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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
Specialists
Administrative Staff

School Leadership

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

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

Lauren Goldberg
Middle School Director
B.A. Northwestern University
M.A. Stanford University
M.A. Columbia University School of Education

Annette Powers
Director of Admissions and Community Engagement
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

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

Lauren Goldberg
Middle School Director
B.A. Northwestern University
M.A. Stanford University
M.A. Columbia University School of Education

Michael Dorfman  
Middle School Assistant Director
B.A. Rutgers University
M.A. Rutgers University
M.S. Brooklyn College

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

Student Support Services

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

Rebecca Heus 
Lower School Learning Specialist
B.A. Hamilton College
M.A. Bank Street College

Carolyn Lyons
Lower School Counselor
B.A. West Chester University
M.S.Ed. Hunter College CUNY

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

Lower School

Kindergarten

Dawn Wheatley
General Studies
B.A. Connecticut College
M.A. UIC, ChicagoM.S., Bank Street College of Education

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

Anat Amsalem
Hebrew/Judaics
B.A. Michelet Achva, Israel

First Grade

Elizabeth McGinn
General Studies
B.A. Endicott College

Marisa Miller
General Studies Associate 
B.A. Susquehanna University

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

Second Grade

Jacob Cohen
General Studies
B.A. New York University

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

Ariana Mizrahi
Judaic Studies
EdD, Yeshiva University (in process)
M.A. Touro College
Hasha’ar Fellowship, Drisha Institute

Third Grade

Jessica Dalfen
General Studies
B.A. Binghamton University
M.S. Hunter College

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

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

Tomer Yanay
Hebrew Heritage Teacher
B.A. Brooklyn College

Fourth Grade

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

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

Rimma Berenshtein
Hebrew
B.A. Kibbutzim College of Education Tel Aviv
M.A. UIC, Chicago

Tomer Yanay
Hebrew Heritage Teacher
B.A. Brooklyn College

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

Middle School

Fifth Grade

Sarah Fielkow
Humanities
B.A. University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.Ed. De Paul University

Katie Adams
Math
B.A. Florida State university
M.S. Brooklyn College

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

Yulia Shifrin-Izraev
Hebrew
M.Ed. Levinsky College of Education in Tel Aviv

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

Katie Adams
Math
B.A. Florida State university
M.S. Brooklyn College

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

Yulia Shifrin-Izraev
Hebrew
M.Ed. Levinsky College of Education in Tel Aviv

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

Sammy Meckler
Humanities
B.A. University of California Davis
Teaching Certificate from California State 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

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

Eighth Grade

Joseph Hayden
Humanities
B.A. Hendrix College
M.A. Indiana University
M.S. St. John’s 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

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

Specialists

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

Heidi Siegell
Lower School Music
M.A. Aaron Copland School of 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
Anne Lilly
Lower School Physical Education
B.A. University of Washington
Certification from National Academy of Sports Medicine

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

Administrative Staff

Denisa Tomlinson
Administrative Associate
B.B.A. George Washington University

Stephanie Gomez
Stephanie Gomez
Administrative Associate
B.A. Brooklyn College

Tracey Ceurvels
Tracey Ceurvels
Communications Manager
B.A. University of Massachusetts at Amherst

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

Kyra Bloom
Admission Associate

Rivky Nigen
Rivky Nigen
Nurse

Jorge Martinez
Fitness and Maintenance Technician

Jonathan Rojas
Custodian