Meet the TWR Team
Judith C. Hochman, Ed.D., Founder and Chief Academic Officer
Dr. Judith C. Hochman is the creator of the Hochman Method and founder of The Writing Revolution, a nonprofit organization dedicated to training and supporting teachers and school leaders in implementing this explicit set of evidence-based strategies for teaching writing. Dr. Hochman served as the Head of The Windward School in White Plains, New York, a nationally renowned independent school focused on teaching students with learning disabilities. She is the founder of the Windward Teacher Training Institute and a former Superintendent of the Greenburgh Graham Union Free School District in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York. In addition, Dr. Hochman lectures, presents workshops and gives courses for educational organizations, colleges and universities, as well as public and independent schools throughout the United States. She is on the Advisory Board of Everyone Reads, a national advocacy organization for dyslexia and related learning disabilities. She received the New York Branch Award from the International Dyslexia Association. The Reading Reform Foundation presented Dr. Hochman with the Leona D. and Phillip J. Spector Leadership Award. Dr. Hochman is the author of The Writing Revolution: A Guide to Advancing Thinking Through Writing In All Subjects and Grades (along with co-author Natalie Wexler), Teaching Basic Writing Skills, a chapter entitled "Composition: Expressive Language and Writing" in the publication Multisensory Teaching of Basic Language Skills, and numerous articles.
Jacqueline M. Kelly, Executive Director
Jacki was previously the Chief Development Officer at Harlem Educational Activities Fund and Director of Development at Young Women’s Leadership Network (YWLN). Prior to those positions, she was a founding staff member at READ Alliance, a literacy and youth development organization which grew to become a thriving nonprofit serving thousands of New York City students in partnership with dozens of K-12 schools. She has taught English to adult immigrants as well as second grade ICT and fifth grade in New York City elementary schools. She is on the boards of College and Community Fellowship and The Petey Greene Program. Jacki holds an M.A. in Elementary Inclusive Education from Teachers College Columbia University and a B.S. in Journalism from Northeastern University.
Diane Foley, Faculty
Diane served the New York City Department of Education for 31 years as a Network Leader, Executive Officer for Instruction, Community Superintendent, Local Instructional Superintendent and a teacher and supervisor in K-8 classrooms. She has experience in K-8 literacy, as well as in instructional practice and supervision. She helps principals establish a collegial professional learning community through designing and delivering differentiated professional development resulting in continuous school improvement. Diane has presented at numerous national conferences including Association of Supervisors and Curriculum Development, International Reading Association, National Council of Teachers of English and the National Center on Education and the Economy on topics related to Standards Based Literacy Instruction. She was a contributor to the New York City Edition of the Language Arts Performance Standards.
Sherry Lewkowicz, Faculty
Sherry previously taught eleventh grade English and Advanced Placement Literature to low-income students at an international school where English Language Learners and mainstream students learned side by side in integrated classrooms. Additionally, she taught playwriting and coordinated her school’s arts programming. During her teaching career, she was a lead teacher, co-led professional development for faculty, mentored new teachers, and worked in partnership with teachers and administration at other schools to improve school quality. Sherry first discovered her passion for helping students improve their writing as an undergraduate Writing Fellow at Brown University, where she later studied again for a Masters in Teaching. She has a background in journalism, having written for the education website Chalkbeat.org and The Star-Ledger.
Robyn Reeves Travers M.S., Faculty
Robyn taught seventh grade language arts and social studies at The Windward School from 2001–2015. In 2012, she received her IMSLEC Certification. She co-taught a workshop with Dr. Judith Hochman, “Summarizing Skills: A Key to Academic Success,” as well as wrote a Professional Development Project for Windward, “Encouraging Language-Impaired Students to Participate in Class.” Prior to teaching, Robyn was an actress, writer, photographer, reporter and anchor for WFAS and WRKL radio stations, and an international anchor for UPI News. She received a B.A. from Vassar College and a dual Masters’ Degree in teaching reading and early childhood education from Hunter College.
Toni-Ann Vroom, Senior Faculty
Toni-Ann was previously a lead social studies teacher and school-wide writing coordinator at New Dorp High School in Staten Island, New York. At New Dorp, she was responsible for supporting the implementation of the Hochman Method across multiple content areas. A seasoned Hochman Method Senior Faculty member, she has developed content for textbooks and materials for The Writing Revolution and she has presented at The Aspen Institute, South by Southwest and The College Board Foundation, as well as many other venues, on the topic of writing.
Jean Williams, Faculty
Jean began her career working as an elementary school teacher for eight years in Queens, NY. Immediately before joining TWR, Jean was an Assistant Principal in Brooklyn, NY with a focus on literacy for elementary school students. Prior to that, she worked as a Literacy Achievement Coach for a network of schools in Queens, some of which were High Impact Partners with TWR. She helped teachers develop writing activities that incorporated TWR strategies into various reading curricula.
Dina Zoleo, Senior Faculty
Dina was previously the Assistant Principal of Social Studies at New Dorp High School in Staten Island, NY where she co-led the effort to bring the Hochman Writing Method to New Dorp by seeding and developing it in her department, and then supporting its adoption school-wide. A seasoned Hochman Method Senior Faculty Member, she has developed content for textbooks and materials for The Writing Revolution and she has presented at The Aspen Institute, South by Southwest and The College Board Foundation, as well as many other venues, on the topic of writing.
Adrienne Dammacco, Executive Assistant
Adrienne was previously a Business Education teacher at Rye Neck High School for 27 years and was responsible for implementing and overseeing the Rye Neck Senior Intern Program, in which the entire senior class was placed in internships, as well as the Rye Neck Community Service Program. Along with these duties, she has taught a multitude of business classes at Rye Neck High School including a SUNY 4 credit accounting class and Managing Your Future in which she worked with eleventh grade students helping them with career/college searches and resumes. Adrienne has served on many boards, including the SUNY Purchase Teacher’s Center Board and the NYS School-to-Career Board.
Katherine Fallon, Associate Director of Development and Communications
Katherine was previously the Senior Manager of Development at Young Women’s Leadership Network (YWLN), a nonprofit focused on youth services and education. There, she managed development processes and systems, while also serving as a front-end fundraiser and grant writer. In her four and a half years at YWLN, Katherine helped to operationalize YWLN’s strategy as their budget grew from $6 million to $11 million, reaching thousands more students. Prior to YWLN, Katherine worked for the Performance Project and the Salvation Army Welfare Office in Massachusetts, and the DOME Project in NYC. Katherine holds a B.A. in Psychology from Smith College, where she focused her studies on culture and human development.
Leo Johansson-Lebrón, Program Associate
Leo first became interested in education and writing instruction while working as an English Consultant to foreign graduate students. Leo is a graduate of Brown University, where he majored in Literature and Creative Writing. He spent a year after graduation teaching at a bilingual, primary school in Madrid, Spain.
Scott VandeVoort, Director of Operations / Faculty
Scott held a variety of roles in accounting and finance during his early career. He spent thirteen years with American Express, reaching the position of Senior Vice President and Lead Financial Officer, before returning to St. Johns University to earn his Masters in Adolescent Education. Most recently, Scott spent five years as a classroom teacher where he supported the implementation of the Hochman Method at his school. He also continues to teach undergraduate cost accounting at Baruch College in New York. He holds a Masters in Accountancy from the University of Iowa and his CPA license.