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High School

Rabbi Aharon Assaraf
Bio
Rabbi Aharon Assaraf is our new High School Assistant Principal. He grew up in Miami and is a proud graduate of Hebrew Academy, where he met his wife Becky. After high school he attended Yeshivat Ner Yaakov, where he would eventually receive his Rabbinic Ordination from Rabbi Yehoshua Liff, the Rosh Yeshiva. He then went on to study at Lander College for his undergraduate degree. While teaching he would simultaneously earn his Master’s in Education through the American Jewish University.
Dr. Dara Lieber
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Dr. Dara Lieber was born and raised in New Jersey. She went to Brandeis University for college and then decided that the fashion world was her calling. After living in NYC and working in the fashion world, she felt she needed more. She went to Columbia University for a Masters in Counseling. As the weather turned colder, Dara decided to move to Florida where her parents were relocating and husband would be finishing law school. She finished her Master’s of Science degree quickly at Barry University and got her first job as a guidance counselor at Hillel. After being there for a short period, Hebrew Academy was to be in her future. After joining the Hebrew Academy in 2002 she received her doctoral degree from Nova Southeastern University in Educational Leadership and Administration. Soon thereafter she became the Assistant Principal.
Ms. Martha Baumgarten
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Martha Baumgarten is a Judaic studies teacher. She is a Miami Beach native. After high school, she spent a year at Michlalah Jerusalem College for Women. Martha majored in History at Stern College and received a Master of Arts in Modern Jewish History from Bernard Revel Graduate School at Yeshiva University. Martha is passionate about Judaic studies and inspires her students to inculcate her lessons into their daily lives.
Mrs. Sarah Berman
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Sarah Berman is an English and Drama Department teacher. She was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana. She is a graduate of Ball State University, where she completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre. After graduation, she travelled the country for a year, auditioning and appearing in multiple commercials and TV shows. Once she reached Miami Beach, she changed pace and worked behind the camera as a casting assistant. Mrs. Berman casted for multiple national commercials, as well as TV shows including Burn Notice, The Glades, Magic City, and Graceland.
Mr. Scott Berman
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Coach Scott Berman begins his fifth year at Hebrew Academy serving as both a history teacher and Assistant Athletic Director. Scott received his BA in History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his Masters of Education from Hawaii Pacific University. Scott served as an adjunct professor and a collegiate basketball coach before coming to Miami. In addition, he served as the head basketball coach for the Maccabi national 16U team during the Pan American games in Santiago, Chile this past year.
Rabbi Avi Bossewitch
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Rabbi Avi Bossewitch grew up in the heart of New York City. Rabbi Bossewitch attended Yeshiva University where he received his Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems at the Sy Syms School of Business, Master’s degree in Jewish Education and Administration from Azrieli Graduate School, and Rabbinic ordination from Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. He is currently pursuing his doctorate in Jewish Educational Leadership and Innovation. After serving as a teacher, grade dean and Middle School Director at Maimonides School in Boston, Rabbi Bossewitch joined the Hebrew Academy leadership team in 2011 as the inaugural Dean of Academic Affairs. His continued professional training includes school leadership, educational innovation, faculty supervision and evaluation, school-wide professional development, curriculum, and 21st Century learning. He lives in Miami Beach with his wife Shuli and their five children.
Mrs. Lea Bouhnik
Mrs. Chana Citron
Mr. John Curley
Rabbi Sharly Digadker
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Rabbi Sharly Digadker received his Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the Hachva College in Israel, with a concentration in Special Education and Hebrew Literature. He went on to earn a Master’s of Science in Management from the Polytechnic University in New York. Prior to joining the Hebrew Academy faculty, he was in Maryland and Pennsylvania where he taught Hebrew and Judaic studies, and most recently in South Florida at David Posnak and Masoret Yehudit. While living in Israel he also worked in Special Education and as a School Counselor. When Rav Sharly is not working, he likes spending time with his family, and he loves everything related to Israel and basketball.
Mr. Hector Duarte Jr.
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Hector Duarte, Jr. has been an educator for eleven years. During that time, he has taught in both middle school and high school, as well as at Broward College. He received a Bachelor's Degree in Print Journalism and a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing, both from Florida International University. He loves reading and writing, and hopes to pass this appreciation on to as many students as possible.
Mrs. Mimi Edwards
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Mimi Edwards grew up in Ohio, but left to study Biology in New York at Stern College and then Brooklyn College, with the intent of becoming a physician. Once her children were born, that dream was put on hold, and eventually she realized that her true passion was for teaching. She returned to school, joining the Education Department at Miami Dade College, where she is earning a Bachelor's in Secondary Education with a minor in Chemistry.
Mrs. Miriam Guinon
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Morah Miriam Guinon is a pre-Kindergarten teacher. She attended Bais Yaakov Teacher’s Seminary in Montreal, and then pursued my Judaic studies at Maayanot in Jerusalem. She has a degree in Pure and Applied Science from Le College Francais; and a Bachelors’ degree in Education for ECE, Elementary, and Secondary levels from the University of Montreal. She is certified in the Montessori Method and is qualified to teach Special Education and Foreign Languages by the University of Ottawa. Miriam has taught students in preschool through Grade 12 for 37 years.
Mrs. Leah Handwerger
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Mrs. Leah Handwerger is our English Department Chair. She grew up outside of Boston, just blocks away from one of her favorite writers, Sylvia Plath. After graduating from The Winsor School, she headed west to attend Occidental College in Los Angeles, graduating with a BA in English Literature. She worked in L.A. as a story editor for a film production company, in New York as an assistant editor at Oxford University Press, and in Florida as a journalist for several years before attending graduate school. Upon graduating with an MFA from Florida International University she worked as a writing instructor at FIU for three years before coming to Hebrew Academy where she feels she has finally found her home.
Mr. Charles Innes
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Mr. Charles Innes is our Math Department Chair. He grew up in Texas. He attended the University of Miami and received a BEd. in Math. Charles interned at Miami Killian Senior High and was subsequently hired as a full time math instructor. While at Killian, he served as both a football and tennis coach. From 1973 to 1990 he was a tennis instructor and he was the pro at a local club in the Kendall area. He taught at Killian High from 1969 to 2008. In 2009, he joined the faculty of the Hebrew Academy.
Mrs. Meirav Kravetz
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Mrs. Meirav Kravetz is the Foreign Language coordinator for middle school and high school. She was born and raised in Israel and has been teaching Hebrew for more than 20 years. She is fluent in Spanish and can converse a little in French and Italian. She has a Master’s degree in education from Nova Southeastern University and has been at the Hebrew Academy for eight years.
Mr. Lawrence Kuczynski
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Mr. Larry Kuczynski is a math teacher and has been in education for over 38 years. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Miami and later earned his Master of Science degree from Florida International University. Mr. Kuczynski began teaching math and science at Landow Yeshiva High School. He then moved onto teaching mathematics at Mesivata High School and Middle School for 19 years. Mr. Kuczynski has been teaching mathematics in the Middle School and High School for the past 29 years. Mr. Kuczynski was also a school principal; he is an evaluator for AdvancED, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and Association of Independent Schools of Florida.
Mr. Eric LaFountain
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Eric LaFountain was born and raised in western Massachusetts. After receiving his B.A. in English Literature from the University of Colorado-Boulder, he moved to Chicago and earned his M.A. in English Literature from DePaul University. Through his teaching career, Eric has taught college and high school students in many places, including Chile, Colorado, Massachusetts, and Washington State. Eric’s main goal as an instructor is to instill a love of reading and writing in his students, and to help them become strong critical thinkers.
Rabbi Peretz Laine
Bio
Rabbi Peretz Laine is a member of our Judaic Studies Department. He was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. He studied in Yeshivot both in the states and abroad. He received Smicha from Rabbis Shar Yashuv Cohen and Yaakov Warhaftig of the Ariel institute in Jerusalem as well as from Rabbi Zalman Nechemia Goldberg, member of the Supreme Rabbinical Court of Jerusalem. Rabbi Laine is excited to start his second year at the Hebrew Academy. Prior to this position he taught Judaic studies at the Elite Jewish High School in Brooklyn while studying to obtain Dayanut from Rabbi Dovid Schochet, President of the Rabbinical Assosiation of Toronto, Canada.
Dr. Susan London
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Dr. Susie London is a licensed clinical psychologist and nationally certified school psychologist. She grew up in North Miami Beach but ventured north for college and graduate studies. She received a Bachelor of Science from Northwestern University, a Masters of Science in Social Work from Columbia University and a Doctorate in clinical and school psychology from the Ferkauf School of Psychology of Yeshiva University. Susie completed her doctoral residency at Nova Southeastern University where she is now an adjunct professor, teaching a cognitive assessment course to graduate students in the School Psychology doctoral program.
Mr. Grant Matla
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Mr. Grant Matla is our History Department Chair and holds a dual Master's in World and American History. He has been teaching at the Hebrew Academy since 2012. Prior to that he taught at the college level for five years in Western New York. He has worked as a grader for the AP World History exam for seven years, and now serves as a Table Leader responsible for training the readers. He is a member of the Society for Military History, World History Association, and League of World War I Aviation Historians. Mr. Matla has published various historical articles in magazines and journals.
Ms. Aviva Moshe
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Aviva Moshe is a Hebrew and Judaic studies teacher. She received her teaching degree from The Israeli Ministry of Education. Aviva has been teaching for 21 years. Her teaching philosophy is to be nurturing while remaining dedicated to her students’ education. Her teaching techniques enable students to identify with their heritage through religious studies and immersion into the Hebrew language. Aviva believes learning Hebrew is not just important for religious purposes, but is an integral part of Jewish culture and identity. As an educator, she is dedicated to the development of innovative methods in Jewish education. She sees herself as a lifelong learner seeking opportunities to study new techniques and implement them in class.
Ms. Sigalit Moshe
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Sigalit Moshe teaches Advanced Hebrew in our high school. She was born and raised in Israel and received her BA in Studio Art and Master’s Degree in TESOL and ISD (Teaching English as a Second Language and Instructional Systems Development) respectively from the University of Maryland. Sigalit has been a language teacher for over twenty years, and especially enjoys the connection with her students and the evolvement of language acquisition. She has taught in schools and colleges in Israel as well as in Japan, where she served as Maryland State Representative. While in there, she taught English and cross-cultural communication in the public school system as well as in professional settings. Sigalit thoroughly enjoys teaching at the Hebrew Academy and feels it is a home away from home.
Rabbi Jeff Ney
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Rabbi Jeff Ney is our Director of Student Programming, coordinating and planning all extracurricular activities, major events, guest speakers, holiday programs, etc. He is also a member of the Judaic Studies faculty, the boys Israel Guidance Counselor, the Student Council Faculty Advisor, and the Mashgiach Ruchani of the High School. Rabbi Ney spends his summers at Camp Mesorah where he has been both a Division Head as well as the Head Counselor of Boys Campus. In addition, Rabbi Ney is the Director of Teen Programming at Beth Israel.
Mr. Peter Riley
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Peter Riley received his Bachelor’s degree in Biology with a minor in Secondary Education from James Madison University. He continued studying at James Madison and completed his Master’s Degree in Biology where his research thesis focused on the utilization of plant symbiotic bacteria in the cultivation of Venus Fly Traps. In addition to his training in plant biology and microbiology, Peter is an experienced field biologist and has worked as a field technician and dendrologist for the joint North Carolina State/Auburn University black bear research project. Peter's teaching experience is diverse and includes college level biology, high school and middle school science, wildlife outreach, and summer camps.
Mrs. Tirtza Schapiro
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Mrs. Tirtza Schapiro is a member of our Judaic Studies Department. She graduated from the Hebrew Teacher’s Training College in Gateshead, England. She taught in the BYA Academy in Brooklyn. When she moved to Florida, she taught for 6 years at the Landow Yeshiva on Miami Beach, coming to Hebrew Academy in 1978. Tirtza has been working with High School students for most of her professional life, both in the classroom as well as being very involved in out of school activities.
Ms. Maritza Simauchi
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Mrs. Maritza Simauchi was born in Lima, Peru where she attended the University of Lima and graduated as an Industrial Engineer. She then came to the United States and continued her graduate education at Florida International University; later she obtained her teaching certification in Math. Mrs. Simauchi has been teaching all levels of Math for 20 years at very prestigious schools throughout Miami.
Ms. Oshrat Twito
Mr. Andrej Vucajnk
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Andrej Vucajnk grew up in Slovenia. He attended City University of New York and received his BA and MA in Math. Andrej has worked as a mathematics teacher in California and Florida. He emphasizes conceptual understanding of mathematics to his students. His approach produced some of the highest AP Calculus AB and BC scores in the nation for several years. He has also successfully tutored students in AMC and Math Olympiad competitions. Andrej is very excited about the opportunity to bring his educational philosophy to the Hebrew Academy.
Rabbi Yaakov Wrightman
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Rabbi Yaakov Wrightman grew up in Toronto, Canada and attended yeshiva both there and in Israel. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Judaic Studies from the Rabbinical College of America. He has been working with teens for the past four years in the Bais Menachem Youth Development Program in Wilkes Barre, PA. He received his Smicha from Rabbi Mendel Zirkind in Pennsylvania and in Darchai Menachem of Brooklyn, NY. He is excited to be teaching Judaic Studies at Hebrew Academy.
Ms. Eve Zack
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Ms. Eve Zack was born in Buffalo, NY. After graduation from high school she attended Rice University as a National Merit Scholar. After a year abroad at University of York in York, England, she earned a Masters in chemistry at University of Pennsylvania. She has been teaching at the college and high school level for more than 20 years.
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