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High School

Rabbi Aharon Assaraf
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
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.
Mr. Jeremy Adams
Jeremy Adams is a teacher in our English Department. He grew up outside of Boston and received his B.A. in Modern Culture and Media from Brown University. While in college, he developed a passion for the arts; he wrote and edited for the school’s newspaper, deejayed for its radio station, studied film, and interned at Virgin Records in Los Angeles. Following graduation, he worked as a freelance music critic for publications like, The Boston Globe, and Las Vegas Weekly.
Ms. Martha Baumgarten
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
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
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
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
Mr. Tyler Carson
Tyler Carson is a science teacher. He is a native of upstate NY. He has always expressed a love for science especially for biology. Pursuing his interests, he studied at State University of NY (SUNY) at New Paltz where he earned his B.S in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. During his undergrad experience he worked in the Developmental Biology Lab; ultimately he would present his research at a national conference at the Woods Hole Marine Biological Institute. Following this he earned his Master’s Degree in the Art of Teaching from Bard College. He returned to his alma mater to teach general biology labs to incoming freshmen as an adjunct professor. He also taught Human Anatomy and Physiology at Poughkeepsie High School in NY.
Mrs. Chana Citron
Mrs. Ingrid Constantine
Ingrid Constantine is a member of our English Department. She was born and raised in Queens, New York. She is a graduate of Hunter College of the City University of New York where she completed her Secondary English Education certification studies. She has a Bachelor's in English Literature and Language Arts and a Master's in Theatre with a specialization in Developmental Drama. For 15 years, Mrs. Constantine worked for the N.Y.C. public school system and the City University of New York, as a teacher of English, Theater, Conflict Resolution, and Leadership. In N.Y.C. she also worked in professional development, training educators in literacy and arts education. Since moving to Miami Beach, she has taught English and E.S.O.L. at The International Studies Charter High School in Little Havana. In addition, she was the drama teacher/director at Southwest Miami Senior High.
Mr. John Curley
Mrs. Mimi Edwards
Mr. Russell Garber
Mr. Russell Garber is a member of our Math Department. He is certified as a high school mathematics teacher with ten years of teaching experience in mathematics and math and verbal test preparation. He is a Certified Network Administrator, computer programmer, and hardware technician, and has worked as an IT and MIS Manager. Mr. Garber served as an Information Systems Officer in the U.S. Air Force and holds a B.A. from City College and an A.L.M. from Harvard University.
Mrs. Miriam Guinon
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
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.
Mrs. Leslie Harris
Mr. Charles Innes
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
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
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.
Rabbi Peretz Laine
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
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
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.
Rabbi Jeff Ney
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.
Mrs. Tirtza Schapiro
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
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. Tova Sher
Morah Tova Sher was born and raised in Israel. She is a graduate of Tel Aviv University and received degrees in special education and administration of schools. Prior to teaching at Hebrew Academy Tova taught in Johannesburg, South Africa and in Israel. She also was a principal of a vocational high school in Netanya, Israel. Tova have been teaching for more than 30 years, and has been a part of the Hebrew Academy faculty for five years.
Mrs. Anna Tomadakis
Mrs. Anna Tomadakis has a diverse background in education. Her experience has given her the opportunity to work in various settings, ranging from her role as an Art educator, to teaching English language learners, and working with ESE populations. Anna is currently the Hebrew Academy High School AEP teacher, College Board and ACT SSD Coordinator. Anna is a parent and educator. She has assisted her three children through their educational journey. All three of her children approach learning differently Anna believes that as educators, our main goal is to guide and empower students to explore their talents and strengths, to reach their potential. Her experiences as a parent and educator have equipped her with sensitivity, to unique educational needs, and have provided her the opportunity to be a part of the Hebrew Academy Team to advocate for student success.
Ms. Oshrat Twito
Rabbi Netanel Weil
Rabbi Netanel Weil made Aliyah with his family from Teaneck, New Jersey, at the end of 1994 and has since lived in Yerushalaim. He served in the Intelligence Corps as part of a unique track of the Hesder Yeshiva in Modiin, and now serves in addition as a Rav Tzvai/Chaplain in the reserves out of a desire to contribute to the Jewish character and ethos of the army as much as possible. Rabbi Weil also joined a group of volunteers at Sha'arei Tzedek Hospital in Yerushalaim., entertaining patients. He has done this for over ten years. From his experience of making Aliyah, Netanel decided to join the SELA program of the Ministry of Education, dealing with klitat Aliyah of new immigrants of student age, after they learned in Ulpan. Rabbi Netanel and his wife, Bat-Chen, joined the Straus-Amiel program preparing Rabbis and educators for Shlichut serving later as Shlichim. They went to Dallas, teaching in the lower, middle and high schools, on behalf of WZO, as youth directors in the community and as Shlichei Bnei Akiva.
Ms. Yaara Yarchi
Morah Yaara Yarchi is a 'Morah Shlicha' ( emissary teacher) from the World Jewish Organization. She came to Hebrew academy four years ago and brought with her the spirit of Israel and the Israeli culture. She teaches Hebrew in middle school and high school, is the Activities Director for middle school, and teaches an Israel awareness class for middle school. Yaara believes that if students know the history of Israel, the geography of Israel, and the society of Israel, then they can be a great ambassador for Israel everywhere they go. Yaara has a Bachelors degree and a teaching certificate in education and history and also I has a certificate as a group facilitator.
Ms. Eve Zack
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.
Mrs. Amy Weiss Zuckerman
Mrs. Amy Weiss Zuckerman is a member of our Judaic Studies Department. She attended Yeshiva University's Stern College, where she studied Biblical studies and political science. This led to a teaching position at the Yeshiva of North Jersey. At Hebrew Academy, Amy’s students will be engaging in the books of Bereishis, Shemos, and Megillot, as she leads them to discover their roles and passions as Jews. Amy is a graduate of Hebrew Academy
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