Administration & Faculty

Administration & Faculty

 

The faculty and staff at Abraham Joshua Heschel Day School are comprised of credentialed and experienced teachers who are passionate about their content and about children. Many of our teachers hold advanced degrees from highly respected universities and colleges and have come to Heschel from near and far. All of the faculty and staff are aligned with our mission and values and are actively and integrally involved in supporting the organizational, personal, and spiritual vibrancy of the school. The school generously supports the importance of lifelong learning. (Names and titles listed below.)

  

Administration

 

Larry Kligman, Head of School
Amy Jamieson, Chief Financial Officer

Paula Riley, Assistant Head of School, Elementary School Director
Emily Coddington Middle School Director
Lara Martin, Director of Admission
Felicity Swerdlow, Director of Curriculum & Instruction
Robin Wallach, Director of Advancement

Rabbi Scott Westle,Rabbi-in-Residence
Katrina Wolfe, Administrative Director

Shirley G. Levine z'l, Founding Head of School, Emerita

 

 

Staff 

Missy Beck, School Counselor
Rina Finkelstein, Advancement Assistant
Patrick Generosa, IT Coordinator & STEAM Coach
Vera Goldman, Registrar
Eduardo Hernandez, Day Porter
Rafael Hernandez, Facilities Supervisor
Christina Holman, School Nurse
Lynette Langman, Receptionist
Ilene Lappin, Receptionist
Alice Lee, Administrative Assistant
Roseanna Ohanian, Account Manager
Doris Ortiz, Transportation Coordinator & Office Support
Lorenzo Paz, Facilities
Sorin Puchiu, Business and Technology Support
Cara Sagal, Librarian
Felix Sanchez, Facilities
Scott Schaffer, IT Coordinator & Middle School General Studies
Rodel Tobar, Facilities
Barbara Weinberg, Middle School Academic Coordinator

Shayna Woods, Digital Communications Specialist

 

  

Faculty  

Arnon Arad, Elementary School Hebrew & Judaic Studies
Mayan Benami, Middle School General Studies & LA-Tel Aviv Partnership
Osnat Bernstein, Middle School Hebrew & LA-Tel Aviv Partnership & 7th Grade Dean
Debra Bianculli, Art Specialist
Alexander Bowman, Middle School General Studies
Erin Clyde, General Studies Music Specialist
Deborah Cohen, Elementary School General & Judaic Studies & Camp Director
Efrat Doitch, Elementary School Hebrew & Judaic Studies

Allison Edwards, Elementary School, General Studies
Ben Farris, Middle School General & Judaic Studies
Joanne Fine, Middle School General Studies
Melissa Fisher-Brown, Elementary School Media Specialist
David Goldberg, Elementary School General & Judaic Studies
Molly Goldberg, Middle School General Studies & 6th Grade Dean
Lesley Goldman, Elementary School General Studies
Jamie Gomer, Elementary School General Studies
Ofra Gorodetzky, Elementary School Hebrew & Judaic Studies
Joyce Grant, Elementary School General Studies Associate

Jacklyn Grinwald, Middle School General and Judaic Studies
Jennifer Haber, Elementary School General Studies
Judith Hendlish, Elementary School Hebrew & Judaic Studies
Maya Hersh, Elementary School Hebrew Department Chair
Etti Israel, Elementary & Middle School Hebrew
Madeleine Jakubovits, Elementary School Hebrew & Judaic Studies
Debbie Katz, Elementary School General Studies
Timmy Kehrig, Elementary & Middle School Physical Education
Dana Kligman, Elementary School General Studies Associate
Belinda Kobulnick, Elementary School General Studies
Fanny Koyman, Elementary School Hebrew & Judaic Studies
Katja Kwiat, Elementary School General Studies
Addie Lupert, General and Judaic Music Specialist
Alli McKain, Elementary PE Dept. Chair/ Middle School Coach 
Iris Mizrahi, Elementary School Hebrew & Judaic Studies Assistant
Pattie Montgomery, Middle School General Studies

Shannon Parker, Elementary School General Studies Assistant
Jody Passanisi, Middle School General & Judaic Studies & Coordinator of Student Life
Deven Rasey, Athletic Director & Elementary & Middle School PE

Madsyn Rasey, Elementary Teaching Assistant
Kathy Reynolds, Middle School General Studies
Renee Robitshek, Elementary School General Studies
Lori Rose, Elementary School General Studies Assistant
Adele Rubin, Middle School General Studies & Math Department Chair
Ivanka Samuelson, Middle School General Studies
Debra Schaffer, Middle School General Studies & English Department Chair & 8th Grade Dean
Melisa Schechter, Elementary School General Studies Assistant
Marion Schwartz, Elementary School Hebrew & Judaic Studies
Krystal Scime, Elementary School General Studies
Alisha Sela, Elementary School General Studies
Orly Setareh, Israeli Dance Specialist
Gail Shapiro, Elementary School General Studies
Lynn Shapiro, Elementary School General Studies
Shira Shefi, Middle School Hebrew
Lauren Sher, Elementary School General Studies
Linda Sheridan, Elementary School General Studies Assistant
Evan Stanoff, Elementary & Middle School Physical Education
Rachel Storms, Elementary School General Studies
Daniel Tobin, Elementary School General Studies Assistant
Judy Tzalka, Elementary School Hebrew & Judaic Studies Assistant

Jordan Vaughter, General Studies Assistant
Rick Wall, Middle School General Studies
Efrat Yakobi-Gafni, Middle School Hebrew Coordinator
Kelli Youngblood, Middle School Digital Arts & Educational Technology Coord.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


"What we need more than anything else is not textbooks but text people. It is the personality of the teacher which is the text that the pupils read; the text they will never forget. "

 

--Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel

 


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Abraham Joshua Heschel Day School
17701 Devonshire Street, Northridge, CA 91325-1213 (818) 368-5781