Meet the Gross Schechter Staff

We are extremely proud of our teachers and administrators at Gross Schechter Day School. Each brings their own unique skills and specialties to share with our students, which helps build a well-rounded community. Below you will find information about each staff member, as well as their email and extension.

BOROFFRANDYRandy Boroff

Head of School x403

Laura Albert

Laura Albert

Art and Tech Teacher x318

Laura received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from The University of Delaware with a…

Davida Amkraut

Davida Amkraut

MS Language Arts and 8th Grade Advisor x322

Davida graduated from Columbia University with a Master’s degree in curriculum design in 1991, and…

Barbie Barnholtz

Barbie Barnholtz

Infant Care Coordinator x101

From mother’s helper to babysitter to nanny to daycare provider/preschool teacher to mother, Barbie’s love…

Shanna Berlas

Front Office & Lunch Aid

Shanna has been a part of Gross Schechter Day School since 1999 as a parent…

Randy Boroff

Randy Boroff

Head of School x403

Randy is a career educator and veteran superintendent. He brings over 40 years of experience to…

Tracey Bortz

Tracey Bortz

Director of Early Childhood Education x413

Tracey emigrated from South Africa in 2001. She graduated from the Johannesburg College of Education and…

Elizabeth Cira

Elizabeth Cira

2 Year old Parparim General Studies Teacher

Liz earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Ashford University in Early Childhood Education. She is happily…

Ora Dromi

Ora Dromi

Pre-K Judaic Studies Teacher x355 VM Only

Ora received her teaching degree in her native Israel. She has been teaching at Schechter for…

Bryan Eaton

Bryan Eaton

Facilities

Bryan has been with Schechter over 12 years. Originally from Cleveland, Brian likes comic books and…

Jesse Ebner

Jesse Ebner

MS Social Studies Teacher & 6th Grade GLA

Jesse attended Villanova University for her undergraduate degree and John Carroll University for a Masters of…

Iris Edelman

Iris Edelman

3 Year Old General Studies Teacher x102

Iris is starting her 4th year at Schechter. She has been teaching preschool for a…

Marcy Escott

Marcy Escott

Pre-K General Studies Teacher x104

Marcy received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati in 1990, and then decided to go back…

Joel Faulkner

Joel Faulkner

Physical Education and IT Assistant

Joel graduated from Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in business administration/ marketing in 2008.…

Marci Friedman

Marci Friedman

1st Grade General Studies Teacher x356 VM Only

Marci has been teaching at Gross Schechter for 25 years. She graduated from The Ohio State…

Dr. Heidi Geis

Dr. Heidi Geis

Director of Wellness

Heidi, a San Diego native, completed her undergraduate degree with a double major in biochemistry and…

Iris Granot

Iris Granot

Iris has been teaching at Gross Schechter since 2008, specializing in early childhood education.  She grew…

Chana Green

Chana Green

Chana has a passion for traveling and meeting new people.  She enjoys a diverse array of…

Rotem Green

Rotem Green

Kitchen Staff

Rotem has a great interest in technology. One of his favorite hobbies is listening to all…

Abby Greenfield

Abby Greenfield

General Studies 2nd Grade Teacher x210

Abby graduated from Kent State University in 2004 with a Bachelor’s degree in early childhood education.…

Laurie Gross-Kammer

Laurie Gross-Kammer

Director of Student Services x415

Laurie has worked at Gross Schechter for nine years. She attended The Ohio State University for her…

Hadassa Hoff

Hadassa Hoff

MS Hebrew Teacher x323

Hadassa was born and raised in Israel. She has a degree in education, and enjoys teaching…

Loren Israelstam

Loren Israelstam

3 Year Old Judaic Studies Teacher x363 VM Only

Loren is the proud mother of two alumni and one current student of Schechter. Their move…

Jennifer Kercher

Jennifer Kercher

Controller x409

Jennifer has been part of the Gross Schechter Day School family for eight years, first as…

Rachel Lappen

Rachel Lappen

Director of Institutional Advancement (Development, Marketing and Communications) x405

Rachel received a BA in Music from Barnard College and a BA in Bible from…

Sandy Laserson

Sandy Laserson

Speech and Language Pathologist x428

Sandy received her BA from the University of Michigan in Psychology-Speech and Hearing Science and…

Rachel Lawton

Rachel Lawton

5th Grade Judaic Studies Teacher & Middle School Hebrew Teacher x213

Rachel grew up in Kiriat Ata, Israel and graduated from Haifa University with degrees in…

Lisa Loeb

Lisa Loeb

5th Grade General Studies Teacher x216

Lisa graduated from The Ohio State University. She taught 4th grade in Garfield Heights public…

Talia Maoz

Talia Maoz

3 Year old Judaic Studies Teacher x357 VM Only

Talia teaches Judaic studies in the Dagim class. She moved to Cleveland from Israel last year and…

DeAnna Martin

DeAnna Martin

HR Admissions x410

DeAnna has been working at Gross Schechter for nine years. She is in her last semester…

Nancy Markus

Nancy Markus

Middle School Math & 7th Grade GLA

Nancy received a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education and a Bachelor of Arts…

Donell Newman

Donell Newman

4th Grade General Studies Teacher x214

Donell received a Bachelor’s degree in child life specialty from The University of Akron, and…

Matthew Norton

Matthew Norton

Middle School Science Teacher x317

Matt has worked at Gross Schechter Day School for ten years. He graduated from Eastern…

Orli Rabkin

Orli Rabkin

Kindergarten Judaic Studies Teacher x208

Orli, a graduate of Schechter, has taught here for seven years. She graduated from The…

Molly Rosenberg

Molly Rosenberg

Admin Assistant x401

Molly joined Gross Schechter after earning her degree from The Ohio State University. Molly is a…

Joe Santora

Joe Santora

Middle School Math Teacher x362 VM Only

Joe has been a teacher for 49 years. After working at Mayfield Heights High School for…

Stephanie Schechter

Stephanie Schechter

3rd Grade General Studies Teacher x212

Stephanie graduated from Miami University in 2008 with a degree in early childhood education, then…

Fredell Schnee

Fredell Schnee

2 Year Old General Studies Teacher x101

Fredell is originally from Houston, Texas and has lived in Ohio for 20 years. She…

Danielle Shainker

Danielle Shainker

Technology Coordinator x419

Danielle was born and raised in Cleveland. She has been part of the Gross Schechter family…

Yehudit Sharaby

Yehudit Sharaby

2nd & 3rd Grade Judaic Studies Teacher

Yehudit graduated from Bar Ilan University in Israel with a degree in special education, and then…

Rabbi Ben Shlimovitz

Rabbi Ben Shlimovitz

Middle School Judaic Studies Teacher/ Coordinator of Jewish Living

Rabbi Ben Shlimovitz graduated from the University of Minnesota with a major in  East Asian…

Lori Sweet

Lori Sweet

3 Year Old General Studies Teacher

Lori graduated from Ursuline College in 2008 with a Master’s degree in early childhood education…

Vicki Teitelbaum

Vicki Teitelbaum

Pre-K General Studies Teacher x103

Vicki attended The Ohio State University and graduated with a degree in elementary education.  She…

Ellis Thompson

Ellis Thompson

Facilities

Ellis joined Schechter after retiring from his professional job over six years ago.  He and…

Jim Walker

Jim Walker

Facilities Manager

Jim has worked with Gross Schechter for over 14 years. Originally from Cleveland, he and his…