Lefferts Gardens Ascend Lower School will open in the fall of 2019 to students in kindergarten and grade 1. The school will incubate for a portion of its first year at 870 Albany Avenue—the nearby, newly-renovated site of East Flatbush Ascend Lower School—before relocating to its permanent, newly-constructed facility at 123 Linden Boulevard a short distance away. The school will fully mature at this facility to enroll students in grades K through 4.
Nadine Rubinstein takes the helm as the founding school director at Lefferts Gardens Ascend Lower School. Prior to joining Ascend, she was a math instructional coach for Waltham Public Schools in Massachusetts. In this role she helped grade K-5 teachers develop pedagogical and content expertise in math through professional development and one-on-one coaching. Previously, Rubinstein served as a resident principal at two public elementary schools in the Boston area, where she worked closely with school leaders to create and implement strategic plans for school improvement. Earlier Rubinstein taught fifth grade in a self-contained classroom at two campuses of Brooke Charter Schools in Boston. While teaching, she mentored and coached a novice teacher through Brooke’s Associate Teacher program and was professionally filmed as part of a project to codify elements of effective instruction. Rubinstein holds an bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and a M.Ed. in School Leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
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