Maimonides School

Meet Our Upper School Team

Rabbi Dov Huff
Judaic Studies Principal, Middle & Upper School
"I discovered from my earliest teaching that to successfully encourage student growth, one must create a culture of learning within the classroom. There must be an ongoing classroom dialogue in which the skills and concepts we teach become an intrinsic part of each student's daily language and experience. Every subject has a specific skill set that needs to be sharpened and reinforced throughout the year. When teaching is done well, students emerge from the learning environment with the motivation and skills to be successful, independent learners."

An alumnus of the class of 2000, Rabbi Dov Huff returned to Maimonides in 2008 as a Middle School Judaic Studies teacher and 8th grade dean. In 2010, he joined the administrative staff as Assistant Principal. He was promoted to his current position in 2015.

Rabbi Huff holds a bachelor of arts degree in mathematics from Yeshiva University and a master of arts in teaching from American Jewish University in Los Angeles. He received Smicha in Israel from Rav Zalman Nechemiah Goldberg, and taught at Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy in Beverly Hills. Rabbi Huff and his wife Elisha reside in Sharon with their four children.

Refael Fadlon
Interim Associate Principal, Middle & Upper School
Refael Fadlon has been teaching at Maimonides since 2005.  In addition to teaching Hebrew language in the Middle and Upper School, he has served for many years as Hebrew Department Chair and as a Grade 12 Dean.
Mr. Fadlon earned his LL.B. (law degree) from Hebrew University (Jerusalem), after which he was a practicing attorney in Jerusalem.  He is currently pursuing a Master's in Hebrew Instruction at Middlebury College, and has earned a Certificate in Hebrew Language Teaching at Hebrew College.  Mr. Fadlon has held leadership roles in Hebrew programs at Prozdor in Newton and Temple Shir Tikva in Wayland, and served as teaching faculty for the NETA Summer Institute for Hebrew Language Educators in Newton.  He has also been invited by the College Board to serve a five-year term as a test author for the Hebrew SAT 2 exam. 

Administrative Staff

Ellen Pulda
Middle/Upper School Executive Assistant

Deborah Rothman

Grade Deans

Rabbi Eliezer Bercuson
9th Grade Dean

Rabbi David Ehrenkranz
10th Grade Dean

Rabbi Oren Simhi
11th Grade Dean

Dr. Jennifer Gordon
12th Grade Co-Dean

Dr. Yael Jaffe
12th Grade Co-Dean


Sarah Plymate
Middle/Upper School Art Teacher

Computer Programming and Design

Lev Novikov
Middle/Upper School Computer Programming Teacher


Lora Gibbens
English Department Chair

Kasi Conley
Upper School English Teacher

Dr. Megan Hamilton
Middle/Upper School English Teacher

Sharon Pywell
Upper School English Teacher


Refael Fadlon
Hebrew Department Chair

Dana Bar-Or
Middle/Upper School Hebrew Teacher

Barak Cerf
Middle/Upper School Hebrew Teacher

Chaya Durani
Upper School Hebrew Teacher

Rachel Nessim
Middle/Upper School Hebrew Teacher

History/Social Studies

Christopher Dore
History / Social Studies Department Chair

Benji Hain
Upper School Jewish History Teacher

Gina Sauceda
Upper School History/Social Studies Teacher

Israel Advocacy

Refael Fadlon
Israel Advocacy Teacher

Judaic Studies

Rabbi Dov Huff
Talmud Department Chair

Rabbi Dr. Yaakov Jaffe
Tanach Director

Rabbi Avinoam Durani
Upper School Judaic Studies Teacher

Rabbi David Ehrenkranz
Upper School Judaic Studies Teacher

Rabbi Mark Glass
Upper School Judaic Studies Teacher

Rabbi Baruch Goldman
Middle/Upper School Judaic Studies Teacher

Dr. Yael Jaffe
Upper School Judaic Studies Teacher

Rabbi Oren Simhi
Middle/Upper School Judaic Studies Teacher


Bill Maguire
Math Department Chair

Basant Pangeni
Upper School Math Teacher

Michael Schockett
Middle/Upper School Math Teacher

Dr. Steven Steinsaltz
Upper School Math Teacher

Physical Education

Hal Borkow
Director of Athletics

Deborah Caban
Physical Education Teacher

Ernest D'Agnelli
Physical Education Teacher


Christopher Williams
Science Department Chair

Dr. David Fischer
Upper School Science Teacher

Dr. Jennifer Gordon
Middle/Upper School Science Teacher

Joshua Keith
Upper School Science Teacher

Shalev NessAiver
Computational Physics Teacher

Frank Washburn
Computational Physics Teacher

World Languages

Estefania Scheer
World Languages Department Coordinator

Fawzi Nicolas
Upper School Arabic Teacher

Academic Support

Rachel Dayanim
Interim Director of Middle/Upper School Support Services

Shmuel Silberman
Learning Center Specialist

Dr. Shawn Smith
Learning Center Specialist

Mariya Timkovsky
Learning Center Specialist

College Counseling

Tamar Gelb
Director of College Counseling

Student Life

Benji Hain
Director of Student Life

Elaine (Ellie) Riesel
Student Life Team

Student Health

Betty Gladstein

Alex Ross
Upper School Social Worker


Elizabeth Zygadlo
Middle/Upper School Library Media Specialist


Clinton Ray
Maintenance Supervisor

Benjamin Alvarado
Facilities Staff

Francois Maxime
Facilities Staff

Please see our Faculty/Staff Directory for contact information.
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