Judi is thrilled to be back at Schechter for her 35th years as a Kindergarten teacher! She is also the proud parent of two Schechter alumni! Judi studied at both Boston State College and Hunter College in New York before becoming a teacher. Aside from Schechter, she served as a camp director at sleep away camp and as an assistant director at day camps. Each year, she looks forward to meeting new students and their families, while also reconnecting with staff members.
In her free time, Judi loves to spend time with her family, travel, read, attend theatre and do lots of walking!
Judi feels #SchechterPride when she sees the spark in the eyes of her students as they become excited about something we are doing. She is so appreciative of the beautiful notes the children and their families send throughout the year. Everyday is a different day with excitement and enthusiasm, which makes each day so special and unique!
Rinat is excited to be at Schechter for her 23rd year as a Hebrew Support Specialist. She holds a B.A. and an M.A. in Special Education and Counseling from Haifa University. Additionally, she is certified in reading, writing and math for children with learning disabilities and holds a Certificate in Hebrew proficiency. Prior to joining the Schechter team, Rinat worked as a learning disability specialist with children ages 5 to 14 years old. Every year, Rinat hopes to help her students fully integrate into their classrooms
In her free time, Rinat likes to be active. She does pilates and gym activities.
Rinat feels #SchechterPride when she watches her students graduate. She also feels #SchechterPride during Schechter’s Yom Ha’Atzmaut celebration!
Lianne is excited to be at Schechter for her 2nd year as a 6th- and 8th-grade Judaic Studies teacher. She holds a B.A. and an M.A.T. from Brandeis University and a Massachusetts License in Secondary History with an SEI Endorsement. Every year, Lianne enjoys reconnecting with former students and getting to know new ones. In addition, she looks forward to bringing projects and ideas into the classroom that she has worked on throughout the summer.
In her free time, Lianne teaches and performs Israeli dance.
Lianne feels #SchechterPride when her 8th-grade students present research projects from their Judaics classes. The presentations are attended by parents and 7th graders and it is always a successful celebration of learning!
Jill is in her 7th year at Gan Shelanu, currently as the school’s Auxiliary Services Coordinator. Jill holds a B.S. and CDA certification. Prior to joining the Schechter community, she worked at Hertz Nursery School for eight years and Cole Harrington for two and a half years. This year, Jill is particularly excited for this new role and looks forward to a new challenge!
In her free time, Jill enjoys walking the beach for sea glass.
Jill feels #SchechterPride when her students come back on a Monday morning and say they missed her, and parents share they have been singing song basket songs all weekend!
Estelle is excited to be at Schechter for her 18th year as a 5th-grade General Studies teacher. She holds a B.A. in Education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Every year, Estelle looks forward to getting to know her students as each class is new and each year brings exciting challenges!
In her free time, Estelle works as the Waterfront Director at Camp Yavneh. She has been in this role for the last 34 years and has spent 42 years at camp in total! She is a licensed instructor in water safety, lifeguarding, CPR, first aid and AED. She also teaches swimming at Boston Sports Club during the year.
Estelle feels #SchechterPride when she has the opportunity to see many Schechter students and alumni grow and thrive beyond the walls of Schechter while at Camp Yavneh. She loves watching Schechter students and alumni working at camp at the waterfront or as counselors. Her greatest pride is when alumni return to Schechter to visit with their enormous smile and hugs and to share their many accomplishments. She feels great nachas and success for them and their families!
David is excited to be part of the Schechter community for his 14th year as an 8th- grade math teacher and the 8th-grade Head Advisor. He holds a B.S. in Engineering from the University of Connecticut (UConn) and an M.S. in Computer Science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). Prior to working at Schechter, David worked in the computer industry for 25 years as a computer programmer, corporate customer service engineer and engineering manager.
Every year, David looks forward to the 8th All-Hebrew Musical and the opportunity to see talents that are hidden in his math class! He also looks forward to the Israel Study Tour which allows him the opportunity to interact with students outside of the classroom and to get to know them on a personal as well as academic level.
In his free time, David has been volunteering for United Synagogue Youth (USY) for over 40 years in Connecticut (Hanefesh) and New England Region USY (NERUSY) in various capacities. He has staffed 37 USY International Conventions, 34 NERUSY Spring Conventions and 34 NERUSY Encampments!
David feels #SchechterPride when students choose to stay in touch after school ends as that is when he knows he has really made a difference. In addition, he feels #SchechterPride when he reconnects with former students who tell him how well Schechter prepared them for high school and how much they valued their education. It makes him proud to be part of a school that has such a positive impact on its students.
Debbie is excited to return to Schechter for her 4th year, first as a teacher at Gan Shelanu and now as the Early Childhood Program’s Assistant Principal. Debbie holds a B.S. in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from Lesley University and is licensed as Director I and II. Prior to joining the Schechter team, Debbie was a Kindergarten and 1st-grade teacher in Abington, MA and the Auxiliary Services Coordinator and Director of Summer Program at the Striar Jewish Community Center in Stoughton, MA. Debbie was also a pre-Kindergarten teacher at the JCC in Canton and Stoughton as well as a Hebrew school and music teacher at Temple Israel of Sharon. Every year, Debbie looks forward to implementing new ideas as well as meeting and establishing relationships with new families — and especially the children!
In her free time, Debbie enjoys spending time with family, playing games, knitting and crocheting.
Debbie feels #SchechterPride when a student takes his or her parent by the hand to show something he or she has done or learned about in school!
Jessica is excited to be at Schechter for her 3rd year. She will teach Kindergarten this year, while having previously taught pre-Kindergarten at Gan Shelanu. She holds a B.A. in Child, Youth and Community Education and an M.S. in Early Childhood Education from Wheelock College. Prior to joining the Schechter team, Jessica worked as a supervisor for a before- and after-school program for children in grades K-5. Every year, Jessica loves learning new things from her colleagues and students. She also looks forward to collaborating with other teachers.
In her free time, Jessica is a huge Boston sports fan and enjoys watching the games on television or at a venue! She loves spending time with her husband, family and friends as well as relaxing at the beach and traveling.
Jessica feels #SchechterPride when she sees her students smiling and laughing. She also feels #SchechterPride when she receives recognition from her students’ families because it serves as a reminder that she really is making a difference in their child’s life.
Trudy is excited to begin her 22nd year at Schechter as the Upper School Counselor and Arts Director! She is also the proud parent of three Schechter alumnae. Trudy holds a B.A. in Music Composition from University at Albany, SUNY and an M.A. in Music Therapy and Counseling from New York University. Additionally, she is licensed as a Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), holds advanced certification as a music therapist, is certified in DBT, EMDR, hypnotherapy and is a state-certified music teacher.
Prior to joining the Schechter team, Trudy was a music therapist at McLean Hospital and the Clinical Director of Boston Institute for Arts Therapy. Additionally, she was an Adjunct Professor at the Lesley University Graduate School of Expressive Therapy, worked in a private practice and was a consultant to Newton-Wellesley Hospital/Interface. Trudy also served as a music educator at the Solomon Schechter School of Westchester, NY, the The Frisch School in Paramus, NJ and Westchester Day School in Mamaroneck, NY.
Every year, Trudy looks forward to meeting new kids and their families! She gets excited to help kids learn more about themselves, to feel safe and to express who they are! A highlight for her is helping students access the arts to learn more about themselves and to share themselves with the world.
In her free time, Trudy enjoys arts making, traveling, kayaking and animals!
Trudy feels #SchechterPride when watching students practice new skills that might be unfamiliar to them and then seeing them “own” them (often during a performance!).
Josh is excited to be at Schechter for his second year as Coordinator of Support Services and a teacher in the Upper School. He holds a B.A. in Sociology form Clark University and an M.Ed. in Special Education from Indiana University. Prior to joining the Schechter community, Josh taught Special Education in Evanston, IL. Every year, he looks forward to learning something new from his students.
In his free time, Josh is an avid birder!
Josh feels #SchechterPride when he watches his students’ awareness of the world they live in develop along with their desire to mold it into the place they want it to be.