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Meet our Faculty and Staff (Directory)

Name: Erica Abramowitz
Dept: Lower School English Studies
Title: Lower School Teacher
Education: SUNY - Buffalo - B.A.
Hofstra University - M.S. Ed

Name: Judith Aharoni
Dept: Judaic Studies
Title: Middle School Teacher
Education: Talpiyot College - B.A.
Stern College - Jewish Teachers Institute - Certificate in Early and Higher Level Education

Jewish education should always include a variety of educational models in order to enrich every child and meet every educational need. Experiential learning should be included in every lesson. I believe in teaching mitzvot meaningfully and that everyone should integrate what he or she learns into real life. Both parents and teachers should lead by being role models.
 
Name: Anat Aharonoff
Dept: Lower School Art, Middle School Art
 
Name: Susan Ahdoot
Dept: Lower School Judaic Studies

Name: Meryl Ankori
Dept: Lower School Social Studies
Title: Lower School Teacher
Education: Adelphi University - M.A.
Adelphi University - B.A.
 

What I love most is connecting the history I’m teaching to the world we live in today. When kids are able to make the connections, history comes alive for them! We look into our collective past to mine treasure from our family history as well as lessons from the Shoah--looking to find righteous people who did the work of angels in helping Jews escape the horrors of the Nazi years.
 
 
Name: Zehava Baruch
Dept: Lower School Judaic Studies
Title: Lower School Teacher
Education: Seminar Levinsky College for Teachers - B.A.

 
 
I instill in my students Jewish values, knowledge of their heritage, a love of and connection to Israel, and the skills to understand and speak the Hebrew language

Name: Liora Ben-Harari
Dept: Judaic Studies
Title: Middle School Teacher
Education: Bezalel Art Academy Israel - B.F.A.
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Name: Rachel Bieler
Dept: Lower School English Studies
 
I love bringing the past into the present through teaching. My goal is to guide children to understand that we are all part of a very important chain of tradition and that each one of us is a link in this chain. It is rewarding when children learn to recognize and appreciate where we all come from, and to understand and accept their role and responsibility in determining where we are going.

Name: Sara Bienstock
Dept: Pre-K
Title: Early Childhood Teacher
Education: Touro College - B.S.

 
 
Children learn best at this age through play, song and repetition; they also learn through example and need lots of love and understanding. It is important to recognize that they are little people with real needs, likes and dislikes.

Name: Lynne Blander
Title: Elementary Education Teacher
Education: Lesley College - B.S.
Lesley College - M.S. Ed
 

Name: Rachel David
Dept: Lower School Judaic Studies
Title: Lower School Teacher
Education: Touro College - M.A.
University of Haifa - B.A.
 

My goal as an educator is for each child to fulfill his or her potential. I believe that a teacher has great power to build students’ confidence to achieve success in life. I love teaching Hebrew and Jewish Heritage to our students and instilling Jewish values in them.

Name: Lauren DeVita
Dept: Mathematics
Title: Middle School Teacher
Education: City University of New York - Queens College - M.A.
State University of New York - Oneonta - B.A.

I love the enthusiasm that children have for learning. I believe that every child learns differently and therefore teachers need to be open to new techniques. They need to provide the support and instill the confidence that every child needs.

Name: Rita DeVita
Dept: Lower School English Studies
Title: Lower School Teacher
Education: St. John's University - M.S.
St. John's University - B.S.
 

Working with children has always been my joy and passion. My main goals are making sure each child grows academically, and more importantly, socially and emotionally. I believe that creating a classroom where children feel comfortable and respected provides a working environment where they can achieve these goals.

Name: Ravit Douek
Dept: Lower School Judaic Studies
Education: Ben Gurion University, Israel - M.A.
Ben Gurion University, Israel - B.A.
 
 

Each child is unique. They have their own special strengths that need to be emphasized and weaknesses that need to be addressed by using different strategies. My goal is to provdie a warm enivronment and encourage children to grow to their potential intellectually, emotionally, and physically. I enjoy the most their unconditional love. Children have taught me to open my mind and heart to the joys, the innocence, and the diversity of ideas in the world. Because of this I will never forget to smile! I am honored to take part in the important mission as an educator in the Jewish school.

Name: Steve Dubensky
Dept: Mathematics
Title: Middle School Teacher
Education: City University of New York - Queens College - M.A
City University of New York - Queens College - B.A.

In an ever changing technological world, math forms the basis of a student’s understanding of computers and technology. Younger children need to understand and enjoy basic mathematical concepts. Older children need to be able to think conceptually “outside the box.” When math comes easily to a child, it still must be made interesting so they continue to enjoy the challenge. When math is more difficult for a child, it must be presented on a lower level so that he or she will continue to try. I strive to eliminate the frustration of failure.

Name: Miryam Dusi
Dept: Kindergarten
Title: Early Childhood Teacher
Education: Istanbul University - B.A.
 
 
 

I believe that the most effective way for children to be educated is to provide them with a loving, caring and warm environment. It is also important to provide interesting and varied activities, especially on an early childhood level so that children look forward each day to come to school where they can learn and have lots of fun!

 

Name: Joseph Ennis
Dept: Lower School Physical Education, Middle School Physical Education
Title: Lower/Middle School Teacher
Business Phone: 718-591-9800 ext. 317
Education: Adelphi University - M.A.
Adelphi University - B.S.
Nassau Community College - A.A.
 
The philosophy of our physical education program is to provide students with an environment that encourages fitness, skill development and sportsmanship, while challenging each child to reach his/her personal best. Our most important aim is to have the students understand that daily exercise and proper diet is essential for a healthy long life
 

Name: Riki Fishbain
Dept: Kindergarten
Title: Early Childhood Teacher
Education: Management & Trade Business College - Certificate
 
 

I derive great pleasure from working with young children. I enjoy leading arts and crafts projects, guiding them in their reading, and exposing them to the love I have for the Hebrew language. It is particularly rewarding to watch students grow and mature over the course of the school year.

Name: Rise Fogel
Dept: Kindergarten
Title: Early Childhood Teacher
Education: New York University - M.A.
City University of New York - Queens College - B.A.
 

One of my mentors at the Board of Jewish Education told me many years ago, that if you are an early childhood educator you need to “enjoy living with children.” When you teach young children you have an opportunity to watch them grow and develop on a daily basis. It is important, therefore, to provide an interesting and loving environment in which children will have an opportunity to explore and learn about the world around them, while feeling comfortable about expressing themselves and asking questions.

Name: Marcia Friedman
Dept: English Language Arts
Title: Middle School Teacher
Education: City University of New York - Queens College - M.A.
City University of New York - Queens College - B.A.
 

Education is society’s hope for the future and teachers have both the honor and the privilege of being entrusted with that future. As a middle school English teacher, my goals are to enable my students to both face and build that future with proficiency and confidence in their reading, writing, listening and speaking skills, and to help them discover their own humanity through their study of literature. My joy as a teacher comes from watching my students meet those goals.
 
Name: Adina Frumer
 

Name: Odeya Gabai
Dept: Lower School Judaic Studies
Title: Lower School Teacher
Education: State Teachers College - Seminar Hakibutzim
 
 
 
 
Being a teacher is like being given a gift. When you are given the responsibility to teach children, “there is no mountain high enough” to keep you from devoting yourself 100% to their educational needs. Teachers hold the keys to their students’ futures. With these keys we open doors and guide each child along the path to a successful life.


Name: Robin Gossett
Dept: Lower School Physical Education, Middle School Physical Education
Title: Lower/Middle School Teacher
Business Phone: 718-591-9800 ext. 317
Education: Adelphi University - M.A.
City University of New York - Lehman College - B.S.

The philosophy of our physical education program is to provide students with an environment that encourages fitness, skill development and sportsmanship, while challenging each child to reach his/her personal best. Our most important aim is to have the students understand that daily exercise and proper diet is essential for a healthy long life.
 
Name: Nili Haimoff
Dept: Pre-K

Name: Jennifer Hale
Dept: Lower School English Studies
Title: Lower School Teacher
Education: St. John's University - M.S.
City University of New York - Queens College - M.S. Ed.
Hofstra University - B.A.
 

Children learn when they are actively participating in the process. Learning is fun and exciting whenever this occurs.

Name: Naomi Horowitz
Dept: Development Office
Title: Alumni Coordinator
Business Phone: 718-591-9800 ext. 323
Education: City University of New York - Queens College - B.A.
 

Naomi Horowitz joined SSSQ in 1999 and has played several roles in the school, first as PTA President, and later as a member of the Board of Trustees, Board of Education, and served as the Vice President of Fundraising and Development. She received a B.A. in Communications from the City University of New York - Queens College. Since 2008 Naomi continues as the Alumni Coordinator participating in the school development efforts. Naomi and her husband Irwin are the proud parents of two Schechter alumni students.
 

Name: Osnat Kalantarov-Musheyev
Dept: Lower School Music, Middle School Music
Title: Lower/Middle School Teacher
Education: Academy of Music - Russia - M.A.
Michlelet Levinsky - M.A.
Academy of Music - Russia - B.A.
 

I enjoy motivating the children to sing. My goal is to give them an appreciation of all kinds of music–voice and instrumental. We also study composers and their roles in the history of music.

Name: Rafi Kalman
Dept: Guidance
Title: Guidance Counselor and School Psychologist
Business Phone: 718-591-9800 ext. 307
Education: 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.

Name: Miriam Klager
Dept: Health Office
Title: Nurse
Business Phone: 718-591-9800 ext. 310
Education: College of Staten Island - R.N.
 
 

My main concern as the school nurse is to keep children healthy and give them the care and support they need, whether that care is checking for fever, or providing a little extra TLC. I work with the students and staff on health and safety issues, and provide age appropriate one-on-one health education for older children. My belief is that a healthy child is a happy child.
 
Name: Lori Levine
 
Name: Calanit Levy
Dept: Lower School Judaic Studies
Title: Lower School Teacher
Education: Bar Ilan University
 

Name: David Mushiev
Dept: Middle School Science
Title: Middle School Teacher
Education: Ben Gurion University - M.A.
Seminar Kibbutzim College - B.S. Ed.
 
 


My students need to be prepared for the rapid changes that are occurring in science and technology. My classroom is an open learning environment where students inquire about scientific phenomena, ask questions, and make predictions.
 

Name: Sheldon Naparstek
Dept: Head Education Administrator
Title: Head Education Administrator
Business Phone: 718-591-9800 ext. 320
Education: 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. 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 lower school. He is proud of the years he has been at Schechter in helping children develop their Jewish identity and maintaining high academic standards.

Name: Esty Navon
Dept: Hebrew Language Arts
Title: Middle School Teacher
Education: Ben Gurion University - B.A.
 
 
 
 
 
Name: Lili Nicenboim
Dept: Spanish
Title: Middle School Teacher
Education: University of Buenos Aires - M.A.
University of Buenos Aires - B.A.
 
 
 

My teaching philosophy is centered on engaging my students in thinking out of the box. Building meaningful sentences from scratch demands critical thinking, which leads to incorporating knowledge and skills the children can apply endlessly in life.
 
Name: Erica Nuzie
Dept: Pre-K
 
Name: David Oestreicher
Dept: Middle School Social Studies
 
Name: Ivy Penzell
Dept: Lower School Art, Middle School Art
Title: Lower/Middle School Teacher
Education: University of Pittsburgh - B.S.
New York University - M.A.

Name: Simcha Podovich
Dept: Lower School Judaic Studies
Title: Lower School Teacher
Education: Talpiot College for Teachers - B.A.

 
 
 

Every child can learn, given the opportunity, but every child learns in a different way; a teacher’s job is to incorporate different teaching styles in order to capture the individual student’s attention, and allow each to work up to his or her own potential. The subjects that I teach speak to the hearts of my students, and the passion for Torah that I bring to the classroom will hopefully make a lasting impression

Name: Marsha Pollack
Dept: English Language Arts
Title: Lower School Teacher
Education: City University of New York - Brooklyn College - M.A.
City University of New York - Brooklyn College - B.S.
 
 
 

Every child is a unique individual who needs a nurturing atmosphere to achieve his/her full potential. Students must be challenged to be the best they can be, so they can grow into thinking adults in today’s complex society.
 
Name: Jaclyn Ratner
Dept: Lower School English Studies
Title: Lower School Teacher
Education: Hofstra University - B.A.
CUNY - Queens College - M.S. in Ed.
 
 
 

My personal goal for my classroom is to challenge students and watch them grow to their full potential.
I want to take students at different levels and see them develop in a stimulating atmosphere where they can feel secure.

Name: Efrem Reis
Dept: Judaic Studies, Rabbi In Residence
Title: Rabbi In Residence
Business Phone: 718-591-9800 ext. 315
Education: Pennsylvania State University - B.A.
Jewish Theological Seminary - Davidson School of Jewish Education - M.A.
Jewish Theological Seminary - Rabbinic Ordination

I am very excited to be joining the Schechter team. As a Jewish educator I am very passionate about transmitting the texts of our heritage and making our history relevant and meaningful for the next generation.
 

Name: Marsha Rosner
Dept: Lower School English Studies
Title: Lower School Teacher
Education: Adelphi University - M.A.
 
 
 

As a teacher of first grade General Studies, I firmly believe that children learn the most when they are having fun. Our classroom is full of exciting learning centers that include reading, writing, math, listening and computer activities. I teach each child according to his or her own individual needs. I feel as though each child is my own and I am proud of each one’s success.
 
Name: Sura Rozenberg
Dept: Guidance
 
Name: Stephanie Sinai
Dept: Lower School English Studies
Title: Lower School Teacher
Education: Adelphi University - M.S.
Adelphi University - B.A.
 
 
 
 
For as long as I can remember, I always wanted to be an educator. I loved school, I loved learning and I loved my teachers. To be a teacher is not a job, but a passion which I cannot imagine living without. Today, being a teacher in the school where I was once a student, and having both my children attend the same school, is not just a dream but gives me a feeling of comfort and security. The children in Solomon Schechter get a wonderful dual curriculum experience that helps ensure rewarding futures.

Name: Judith Stein
Dept: Pre-K, Shorashim 3 y/o program
Title: Early Childhood Teacher
Education: City University of New York - Queens College - M.S.
City University of New York - Queens College - B.A.
 
 

I believe in learning through play. The children experience their secular and Judaic learning through hands-on activities such as art/cooking and the creative use of manipulative materials. Music, singing and movement are a major part of each day. Each child is treated as an individual and respected for his/her own abilities.
 
Name: Boaz Tomsky
Dept: Coordinator of Judaic Studies
Title: Coordinator of Judaic Studies
Business Phone: 718-591-9800 ext. 314
Education: Barry University - M.B.A.
University of Hartford - Doctorate of Education
Talmudic University of Florida - Rabbinic Ordination
 
Name: Ivy Weiner
Dept: Lower School Art, Middle School Art

Name: Rhonda Weissman
Dept: Library
Title: Librarian
Business Phone: 718-591-9800 ext. 311
Education: City University of New York - Queens College - M.L.S
City University of New York - Queens College - B.A.

Reading should be viewed as a pleasure, not a task. My goal is to imbue in each student a genuine love of reading. Students are also taught library skills, enabling them to use any library and its resources for research. We are very proud of our state of the art library/media center. Our collection is constantly being updated, and our online catalog allows students and parents access from home as well as in school.

Name: Irma Wilk
Dept: Lower School English Studies
Title: Lower /Middle School Teacher
Education: City University of New York - Queens College - M.S. Ed.
City University of New York - Queens College - B.A.
 

I come to teaching with passion for learning. While encouraging my students to build on their strengths to become capable, enthusiastic learners, I strive to make every child I teach feel nurtured, unique and appreciated.
 
Name: Mark Wiseman
Dept: Lower School Judaic Studies
Title: Lower School Teacher
Education: CUNY - Baruch College - B.A.
McGill Univesity - M.S.
 
Name: Mazal Yakubov
Dept: Lower School English Studies