Maimonides School

Meet Our Elementary School Team

Michal Bessler
Elementary School Interim Principal

“While teaching at Maimonides School, I have grown to deeply love our school and spiritual community. The parents, staff, and students of all ages have been my family in Brookline for the past twenty-four years. I am so proud and privileged to have raised my children in such a loving and diverse community. It is a gift for me to watch our students grow and mature under one roof from Kindergarten to Middle School to Upper School, and then to watch them graduate with their incredible achievements, commitment to Torah, observance of mitzvot, and connection to Medinat Yisrael.”

“I believe that every child possesses a special spark and soul that must be nourished, supported, and cherished. Our students contribute their unique gifts to the world and achieve their full potential when they are happy, seen, engaged and confident learners. Here at Maimonides School we live our Judaism and are committed to the values of caring for others, doing acts of kindness, respecting ourselves and those around us, accepting our personal responsibilities, and growing into our best selves.”

Prior to serving as the Elementary School Interim Principal, Michal Bessler taught third grade Judaic Studies at Maimonides School for twenty-four years and served as a mentor to new teachers here for over fifteen years. Mrs. Bessler received her Bachelor's degree from Brooklyn College, majoring in psychology and education, and received her teaching certificate from Sarah Schenirer Teaching Seminary in Brooklyn. She received her mentoring training from the Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik Institute at Maimonides in 2005, and received her Master’s Degree in Jewish Education at Hebrew College on a mid-career fellowship in 2017. Mrs. Bessler is passionate about all aspects of learning, teaching, applying, and strengthening Jewish education from preschool through 12th grade.

Mrs. Bessler lives in Brookline with her husband, Barry, and their four children, Abigail ‘18, Daniella ‘20, Ayelet ‘21, and Eitan ‘23. She was born in Jerusalem, Israel.     

Administrative Staff

LaShanta Freeman
Administrative Assistant

To Be Announced
Student Support Services Administrative Assistant

Kindergarten Team

Irene Blechner
Limudei KodeshTeacher

Keren Hack
General Studies Teacher

Tanya Ospovat
Instructional Assistant

Grade 1 Team

Dani Carrus
General Studies Teacher and Limudei Kodesh Teacher

Hedva Amor
Limudei KodeshTeacher
 

To Be Announced
Instructional Assistant

Grade 2 Team

Debbie Bassi
General Studies Teacher

Tamar Benjamin
General Studies Teacher

Meital Simhi
Limudei Kodesh Teacher

Devorah Aroesty-Cohen
Instructional Assistant

To Be Announced
Instructional Assistant

Grade 3 Team

Tamar Benjamin
General Studies Teacher

Stephanie Kaplan
Limudei Kodesh Teacher

Debbie Bassi
Instructional Assistant

To Be Announced
Instructional Assistant

Katie Smith
Science Teacher

Grade 4 Team

Sam Tarlin
General Studies Teacher

Kaylee Frager
Limudei Kodesh Teacher

Rose-Jane Sulman
Instructional Assistant

Devorah Aroesty-Cohen
Instructional Assistant

Katie Smith
Science Teacher

Grade 5 Team

Zippy Portman
General Studies Teacher

Rabbi Dovid Reisman
Limudei Kodesh Teacher

To Be Announced
Instructional Assistant

Chaya Durani
Ivrit Teacher

Katie Smith
Science Teacher

Academic Support

Reena Slovin
Elementary School Consultant for Staff Development, Curriculum, and Student Support
and Hebrew Literacy and Math Support Specialist Grades 3-5

Jennifer Newman
Student Support Services Department Head
and Literacy Support Specialist Grades 3-5

Shoshana Zazula
Literacy Support Specialist Grades K-3

Shifra Gerber
Math Enrichment Specialist

Rachelli Peltz-Cohen
Elementary School Substitute Teacher

Curriculum Coordinators

Jennifer Newman
English Language Arts Coordinator

Debbie Shein-Gerson
Math Coordinator

Katie Smith
Science Coordinator

Chaya Durani
Ivrit Coordinator

Physical Education

To Be Announced
Physical Education Teacher

Shannon Murphy
Physical Education Teacher

Student Life

Benji Hain
Director of Student Life

Deborah Mehl
Director of After-School Programs

Student Health

Betty Gladstein
Director of Health Services

Alison Gutermann
Social Worker

Patricia King-Oberg
Nurse

Joseph Ryan
Nurse

Visual and Performing Arts

Tina Klarakis
Art Instructor

To Be Announced
Music Instructor

Library/Media

Lynn Hanau
Librarian

Maintenance

Israel Costa

Shlichot

To Be Announced

To Be Announced

Please see our Faculty/Staff Directory for contact information.
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