Certified in both Social Studies and Art, Elaine Avinoam has over thirty years of teaching experience in public schools, universities and museums in the USA, Brazil, Germany and England.
Her deep love of children, art and adventure fueled her pioneering use of visual content in the classroom to catalyze literacy. In 2018 Elaine left the classroom to establish her own business, Elaine Avinoam Consultant, Inc. Currently, she serves diverse schools in the greater New York area as an Instructional Technology Coach, Professional Development Consultant and Curriculum Designer.
Elaine’s expertise has proved an invaluable support to her school leaders, teachers and learners during COVID-19 crisis. Her clients include the New York City Department of Education, Educate LLC, Discovery Education and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. Elaine taught Social Studies and Digital Arts in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY for fifteen years, after several years teaching high school in the Bronx. Prior to that she had a long career as a professor and researcher at universities in Europe, Brazil and the USA. A strong believer in experiential learning, Elaine has written multidisciplinary curriculums and led countless field trips to museums and historical sites in the USA and Europe. Her background also includes work as a museum professional at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, and as Cultural Programmer at the Carl Schurz Haus in Freiburg, Germany.
Elaine holds a BA in Art History from Oberlin College, and an MA and PhD(abd) in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of the University of London. She also holds a Cambridge CELTA diploma. Elaine has also been the recipient of several awards including A National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Fellowship, a Gilder Lehrman Institute Master Teacher Fellowship, the New York City Region 2 Art Medal for outstanding teaching, and special honors from Scholastic Writers and Artists. In addition, she has been invited to present her pedagogical work on numerous occasions. Examples include: Strategies for Introducing the American Civil War to Middle School Students, The Future of Civil War History (Gettysburg College, PA, 2013), The American Civil War Through Material Culture (Gettysburg College, PA, 2012-2015), Jim Crow and the Path to American Citizenship (Yale University, 2014), Abraham Lincoln (Dickinson College, 2014), American Government (TAH Program, Lexington KY, 2014), The Progressive Era, (TAH Program, Rockland County BOCES, 2015). Her work has been featured in a Carnegie Corporation documentary film (Small Steps), in The New York Times, The Daily News, on various television programs, and in Brazilian and German newspapers.