CESJDS High School Faculty & Staff

High School Administration

Ryan Aqui

Ryan Aqui
Director of Technology
MCSE, MCSA, CCNA, Security +

Victoria Ball

Victoria Ball
Assistant Dean
B.A.
M.Ed., Educational Leadership

Cassandra Batson

Cassandra Batson
Upper School STEM Coordinator and Middle School Math and Science Chair
B.A., Biochemistry and Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
M.A., Science Curriculum and Instruction

Aileen Goldstein

Aileen Goldstein
Academic Dean
B.A., Jewish Studies
M.A., Educational Administration

Emma Hart

Emma Hart
Director of Upper School Admission
B.A., History and Secondary Education
M.Ed., Education

Roslyn Landy

Roslyn Landy
Dean of Students
B.A.
M.S., Education
School Counseling

Lenore Layman

Lenore Layman
Director, Educational Support Services
B.A., Special Education
M.A., Special Education Learning Consultant

Mitchel Malkus

Mitchel Malkus
Head of School
B.A., Political Science and Government
M.A., Judaic Studies
Rabbinic Ordination
Ed.D., Curriculum and Teaching

Becky Silberman

Becky Silberman
Director of Athletics
B.S. Kinesiology
M.Ed.

David Solomon

David Solomon
Debra Herman Berger Director of Arts Education
B.A., Literature
M.A., English
Ph.D., English

Ginger Thornton

Ginger Thornton
Director of Instructional Technology
B.A., English, History/Philosophy
M.A., English
M.A., History
A.B.D, English

Lisa Vardi

Lisa Vardi
High School Principal
B.S., Political Science and Government
M.A., International Affairs
M.Ed., Education
E.d.D., Educational Leadership and Policy

High School Administrative Support Staff

Jillian Corbin

Jillian Corbin
Senior Administrative Assistant
A.A., General Studies

Staci Koester

Staci Koester
Administrative Assistant and Registrar
B.A., Secondary Education

Heather Udell

Heather Udell
Administrative Assistant

High School Arts Department

Sherry Benedek

Upper School Vocal Music Teacher

Jessie Nathans

Jessie Nathans
Upper School Visual Arts Teacher
B.A., History
M.A., Communication Design

Gary Prince

Gary Prince
Upper School Instrumental Music Teacher

David Solomon

David Solomon
Debra Herman Berger Director of Arts Education
B.A., Literature
M.A., English
Ph.D., English

Benjamin Tellie

Benjamin Tellie
Upper School Visual Arts Teacher
B.A., Studio Art with a Minor in Art History
M.A., Art Education

Debra White-Dilworth

Debra White-Dilworth
Upper School Photography Teacher
B.A., Photography and Film
M.F.A., Photography and Film

College Counseling

Staci Koester

Staci Koester
Administrative Assistant and Registrar
B.A., Secondary Education

Susan Rexford

Susan Rexford
Director of College Guidance
B.A., History
M.A., Political Science

Geri Sliffman

Geri Sliffman
College Counselor

Kimberly Wilkins

Kimberly Wilkins
Assistant Director of College Guidance
B.A., English, Concentration: High School Teaching
M.Ed., English Education
M.Ed., School Counseling

High School STEM Department

Cassandra Batson

Cassandra Batson
Upper School STEM Coordinator and Middle School Math and Science Chair
B.A., Biochemistry and Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
M.A., Science Curriculum and Instruction

Rustom Meyer

Rustom Meyer
Upper School STEM Teacher
B.S., Biological and Environmental Engineering
Masters of Engineering, Biological and Environmental Engineering
Professional Engineering License

Terrilynn Platt

Terrilynn Platt
Upper School STEM Teacher
B.A., English
JD

Hadley Steelman

Hadley Steelman
Upper School STEM Teacher

Ginger Thornton

Ginger Thornton
Director of Instructional Technology
B.A., English, History/Philosophy
M.A., English
M.A., History
A.B.D, English

High School English Department

Allison Davison

Allison Davison
High School English Teacher
B.A., English and History
M.A., English

Melissa Fisanich

Melissa Fisanich
High School English Teacher
B.A., Language and Literature
M.A.T., Secondary English

Dory Fox

Dory Fox
High School English Teacher

Grace McMillan

Grace McMillan
High School Jewish Text Chair
B.A., Comparative Religion
M.T.S., Comparative Religion
M.S.W.

Nancy Wassner

Nancy Wassner
High School English Teacher
B.A., College of Letters
M.Ed., Secondary English

Thomas Worden

Thomas Worden
David Bruce Smith English Department Chair
B.A, English Literature
Ph.D., British Literature (1609-1640)

High School Health & Exercise Science Department

Steven Forestieri

Steven Forestieri
Upper School Human Exercise Science Department Chair
B.S., Exercise and Sport Science, Concentration: Management
Health and Safety Certificate

Brian Westerman

Brian Westerman
Upper School Health and Exercise Science Teacher
B.S., Physical Education

Levitt Family Media Center Staff

Cheryl Fox Strausberg

Cheryl Fox Strausberg
Media Center Specialist
B.A., International Relations
M.A., Political Science
M.L.S, School Library Media

Mirele Kessous

Mirele Kessous
Assistant Library Media Specialist
B.A., Visual Art, Concentration: Children’s Illustration
M.L.S., Library Science

Upper School Health Room

Heather Greenblum

Heather Greenblum
Upper School Nurse
B.S.N.
M.S.N.
Registered Nurse (R.N.), Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (C.P.N.P.), American Heart Association Basic Life Support (CPR and First Aid) Certification

High School Hebrew Department

Hani Abo Awad

Hani Abo Awad
High School Arabic and Hebrew Teacher
B.A., Arabic and Comparative Literature
M.A., Arabic Language
M.Ed., Educational Systems Administration

Yaffa Dagony

Yaffa Dagony
High School Hebrew Teacher
B.A, Hebrew Language and Education, Concentration: Administration and Supervision

Talya Edery

Talya Edery
High School Hebrew Teacher and Upper School Liaison to Israeli Families
B.A., Bible and Jewish History
M.A., Teaching Hebrew as a Second Language

Shelli Putterman-Kenett

Shelli Putterman-Kenett
Upper School Hebrew Language Chair
B.A., Building Elements and Architecture
M.A., Teaching Hebrew as a Second Language

High School History Department

Carl Atwood

Carl Atwood
High School History Teacher
B.A., History and Economics
MAT, Teaching
M.A.Ed, Teacher Leadership

Rachel Bergstein

Rachel Bergstein
High School Jewish History and History Teacher
B.A., Jewish Studies and English
M.A., Jewish History
Master of Philosophy in Jewish History
Master of Philosophy in Jewish History

Mark Buckley

Mark Buckley
Isadore and Bertha Gudelsky History Department Chair
B.A., History
M.A., Early American History

Matt Cohen

Matt Cohen
High School History Teacher
B.S., Secondary Social Studies Education
M.A., Educational Technology

Natalie Levitan

Natalie Levitan
High School History Teacher
B.A., Law and Society
B.A., Secondary Education
M.Ed, Curriculum and Instruction

Israeli Shlicha

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Sara and Samuel J. Lessans Jewish History Department Faculty

Rachel Bergstein

Rachel Bergstein
High School Jewish History and History Teacher
B.A., Jewish Studies and English
M.A., Jewish History
Master of Philosophy in Jewish History
Master of Philosophy in Jewish History

Aaron Bregman

Aaron Bregman
Evonne and Elliot Schnitzer Family Jewish History Department Chair
B.A., History, Concentration: American Foreign Policy & Jewish Studies
M.A.T., Secondary Education, Concentration: Social Studies

Sara Coxe

Sara Coxe
High School Jewish History Teacher
B.A., Religion
M.A., Jewish Studies
Ph.D., Religious Studies

Dan Rosenthal

Dan Rosenthal
High School Jewish History Teacher
B.A. (Honors), History
M.A., History and Jewish Studies
Ph.D., History and Jewish Studies

High School Jewish Text Department

Benjamin Barer

Benjamin Barer
High School Jewish Text Teacher
B.A., Honors Philosophy
Masters of Jewish Education
Rabbinic Ordination

Paul Blank

Paul Blank
High School Jewish Text Teacher
B.A., Psychology
M.A., Rabbinic Literature

Grace McMillan

Grace McMillan
High School Jewish Text Chair
B.A., Comparative Religion
M.T.S., Comparative Religion
M.S.W.

Reuvane Slater

Reuvane Slater
High School Jewish Text Teacher
B.S., Talmudic Studies
Rabbinical Ordination
M.S., Educational Administration

High School Mathematics Department

Victoria Ball

Victoria Ball
Assistant Dean
B.A.
M.Ed., Educational Leadership

Robert Shorr

Robert Shorr
High School Math Teacher
B.A., Chemistry
B.A., Jewish Studies

Reuben Silberman

Reuben Silberman
Math Department Chair
B.A., Mathematics
M.F.A., Creative Writing

John Watkins-Chow

John Watkins-Chow
High School Math Teacher
B.S., Mathematics
B.S., Mechanical Engineering
M.S., Mechanical Engineering

Publications Department

Jessica Nassau

Jessica Nassau
Director of Publications
B.A., English
M.A., English
M.S., Education

High School Science Department

Kimberly Agzigian

Kimberly Agzigian
Ruth and Samuel Salzberg Science Department Chair
B.A., Economics
M.S., Biology

Melissa Andrew

Melissa Andrew
High School Biology Teacher

Raymond Hodges

Raymond Hodges
High School Physics Teacher
M.S., Physics
M.A., Mathematics
Certification in Physics, Mathematics, and Earth & Space Science: Grades 7-12, State of MD

Daniela Munteanu

Daniela Munteanu
High School Chemistry Teacher
M.S., Chemistry and Physics Education
M.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction
IB Chemistry Teaching Certification, State of Maryland

Study Hall

Daniel Gabel

Daniel Gabel
High School Study Hall

High School World Languages Department

Hani Abo Awad

Hani Abo Awad
High School Arabic and Hebrew Teacher
B.A., Arabic and Comparative Literature
M.A., Arabic Language
M.Ed., Educational Systems Administration

Deby Kijak

Deby Kijak
Upper School Spanish Teacher
B.S., M.S., Political Science and International Affairs
M.S.. Education

Silvia Kurlat Ares

Silvia Kurlat Ares
Upper School World Language Department Chair
B.A., Philosophy
M.A., Latin American Literature
PhD, Latin American Literature

Upper School ESOL

Rebecca Reiser

Rebecca Reiser
Upper School ESOL Teacher
B.A., International Studies/French
M.A., International Development
M.A., Education

High School Guidance

Melissa Gartner

Melissa Gartner
High School Guidance Counselor
B.A., Sociology and Communications
MSW

Roslyn Landy

Roslyn Landy
Dean of Students
B.A.
M.S., Education
School Counseling

Rachel Soifer

Rachel Soifer
High School Guidance Counselor
B.A., Psychology and Journalism
M.A., Clinical Psychology

High School Educational Support Services

Ricki Farber

Ricki Farber
Upper School Learning Specialist
B.A., English
M.S., Special Education

Brett Kugler

Brett Kugler
High School Learning Specialist
B.S., Studio Art
M.A., Special Education

Lenore Layman

Lenore Layman
Director, Educational Support Services
B.A., Special Education
M.A., Special Education Learning Consultant

Ronitte Libedinsky

Ronitte Libedinsky
High School Educational Support Services

Susan Zuckerman

Susan Zuckerman
Feder Family Educational Support Services Chair
B.A., Speech and Hearing
M.A., Educational Psychology

Upper School Technology

Ryan Aqui

Ryan Aqui
Director of Technology
MCSE, MCSA, CCNA, Security +

Beth Poston

Beth Poston
Instructional Technology Specialist
B.S., Elementary Education
M.S., K-12 Instructional Technology

Lamont Segears

Lamont Segears
Database Administrator

Ginger Thornton

Ginger Thornton
Director of Instructional Technology
B.A., English, History/Philosophy
M.A., English
M.A., History
A.B.D, English

Will Wilson

Will Wilson
Upper School Help Desk Engineer

Z'man Kodesh

Paul Blank

Paul Blank
High School Jewish Text Teacher
B.A., Psychology
M.A., Rabbinic Literature

Aviva Gershman

Aviva Gershman
Middle School Jewish Text and Hebrew Teacher
M.A., Linguistics
MJEd, Jewish Education

Brett Kugler

Brett Kugler
High School Learning Specialist
B.S., Studio Art
M.A., Special Education

Grace McMillan

Grace McMillan
High School Jewish Text Chair
B.A., Comparative Religion
M.T.S., Comparative Religion
M.S.W.

Rachel Meytin

Rachel Meytin
MS Experiential and Service Learning Chair
B.A.,
BLit
MBA
MAEd

Nick Miller

Nick Miller
Middle School Science Teacher
B.S., Biology
M.A., Biblical Studies

Jessie Nathans

Jessie Nathans
Upper School Visual Arts Teacher
B.A., History
M.A., Communication Design

Derek Rosenbaum

Derek Rosenbaum
Middle School Jewish Text Chair
B.A., US History
B.A., Jewish History
M.A., Hebrew Letters & Title of Rabbi

Michael Rubin

Michael Rubin
Middle School Jewish Text Teacher

Robert Shorr

Robert Shorr
High School Math Teacher
B.A., Chemistry
B.A., Jewish Studies

Reuvane Slater

Reuvane Slater
High School Jewish Text Teacher
B.S., Talmudic Studies
Rabbinical Ordination
M.S., Educational Administration

Upper School Facilities, Maintenance & Security Staff

Carmen Deras

Carmen Deras
Facilities Staff

Shay Halevi

Shay Halevi
Security and Transportation Manager
B.A., Social Studies

Guadalupe Mejia

Guadalupe Mejia
Facilities Staff

Israel Moskowitz

Israel Moskowitz
Director of Facilities
A.A., Building Management
Real Estate Degree and Certification

Jesus Portillo

Jesus Portillo

Ebert Vera Bracamonte

Ebert Vera Bracamonte
US Facilities

Upper School Food Services Staff

Mark Glauser

Director of Food Services, Director of Food Services

Maria Lizama

Maria Lizama
Food Services Staff

Elmer Vega

Elmer Vega
Food Services Staff