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.

Ginny Galili

Head of School 

 


Barbie Barnholtz

Barbie Barnholtz

Infant Care Coordinator

Barbie has been part of the Gross Schechter Day School family since 2014.  From mother’s…

Randy Boroff

Randy Boroff

Director of Academics

Randy has been part of the Gross Schechter Day School family since spring 2015. Randy…

Tracey Bortz

Tracey Bortz

Director of Early Childhood Education

Morah Tracey has been part of the Gross Schechter Day School family since 2001. Tracey…

Nadine Chavin

Nadine Chavin

ECC Kochavim Teacher

Nadine joined the Schechter family in 2021. She has worked with children her whole life,…

Carolyn Clerget

Carolyn Clerget

Music Teacher

Mrs. Clerget has been part of the Gross Schechter Day School family since 2016.  She…

Janna Dorfman

Janna Dorfman

Director of Admissions

Jana Dorfman has been part of the Gross Schechter Day School family since 2016. She…

Bryan Eaton

Bryan Eaton

Facilities

Bryan has been part of the Gross Schechter Day School family since 2003. Originally from…

Iris Edelman

Iris Edelman

ECC Kofim Teacher

Morah Iris has been part of the Gross Schechter Day School family since 2012.  She…

Hirute Engida

Hirute Engida

ECC Doobbim Teacher

Hirute joined the Schechter family in  2019.

Marcy Escott

Marcy Escott

3rd Grade General Studies Teacher

Mrs. Escott has been part of the Gross Schechter Day School family since 2010. She…

Katie Ferguson

Katie Ferguson

Assistant to the Head of School

Katie was born in Rocky River and raised in North Olmsted. She has been part…

Ginny Galili

Ginny Galili

Head of School

Ginny Galili joined the Gross Schechter Day School family in Spring 2021!

Sarah German

Sarah German

ECC Parparim Teacher

Sarah joined the Gross Schechter Day School family in August 2019.  She has a Masters…

Rachel Gluck

Rachel Gluck

Kindergarten General Studies Teacher

Rachel joined the Gross Schechter Day school family in 2018.

Iris Granot

Iris Granot

ECC Prachim Teacher

Morah Iris has been part of the Gross Schechter Day School family since 2008.  She…

Abby Greenfield

Abby Greenfield

2nd Grade General Studies Teacher

Ms. Greenfield has been part of the Gross Schechter Day School family since 2004. She…

Sheri Gross

Sheri Gross

Director of Creative Programing

Sheri has been part of the Gross Schechter Day School family since 2016.  Before coming…

Laurie Gross-Kammer

Laurie Gross-Kammer

Director of Student Service

Mrs. G-K has been part of the Gross Schechter Day School family since 2008. She…

Aja Harris

Aja Harris

ICC Teacher

Aja has joined our ICC family in January 2021. I love to cook and bake!…

Lauren Henkin

Lauren Henkin

MS Language Arts Teacher

Ms. Henkin has been part of the Gross Schechter Day School family since August  2017.…

Pauline Horn

Pauline Horn

ECC Parparim Teacher

Pauline was a kindergarten teacher at Schechter when her children were students there, in the…

Loren Israelstam

Loren Israelstam

ECC Kofim Teacher

Morah Loren has been part of the Gross Schechter Day School family since 2009.  She…

Zach Izeman

Zach Izeman

PE Teacher

Zach Izeman is from Solon Ohio, and attended the University of Akron. He recently moved…

Laura Lash

Laura Lash

Art and Tech Teacher

Mrs Lash (Albert)  has been part of the Gross Schechter Day School family since 2010.…

Sandy Laserson

Sandy Laserson

Speech and Language Pathologist

Sandy has been part of the Gross Schechter Day School family since 2012. Sandy received…

Lisa Loeb

Lisa Loeb

5th Grade General Studies Teacher

Lisa has been part of the Gross Schechter Day School family since 2008. Lisa graduated…

Paul Lurie

Paul Lurie

Communications Manager

Paul Lurie joined the Gross Schechter Day School family in 2020. Paul graduated from Emerson…

Rachel Mears

Rachel Mears

ECC Dagim Teacher

Rachel has been apart of our Schechter family since 2020.

Julia Meyer

Julia Meyer

MS Social Studies Teacher

Julia became part of the Gross Schechter Day Family in 2019. She graduated with a…

Alex Mintz

Alex Mintz

PE Teacher

I became part of the Gross Schechter Day school family in 2020. I graduated from…

Donell Newman

Donell Newman

4th Grade General Studies Teacher

Mrs.Newman has been part of the Gross Schechter Day School family since 2008. Mrs. Newman…

Jennifer Kercher

Jennifer Kercher

Director of Finance and Business Operation

Jennifer has been part of the Gross Schechter Day School family since 2007, first as…

Matthew Norton

Matthew Norton

Middle School Science Teacher

Mr. Norton has been part of the Gross Schechter Day School family since 2006. He…

Sherry O’Brien

Sherry O’Brien

ECC Nitzanim Teacher

Sherry is from Wickliffe and lives in Mentor on the Lake , She attended Lakeland…

Elana Perlin

Elana Perlin

Director of Judaic Studies

Elana Perlin joined the Schechter family in the summer of 2021. She is originally from…

Joe Santora

Joe Santora

Middle School Math Teacher

Mr. Santora has been part of the Gross Schechter Day School family since 2011. Mr.…

Fredell Schnee

Fredell Schnee

ECC Doobbim Teacher

Fredell is originally from Houston, Texas and has lived in Ohio for over 25 years.…

Danielle Shainker

Danielle Shainker

Technology Coordinator

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

Rabbi Ben Shlimovitz

Rabbi Ben Shlimovitz

Middle School Judaic Studies Teacher/ Coordinator of Jewish Living

Rabbi Ben became part of the Gross Schechter Day School in 2015. Rabbi Ben Shlimovitz…

Oudi Singer

Oudi Singer

2nd Grade Judaic Studies Teacher

Bio coming soon…

Vicki Teitelbaum

Vicki Teitelbaum

ECC Tziporim Teacher

Vicki has been part of the Gross Schechter Day School Family since 2009.  Vicki attended…

Ellis Thompson

Ellis Thompson

Facilities

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

Ora Toporivskiy

Ora Toporivskiy

ECC Dagim Teacher

Ora has been a part of Gross Schechter Day School since 2018. Ora moves to…

Jim Walker

Jim Walker

Facilities Manager

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

Brian Walnsch

Brian Walnsch

Business Office

Brian became part of the Gross Schechter Business Department in October 2020.  He is a…

Marilyn Zaas

Marilyn Zaas

ECC Pilim Teacher

Marilyn joined the Schechter Family in 2021 after 19 years of teaching 3 year olds…