Jr. Etzim Outdoors Educators
6th Grade
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Jacob Paikoff

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jpaikoff@tbsneedham.org

Jacob is an engineer and entrepreneur, who loves everything STEM and is passionate about creating learning environments that foster exploration and discovery, and making things explode (in a safe, controlled way, of course). He previously was a counselor and the Robotics Instructor at the URJ 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy for four summers, and now teaches STEM programs throughout the Boston area. Jacob also volunteers with FIRST Robotics, which he has been involved with for many years, in Florida, North Carolina, Indiana, and now here. He received his Bachelors’ in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University, and his Masters’ in Technical Entrepreneurship from the University of South Florida.

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Abe Laxague

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alaxague@tbsneedham.org

Education has always been near and dear to my heart, and I truly believe that understanding the perspectives and experiences of one another is crucial to learning and growing together. By creating a welcoming, supportive, and cooperative classroom community, I strive as an educator to empower each student to explore their curiosities, build lasting relationships, and to never stop asking questions. 
In my free time, I enjoy being in nature, watching/playing soccer, and eating ice cream. I recently graduated from McGill University in Montreal and am beyond excited to return to my native Massachusetts. With an arts degree covering History, Linguistics, and Religious studies, I am thrilled to share what I have learned with students and to continue to grow. Learning is always a two-way street, and I am thrilled to be a new part of the TBS community! 

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Rebecca Shaff

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Adam Klein

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aklein@tbsneedham.org

Hello, my name is Adam Klein and I am an Etzim Educator.  This is my fifth year at TBS and I am looking forward to another terrific year!  My educational philosophy mirrors what philosophers John Dewey and Nel Noddings stood for in education, which is that every student should have equal success in the classroom, with the teacher responding accordingly to making conscious decisions best for their students skillsets.  Along with that mindset, the teacher should balance the importance of learning in the classroom with building strong connections with every student.  I am incredibly excited for this year with all the discovery, connections, and fun we will have here!