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Faculty

About Our Faculty

Connections forged between teachers and students enrich the educational experience at Hannah Senesh and are the foundation of our learning community. Experienced and dedicated teachers work to create environments that encourage active engagement and challenge. Each elementary grade is staffed by one general studies teacher and one Judaic studies teacher. Our departmentalized Middle School includes teachers of humanities, mathematics, science, Hebrew language, and Jewish text study. School-wide specialists include teachers of STEAM, music, physical education, and performing arts.

Our teachers come from across the country and around the world, bringing a wealth of knowledge and a variety of perspective. All of our teachers are professionals with degrees in education or related disciplines. Many of our teachers are graduates of Bank Street College of Education, Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, and DeLeT: Day School Leadership through Teaching, some of the most innovative and substantive programs in the field. Collaboration among colleagues is encouraged, and extensive professional development opportunities are provided, at both in-house and outside workshops and seminars.

Albert Einstein once said, “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” At Hannah Senesh, our teachers artfully awaken students’ curiosity, promoting creative thinking and supporting thoughtful inquiry.

Explore Our:

School Leadership
Educational Leadership
Student Support Services
Lower School
Middle School
Additional Faculty
Administrative Staff

School Leadership

Nicole Nash
Head of School
M.S.Ed., Bank Street College of Education
B.A., University of Rochester

Shelley Fogelson
Lower School Director
B.A., University of Leeds, UK
M.Ed., William Davidson Graduate School of Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary

Sarah Kay
Middle School Director
B.A., University of Rochester
M.A., William Davidson Graduate School of Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary

Annette Powers
Director of Admissions
B.A., University of Michigan
M.A., American University

Karen Stein
Director of Development
B.A., University at Albany, SUNY Albany
M.A., William Davidson Graduate School of Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary

Kristen Williams
Director of Communications and Marketing
B.A., Hollins University

Nathalie Cabot
Director of Operations
B.A., Touro College

Shai Carmel
Business Manager
B.S., University at Albany, SUNY Albany
M.B.A., University at Albany, SUNY Albany

Educational Leadership

Shelley Fogelson
Lower School Director
B.A., University of Leeds, UK
M.Ed., William Davidson Graduate School of Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary

Sarah Kay
Middle School Director
B.A., University of Rochester
M.A., William Davidson Graduate School of Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary

Nir Rikman
Hebrew Language Coordinator
B.A., Haifa University, Israel
M.A., Brandeis University

Phyllis Sussman
Judaic Studies Coordinator
B.A., Barnard College
B.A., Jewish Theological Seminary
M.A., Yeshiva University, Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies

Jennifer Brier
Director of Outplacement and Middle School Humanities Department
B.A., Tufts University
M.A., Columbia University

Student Support Services

Suzanne Khuri
Learning Specialist
B.A., Harvard University
M.A., Institute of Education, Language of Learning Certificate

Helena Jacobs
Lower School Learning Specialist
B.A. University of Rochester
M.A. Teachers College, Columbia University

Karen Brody
Lower School Psychologist
B.A., Brooklyn College
M.S., City College

Julie Arner
Middle School Counselor
B.A., SUNY Albany
M.S., Hunter College

Lower School

Kindergarten

Elizabeth McGinn
General Studies
B.A., Endicott College

Alexandra Ben-Abba
Hebrew and Judaic Studies
B.F.A. Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem
Collegiate Teaching Certificate, Brown University
M.F.A., Rhode Island School of Design

Talia Nudell
General Studies Associate
B.A., Brandeis University
M.A., University of Oregon

Tal Kazaz
Hebrew Associate

First Grade

Rebecca Heus
General Studies
B.A., Hamilton College
M.A., Bank Street College

Ilana Elmkies
Hebrew and Judaic Studies
B.S., Tel Chai Rodman College, Israel

Jeanette Dweck
General Studies Associate
B.A., Brooklyn College
M.S., Bank Street College of Education

Tal Kazaz
Hebrew Associate

Second Grade

Jessica Dalfen
General Studies
BA, Binghamton University
MS, Hunter College

Shira Becher
Hebrew and Judaic Studies
BA, New York University
MA, Hebrew College, Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education
NETA-CET Certificate in Hebrew language education

Julie Spiegel
General Studies Associate
B.A., Northwestern University
Ph.D, University of Pennsylvania

Tomer Yanay
Second, Third, and Fourth Hebrew Heritage Teacher
B.A., Brooklyn College

Third Grade

Hilary Davis
General Studies
B.A., Goucher College
M.S.Ed., Bank Street College of Education

Aliza Donath
Judaic Studies
B.A., Queens College
M.A., New York University

Ilana Swisa
Hebrew Language
B.A., Open University
Teaching Certificate, Hebrew University, Israel
M.A., Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies, Israel

Julie Spiegel
Science
B.A., Northwestern University
Ph.D, University of Pennsylvania

Ilana Nowatzky-Bendet
Heritage Hebrew
B.A., Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel
M.A., Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel
Ph.D., Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel

Tomer Yanay
Second, Third, and Fourth Hebrew Heritage Teacher
B.A., Brooklyn College

Fourth Grade

Mike Steele
General Studies
B.S., College of New Jersey
M.LIS., Rutgers University (in progress)

Aliza Donath
Judaic Studies
B.A., Queens College
M.A., New York University

Ilana Swisa
Hebrew Language
B.A., Open University
Teaching Certificate, Hebrew University, Israel
M.A., Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies, Israel

Samantha Butwin
Science
B.S., Pennsylvania State University, University Park
M.A., Hofstra University

Tomer Yanay
Second, Third, and Fourth Hebrew Heritage teacher
B.A., Brooklyn College

Middle School

Fifth Grade

Tony Buonomo
Humanities
B.A., Brandeis University
M.S. Ed., Simmons College

Samantha Butwin
Science
B.S., Pennsylvania State University, University Park
M.A., Hofstra University

Mike Noll
Science
B.S., Rutgers University
M.S. Ed., College of Saint Elizabeth

Fred Goldberg
Math
B.A., SUNY Binghamton
M.S., Fordham University

Laura Marder
Judaic Studies
B.A., Rutgers University
M.A., Hebrew College
Pardes Institute, Educators Program Advanced Certificate

Yehuda Fishhaut
Judaic Studies
B.A., Open University, Ra’anana, Israel

Ilana Nowatzky-Bendet
Heritage Hebrew Language
B.A., Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel
M.A., Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel
Ph.D., Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel

Sixth Grade

Naomi Forman
Humanities
B.A., Washington University
M.Ed., Harvard University

Fred Goldberg
Math
B.A., SUNY Binghamton
M.S., Fordham University

Mike Noll
Science
B.S., Rutgers University
M.S. Ed., College of Saint Elizabeth

Laura Marder
Judaic Studies
B.A., Rutgers University
M.A., Hebrew College
Pardes Institute, Educators Program Advanced Certificate

Andreea Adereth
Hebrew Language
B.A., Tel Aviv University
Teaching Certificate in ESL K-12, Kibbutzim College of Education, Tel Aviv, Israel

Ilana Nowatzky-Bendet
Heritage Hebrew Language
B.A., Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel
M.A., Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel
Ph.D., Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel

Seventh Grade

Allison Corvo
Humanities
B.A. Rutgers University
Ed.M., Rutgers University

Shana Orlando
Math
B.S. Mathematics, St. Francis College

Mike Noll
Science
B.S., Rutgers University
M.S. Ed., College of Saint Elizabeth

Jessica Lissy Trey
Judaic Studies
B.A., Yale University
M.A., Hebrew University
Pardes Institute, Educators Program Advanced Certificate

Yehuda Fishhaut
Hebrew Language
B.A., Open University, Ra’anana, Israel

Ilana Nowatzky-Bendet
Heritage Hebrew Language
B.A., Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel
M.A., Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel
Ph.D., Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel

Eighth Grade

Michael Gentile
Humanities
B.A., University of Kentucky

Shana Orlando
Math
B.S. Mathematics, St. Francis College

Mike Noll
Science
B.S., Rutgers University
M.S. Ed., College of Saint Elizabeth

Jessica Lissy Trey
Judaic Studies
B.A., Yale University
M.A., Hebrew University
Pardes Institute, Educators Program Advanced Certificate

Andreea Adereth
Hebrew Language
B.A., Tel Aviv University
Teaching Certificate in ESL K-12, Kibbutzim College of Education, Tel Aviv, Israel

Ilana Nowatzky-Bendet
Heritage Hebrew Language
B.A., Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel
M.A., Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel
Ph.D., Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel

Additional Faculty

Samantha Butwin
Technology Integrator and STEAM Educator
B.S., Pennsylvania State University, University Park
M.A., Hofstra University

Iviva Olenick
Lower School Art
B.A., Binghamton University
A.A.S., Fashion Institute of Technology

Susan Hamburger
Middle School Art
B.A., Brandeis University
M.F.A., Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University
M.A., The City College of NY

Joanna Greer
Performing Arts Director
B.A., Columbia College, Chicago

Eyal Vilner
Lower School Music
B.F.A., New School of Jazz and Contemporary Music

Naum Goldenstein
Middle School Music
B.A., Ithaca College
M.A. from the City University of New York
Orff and Kodaly Certificates

Anne Lilly
Lower School Physical Education
B.A., University of Washington
Certification from National Academy of Sports Medicine

Ayinde George
Middle School Physical Education
B.S., SUNY Cortland

Administrative Staff

Denisa Tomlinson
Administrative Associate

Tracey Ceurvels
Administrative Associate

Leah Robinson
Director of Alumni Relations and Donor Relations Officer
B.A., Colgate University

Helene Ruddy
Development Officer

Rivky Nigen
Nurse

Eddie Clark
Security

Jimmy Littman
Security

Jorge Martinez
Fitness and Maintenance Technician