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Paul Blocker has been training athletes of all ages and skill levels since 1990. He played basketball at Atlantic City High School under hall of fame coach Bill Daviney and went on to play for the U.S. Army travel team. Upon finishing his military service he began coaching youth basketball, football, baseball, softball, and wrestling.
Mr. William P. Brown III received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers University New Brunswick. While he majored in English and minored in American Studies, he also concentrated his elective courses in the Religious Studies and Classics disciplines. Mr. Brown was also an active member and Production Manager of Rutgers University’s College Avenue Players.
A graduate of Cherokee High School in 2001, Mr. Brown was involved in more than a dozen of Cherokees’ outstanding theatre productions, in addition to performing in and receiving awards in multiple county and state Teen Arts festivals as a vocal artist and a member of Cherokee’s concert choir.
Mr. Brown is in his second year teaching at FTI, where he hopes to pass on his love of literature and penchant for finding just the right word to a new generation.
Robert P. Canzanese received his BA in English and his New Jersey State Teaching Certificate from Glassboro State College in 1972. He has continued his studies in British and American Literature at Villanova University, and in Educational Administration at Rowan University. He comes to FTI with over thirty years of teaching experience at Cherry Hill High School East. Mr. Canzanese helped to develop curricula in reading and writing for all levels of learning. His many important contributions to education include working extensively and passionately with Inclusion, Modified, College Prep, and Advanced Level Classes.
Mr. Canzanese insists that his students make every attempt to master basic English usage, grammar, and sentence structure. However, that does not mean that the students cannot enjoy themselves on their journey to become better writers. One way he achieves this is through incorporating his own musical knowledge, whenever appropriate, to help explain how great writers and poets frame their words. Mr. Canzanese is an accomplished guitarist who has performed in ten states and has worked professionally, virtually non-stop, for the last forty-five years.
Among the many awards, honors, and commendations Mr. Canzanese has received are: Nominated and Inducted into the Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers (five times), Most Distinguished High School Teacher Award from Western Maryland College, 2005 Leading Educators of the World from The International Biographical Centre (Cambridge, England), 2006 International Peace Prize for Outstanding Personal Achievements to the Good of Society as a Whole from The United Cultural Convention, and a full two page article covering his teaching style published in The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Michael C. Nealis, Jr., received his Bachelor of Science degree from Saint Joseph’s University with a concentration in Biology. He worked as a teacher for Black Horse Pike Regional School District since 2008.
Mr. Nealis has experience teaching Biology, Physical Sciences, and Anatomy and Physiology. He has worked with students of varying academic levels, from the high achieving to those with individualized, special education concerns. Mr. Nealis believes that as a science teacher it is his obligation to make sure students look at the natural world in a way that they may not have before.
He currently resides in New Jersey with his wife Jessica, and their two sons Oliver and Atticus.
Allan Slutsky is a Philadelphia-based musician, producer, and author who is known throughout the guitar world by his pen name, “Dr. Licks.” His guitar, banjo, and mandolin playing have been heard in major theaters and festivals across the world in over fifty musicals (“Mamma Mia,” “Chicago,” “The Color Purple,” and others). He also spent over three decades in the pit orchestras of all of Atlantic City’s casino showrooms playing behind acts like Luciano Pavoratti, Don Rickles, Bernadette Peters, and numerous other headliners.
As an orchestrator and arranger, Mr. Slutzky’s charts have been heard on television shows like American Idol, the Tonight Show, and the Emmy Awards. In 1989, Allan won the Rolling Stone/BMI “Ralph J. Gleason Award” for his book, Standing in the Shadows of Motown. In 2002, he produced and scripted a movie based on the same book, which resulted in a dozen film awards and two Grammys. In addition to teaching at Foxman Torah Institute, Mr. Slutzky is currently on the faculties of Richard Stockton College and Cumberland County
Mr. Martin Weiss received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Glassboro State College (now Rowan University) in New Jersey, and his Master of Science degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He comes to FTI with 31 years of experience in the classroom as a public high school science teacher. During this career he wrote and developed curricula in Physics and Environmental Science, as well as helping to develop the first Gifted and Talented Student program for the city of Camden, NJ. He also was the lead innovator of the first urban initiative to get inner city students involved in science research through science fair competition. His previous classroom experience includes teaching classes in all the sciences mentioned above and several years as an adjunct professor of elementary teaching for Rowan University, during which time he taught university classes in science for elementary school teachers in the Camden schools. Mr. Weiss also helps students prepare for the PSAT or SAT testing programs and with researching and applying to colleges and universities.
In 1993, Mr. Weiss was awarded the Princeton University New Jersey Distinguished Teacher award, and in 2004 he was awarded the Distinguished Teacher of the Year prize from the Network of Teachers of Science and Technology at MIT. Mr. Weiss continues to be affiliated with the NEST organization at MIT since his election to the group in 1995, and in 2005 was elected co-chairman of the organization numbering more than one thousand teachers from over 30 states and 10 foreign countries.
Mr. Weiss joined the Yeshiva at its inception in 2000. In his capacity as the school’s science teacher he has taught courses in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Science and Genetics. In addition to his teaching duties, Mr. Weiss also coached the students in the Intel International Science Fair. Many of his students competed against students from schools much larger than ours and have won prizes in such categories as Computer Science, Mathematics and Physics. FTI is the only Jewish school in the tri-state area to have entered and won prizes at the Delaware Valley Science Fair.
David Williams received his Bachelors of Science from the University of Virginia and his MBA in Finance from Drexel University. He spent five years the U. S. Navy as a navigator and First Lieutenant. His work there involved piloting a 414-foot destroyer in and out of ports and piloting a ship while refueling from supply ships and Aircraft Carriers. He then worked as an Office Manager and Logistics Engineer.
He has been teaching Math for eight years at schools throughout the Philadelphia area. He has taught at Delaware Valley High School, Chichester High School, Philadelphia Charter HS for Architecture and Design and Salem County Vocational Technical School in addition to Foxman Torah Institute.
I find it remarkable that even as the Yeshiva has experienced considerable growth, it is still able to maintain the same care and concern for each and every talmid.
Sun 8:00 a.m.
Mon-Fri 7:40 a.m.
Sun 1:45 p.m., 2:45 p.m.
Mon-Thu 2:15 p.m, 2:45 p.m.
High School Maariv
Mon, Tue, Thu 6:15 p.m.
High School Dorm Maariv
Sun-Tue, Thu 7:15 p.m.
Wed 6:35 p.m.
Beis Medrash Maariv
Sun, Tue-Thu 10:00 p.m.
Mon 9:00 p.m.
Erev Shabbos Mincha – 15 min. before Sunset
Shacharis 8:30 a.m.
Mincha – 30 Minutes before Sunset
Maariv – 60 minutes after Sunset