Submerge Storytelling Staff
Cory Levine is a licensed teacher who has worked with range of students over his teaching career. He received a B.A. in English/Creative Writing at Hofstra University and an M.A. in Childhood Education at Queens College. At Hofstra, he won the 2004 Harold and Marylin Cohen Playwriting Prize. Several of his plays were produced on campus. He spent three years as the head writer and cast member of Thursday Nite Live: The live-sketch comedy show that was broadcasted on campus and in the city of Hempstead, Long Island. Cory has worked with children for over eleven years. Submerge Storytelling is the third education program Cory has created. He is a fervent believer in the power of storytelling and is always looking for exciting ways to enhance the learning experience.
Jordan D. Simons
Curriculum Writer & Differentiation Specialist
Jordan D. Simons is a Special-Education/ESL teacher for the New York City Department of Education. He received a B.S. and M.S.Ed. in Childhood and Special Education from the State University of New York at New Paltz, as well as an extension to teach English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) from St. John’s University. Jordan also obtained a second M.S.Ed. in Educational Administration/Leadership from Long Island University: C.W. Post. Jordan has worked with a variety of children for over twelve years, specifically eight years as a counselor and supervisor at Robin Hood Country Day School (presently known as Bernice Jacobson Day School and Camp). At his present school, Jordan wrote and implemented the Response to Intervention plan for struggling students who needed academic and emotional support; developed a differentiated, collaborative program and curriculum through which ESL students worked with general education students to create a school newspaper; and guided teachers in developing their knowledge in the Common Core State Learning Standards. Jordan is proud to partake in Submerge Storytelling, as it employs all learning modalities to educate children in a fun and intriguing way.
Doreen P. Rech
Doreen received her A.A. in Fashion Illustration at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. She had an impressive career as a freelance artist in the audio/visual presentation field. Working on three continents, for over twenty-five years, Doreen designed props and scenes; was a set stylist for photo shoots; worked as a visual enhancer; and decorated sets for such companies as Sony, Buick, Colgate, Coca Cola, Kraft Foods, among others. In 1988, Doreen designed props for the Tony Award-Winning musical, Legs Diamond, produced on Broadway at the Mark Hellinger Theatre. Doreen has also used her vast skill set to run a successful twenty-year Landscape Design business. Doreen loves her job as Production Designer for Submerge Storytelling. She takes pride in using her artistic skills to help children learn. It is her goal to create these visual learning mediums so children can lose themselves in their imaginations.
Assistant Production Designer/Facilitator
Kelly Fernandes is double majoring in Secondary Education and English at Hunter College’s School of Education. She has followed her passion for teaching by tutoring English, Biology, and Environmental Sciences for seven years, as well as being a camp counselor for two. Kelly profoundly believes in Submerge Storytelling’s ability to engage students in an endless world of learning and discovery.