CESJDS Lower School Faculty & Staff

Lower School Administration

Matthew Bellas

Matthew Bellas
Lower School Principal
B.A., Jewish Studies
M.A, Education
M.H.L.
Rabbinic Ordination

Daniella Friedman

Daniella Friedman
Judaic Studies and Hebrew Language Coordinator
M.Sc., Organizational Behavior
MJEd, Jewish Education
Education Specialist

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

Rebecca Prigal

Rebecca Prigal
Assistant Principal
B.A., Near Eastern and Judaic Studies
M.S., Social Work: Mental Health Specialization
Licensed Clinical Social Worker - Certified (LCSW-C)

Dorie Ravick '01

Dorie Ravick '01
Special Programs and Activities Coordinator

Jennifer Rittberg

Jennifer Rittberg
Math Coordinator
B.S., Fiber Science
M.S., Education, Concentration: Middle and High School Mathematics Education

Kimberly Sherk

Kimberly Sherk
Language Arts and Social Studies Coordinator
B.A., Elementary Education
M.A., Reading Instruction and Remediation

Pamela Shrock

Pamela Shrock
Director of Lower School Admission
B.A., Marketing

Alexis Soffler

Alexis Soffler
Science and STEM Coordinator
B.S., Environmental Biology
M.A.T., Secondary Science
PhD, Educational Leadership, Renewal and Change

Ginger Thornton

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

Lower School Administrative Support Staff

Henry Aquino

Henry Aquino
Lower School Administrative Assistant
B.S., Fine Arts
Certification in Elementary Education

Karen Fowler

Karen Fowler
Senior Administrative Assistant
B.M., Music Education
PACE

Paula Martin

Paula Martin
Administrative Assistant
B.S., Biology

Edryce Rogers

Edryce Rogers
Administrative Assistant

Gurim Junior Kindergarten Teachers

Sharon Krasna

Sharon Krasna
Gurim Judaic Studies Teacher

Rebecca Meron

Rebecca Meron
Gurim Assistant Teacher

Mira Mordfin

Mira Mordfin
Gurim Judaic Studies Teacher
B.S., Early Childhood and Special Education

Tatyana Pidgurskaya

Tatyana Pidgurskaya
Gurim General Studies Teacher

Joanna Robin

Joanna Robin
Gurim General Studies Teacher
B.A., Russian Language and Literature
M.A., Russian Language and Linguistics
M.A., Special Education

Omer Rosen

Omer Rosen
Gurim Judaic Studies Assistant Teacher

Helen Silder

Helen Silder
Gurim Assistant Teacher

Jennifer Sisco

Jennifer Sisco
Gurim Assistant Teacher

Kindergarten Teachers

Lisah Bernstein

Lisah Bernstein
Kindergarten Judaic Studies Teacher
B.A., Psychology

Sarah Fradkin

Sarah Fradkin
Kindergarten General Studies Teacher
B.A.
M.L.I.S.

Lior Gruman

Lior Gruman
Kindergarten Judaic Studies Teacher

Ajifatou Kassama

Ajifatou Kassama
Kindergarten General Studies Assistant Teacher

Jeniffer O'Brien

Jeniffer O'Brien
Kindergarten General Studies Assistant Teacher

Michal Safra-Yaari

Michal Safra-Yaari
Kindergarten Judaic Studies Assistant Teacher

Noah Stoler

Noah Stoler
Kindergarten General Studies Teacher

1st Grade Teachers

Jacqueline Baum

Jacqueline Baum
1st and 4th Grade Judaic Studies Teacher
B.Ed.
Accreditation as a Senior Qualified Teacher

Patricia Gradel

Patricia Gradel
1st Grade Judaic Studies Teacher
M.A., Jewish Education
M.A., Psychology

Adrienne Hiatt

Adrienne Hiatt
1st Grade General Studies Teacher
B.S., Elementary and Special Education
M.S., Deaf Education

Cheryl Levitt

Cheryl Levitt
1st Grade General Studies Teacher
B.S., Occupational Therapy
M.S., Education

Elizabeth Rich

Elizabeth Rich
1st Grade General Studies Teacher

2nd Grade Teachers

Moran Assaf-Blutstein

Moran Assaf-Blutstein
2nd Grade Judaic Studies and Ulpan Teacher
B.S., Social Work
M.S., Social Work

Julie Bayer

Julie Bayer
2nd Grade General Studies Teacher
B.A., Psychology
B.A., Dance
M.A., Teaching English as a Second Language

Mazal Birnstein

Mazal Birnstein
2nd Grade Judaic Studies Teacher
B.A., Education

Michal Friedman

Michal Friedman
2nd Grade General Studies Teacher
B.A., Sociology and Elementary Education
M.Ed.,Reading Education

Karyn Tauber

Karyn Tauber
2nd Grade General Studies Teacher
B.S., Government and Politics
M.Ed., Elementary Education

3rd Grade Teachers

Moran Assaf-Blutstein

Moran Assaf-Blutstein
2nd Grade Judaic Studies and Ulpan Teacher
B.S., Social Work
M.S., Social Work

Tamar Bar Ilan

Tamar Bar Ilan
3rd Grade Judaic Studies Teacher

Limor Hartman

Limor Hartman
Learning Specialist, 3rd and 4th Grade Hebrew Teacher
B.A.
M.Ed.

Hadas Heyman

Hadas Heyman
3rd Grade Judaic Studies Teacher and Instructional Technology Specialist
B.A., Education
M.A., Teaching English as a Second Language
M.S., Instructional Technology

Alexis Kahn

Alexis Kahn
3rd Grade General Studies Teacher
B.F.A.
M.Ed

Jane Prigal

Jane Prigal
3rd Grade General Studies Teacher
B.S. in Hospital Administration

MollyBeth Rushfield

MollyBeth Rushfield
3rd-5th Grade Judaic Studies Teacher
B.S., Elementary Education
B.HL.

Lindsay Young

Lindsay Young
3rd Grade General Studies Teacher
B.A., English
M.Ed.

4th Grade Teachers

Moran Assaf-Blutstein

Moran Assaf-Blutstein
2nd Grade Judaic Studies and Ulpan Teacher
B.S., Social Work
M.S., Social Work

Jacqueline Baum

Jacqueline Baum
1st and 4th Grade Judaic Studies Teacher
B.Ed., Primary and Secondary Art Education
Accreditation as a Senior Qualified Teacher, Oranim Academic Education College

Limor Hartman

Limor Hartman
Learning Specialist, 3rd and 4th Grade Hebrew Teacher
B.A.
M.Ed.

Hannah Margolis

Hannah Margolis
4th Grade General Studies Teacher
B.S., Anthropology and Religious Studies
M.Ed., Special Education

Elizabeth Rosenberg

Elizabeth Rosenberg
Language Arts Enrichment Specialist and Interim Part-Time 4th Grade General Studies Teacher
B.A., General and Special Education, Minor in Jewish Studies
M.A., Curriculum and Instruction, Concentration in Teacher Leadership

MollyBeth Rushfield

MollyBeth Rushfield
3rd-5th Grade Judaic Studies Teacher
B.S., Elementary Education
B.HL.

Rochelle Sobel

Rochelle Sobel
4th Grade Judaic Studies Teacher
B.A., English Literature
M.A., English Literature
B.S., Judaic Studies
M.A. Education/Judaic Studies

Erica Stein

Erica Stein
4th Grade General Studies Teacher
B.A., Religious Studies
M.S.Ed., Integrating Technology in the Classroom

Andrea Washington

Andrea Washington
4th Grade General Studies Teacher
B.A., English Literature, Minor in Education

5th Grade Teachers

Moran Assaf-Blutstein

Moran Assaf-Blutstein
2nd Grade Judaic Studies and Ulpan Teacher
B.S., Social Work
M.S., Social Work

Beth Gershman

Beth Gershman
5th Grade General Studies Teacher
B.S., Early Childhood Education
M.Ed

Hillary Gruber

Hillary Gruber
5th Grade General Studies Teacher
B.F.A.
M.Ed.
Licensed to teach in Maryland

Michal Limonchik

Michal Limonchik
5th Grade Judaic Studies Teacher
College of Management Academic Studies, Tel Aviv, Law School

Michelle Marquardt

Michelle Marquardt
5th Grade General Studies Teacher & Science Specialist
B.A., Elementary Education
M.Ed., Administration and Supervision

Adi Moshkovitz

Adi Moshkovitz
5th Grade Judaic Studies Teacher
B.Ed, Science
Certificate of Education

MollyBeth Rushfield

MollyBeth Rushfield
3rd-5th Grade Judaic Studies Teacher
B.S., Elementary Education
B.HL.

Distance Learning Teachers

Sivan Krowitz

Sivan Krowitz
Distance Learning Hebrew and Judaic Studies Teacher

Israeli Center

Einat Hileli

Einat Hileli
Lower School Israeli Center Specialist
B.S., Education
M.S., Therapy
TALAM Teaching Method Certification

Lower School Mathematics

Jennifer Rittberg

Jennifer Rittberg
Math Coordinator
B.S., Fiber Science
M.S., Education, Concentration: Middle and High School Mathematics Education

Diana Siegel

Diana Siegel
ESOL, General Studies, and Math Specialist
B.A., History/Political Science
M.A., Elementary Education
Columbia University Continuing Education

Mollie Wuor

Mollie Wuor
Math Enrichment Specialist
B.S., Elementary Education

Lower School Science and STEM

Rogina Bolt

Rogina Bolt
Science Specialist
B.S., Elementary Education
M.A., Natural Science

Michelle Marquardt

Michelle Marquardt
5th Grade General Studies Teacher & Science Specialist
B.A., Elementary Education
M.Ed., Administration and Supervision

Alexis Soffler

Alexis Soffler
Science and STEM Coordinator
B.S., Environmental Biology
M.A.T., Secondary Science
PhD, Educational Leadership, Renewal and Change

Lower School Art & Music

Kirsten Kirimlis

Kirsten Kirimlis
General Music, Strings Orchestra, and CESJDS Singers Specialist
Coursework in Elementary Education, Montgomery College
Coursework in Music Education

Susan Marx

Susan Marx
Jewish Music and T'filah Specialist
B.S., English
JD

Emma Whitaker

Emma Whitaker
Art Specialist
B.F.A

Lower School Physical Education

Amy Strong

Amy Strong
Physical Education Specialist
B.S., Physical Education

Lower School Educational Support Services

Diane Chupka

Diane Chupka
Learning Specialist
M.Ed

Danna Gelles

Danna Gelles
Learning Specialist

Limor Hartman

Limor Hartman
Learning Specialist, 3rd and 4th Grade Hebrew Teacher
B.A.
M.Ed.

Nanci Henoch

Nanci Henoch
Language Arts Enrichment Specialist
B.A., English with a Minor in Jewish Studies
M.A., Arts and Teaching

Lenore Layman

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

Rebecca Lipscomb

Rebecca Lipscomb
Learning Specialist
B.A, Psychology
M.Ed, Early Childhood Special Education

Paula Martin

Paula Martin
Administrative Assistant
B.S., Biology

Heidi Tacktill

Heidi Tacktill
Learning Specialist
B.A., Theological Studies
M.S., Mental Health and School Guidance
Florida Teaching Certification: Elementary Ed-K-6, Reading K-6, ESS

Yael Uhr

Yael Uhr
Learning Specialist
B.A. Studio Art
M.A., Arts Administration
M.Ed., Early Childhood Education

Carol Urbach Herson

Carol Urbach Herson
Learning Specialist
B.S., Elementary Education & Special Education
M.Ed, Early Childhood and Special Education K-12

Adi Zaken

Adi Zaken
Learning Specialist
B, Ed., Special Education
M.A., Guidance Counseling

Lower School ESOL

Tobi Bassin

Tobi Bassin
ESOL Specialist
B.A.
M.S.c.

Sarah Roark

Sarah Roark
Head Media Specialist, ESOL Specialist
B.S., Elementary Education and Philosophy
M.A., Education and Human Development
M.S., School Library Media

Jane Shaughnessy

Jane Shaughnessy
ESOL Specialist
B.A., English
MSc, Education
Professional Development Program, Elementary Education
Previously certified in Elementary Education by the British Columbia College of Teacher and the State of Oregon

Diana Siegel

Diana Siegel
ESOL, General Studies, and Math Specialist
B.A., History/Political Science
M.A., Elementary Education
Columbia University Continuing Education

Rachel Uram

Rachel Uram
ESOL Assistant Teacher

Victoria Wagner

Victoria Wagner
ESOL Specialist

Language Arts Enrichment

Nanci Henoch

Nanci Henoch
Language Arts Enrichment Specialist
B.A., English with a Minor in Jewish Studies
M.A., Arts and Teaching

Elizabeth Rosenberg

Elizabeth Rosenberg
Language Arts Enrichment Specialist and Interim Part-Time 4th Grade General Studies Teacher
B.A., General and Special Education, Minor in Jewish Studies
M.A., Curriculum and Instruction, Concentration in Teacher Leadership

Lower School Media Center

Sarah Roark

Sarah Roark
Head Media Specialist, ESOL Specialist
B.S., Elementary Education and Philosophy
M.A., Education and Human Development
M.S., School Library Media

Lower School Health Room

Natasha Oksenhendler '95

Natasha Oksenhendler '95
Head Nurse, Lower School Nurse
B.A., Journalism
A.S., Nursing
Certifications in BLS (Basic Life Support), ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) and PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support)

Lower School Guidance

Leslie Ashman

Leslie Ashman
4th and 5th Grade Guidance Counselor
B.S., Family Studies
MSW (Master of Social Work)

Dara Buchman

Dara Buchman
Kindergarten-1st Grade Guidance Counselor
B.S.
M.S.

Gayle Elster

Gayle Elster
Gurim Guidance Counselor and Guidance Support Specialist
B.S., Special Eduation

Jamie Kaminsky

Jamie Kaminsky
2nd and 3rd Grade Guidance Counselor

Assistant Teachers

Mercedes Aseraph

Mercedes Aseraph
Judaic Studies Assistant Teacher

Nitza Avrahami

Nitza Avrahami
Judaic Studies Assistant Teacher

Anna Brunner-Bayer

Anna Brunner-Bayer
General Studies Assistant Teacher
M.S.
Certification

Bethany Gertzog

Bethany Gertzog
General Studies Assistant Teacher
B.A.
J.D.

Yochi Goodman

Yochi Goodman
Judaic Studies Assistant Teacher
Trainings in Special Needs, Responsive Classroom, Tal-Am, Classroom Differentiation

Peshi Kadosh

Peshi Kadosh
Judaic Studies Assistant Teacher
B.A., Psychology

Carol Kevy

Carol Kevy
General Studies Assistant Teacher
B.S.
M.S., Elementary Education

Marina Milbert

Marina Milbert
Judaic Studies Assistant Teacher

Nava Oxman

Nava Oxman
Judaic Studies Assistant Teacher

Cindy Shuman

Cindy Shuman
In-House Substitute Teacher

Food Services

Essivi (Chantal) Messan

Essivi (Chantal) Messan
Food Services

Terri Pollard

Terri Pollard
Food Services Staff

Facilities, Maintenance & Security

Maria Cineros

Maria Cineros
Facilities Staff

Freddy Garrett

Freddy Garrett
Facilities Administrator
Carpentry Degree
Certification in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning

Lare Kinnasoh

Lare Kinnasoh
Facilities Staff

Salvador Mendez

Salvador Mendez
Facilities Staff

Eder Morales

Eder Morales
Security

Israel Moskowitz

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

Technology

Ryan Aqui

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

Hadas Heyman

Hadas Heyman
3rd Grade Judaic Studies Teacher and Instructional Technology Specialist
B.A., Education
M.A., Teaching English as a Second Language
M.S., Instructional Technology

Beth Poston

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

Ginger Thornton

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