Leah Hirsch is the Director of Professional Development at MƒA. In this role, she works with teachers, expert facilitators, and the PD team to design a diverse and robust professional development program for the math and science teachers with MƒA fellowships. She joined the staff in the summer of 2016.
Before this, Leah was a STEM teacher leader in New York City public schools for 11 years. In 2009, she became a founding teacher at the ground-breaking Quest to Learn, an NYC DOE school which uses games, play, and design challenges to engage students in real-world problem-solving. During her years there, Leah worked closely with the school's founding organization, the Institute of Play. Through this partnership, she served as a curriculum coach, a professional development facilitator at schools and conferences nationwide, and a consultant for school leaders interested in adapting Quest to Learn's approach to student engagement. Leah is a former MƒA Master Teacher, a New York Hall of Science Design Lab Fellow, and a two-time recipient of the Fund for Teachers grant.
Leah earned a B.A. in American Studies from the University of Santa Cruz, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa, and her M.A. in Science and Environmental Education is from Brooklyn College. She lives in Brooklyn and loves to travel, read, cook, and climb mountains with her dogs.