Rabbi Tilles is excited to be joining the Schechter community this year as the Director of Jewish Life and Learning. He holds a B.A.in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh as well as Rabbinical Ordination and a certificate in Pastoral Education from the The Jewish Theological Seminary – JTS. Prior to joining Schechter, Rabbi Tilles served as the Associate Rabbi at the Merrick Jewish Centre in Merrick, Long Island. Rabbi Tilles looks forward to fostering meaningful Jewish experiences for all of our Schechter students and families.
In his free time, Rabbi Tilles likes to take his sons for a bike ride, but he is still getting used to the Boston hills!
Rabbi Tilles feels #SchechterPride already from the warmth and kindness that has been extended to him and his family from the school community as he begins to work in this new and exciting role!
Josh is excited to be returning to Schechter for his 12th year as the 4th-6th-grade Physical Education teacher and the Solomon Schechter Athletic Director. He holds a B.A. in Elementary Education from Westminster College and an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Missouri. Prior to joining the Schechter community, Josh taught 5th grade at McIntire Elementary in Fulton, MO.
Every year, he looks forward to watching the growth of his students over the course of the year.
In his free time, Josh is the Assistant Softball Coach at UMass Boston. He helped lead his team to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history in 2017!
Josh feels #SchechterPride when he watches the Schechter boys and girls sports teams succeed. Last year both teams won the Jewish Day School basketball tournament! (Schechter is still the only school to win both in the same year!)
Christen is excited to return to Schechter for her second year as the Director of Annual Giving. She holds a B.A. in Art History and an M.A.T. in Art Education from the University of New Hampshire. Prior to joining the Schechter community, Christen was the Associate Director of Advancement at the The Pike School.
Christen looks forward to listening to people speak passionately about Schechter and inspiring them to support our amazing school philanthropically.
In her free time, Christen enjoys making artisan journals from found objects.
Christen feels #SchechterPride when working collaboratively with faculty, staff and students to give special visitors the opportunity to engage in meaningful dialogue with other members of the community on Grandparents’ and Special Visitors’ Day.
Marla is excited to return to Schechter for her 9th year as a 1st-grade teacher. She holds a B.A. in Elementary Education from Fitchburg State University and an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Northeastern University. Every year, Marla looks forward to collaborating with the talented faculty here at Schechter.
In her free time, Marla loves spending time with family.
Marla feels #SchechterPride thanks to the connections she makes with children and their families.
Mark is looking forward to returning to Schechter for his second year as the Associate Head of School! Mark holds a B.A. in History from Bucknell University and an M.Ed. in Elementary Education and Reading from Lesley University. Additionally, Mark has Massachusetts Certifications as Elementary Teacher for grades K-6, Reading Specialist for grades K-12 and as Elementary School Principal.
Prior to joining the Schechter team, Mark taught 6th grade in the Brockton Public Schools from 1978-1981 and 1st, 3rd and 5th grades in the Brookline Public Schools from 1981-1990. He was an elementary school principal in the Dedham Public Schools from 1990-1995 and an elementary school principal at the Mason-Rice School in Newton from 1995-2016.
Every year, Mark can’t wait to meet new students and their families as well as see returning students once again. He is also excited each year to work with our faculty.
In his free time, Mark enjoys reading, playing golf and tennis.
Mark felt #SchechterPride when he visited Israel with Schechter’s 8th grade students. He feels #SchechterPride each and every day when students exhibit kindness to one another.
Rachel is excited to return to Schechter for her 12th year as a Middle School teacher. She will teach 8th grade Language Arts this year, while having also taught 7th grade Language Arts and 7th grade Social Studies in the past. She holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. Every year, Rachel looks forward to getting to know a new group of students and observing their insightful and creative discussions of literature.
In her free time, Rachel loves reading mysteries and historical fiction. She also enjoys making paper cuts and creating other types of art.
Rachel feels #SchechterPride because she is not only a teacher, but an alumna and a Schechter parent. She knows her children are in excellent hands and feels lucky to work with such talented and committed educators.