Our Faculty

Leadership Team

Emily Carson, Head of School
אמילי קארסון, מנהלת בית הספר

Emily is excited to enter her second year in the Harlem Hebrew Community and her second year as Head of School. In her role, she works with Leadership Team members and Harlem Hebrew staff to ensure that Harlem Hebrew is continuing to grow stronger and stronger and that 2020-2021 will be our best year yet – even with the unique challenges in the world.

Emily is the middle child of seven kids and grew up on the Gulf Coast. She’s a graduate of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Fordham University’s Graduate School of Education. Prior to joining the team at Harlem Hebrew, Emily worked at a district school in the Bronx, a charter school in Brooklyn, and she spent two summers teaching English in Israel. She’s passionate about historical education, creating diverse spaces, and helping teachers be their best selves for kids and families. She’s also currently in Beginner Dalet in Hebrew Classes, and she’s committing to learning and growing alongside the kids.

Stephanie Branovan, Assistant Head of School
סטפני ברנובן, סגנית המנהלת

Stephanie is entering her third year with the Harlem Hebrew community and the Harlem Hebrew Leadership Team, but this year in a brand-new role as the Assistant Head of School.

A native of Queens, NY, Stephanie feels passionately about providing excellent educational opportunities for all children in New York. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and International Relations from Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College, a Master’s Degree in Education from Christian Brothers University in Memphis, TN, and a Master’s in Education and Social Policy from New York University. Prior to joining Harlem Hebrew, Stephanie worked at a charter school in Memphis, TN, charter school in Brooklyn, and the NYSED and NYCDOE working on diversity and school desegregation policies.

Having studied Hebrew in her own K-8 school, Stephanie deeply understands the entryways to opportunities that the knowledge of a second or third language allows. She is excited to continue working with the amazing Harlem Hebrew community.

Contact Stephanie: sbranovan@harlemhebrewcharter.org

Taharah Smalls, Senior Dean of Culture
טהרה סמולס, רכזת תרבות

Taharah is an essential part of the leadership team and is responsible for working closely with students, teachers, and families to help shape and sustain a positive school culture that promotes academic and character growth. This year Taharah has the pleasure of moving from Dean of Culture to Senior Dean of Culture and supporting the Harlem Hebrew Culture Team.

Taharah has an extensive and diverse background in the social service field. Prior to taking on her role in our school, Taharah worked several years as Lead Behavior Specialist in a residential school for children and young adults with various disabilities. Additionally, Taharah has provided school-based and in-home counseling to support students having difficulties that interfere with learning. Utilizing a family-centered approach to designing and implementing the student’s program, Taharah worked with students individually as well as within small groups to promote social and emotional development. Taharah is a graduate of The College of New Rochelle with a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, but more importantly, Taharah is committed to the flexibility and time students need in order to build a strong relationship based on empathy and trust.

Taharah looks forward with great enthusiasm to another year of partnership with the Harlem Hebrew family!

Contact Taharah: tsmalls@harlemhebrewcharter.org

Jose Silva, Dean of Culture
חוזה סילבה, רכז תרבות

Jose helps craft and manage systems to reinforce explicit and high behavioral expectations for students, families, and staff by ensuring fidelity to the Harlem Hebrew Handbook, Family Handbook, and Staff Handbook through clear and frequent communication. He plays a key role working alongside Taharah to ensure that our students have all the things they need to truly succeed and shine. This will be his third year at Harlem Hebrew and it is his esteem honor to support all the students, educators, and families at the school.

Jose is a United States Navy Veteran. He started at Harlem Hebrew as a paraprofessional, and then supported one of our Kindergarten classrooms as a Teachers Assistant. His passion for working with children continues to take shape as he spends his weekends working with children with developmental disabilities at a Camp for Children with special needs. He looks forward to building a future together here at Harlem Hebrew.

Contact Jose: jsilva@harlemhebrewcharter.org

Alona Mor, Academic Dean of Hebrew
אלונה מור, רכזת לימודי עברית

Alona works with the Hebrew and the Specials teams (music, art, dance and PE) to support the areas of language instruction and the arts at school. She works alongside these wonderful professionals to ensure that our students’ days are filled with joy and play-based learning. In Hebrew, we are focused on creating the best conditions to support students’ acquisition of Hebrew. In Specials, we are creating spaces where students can experience themselves as artists, musicians, athletes and dancers and where they learn about different cultures, perspectives and artists around the world.

Alona is the middle child of five and grew up in Jerusalem, where she spent most of her time playing outside barefoot. She graduated from Hunter College with a Master’s Degree in education. Alona is a member of the founding leadership team at Harlem Hebrew – a privilege she is forever thankful for. Alona is passionate about the Hebrew language, about play-based learning, and about growing alongside the amazing people she is fortunate to call colleagues.

Contact Alona: amor@harlemhebrewcharter.org

Sarah White, Academic Dean of Literacy
שרה ווייט, רכזת פדגוגית – אנגלית

Sarah is excited to join the Harlem Hebrew Community in the role of Academic Dean of Literacy, replacing the role vacated by Stephanie Branovan. Sarah has wanted to work in the field of education as long as she can remember and is so excited to work with HHLA this year. She is passionate about creating inclusive spaces, building community, and developing students’ literacy skills. Collaboration with other teachers has always been important to her, and she has worked diligently to ensure that student voice is prioritized in her classrooms. This school year, Sarah is excited to serve as Academic Dean and work alongside the team at Harlem Hebrew Language Academy to best service our students, families, and community.

Sarah White grew up in Scranton, PA, and is a middle child who has 2 brothers. Her younger brother was actually her very first student when she taught him how to read. She is a graduate of Boston University, where she studied Secondary English Education and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Following her graduation, she worked as an 8th grade teacher in Massachusetts Public Schools, and after moving to New York, she worked in a charter school in Brooklyn, serving as a reading teacher while holding various leadership positions. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and baking.

Contact Sarah at swhite@harlemhebrewcharter.org

Martin Reed, Academic Dean of Math
מרטין ריד, רכז פדגוגי – מתטמתיקה

Martin is the Academic Dean of Math and Science and is new to HHLA. He grew up in Tampa, Florida where most of his Cuban family live and lived in North Carolina from grade school through college. He’s a graduate of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with BA’s in Geophysics and Environmental Public Health Policy and John’s Hopkins University’s Graduate School of Education with an MS Ed in Education. Currently, he is in the second year of doctoral studies at Johns Hopkins University for an Ed D in Mind, Brain and Teaching; his research seeks to understand student development of a STEM identity, particularly for underrepresented minority students in urban elementary schools.

Prior to joining the team at Harlem Hebrew, Martin worked in charter and public schools in the west side of Chicago for eight years, with the past two years being focused as Department Head of Science rebuilding a science program for a K-8 elementary school from the ground up. He’s passionate about science and math education, creating multi-modal and personalized learning opportunities, and building strong relationships with teachers, students and families to develop the whole child. He is very excited to move to New York City with his dog, Smokie, a Cairn Terrier eerily resembling the dog from the Wizard of Oz and spending as much time outside or traveling as possible. He is most looking forward to meeting all the amazing staff at Harlem Hebrew and begin working to create the best school year yet for our students!

Contact Martin: mreed@harlemhebrewcharter.org

Ursula Vericain, Director of Operations
אורסולה וריקיין, רכזת תפעול

Ursula is the Director of Operations. She oversees the function of the school building and systems to support our teachers, students and families. Ursula oversees the Operations department that communicates with the Hebrew Public network and with our families. She is passionate about clear systems that make Harlem Hebrew the best place for all those in our community of learners.

Contact Ursula: uvericain@harlemhebrewcharter.org

Operations Team צוות תפעול לוגיסטי 

Nina Gardner was born and raised in the Bronx, and she has been working in education for over ten years. Nina currently is in pursuit of her degree from the City College of NY in Guidance Counseling. In her spare time, Nina is an avid pin collector, world traveler and brunch enthusiast. She loves getting to work with kids and amazing families.

Email: ngardner@harlemhebrewcharter.org

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Morgan Vickers is originally from Louisville, Kentucky, but she currently lives in Harlem. She studied at Western Kentucky University. If she could have any superpower, it would be to read minds. Her favorite part of the job is getting to see all of the hard work come to light!

Email: mvickers@harlemhebrewcharter.org

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Mental Health Team צוות תמיכה 

Mimi Ogawa-Spigland was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan and moved to New York for college. Now Mimi is a Brooklynite. Mimi studied Creative Writing at Hunter College and Social Work at Fordham University. If Mimi could have a superpower, she would want to have a “Dokodemo-dowa,” which means “a door that opens to anywhere” in Japanese, so she can eat a baguette in Paris, sushi in Tokyo and the best falafel in Haifa on the same day! What Mimi loves the most about her job is that she can get to be part of the students’ lives and be their “biggest fan.”

Email: mospigland@harlemhebrewcharter.org

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Coco Faiella is from Little Silver, New Jersey, and currently lives in Lower Manhattan. She studied at University of California, Los Angeles and completed her Master’s at Columbia University School of Social Work. If she could have any superpower it would be teleportation so she could visit her loved ones who live across the country and in Canada whenever she wanted! Her favorite part of her job is getting to develop strong, meaningful, supportive, and safe relationships with our amazing students and their wonderful families. 

Email: cfaiella@harlemhebrewcharter.org

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Culture Team צוות תַרְבּוּת 

Tyshawn was born and raised in the Bronx, New York, where he still loves today. He loves playing basketball and traveling the world – which is the sort of superpowers he hopes to have someday. He loves supporting kids and providing a safe space for kids to go to learn, stay out of trouble, grow, and become the best person they can possibly be!

Email: tdinkins@harlemhebrewcharter.org

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Pre-Kindergarten Team צוות גן טרום חובה 

Amirim – Room 211 and 212

Alliyah Trimm Lewis split her time growing up between Mount Vernon, New York, and Christiansted, St. Croix, USVI. She currently lives in Norwalk, Connecticut. By studying at Hunter College for both her undergraduate and graduate career, she obtained degrees in English Literature, Childhood Education (Grades 1-6) and Early Childhood Education (Birth-2). If Alliyah could have any super power in the world, it would be the ability to breathe underwater (Aquaman’s abilities come to mind!). Her favorite part of her job is building connections with her coworkers and students, and watching the children grow over the course of the year!

Email: atrimm@harlemhebrewcharter.org 

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Assistant Teacher Amirim Room 211 and 212

Tracey Cohen has lived in New York City her whole life! She studied at both Pace University and Baruch University. If she could have any super power in the world, it would be reading people’s minds so she would know exactly what her students need everyday. Her favorite part of her job is seeing smiles on students’ faces after completing a project or just a fun day together.

Email: tcohen@harlemhebrewcharter.org

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Kindergarten Team צוות גן 

Haifa Room 201

Carly Koress grew up in the suburbs of Chicago andI currently lives in Manhattan. She studied Childhood Education at Indiana University at Bloomington. If she could have any superpower in the world it would definitely be able to transport to places FAST. Carly’s favorite part of her  job are  the kids. They always put a smile on her face no matter what. The kids are all she ever wants to talk about with her kids and family. 

Email: ckoress@harlemhebrewcharter.org

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Team Leader Tel Aviv Room 200

Jared Waters is from Tampa. Florida, and he currently lives in Manhattan. He studied at East Carolina University. If he could have any superpower, it would be to travel in time. His favorite part of the job is teaching Kindergarten and making sure students’ experience is always the number one priority.

Email: jwaters@harlemhebrewcharter.org

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Netanya Room 203

Zoe Piascik is from Waterford, Connecticut and currently lives on the Upper East Side in Manhattan. She studied at the University of Connecticut. If she could have any superpower it would be teleportation so that I could easily travel around the world. My favorite part of my job is watching childrens’ personalities flourish and doing everything I can to help them all be their own unique selves.

Email: zpiasick@harlemhebrewcharter.org

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Netanya Room 203

Diamond Baker is from Brooklyn, New York, and just moved back to Brooklyn after four years in North Carolina. She studied at North Carolina A&T State University in which she majored in Business Management. If she could have any superpower it would be to fly. By having the superpower to fly would help her get to places fast and without parking. Her favorite part of her job is being able to make an impact on others (students, staff, community, etc.) 

Email: dbaker@harlemhebrewcharter.org

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Ashkelon Room 204

Cagney Bowen is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and currently lives in Brooklyn. She studied Elementary Education and Child Development at the University of Maine. If she could have any superpower, it would be teleportation. She would be able to see and experience our beautiful world, and take her students along! Her favorite part of teaching is being able to see the world through the eyes of her students. The curiosity is contagious, and she is able to see things from a new or different perspective, furthering her journey as a lifelong learner.

Email: cbowen@harlemhebrewcharter.org

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Assistant Teacher

Asia Beacrucis is from New York, and she currently lives in the Bronx. She is currently attending Grand Canyon University for Early Childhood Education. If she had a magical superpower, she would travel the world everyday and fly each time. Her  favorite part of my job is seeing her kids’ growth.

Email: abeaucrucis@harlemhebrewcharter.org

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

First Grade Team צוות כיתה א

Team Leader Be’er Sheva Room 312

Dana Nassau is from Dix Hills, Long Island and currently lives in Harlem. She studied at Hunter College and completed her masters at Teachers College, Columbia University. If she could have any superpower it would be teleportation so that she could be anywhere and everywhere in the room all super quickly! Dana’s favorite part of her job is being with the kids! She loves building relationships with all the students and getting to know each member of the community! 

Email: dnassau@harlemhebrewcharter.org

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Eilat Room 311

Rebecca is a Colorado girl living in Westchester, New York. She received her bachelor’s degree from Hofstra University, and will be graduating with her master’s from Bank Street this year. If she could have one superpower, it would be the ability to read minds (especially my students’). Her favorite part of her job is forming a family throughout the year, and watching her students learn and grow. 

Email: rcorrigan@harlemhebrewcharter.org

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Eilat Room 311

Devorah Kessler hails from NYC and still lives in NYC. She has lived in California, Israel and Montreal and has travelled plenty, but always calls NYC home! Devorah studied Special Education at Adelphi University. If she could have a super power it would be to get cloned so she could be with her students and in the Catskills all at the same time. Her favorite thing about teaching is watching her students’ faces shine when they overcome a struggle for the first time.

Email: dkessler@harlemhebrewcharter.org

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Second Grade Team צוות כיתה ב

Team Leader, Member of PTO Board  Herzliya Room 301

Ashanti lives in Harlem.  She attended Mercy College and Concordia University. If she could have one superpower, it would be to time travel. She loves visiting new places, learning new languages, trying out new foods, and learning about other cultures. Her favorite part of the job is greeting students in the morning time with smiles and handshakes. A positive start to the day creates positive classroom culture! 

Email: abennett@harlemhebrewcharter.org

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Tveriyah Room 300

Juli Ryoo is from Chicago, Illinois but grew up in Korea and currently lives in LIC. She studied at business at Kelley School of Business at Indiana University and got her masters in SPED at NYU . If she could have any superpower it would be teleportation – she really misses her family in Korea and would love to see them at any moment. Her favorite part of her job is getting to see kids pop out of their shell and blossom. 

Email: jryoo@harlemhebrewcharter.org

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Tveriyah Room 300

Jaisha Taveras is from New York City and currently lives in Manhattan. She studied in MonroeCcollege for her undergrad in Early Childhood Education. Jaisha is currently attending Lehman College for graduate school. If she could have any superpower in the world she would be to end poverty and homelessness. She believes that everyone should be able to have a beautiful life as this is the only one we have. Her favorite part of her job is getting to know all of the different students and their personalities. She feels that when students begin to feel comfortable with you and open up, that is when you get to see their amazing, authentic selves. She also believes that bonding with her students helps create a stronger learning environment. 

Email: jtaveras@harlemhebrewcharter.org

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Third Grade Team צוות כיתה ג

Team Leader, Tzfat Room 304

Taryn Wrotny is from South Brunswick, New Jersey and  currently lives in the financial district of New York City. (She’s lived there the last four years!) She studied at Quinnipiac University, in Hamden, Connecticut. If she could have any superpower in the world, it would be the power to read her dog’s minds. Her favorite part of her job is the Harlem Hebrew Community. She adores the strong community we have established and cannot wait to meet her new students and build relationships with them while supplying them with the education they deserve!

Email: twrotny@harlemhebrewcharter.org

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Tzfat Room 304

Molly Dickman is from North Caldwell, New Jersey and recently moved back into a house down the street from her childhood home! She went to the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Columbia University. If she would have one superpower it would be to fly so she could travel all over the world with ease. Her favorite part of her job is the amazing children who she has the honor of teaching, learning from and growing with each day. And of course, the outstanding team at Harlem Hebrew, staff and families included, that help that growth each and everyday. 

Email: mdickman@harlemhebrewcharter.org

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Yaffo Room 303

Samantha Dhanraj is originally from The Netherlands, but was primarily raised in Queens, New York. She studied vocal performance music at LaGuardia Arts High School and New York University. If she could have any superpower, it would be either to talk to animals or fly! She is excited to get to know her students and partake in the learning journey together in the heart of New York City!

Email: sdhanaj@harlemhebrewcharter.org

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Fourth Grade Team צוות כיתה ד

Team Leader, Rehovot Room 411

Nicole Angrisani was born and raised in New York City. She’s proud to still live here! She studied at The University of Massachusetts-Amherst. If she could have a superpower it would be to fly so she could travel and see her friends and family all over the world. Her favorite part of the job is building strong connections and relationships with the students and staff. 

Email: nangrisani@harlemhebrewcharter.org

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Binyamina Room 401

Julia Lamberti is from Long Island and currently lives in Jersey City. She studied her undergraduate years at Boston College and received her Master’s Degree in Education at Loyola Marymount University while teaching in California. If she could have any superpower it would be the ability to manifest every one of her dreams for herself and the world to reality! Her favorite part of her job is her laughs with students. 

Email: jlamberti@harlemhebrewcharter.org

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Binyamina Room 401

Amara Ndudikwa is from Atlanta, Georgia by way of Nigeria, and currently lives in Harlem, New York. She received her Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education from Georgia Southern University. For graduate school she attended The University of Texas where she received her masters degree in Autism and Developmental Disabilities. If she could have any super power in the world it would be to teleportation so that she could travel anywhere in the world by just thinking about it, as she loves to travel and learn about different cultures and people. Her favorite part of the job is connecting and building relationships with students to share not only academic knowledge, but life lessons and skills that they can apply for wherever life takes them on their journey. 

Email: andudikwa@harlemhebrewcharter.org

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Akko Room 412

Brielle Lipstein is from New City, New York (different from New York City hehe), and currently lives in Manhattan. She studied at Hunter College where she double majored in Childhood Education and English Creative Writing. If Brielle could have any superpower it would be all of Captain Marvel’s superpowers because she leads her team to victory, which is what Brielle plans on doing with her fourth grade class 🙂 Her favorite part of her job is when she notices her students have their “aha!” moment when learning a skill, and seeing her students showing acts of kindness towards their classmates!

Email: blipstein@harlemhebrewcharter.org

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Fifth Grade Team צוות כיתה ה

Team Leader, 5th and 6th Social Studies, ֿSderot Room 400

Stephanie is from Yonkers, NY, but currently lives in Massapequa Park, NY. She studied undergrad at Seton Hall University (#HallBall) and got my Masters Degrees at Manhattanville College and Mercy College. If she could have any superpower it would be to teleport so she could travel the world quickly and at no cost… also it would make her commute easier. Her favorite part of my job is laughing with my students and watching their excitement when they understand new concepts.

Email: sthompson@harlemhebrewcharter.org

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Math, Metullah Room 404

Amber Danner is from the Bronx – where she currently lives! Her parents are from the island of Puerto Rico and Panama. She graduated from SUNY-Oswego. If she had one superpower in the world it would be to fly. With flight, she can quickly fly around and help those in need of food, water and shelter. Her favorite part of the job is inspiring little girls and boys who were told they can not be successful. She loves to serve as a role model of someone who has fought through adversity and overcame. She loves to connect with families and watch children grow to be independent beings.  

Email: adanner@harlemhebrewcharter.org

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Math and Science Special Education Support, Metullah Room 404

Montrese grew up in Brooklyn, NY and currently resides in the small, quiet town of Teaneck, NJ. She studied at the Metropolitan College of New York and currently attends Touro College. If she could have any superpower it would have superhuman speed like the Marvel character, Yo-Yo Rodriguez. To move faster than lightning would probably be awesome. Montrese’s favorite part of her job is building relationships with her babies and watching them blossom academically, socially and emotionally.  

Email: mmeeks@harlemhebrewcharter.org

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

English Language Arts, Ashdod Room 403

Kasey Tanenbaum is from East Williston, New York and currently lives in Manhattan. She studied at Lehigh University and Teachers College, Columbia University. If she could have any superpower, it would be teleportation, so she didn’t have to get on an airplane but could visit anywhere in the world whenever she wanted. Her favorite part of her job is getting to know all of her students and making learning fun!

Email: ktanenbaum@harlemhebrewcharter.org

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

English Language Arts and Social Studies Special Education Support, Ashdod Room 403

Kaitlyn Okvist is from Lake Ronkonkoma, New York, and she currently still lives there! She studied at St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue and is starting her masters degree at SUNY-Albany this fall. If she could have superpower it would be teleportation. Her favorite part of the job is getting to know the kids and what makes them tick! 

Email: kokvist@harlemhebrewcharter.org

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Sixth Grade Team צוות כיתה ו

Team Leader, English Language Arts, ֿGivatayim Room 503

Dina Du Val is from New Jersey and still lives there. She studied Education at Skidmore College and Literacy at Pace University. If she could have any superpower it would be teleportation so she could travel easier and without jet lag! Her favorite part of her job is connecting with students and learning about who they are and what they like. She loves talking about music, tv shows, games, and getting the latest tea about middle school.

Email: dduval@harlemhebrewcharter.org

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

English Language Arts and Social Studies Special Education Support, Arad Room 504

Maria DiMarco is from southern Italy, but was born and raised in Queens, N.Y. and currently lives in Astoria. She earned her undergraduate and graduate degree from Queens College. If she could have any superpower it would be to magically be able to communicate with animals from around the world; so she could better understand the needs of animals and improve their quality of life. Her favorite part of her job is getting to know all of the staff members and wonderful new students and helping them communicate their needs and develop their academic strengths; to reach their full potential. 

Email: mdimarco@harlemhebrewcharter.org

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Math, Holon Room 501

Natalie Harpenau was born and raised in Evansville, Indiana but currently lives in Astoria, Queens. She studied biology in her undergrad at Purdue University and is currently halfway through her masters of teaching and  learning program at Colorado State University- Global. If Natalie could have any superpower, it would be to be able to transport anywhere in the world at any time she wanted. Her favorite part of being a teacher is that it makes her a lifelong learner and more aware of others around her.

Email: nharpenau@harlemhebrewcharter.org

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Math and Science Special Education SupportHolon 501

Michael Kurtz grew up in Chatham, NJ and currently lives in Manhattan. He graduated from Northeastern University. A super power he would like to have is being able to fly. His favorite part of teaching is interacting with the students. 

Email: mkurtz@harlemhebrewcharter.org

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Science, Arad Room 504

Seth is originally from Seattle, but he moved to Jerusalem when he was young. He currently lives in Central Park North. He studied at UC Davis and then at NYU for Graduate School. If Seth could have any superpower, he would love to fly and then never be in need of an MTA card. His favorite part of his job is watching children get excited about the concept that science is all around them. 

Email: sabramson@harlemhebrewcharter.org

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Seventh and Eighth Grade Team צוות כיתה ז + כיתה ח

Team Leader, Math, ֿYerushalayim Room 500 

Vicky grew up in Astoria, New York where she currently lives. She studied at Hunter College and Touro College. If she could have any superpower it would be to fly so that she could travel the world during her free time. Her favorite part of her job is seeing her students achieve their academic goals. 

Email: vpatlias@harlemhebrewcharter.org

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Math and Science Special Education SupportRahat Room 512

Rebekah Lee was born in Seoul, South Korea, raised in Atlanta, GA, lived in Tampa, FL, and currently lives in Queens. She studied at The University of Georgia. If she could have any superpower it would be being able to teleport. Her favorite part of her job is being creative with students’ active learning!

Email: jlee@harlemehebrewcharter.org

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Social Studies and Science, Rahat Room 512

April grew up WAY upstate New York. She studied at Cazenovia College and American Intercontinental University- London. She is most excited about working with the team at Harlem Hebrew to help make amazing outcomes for kids and families. 

Email: anarsasian@harlemhebrewcharter.org

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

English Language Arts, Natzeret Room 511

Elizabeth Sanchez was born in Brooklyn and raised in Harlem by two very loving Dominican parents. She went to Queens College, and she currently lives on Long Island. If she had a superpower it would be to feed all of the hungry children around the world and then sit and talk about literature and life. Young people are always so interesting. Her favorite part of being a teacher is watching kids get excited when they talk about reading. Their smiles  light up her heart. 

Email: esanchez@harlemhebrewcharter.org

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

English Language Arts and Social Studies Special Education SupportNatzeret Room 511

Talia Arneth is from the Jersey Shore and from a Kibbutz in Israel. She currently lives in the East Village. She studied at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel. If she had a superpower it would be traveling with the speed of light. Her favorite part of her job is inspiring and having fun with her students and team members.

Email; tarneth@harlemhebrewcharter.org

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Specials Team צוות העשרה

Art, Israel Studies Coordinator, Annex Room

Marissa Kaplan is from Long Island, New York and currently lives in NYC. She studied at Tel Aviv University and Middlebury College. If I could have one superpower it would be to teleport myself–it would help a lot getting from floor to floor at Harlem Hebrew and she could save on plane tickets when she travels! Her favorite part of the job is witnessing all the amazing creations the students make during their time together. 

Email mkaplan@harlemhebrewcharter.org

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Physical Education, MPR

Ronald R. Rowland is from Wantagh, New York and currently lives in Dobbs Ferry. He studied at Villanova University and Manhattanville College. If he could have any superpower it would be jumping and flying all around the world to see as many places as he can – it would allow me to travel faster around the globe. His favorite part of his job is teaching students proper sportsmanship and watching them respect others while enjoying a fun physical education class.

Email: rrowland@harlemhebrewcharter.org

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Dance, Dance Room

Kenya Gibson grew up in Brooklyn, New York – where she still lives today. She studied at Hunter College and LIU-Post. She loves helping kids learn to love dance and movement as much as she does!

Email: kgibson@harlemhebrewcharter.org

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Hebrew Team צוות עברית

Team Leader

Adi Zouzout is from Ashkelon, Israel and currently lives in Manhattan. She studied at the University of Management, Communication, and Business. If she could have any superpower it would like to have the power to fly anytime so she could visit her family and friends in Israel but also travel all over the world and see as many places as possible every year! Her favorite part of her job is getting to teach our amazing students, meet new students every year and learn as much as I can about them.

Email: azouzout@harlemhebrewcharter.org

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Elana was born on an army base when my father was serving in the US Army. She grew up in New Jersey and Illinois until the age of 10 when her family moved to Israel. She returned to the United States after completing my BA at Hebrew University in Jerusalem and then got my first MA in early childhood education at City College, and my second MA in Language instruction from Middlebury College. If she had a superpower she would like to be able to turn all evil and bullying into kindness. She loves working with children and loves seeing children grow and thrive in school. It is always a thrill to see how much children have learned over the course of the year. 

Email: eweinberg@harlemhebrewcharter.org

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Hirut Yosef was born in Ethiopia and grew up in Israel. She now lives in Washington Heights. She studied in Israel at the Shenkar College of Engineering, Design, and Art. If she could have any superpower it would be the ability to heal anyone or anything. Her favorite part of the job is being with the kids and singing songs in Hebrew. Another favorite is getting to see kids’ “aha!” moment after they understand something new! 

Email: hyosef@harlemhebrewcharter.org

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Abev Samain is  from Israel and currently lives in Harlem.  She studied  education and command in the IDF. If she could have any superpower it would be flying, so she could  be with her family whenever she wanted. Her favorite part about her job is to see her student grow in Hebrew.

Email: asamain@harlemhebrewcharter.org

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Rivka grew up in the North of Israel, and she currently lives in Carmel, New York. She studied at Rubin Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem and at Lehman College-CUNY in the Bronx.  If she could have any superpower it would be Agility. She wants to be able to be flexible and adaptable to rapid changes in our world. Her favorite part of her job is to meet our amazing students and learn about their personalities, families, and culture. 

Email: rkisling@harlemhebrewcharter.org

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Yakov Gross is from Netanya, Israel, and currently lives in Manhattan. He studied at Wingate College at Netanya. If he could have any superpower it would be magically being able to cure any one of all diseases. His favorite part of his job is to see on the faces of the students their satisfaction that they are succeeding in learning something new.

Email: ygross@harlemhebrewcharter.org

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Interventionists Team צוות תמיכה אקדמאית

Donna Capasso was raised in Brooklyn and moved to Long Island as an adult. She attended LIU for completion of undergraduate and then for graduate degrees. A superpower she would love to have is to teleport to any place and/or time. The best part of her job is finding the way into my students’ trust.

Email: dcapasso@harlemhebrewcharter.org

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Sofie Feinstein is from Dobbs Ferry, New York –  located just north of the city in Westchester county. She currently lives in Queens. Sofie studied education at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) and Hunter College. If she could have any superpower it would be teleportation so she could go anywhere in the world with the snap of her fingers. Her favorite part of the job is to watch kids have that lightbulb moment, where everything just clicks into place and they understand a new concept.

Email: sfeinstein@harlemhebrewcharter.org

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Jinny Vincent is from Yonkers, NY. She attended SUNY Albany and Long Island University and is currently in her last semester at Hunter College. A superpower she’d love to have is the ability to fly since she LOVES to travel but hates the cost of getting there. Her most favorite part of her job is seeing all the progress her kids make and hearing them ask, “Can I come with you?”

Email: jvincent@harlemhebrewcharter.org

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers