Dr. Judith C. Hochman is the creator of the Hochman Method and founder of The Writing Revolution. 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. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
Alexandria taught middle school language arts and social studies for six years at The Windward School in White Plains, NY, a nationally renowned school for students with language-based learning disabilities. In addition to receiving training in research-based, multisensory instructional methods (notably, The Hochman Method), she received certification by the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC). Read More
Prior to teaching at Windward, Alexandria was a special education teacher and department leader at the Urban Assembly School of Business for Young Women (UASBYW), an all-girls public high school in New York City. As a New York City Teaching Fellow, she received her Master’s in Education with honors in special education from the City College of New York and received her B.A. in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.
Before beginning a career in education, Alexandria worked in the marketing & communications industry engaged in brand strategy development and corporate public relations.
Shandel was previously the Administrative Supervisor for a community college’s Writing Center. For almost 13 years, she was part of supporting students achieving success in writing. She supported both students and tutors in working towards their highest potential. For students, she designed services to optimize their growth. For tutors, she made sure that they had every opportunity for professional development. Shandel earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Brooklyn College.
Kirk comes to TWR with a background in visual communication design and full-stack web development. Over his career, he discovered a passion for problem-solving, which fuelled his love of learning and helping others. He previously worked as the Senior Web Designer / UI Developer for the non-profit cultural and community center, 92nd Street Y. Read More
Barbara was previously the Purchasing Secretary for the New York City Department of Education at New Dorp High School. She is currently facilitating the billing process for The Writing Revolution as well as several other finance functions. She provides decades of institutional knowledge that have helped enable The Writing Revolutions mission and is passionate about the organization and its operations.
Jessica was previously the Writing Coordinator and 7th grade Lead ELA teacher at New World Preparatory Charter School, where she supported the school-wide implementation of the Hochman Method. Prior to her tenure at New World Preparatory Charter School, Jessica held a variety of roles within the New York Public Library, including Senior Children’s Librarian, in which she oversaw all children’s library services in Staten Island’s largest branch. Read More
Jessica holds an M.S. in Library and Information Science from Pratt Institute and a B.A. in English from the State University of New York at New Paltz.
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. Read More
In the last decade, Sydoni served as a public Higher Ed adjunct, creating learning and promotional materials for reading and writing workshops, as well as implementing new programs and approaches that encouraged the most marginalized students to embrace academic support services. Read More
Lawrence previously comes from the entertainment industry where he operated in a high-level production capacity where he worked alongside several nonprofits. With experience in billing, payroll, human resources, and general operation he has a passion to help push The Writing Revolutions mission across the globe. Lawrence received his B.A in economics from Rutgers University-New Brunswick.
Ron brings a background in omnichannel marketing communications, customer relationship management (CRM), and management consulting to TWR. He previously worked as a digital media consultant for non-profit organizations. Read More
Mayra graduated from Manhattan Comprehensive Night & Day High School, a TWR partner school, where she learned the Hochman Method. She is currently in her junior year at Fordham University, majoring in Computer Science with a minor in New Media and Digital Design. Mayra hopes to keep supporting TWR in the future and help more students who were just like her.
Tania held a variety of roles in public, charter, and private schools throughout New York City. She spent many years teaching students with disabilities at the middle school level and has served as a special education coordinator, which involved advocating for students and families and managing Individualized Education Plans. Read More
April was previously a middle school and high school educator with approximately ten years of teaching experience in New York City. Her most recent role was as a lead history teacher at New Visions Charter High School for Advanced Math and Science II, where she supported the implementation of social emotional development for 9th grade students. Read More
Kathleen was previously a Literacy Assessment Specialist at the New York City Department of Education. Prior to that, she was the founding Literacy Coach, Title I Coordinator, and 6th grade ELA teacher at New World Preparatory Charter School. Read More
Madalyn is a seasoned Literacy Coach with over 10 years of teaching experience working with historically underserved populations. During her tenure, she led collaborative inquiry efforts to investigate persistent problems of practice that resulted in predictable low student achievement outcomes for specific groups of students. She’s directed group collective efforts to generate innovative solutions that teams could use to motivate the most reluctant learners to persevere and strive for success. Read More
Ailish spent the first eight years of her professional career working as an elementary school teacher in Title 1 Schools in New York City. During this time, Ailish held a variety of leadership roles, such as leading the School Writing Team and being a member of the School Leadership Team. While Ailish was teaching at PS 60, Woodhaven, she was trained in the Hochman Method and successfully implemented the method into her own classroom instruction. Read More
Having dedicated several years to working with teachers and students throughout Louisiana, Kiersten, an enthusiastic education professional and advocate, is a former elementary school teacher and education program consultant. Prior to joining The Writing Revolution, Kiersten served as a third-grade teacher leader at D.C. Reeves Elementary in Ponchatoula, LA. At DC Reeves, she also performed in numerous school leadership capacities while developing ELA and Social Studies curriculum materials for the district. Read More
In addition, she teamed up with the Louisiana Association of Educators and National Educators Association to provide professional support to uncertified and early career educators. She was instrumental in developing and delivering trainings and courses to prepare educators to take the PRAXIS assessment and to transition into new educational careers.
Kiersten earned a Master of Education with a focus in Curriculum and Instruction from Louisiana State University, Shreveport, and completed undergraduate studies at the University of Southern Mississippi.