Dr. Melissa SerDirector of Education
MELISSA SER joined Adat Shalom’s professional staff in July 2012. She holds a MA in Jewish Educational Leadership from the Davidson School of the Jewish Theological Seminary, as well as both a MA and PhD in Literature from the University of Rochester and a BA in English from Florida State University. Melissa is a graduate of the 8th Cohort of the Mandel Teacher Educator Institute (MTEI) and was recognized as a Conservative Jewish Educator (CJE) by the Jewish Educators Assembly in 2018. On the national level, she is Vice President of the Jewish Educators Assembly, and Treasurer of the Metro Detroit Board of Jewish Educators. Melissa believes that a strong community makes each individual institution stronger, and therefore teaches classes for local Jewish teachers and serves as a mentor for educators new to the field. She prides herself on keeping an open line of communication, fostering a sense of warmth and growth in all formal educational opportunities for youth, and exploring innovative ways to make authentic learning come alive for all. She and her husband Sam are the proud parents of Ariel, Yonatan, and Maya.