Educational Administration

Sheldon Naparstek
Head Education Administrator
718-591-9800 ext. 320
CUNY - Brooklyn College - B.A.
New York University - M.A.

Mr. Sheldon Naparstek joined the Solomon Schechter School faculty as the Lower School Coordinator in August 2003 and currently is the Head Education Administrator. He is an educational leader with 36 years of experience in the New York City Board of Education. During those years, Mr. Naparstek served as a classroom teacher, staff developer, early childhood coordinator, assistant principal, director of literacy and principal. With his depth of experience and leadership in the areas of balanced literacy, mathematics and science, Mr. Naparstek brings his expertise and love of children to our school. He is proud of the years he has been at Schechter in helping children develop their Jewish identity and maintaining high academic standards.
Jennifer Hale
STEM Coordinator/Dean of Students
Hofstra University - B.A. in Elementary Education
                                B.A. in English Literature
CUNY - Queens College - Ed. - Mathematics Education
St. John's University - M.S. in Ed. - School Building Leadership
Jennifer Hale became a member of the Solomon Schechter School of Queens in 2006 as a second grade teacher. Since that time, she has taught many different grade levels, and currently teaches Science to elementary school students.  As the STEAM coordinator, Mrs. Hale assists with planning and coordinating STEAM level activities, which will allow for the students to thrive in a more creative learning environment, and it will provide students a wider range of ways to learn and express themselves. In addition to her role as a teacher, Mrs. Hale serves as the school dean, and she provides support for families and students throughout the school.
rafiRafi Kalman
Guidance Counselor and School Psychologist
718-591-9800 ext. 307
Brandeis University - B.A.
Ferkauf School of Psychology - M.A.
Ferkauf School of Psychology - Psy.D
Prior to taking over the roles of School Psychologist and Guidance Counselor at SSSQ, Dr Kalman worked with children and adolescents for over 11 years. He believes his dual role cannot be done while sitting behind a desk but rather through constant engagement with students, teachers, and parents. He encourages parents and students to stop by his office or to stop him in the hallways to discuss any issues that may arise. If he is not there he is probably playing basketball with the middle school students in the gym. In addition to his responsibilities assisting students and their families with issues related to their current academic environment, he also assists in the high school application process. He looks forward to meeting and working together with you to ensure an optimal experience for your child.
Rabbi Efrem Reis
Director of Educational Technology and Innovation/Director of Student Life
718-591-9800 ext. 315
Pennsylvania State University - B.A.
Jewish Theological Seminary - Davidson School of Jewish Education - M.A.
Jewish Theological Seminary - Rabbinic Ordination

Rabbi Reis graduated from The Jewish Theological Seminary of America in 2012 with Rabbinical Ordination and a Masters in Jewish Education, focusing on experiential learning. Immediately following Rabbinical School Rabbi Reis served as a congregational Rabbi in Sunrise, Florida. Rabbi Reis is a strong believer in a student centered model of Jewish Education and is heavily influenced by Janusz Korczak, Lev Vygotsky, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and Fred Rogers. He is an advocate for using creative tools in the classroom and advancing a data driven education in the school.

tomskyRabbi Boaz Tomsky
Coordinator of Judaic Studies
718-591-9800 ext. 314
Barry University - M.B.A.
University of Hartford - Doctorate of Education
Talmudic University of Florida - Rabbinic Ordination
Rabbi Tomsky received his Rabbinic Ordination from the Talmudic University of Florida, his M.B.A. from Barry University and a Doctorate of Education from the University of Hartford. His experience includes over 20 years of working at Jewish Community day schools both as a teacher and as a principal at Bi-Cultural Day School, Yeshiva of Belle Harbor and Crown Heights Yeshiva. In addition to his work in the field of day school education, Rabbi Tomsky is also an accomplished college professor, lecturing on topics ranging from early education and parenting to finance and economics. His doctoral dissertation discussed curriculum integration, namely the interconnections between Judaic and general studies curriculum within Jewish community day schools. Furthermore, he has served as a pulpit rabbi in synagogues in Maine, Rhode Island, and Belle Harbor, New York.
Rabbi Tomsky has helped foster a warm, loving and nurturing environment for students to succeed. He believes that there is a significant correlation between the cognitive and social-emotional development in children and in the importance of students feeling safe, respected and cared for in their schools. Rabbi Tomsky emphasizes the value of Midot Tovot, refined character traits. He believes that a Jewish education is about educating both the heart and the mind. By so doing, his students have developed a deeper love for Torah, their heritage and for Israel.