WORLD CLASS TEACHERS
Mrs. Sterna Ivry - Kindergarten Judaic Studies Teacher
Mrs. Ivry born in Paris, France graduated with honors from the Beth Rivka Teachers Seminary of Higher Education in Yerres France. She taught and directed at various Talmud Torah Hebrew Schools and Jewish Day Schools in Paris. She was also the acclaimed teacher of the Pre-school and 1stgrade classes and director of Judaic studies at the newly opened Jewish Day School in Dijon, France. In 2001, she moved with her husband Rabbi Yochanan Ivry to Staten Island, NY to begin their outreach efforts in the South and East Shore Areas at Congregation Toras Emes. She has opened a Hebrew Sunday School for children ages 5 to 12 and taught many children from family with little to no Jewish educational background. Many of her students have graduated and celebrated their Bar/Bat Mitzvah. These students maintain a connection to their Jewish roots and participate in Judaic projects. Some are now teaching themselves at the Hebrew school. In the fall of 2003, Mrs. Ivry founded a group family daycare. Mrs. Ivry has connected with many children and families who are unaffiliated and who are happy to give their children a Jewish education in a warm and caring environment! Mrs. Ivry also opened a Jewish Day Camp four years ago that is opened to Jewish children from very different backgrounds. Children all learn from each other and enjoy their summer in a Jewish environment. Many children come from public school and go home singing Hebrew songs and report the many different aspects of Judaism they picked up through games, songs and discussions throughout the summer. It is Mrs. Ivry's most rewarding prize to see Jewish children connect with their heritage with pride and joy.
Ms. Jordana Syetta - Kindergarten General Studies Teacher and Science Teacher for grades 6 and 7
Ms. Syetta has a dual Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education and Science, Letters, and Society from the College of Staten Island. She also has a Masters degree in Early Childhood Special and General Education from Touro College. Ms. Syetta has extensive experience as an Early Intervention Service provider, Special Education Teacher Support Service provider and has worked for three years as a substitute teacher with the DOE and private preschools prior to joining SIHA. Ms. Syetta uses multi-sensory approach to teaching to support each students unique way of learning.
Mrs. Goldy Mandel- 1st grade Judaic Studies Teacher and 5th-7th grade Ivrit Teacher
Goldy Mandel was born in Ashkalon, Israel and grew up in Bnei Brak. She has attended and learned at Beit Yakov through her entire educational career. Mrs. Mandel currently lives in Elizabeth, NJ with her husband who she has been married to for 33 years. Together they have four children and five granddaughters. She is extremely proud of her two oldest daughters who both have masters degrees in special education and are pursuing the same career path as their mother. Mrs. Mandel has over 30 years of teaching experience. She enjoys sharing with her students stories and activities about Jewish history and the Jewish holidays. She also has a passion for teaching students in Hebrew and seeing them learn the Hebrew language. Mrs. Mandel’s educational philosophy is based on the ideals that all children have a desire to learn and grow and they thrive when they are warmly exposed to rich and diverse experiences that engage their natural curiosities.
Mrs. Debbie Perles - 1st grade General Studies Teacher
Mrs. Perles obtained a BA in Philosophy from Stern College and has over 35 years of teaching experience in both Kindergarten and 1st grade. Her vast experience allows plenty of individual attention for every student while guiding the class toward academic super-achievement and excellence.
Mrs. Shaindy Spiegel - 2nd grade Judaic Studies Teacher
Mrs. Spiegel is a graduate of Maimonides College and Beth Jacob Teachers Seminary of Toronto. She also studied at Midrasha Ohr Yerushalim in Israel. She has many years of teaching experience serving as preschool teacher, Sunday school teacher, afternoon school teacher and adult education instructor. Her love for Yiddishkeit can be seen in her approach to teaching. She always sees the good in every child and her Yideshe Mama really shines through. As a result, the children greatly enjoy learning about their heritage.
Svjetlana Tatic - 2nd grade General Studies Teacher
For Ms. Tatic art and education go hand in hand. She has always been passionate about both. After receiving her degree in Art Design from the Art Institute of Phoenix, she has attended Youngstown State University and took classes in Art History, English Literature, and Fine Arts. Currently, she is working on obtaining her Early Childhood Education Master's degree. Ms. Tatic is constantly perfecting her teaching skills. Since the beginning of 2016, she has worked as a tutor for English Language Learners from China. She has worked one on one and in small group settings. She has taken many courses to refine her classroom management and pedagogy. Ms. Tatic’s first day at SIHA was last year. She came in as a substitute teacher for first grade and instantly fell in love with the school. Her teaching philosophy perfectly matches the school’s values. Ms. Tatic believes in an individualized approach to each child, as well as taking into consideration children’s strengths and interests. She also believes that building strong relationships with families tremendously benefits students. Ms. Tatic is hoping to build strong bonds with all SIHA families to make sure that her students will have only positive learning experiences. Ms. Tatic is looking forward to being a member of the SIHA family and help her students develop a love of learning every day!
Ms. Shulamis Rosskamm - 3rd, 6th and 7th grade Judaic Studies Teacher
Ms. Rosskamm was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. She graduated Beth Jacob High School of Denver and then went on to study at Chemdas Bais Yaakov, a seminary in Jerusalem, Israel. She completed an extensive Judaic studies teaching course and was awarded with a teaching certificate for grades k-12th. Ms. Rosskamm has experience working with kids of all ages. She has directed Shabbat programs for middle school girls and spent her summers working with children and teenagers in sleep away camps. Ms. Rosskamm attended Camp Bais Yaakov for six years, and worked two of those years with elementary aged children and one year with special needs adults. This past summer she worked as the Teen Counsler Supervisor in Bnos Ruach Chaim for girls going into 11th grade. Ms. Rosskamm enjoys enabling children to do all that is in their potential while helping them reach their academic heights happily.
Rabbi Moshe Klein - 5th,6th, & 7th grade Judaic Studies Teacher
Rabbi Klein has studied Ancient Jewish Liturgy and Talmudic Law in some of the most reputable yeshivot in America and Israel. As a Rabbi in the Staten Island community, he gives classes on all parts of Judaism to adults and children of various backgrounds. Rabbi Klein also works as a private tutor for learning disabled children struggling with Hebrew reading, writing, and comprehension. His passion for teaching and non judgmental approach has guided him to help other fellow Jews grow in their observance and understanding of Judaism. Rabbi Klein's ultimate modeling of love of Torah and Mitzvoths serves as a springboard of inspiration to others in leading healthy and productive Jewish lives.
Mrs. Alla Shats - 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade Math Teacher
Mrs. Shats has over 13 years of teaching experience working with children from k to 6th grade and has obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in elementary education, with concentration in Math, from St. John's University. After graduation, she continued to pursue a Master’s Degree in Childhood Education/Special Education at Touro College. Mrs. Shats believes that education is the key to success for young children. As a teacher, she hopes to motivate students, promote effective learning environment, build curiosity, and foster confidence in all of her students. She is eager to commit and encourage children's interests in different subject areas, and is determined to challenge their abilities and inner strengths to discover and explore what truly inspires them. Mrs. Shats loves working with children and will continue to strive to be a positive influence in their lives. She hopes that her passion for teaching will create a desire for constant learning within each child.
Mrs. Suncica Hazen- 3rd, 4th, and 6th grade ELA Teacher
Mrs. Hazen joined SIHA as Ms. Tatic in 2016, and from the first day was impressed by both the level of care and attention shown by all the staff in regards to the students, and by the brightness and inventiveness of her students.
She is a graduate of Youngstown State University and hold a B.A. in Professional Writing and Editing, as well as a B.S. in Integrated Language Arts Education.
Her degree, certification, and previous experience were all with high school students. Making the change to elementary school has been exciting and truly enjoyable. Mrs. Hazen sincerely looks forward to seeing her students shine in learning every day!
Morah Lee - 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th grade Social Studies Teacher
Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. A proud American citizen that teaches because there is nothing better in life to do! Morah Lee is a certified teacher in the State and the City of New York with permanent New York State certification. She is the founder and chief librarian of the Library of the American Paper Institute. Morah Lee was the managing editor of The Jurist, the Newspaper of the Justices of the Supreme Court of the State of NY. On the side Morah Lee is also a peer tutor and private tutor. She is also a certified NOAA weather monitor, singer, and chorister with proudly 2 sons and 2 grandchildren. She graduated with her BA from Brooklyn College (CUNY) Major: History; Minor: Integrated Sciences in addition to her MLS form Queens College (CUNY) and holds a Master's Degree in Library Science. Morah Lee is a life long learner with 60+ credits including the teaching of History, Math, Reading, Science; student of botanical sciences; journalism; herbal and holistic medicine; special studies of ancient civilizations.
Ms. Belli- Science grades 1st-5th
Ms. Belli is an expert teacher with more than 15 years of experience in early childhood and elementary education field. Ms. Belli is an expert on early literacy and reading comprehension, which is very helpful in her current field. Presently, Ms. Belli’s concentration is science. She has improved the science curriculum by enriching it with lots of hands-on activities for the kids. Every lesson culminates in a lab, which ensures long-term retention. She has worked in the schools in Florida and New York City, and all her former
employers consider her a great asset to the school because she truly cares about each child, is very organized, and communicates her expectations clearly to students and parents alike.
Mr. Benyomin Schofield- Music/Drama Teacher- all grades
Benyomin Schofield is a graduate of the College of Staten Island with a BA in Music. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa and raised in Passaic, New Jersey, Benyomin developed a love for music at age 11, cultivating a special affinity for the Harp. By the time he was 17, Benyomin was giving private lessons and running a musical camp in his own backyard. These early experiences strengthened his love for the arts. Benyomin began his path towards higher education as a pre-med student, eventually switching to music; following his true passion for performing, composing and teaching. Benyomin has worked in a variety of educational and youth art/camping organizations including the Staten Island JCC, Camp Moshava Ba’ir (Paramus, NJ), Camp Shalom of New Jersey, Young Israel Day Camp, and Camp Chinuch (Passaic, NJ). He is currently Mazel Day School’s music teacher, IlluminArt Production’s Music Director, where he teaches Write-A-Play ventured into acting in Peace Up, What Goes Around, Table Service, andTruth in Excess. His repertoire includes teaching Harp, Guitar, Bass, Piano, Percussion, Music Theory, Music History, Music Appreciation, and Creative Expression. Now a father and husband, Benyomin believes his main purpose in life is to “inspire creativity and spread a love of music."
Ms. Sasha Ortiz - Math Co-teacher, Sports Coordinator
Ms. Ortiz is currently pursuing a Bachelors in Mathematics with a minor in Secondary Education. She graduated New Dorp High School as the Salutatorian. Ms. Ortiz was on the varsity soccer team for four years, on the junior varsity basket ball team for two years, and varsity track for a year. She had a passion for teaching since her childhood and working at SIHA is re-affirming the passion every day.
Ms. Regina Iannizzotto - Nachas Program Director
Ms. Iannizzotto received her dual undergraduate degree in General/Special Education from the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY and a Masters degree in literacy from Touro College. Ms. Iannizzotto is a Reading Specialist with specific training in Orton Gillingham methodology and has been working at SIHA for 4 years. She prides herself in building lessons that are hands-on. Interactive learning is Ms. Iannizzotto's main mission for her classes because it keeps the students interested and allows for them to facilitate their own education in a way that works best for them. In her class, the students are always working together to solve problems, answer questions, and lead their own learning.