Maimonides School

Meet Our Elementary School Team

Rabbi David Saltzman
Elementary School Principal

“One of the joys of my job is seeing children grow in Torah and learning and watching them progress during their tenure at the Elementary School. I witness this on a day to day basis throughout the years as they advance from grade to grade. Having the opportunity to nurture our young Kindergarten students as they develop into mature 5th graders is one of my true pleasures at Maimonides.”
 
Rabbi David Saltzman has served as principal of the Elementary School since 2007. He joined Maimonides with 12 years of elementary school teaching experience, including serving as a teacher and director of programming at Yeshiva Har Torah in Queens, NY.

A native of Chicago, Rabbi Saltzman attended Kerem B’Yavneh in Israel and earned his undergraduate degree in economics, a master’s degree in education, and Smicha, all from Yeshiva University. He is working toward his doctorate in educational supervision and administration. Rabbi Saltzman and his wife Jodi have four children and reside in Sharon.

Reena Slovin
Elementary School Associate Principal
 
"My position at Maimonides affords me the unique opportunity to influence the continued growth, learning, and development of both students and teachers. My goal is to promote excellence in teachers so that they are able to stimulate students to become involved and excited about learning, and to teach students to believe that achievement is the result of continued effort and commitment."
 
Reena Slovin joined Maimonides in 2009 and brought with her decades of elementary education experience. She came to Maimonides after working as client services coordinator for Gateways: Access to Jewish Education, during which time she was a consultant to Maimonides faculty in both general and Judaic studies programs. In addition, Mrs. Slovin spent 20 years at New Jewish Academy in Worcester as a teacher and administrator.

Mrs. Slovin is a graduate of Ramaz School in Manhattan and Cornell University. She earned her master's degree in special education from Boston University and is certified in elementary special education in Massachusetts. She also completed Harvard University's Department of Reading and Language Advanced Graduate Study Program. Mrs. Slovin, who has three grown children, resides in Worcester with her husband Saul. When she's not in school, Mrs. Slovin enjoys Israeli dancing (which she also teaches to Maimo students), hiking and biking.

Administrative Staff

LaShanta Freeman
Administrative Assistant

Shifra Gerber
Student Support Services Administrative Assistant

Kindergarten Team

Adrienne Jennings
General Studies Teacher

Irene Blechner
Limudei KodeshTeacher

Ilana Herst
Instructional Assistant

Tanya Ospovat
Instructional Assistant

Orit Steinberg
Ivrit Teacher

Grade 1 Team

Dani Carrus
General Studies Teacher

Oranit Saadia
Limudei KodeshTeacher
 

Elana Weiner
Instructional Assistant

Grade 2 Team

Debbie Bassi
General Studies Teacher

Raphaelle Brody
Limudei Kodesh Teacher

Allison Brooks
Instructional Assistant

Ruth Mooney
Instructional Assistant

Grade 3 Team

Tamar Benjamin
General Studies Teacher

Michal Bessler
Limudei Kodesh Teacher

Ilana Herst
Instructional Assistant

Grade 4 Team

Sam Tarlin
General Studies Teacher

Kaylee Frager
Limudei Kodesh Teacher

Rose-Jane Sulman
Instructional Assistant

Ariel DiOrio
Instructional Assistant

Anna Agranovich
Instructional Assistant

Grade 5 Team

Zippy Portman
General Studies Teacher

Rabbi Dovid Reisman
Limudei Kodesh Teacher

Elana Zisblatt
Instructional Assistant

Limor Cohen-Melul
Ivrit Teacher

Chaya Durani
Ivrit Teacher

Orit Steinberg
Ivrit Teacher

Renee Werber
Ivrit Teacher

Academic Support

Jennifer Newman
Student Support Services Department Head

Shoshana Zazula
Literacy Support Specialist Grades K-3

Renee Werber
Literacy Support Specialist Grades 3-5

Limor Cohen-Melul
Limudei Kodesh Support Specialist Grades 3-5

Shifra Gerber
Math Support 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

Student Life

Benji Hain
Director of Student Life

Deborah Mehl
Director of After-School Programs

Student Health

Robin Shuman
School Nurse

Katie Hillman
Social Worker

Visual and Performing Arts

Ariel DiOrio
Art Instructor

Andrew Malkin
Music Instructor

Library/Media

Lynn Hanau
Brener Building Librarian

Maintenance

Adalberto (Berto) DeSouza

Shlichot

Avigail Averbach and Renana Yarhi

Please see our Faculty/Staff Directory for contact information.
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