Alaine Cohen

English Teacher / National English Department Head

Alaine earned her MA in English Literature from The State University of New York at Albany, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. Her Master’s Thesis on The Benefits of Personal Writing as a Teaching Tool was nominated for Outstanding Thesis. Although Alaine began college as an art major, she quickly discovered her calling to teach, through classmates who constantly sought her out for essay writing support.

Alaine had the rewarding experience of teaching for 16 years in the very upstate New York high school where her grandmother once taught English. When she relocated to Long Island in 2012, Alaine discovered the newly-opened Fusion and was blown away to have found a school so perfectly aligned with her mission as an empathic educator. As National English DH, Alaine relishes every opportunity to support newbies and veterans alike, sharing curriculum inspiration and compassionate teaching strategies, as well as guiding DHs to build cohesive, successful teams.

Beyond Fusion, Alaine enjoys a rich creative life. She has been singing alongside her accomplished guitar-player husband for two-and-a-half decades, belting out an eclectic mix of rock, blues, soul, and jazz in local clubs (and, of course, at Fusion Open Mics). She also loves to draw and write poetry. Both of her remarkable teenage daughters Alira and Eden are gifted musicians, artists, and writers in their own rights. The two of them – along with her husband Rob and their beloved border-collie mix Thorin – provide Alaine with endless inspiration.