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Middle School

Mrs. Andrea Lucero
Mrs. Andrea Lucero has been in the field of education for sixteen years. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education with a concentration in Social Studies for grades 6-12 at Manhattan College in Riverdale, New York. She began her teaching career as a fifth grade teacher at a private school and then later moved on to teaching tenth grade U.S. History at a public high school in New Jersey. In 2002, she moved to Miami and began teaching part time at the Hebrew Academy. She taught social studies, English, and math in the middle school during her first year. The following year she began teaching the Middle School Social Studies classes along with an English course. Over the years, Mrs. Lucero has been the student council advisor, Ruach team coach, Community Service Coordinator, and assistant to the principal. In 2008, Mrs. Lucero graduated from Nova Southeastern University with her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership. In 2011 she began her role in administration as the Middle School Principal.
Mrs. Lea Bouhnik
Mr. Javier Gonzalez
Mr. Javier Gonzalez is a science teacher and was born in Puerto Rico. He has been a science teacher for 18 years. He currently holds two Masters degrees; one in science curriculum and another in environmental education. He has also been the Science fair coordinator and a teacher facilitator for the Oracle Education Foundation.
Rabbi Elias Hochner
Rabbi Elias Hochner is a member of our Judaic Studies faculty and has been an educator since 1979. He received his Bachelors degree from the Israel Research Institute in 1975. He then completed graduate work in Psychology at the New School for Social Research. In his first two years as a teacher he led a Talmud Program in Colombia. Rabbi Hochner then began teaching at Hebrew Academy in 1979. He has taught Judaic Studies in grades 3 through 12. In addition to teaching, Rabbi Hochner has also coached the soccer team, and run various electives such as computers and photography. Rabbi Hochner also ran our first afterschool Mishmar program and organizes father-son learning opportunities throughout the school year.
Mr. Glenn Katzman
Glenn Katzman is a teacher of middle school social studies. After a brief flirtation with a career in law, Mr. Katzman embarked on a path toward teaching. He completed his graduate work at the University of San Diego and taught the past two years in San Francisco. He previously worked in marketing and completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Arizona with a degree in Political Science.
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.
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.
Mrs. Marie Lopez
Ms. Marie Angie Lopez is a math teacher and has two master's degrees; one in Business Administration with a major in Marketing and Management. The second one is in Curriculum and Instruction of Mathematics. She graduated from the University of Puerto Rico and started working in advertising and marketing although she always wanted to be a special education teacher. She thinks it was her Math teacher who mentored her to become one. Hence, after 15 years, she switched to education and started working as a Middle and High school math teacher. She has taught from 5th to 11th grades, from Arithmetic to Pre-Calculus, specializing in integrating technology into the classroom. Last year she began a boys’ choir as part of the middle school elective program.
Mrs. Aviva Moshe
Mrs. Jennifer Ohana
Mrs. Ohana is a language arts teacher and a faculty mentor. She graduated from University of Michigan with her Bachelors degree in English. She then received her Masters of Arts in Teaching from Boston University. Mrs. Ohana taught language arts at Cohen Hillel Academy in Boston from 1993-1999. She then relocated to Miami Beach and began teaching language arts at the Hebrew Academy in 2001. During her fifteen years at the Academy, she has been the yearbook coordinator and part of the PDSE team that facilitates the faculty’s professional development. In 2011, Mrs. Ohana was trained as a teaching coach through a program at the Center for the Advancement of Jewish Education and also took on the role of faculty mentor for the elementary and middle school staff. Mrs. Ohana teaches language arts to 6th, 7th, and 8th grades, assists with professional development implementation, and mentors new members of the faculty.
Rabbi Noach Rabovsky
Mrs. Chani Richmond
Mrs. Kayla Schochet
Mrs. Kayla Schochet is a member of the Middle School Judaic faculty as a Chumash teacher. She has been in education for the past ten years. Mrs. Schochet has taught Judaic Studies in New York and Miami during her career as an educator. She has been teaching at the Hebrew Academy for the past 6 years.
Mrs. Judy Schurz
Ms. Oshrat Twito
Mrs. Devorah Werdiger
Devorah Werdiger teaches Hebrew Language and Israel Awareness in Middle School. She is also the Middle School Activities Director. Devorah believes that if students know the history of Israel and the Jewish people, then they can be great ambassadors for Israel everywhere they go. Devorah holds BA and MA degrees in Administration and Management of Educational Systems from Bar Ilan University, Israel. Her BA degree includes a Minor in Jewish History – World War II, and has a specialty teaching diploma in Jewish History.
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