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  • Tom Nachtigal

    Tom Nachtigal

    Ph.D. Student in Education, admitted Autumn 2022

    BioTom Nachtigal is a PhD student in the international and comparative education program. She's interested in researching how international organizations influence national civic education policies via promotion of social and emotional learning. Particularly, she's looking at how values of democracy, rule of law, human rights, and national identity are imbued in conflict-affected areas, in light of international education policies informed by SEL. Trained as an international lawyer, she served as a legal advisor in the Israeli government, practicing international law and human rights, an experience that informed her interests in civic education from the lens of international politics.

  • Sarah Novicoff

    Sarah Novicoff

    Ph.D. Student in Education, admitted Autumn 2021
    Other Tech - Graduate, Loeb Program

    BioSarah Novicoff is a PhD student in Educational Policy at Stanford's Graduate School of Education. Previously, Sarah was a 6th grade Social Studies teacher in South Los Angeles. Sarah also served as Chair of the School Site Advisory Council, managing a team of teachers, school staff, and parents who reviewed and approved the school budget. In her doctoral education, she is interested in working on issues of equitable school finance and how changes to funding have affected vulnerable subgroups of K-12 students (e.g., low-income students, English Language Learners, students with disabilities, students in foster care). Prior to teaching, Sarah worked as a Research Assistant for the Brown University Department of Education in Providence, R.I., and as a Research Intern at the Brookings Institute Center on Education Policy in Washington, D.C. Sarah holds a B.A. in History with Honors from Brown University where she graduated magna cum laude.

  • Andre Nudelman

    Andre Nudelman

    Entrepreneur In Residence, GSE Dean's Office
    Affiliate, Lemann Center

    BioAndre Nudelman was appointed as Entrepreneur in Residence at Stanford University Graduate School of Education in September 2021. He has an extensive range of activities, including Private Equity with focus on Education, Entrepreneurship, Real Estate Investments, Agriculture, Art Collection, Non-profit organizations, and volunteer activities.

    Mr. Nudelman has been invited to present at summits, seminars, conventions, and at Stanford multiple courses, UC Berkeley and Harvard Graduate School of Education.

    Among his past ventures, Maple Bear Schools Latin America, the largest franchised K-12 bilingual school chain in Latin America, sold in 2016. Presently, through Addquire Private Equity (, he controls:
    - Digital Media Academy (, a company that offers Tech Courses in person and online to students from 3-18 years old globally.
    - International Comprehensive (, a school quality improvement system
    - International Canadian Academy (, a K-12 bilingual school franchising chain
    - Interactive Health International (, a simulation online system for medical education
    - Teacherwit, a global social media for teachers to share their expertise and acquire new (
    - Noiuvelle School, an Early Education Franchising and company owned chain (

    His philanthropic and volunteer activities include Former Chairman of the Canadian Council for The Americas BC for ten years; Cabinet Campaign member for Emily Carr University of Art+Design; Former Advisory board member at McRae Institute for International Relations at Capilano University; Former Chairman of The Einstein legacy Project in BC at Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Ambassador of Vancouver Biennale; Head of The Nudelman Family Trust, among others.

    Now he is funding and coordinating the Education In Action - The Nudelman Initiative, that is changing the public education in small towns in Brazil's Northeast region.