State Altoona. In Altoona, he served as the Emerging-Writer-In-Residence.

Mr. Blum teaches grades 9-12, and has been inspired by the energy and curiosity of the students at FTI. He finds FTI students inquisitive, and enjoys guiding their journey of discovery of the English language. He looks forward to helping his students reach their potential as students of language arts.

IMG_0489-e1484774015436-266x266Mr. Paul Blocker – Coach

Paul Blocker has been training athletes of all ages and skill levels since 1990. He played basketball at Atlantic City High School under hall of fame coach Bill Daviney and went on to play for the U.S. Army travel team.  Upon finishing his military service he began coaching youth basketball, football, baseball, softball, and wrestling.

In 2005, he was hired as the General Manager for a sports training facility for five years, before being scouted to run the basketball training program at the Cherry Hill Health and Racquet Club. In January 2014, he became the President of Peak Skills Basketball LLC located in West Berlin, NJ, where the Yeshiva basketball team currently practices and plays its home games.

Mr. Allan Slutsky - Music Instructor

Mr. Allan Slutsky is a Philadelphia-based musician, producer, and author who is well known throughout the guitar world. His guitar, banjo, and mandolin playing have been heard in major theaters and plays across the world. He also spent over three decades in pit orchestras.

In addition to teaching at Foxman Torah Institute, Mr. Slutsky is currently on the faculties of Richard Stockton College and Cumberland County College.

Staff

Mr. Avi Gross
Chef

Ms. Vivien Richmond
Educational Office Manager

Mrs. Chanah Rubinsky
Financial Office Administrator

Rabbi Baruch Gore
Special Projects Coordinator

Mr. Hector Rivera
Technology Administrator