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At HAFTR Lower School, all general studies staff members hold a graduate degree in Education with many holding dual certifications in Childhood Education and Special Education. Judaic studies staff members come from a variety of backgrounds and with different experiences. Hebrew language educators are native Hebrew speakers and are trained in the Tal Am program.

Professional development is an important part of our learning community and school culture. Staff members recognize that there are always new things to learn. A focus for general studies staff has been the implementation of New York State Standards. Each week, staff members improve their craft by meeting for professional development in literacy, math and Judaic studies. Monthly grade meetings are used to develop an integrated curriculum for an upcoming event or holiday. As technology evolves, staff members learn and utilize best practices as they align technology with their curriculum.

Below you will find a list of our HAFTR Lower School faculty members and staff. To contact a faculty or staff member, please call (516)569-3043.


Administration

Ms. Joy Hammer Principal
Ms. Tova Zucker
Assistant Principal
Rabbi Aaron Feigenbaum
Mashgiach Ruchani
Dr. Sam Frankel Director of Pupil Personnel Services
Mrs. Shelley Schmutter Director of Special Education
Mrs. Gitit Levovitz  Hebrew Language Coordinator


Administrative Staff

Mrs. Caroll Adler Secretary
Mrs. Janis Golder
Receptionist
Mrs. Robin Maron Administrative Assistant
Mrs. Shari Willinger-Weiss Administrative Assistant

Guidance Department
Dr. Sam Frankel Director of Pupil Personnel Services
Mrs. Brana Harris Pathways Counselor
Mrs. Naomi Wargon District Psychologist
Ms. Jaclyn Bieder District Social Worker
 
Support Staff and Enrichment
Mrs. Shelley Schmutter Director of Special Education
Ms. Meira Carrey Judaic Studies Learning Center
Mrs. Aviva Lee Parnes Judaic and General Studies Learning Center
Mrs. Miriam Rosenberg Judaic Studies Learning Center
Mrs. Jennifer Stein General Studies Learning Center
Mrs. Aleeza Lauer Kindergarten Fundations Teacher
 
District Support Staff
Ms. Teresa Grace Resource Room Grades 1 through 5
Ms. Nicole Schneyman
Resource Room Grades 4 & 5
Mrs. Kara Gomberg
Speech Language Therapist
Mrs. Deena Goldblatt Speech Language Therapist
Mrs. Ahuva Lilker Speech Language Therapist
Ms. Meryl Krasne Speech Language Therapist
Ms. Tara Stier Speech Language Therapist
Mrs. Judy Ehrenreich Occupational Therapist
Mrs. Sheri Brazil Occupational Therapist
Mrs. Lily Weichholz Occupational Therapist
Mrs. Bayla Bobker
Physical Therapist
 
School Nurse
Mrs. Debra Orner, R.N.  
 
Faculty 
Kindergarten  
Mrs. Aliza Myers Teacher
Mrs. Tali Zimerman Teacher
Mrs. Rosemary Kahn Teacher
Ms. Julie Steiner Teacher
Mrs. Caryn Golombeck Collaborative Teacher
Mrs. Diana Orenstein
Assistant Teacher
Mrs. Sefi Bodner
Assistant Teacher
Mrs. Kelly Younger 
Assistant Teacher
Ms. Netanya Haymov Assistant Teacher
 
 
First Grade
 
Mrs. Debra Haft General Studies Teacher
Mrs. Malka Zimmerman General Studies Teacher
Ms. Shelby Lebo General Studies Teacher
Mrs. Penina Klein General Studies Collaborative Teacher
Mrs. Gila Lipshitz General Studies Assistant Teacher
Ms. Sari Moradi General Studies Assistant Teacher
   
Mrs. Etia Cohen Judaic Studies Teacher
Mrs. Yaffa Cohen Judaic Studies Teacher
Ms. Meytal Amenu Judaic Studies Assistant Teacher
Ms. Bracha Sarah Markowitz  Judaic Studies Assistant Teacher
   
Second Grade   
Mrs. Amy Bodner General Studies Teacher
Mrs. Yakira Meltzer General Studies Teacher
Mrs. Shayna Ungar General Studies Teacher
Mrs. Nancy Mauser General Studies Collaborative Teacher
Mrs. Anne Golombeck Reading Teacher
   
Mrs. Rachael Lavian Judaic Studies Teacher
Mrs. Tamara Wartenberg Judaic Studies Teacher
Ms. Noffar Amenu Judaic Studies Assistant Teacher
   
Third Grade  
Mrs. Allison Elfassy General Studies Teacher 
Mrs. Allison Rahmani General Studies Teacher
Mrs. Rachel Hess General Studies Collaborative Teacher
Mrs. Janet Spector Reading Teacher
   
Mrs. Chana Garfinkel Judaic Studies Teacher
Mrs. Deena Schwebel Judaic Studies Teacher
Ms. Daniella Haft Judaic Studies Teacher
   
Fourth Grade  
Mrs. Michele Frenkel General Studies Teacher
Ms. Melissa Dere General Studies Teacher
Ms. Danielle Garner General Studies Teacher
Mrs. Lea Cohen Reading Teacher
Mrs. Nechama Wisotsky General Studies Collaborative Teacher
   
Rabbi Dovid Schwab Judaic Studies Teacher, Boys 
Mrs. Idit Perez Judaic Studies Teacher, Girls
Mrs. Shani Lefkowitz Judaic Studies Teacher, Girls
   
Fifth Grade   
Mrs. Jill Motechin General Studies Teacher
Mrs. Beth Katz General Studies Teacher
Mrs. Jana Fabricant General Studies Teacher
   
Mrs. Bashi Kutai Judaic Studies Teacher, Girls
Rabbi Elisha Weiss Judaic Studies Teacher, Boys 
 
Science
Ms. Dale Rubin Kindergarten and Grade One
Mrs. Aleeza Lauer Grade Two and Grade Three
Mrs. Lisa Patik-Rosenberg Grade Four and Grade Five
 
Art
Mrs. Royce Maron Art Teacher 
Mrs. Jill Goldstein Assistant Teacher

Music 
Mrs. Janet Goldman Music Teacher 
 
Physical Education
Mr. Jonathan Waisbrot  Gym Teacher

Technology
Mr. Benny Gross Director of Ed Tech and IT
Mrs. Elaine Gross Ed Tech Coordinator and Tech Teacher Kindergarten and Grade One
Mrs. Avital Weissman Tech Instructor, Grade Two and Grade Three
Rabbi Baruch Noy Tech Instructor, Grade Four and Grade Five
 
 
Library
Mrs. Phyllis Horowitz Librarian

Hebrew Language
Mrs. Gitit Levovitz Hebrew Language Coordinator, Grades Three, Four, and Five
Mrs. Debby Landau Kindergarten Lashon Teacher
Mrs. Chaviva Horovitz
Lashon Teacher Grades Three and Four
Mrs. Tali Kozachkov Lashon Teacher Grades Three and Four, Hebrew Library
Mrs. Einav Regev Lashon Teacher Grades Three, Four, and Five

Bat Ami
   
   

Cahal
Mrs. Shoshana Lubin Cahal Teacher
Mr. Justin Lepolstat Cahal Teacher
Ms. Chanie Greenfield  Assistant Teacher