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Religious School Faculty

Religious School Faculty

Carolyn Abrams is currently the Early Engagement Coordinator at TEE along with Parent-Child Hebrew. She has taught Religious School for over 16 years. During the week, Carolyn is a teacher in the Streetsboro Schools and is a mom to three.  Carolyn and her husband Adam are members of TEE. Carolyn has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and Sociology from the University of Cincinnati.  Prior to motherhood, she taught elementary school.

Shari Bernstein is excited to be returning to TEE as the Pre-K and Kindergarten teacher.  Shari's Judaic teaching experiences include over 18 years that range from preschool through adult education. Shari is married to Jeff and they are the parents of three children. Her favorite hobbies include traveling with her family, cooking, eating, and reading.

Leah Evans is thrilled to begin another year at TEE, where she will be teaching preschool, grade 3 midweek Hebrew as well as grade 7 in our Monday night TEEn Kolel program. Leah grew up in Cleveland, attending Gross Schechter Day School. She recently returned to Cleveland after obtaining her degree in Art Education at Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia. 

Paula Goddard'scareers have included being a banker, a religious school teacher and a preschool teacher.  She has been teaching religious school for over 16 years which includes every grade from Kindergarten through Grasde 12 with the exception of 10th grade.  She will be teaching 6th grade Hebrew and Judaics on Tuesdays and Sundays this year.  Paula and her husband Arthur are members of TEE, and have two children.

Erin Gabay is thrilled to be teaching 3rd and 9th Grades this year! When Erin is not at Temple Emanu El, she can be found teaching at the Ratner School or hanging out with her 3 children in Solon. Her background includes undergraduate and graduate degrees in Jewish Studies, working as Jewish as a Jewish Family Educator, along with an Ohio teaching license in middle school math and science. Erin spent time with her family in Israel over the summer and is happy to be back to connect with students new and old.

Julie Hayes joins the Temple Emanu El Religious School Faculty this year.  Julie will be teaching second grade.  She has taught Religious School before.  Julie and her two children are members have been long time members at Temple Emanu El.  Julie loves to work for the National Council of Jewish Women.  She is the Operations Administrator and works to support all of the projects NCJW volunteers do in the community. She is passionate and devoted to this rewarding work.  Julie has a BA in Journalism from The Ohio State University.  Welcome to Temple Emanu El’s Religious School, Julie!

Lisa Kornspan has an MPA, a Master in Public Policy and Management from The Ohio State University.  She also has experience in Education, Psychology and Human Resources.  She has been a Youth Director and Religious School teacher.  Lisa also teaches exercise and yoga when she’s not teaching Hebrew.  She brings lots of energy and creativity to her classroom.  Lisa is looking forward to teaching fourth grade Hebrew and connecting with the students, as she inspires them to be more familiar with Hebrew and the prayers.  She has 3 boys that all play multiple sports.  She spends a great deal of time schlepping them to games and cheering them on.

Rebekah Levy is excited to be teaching Grade 1 this year at TEE.  For over 16 years, she has taught Grade Pre-K through Grade 3 as well as Hebrew at various synagogues. Rebekah graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a BS in Psychology and a teaching certificate in Elementary Education.  During the week, Rebekah works at The Tutoring Center as the Head Instructor.

Beth Mann is Temple Emanu El’s Youth and Family Program Director, planning retreats, family Tikkun Olam programs and works with TEMTY (Temple Emanu El’s Youth Group) to plan fun programs like the Purim Carnival.  In addition, Beth teaches Grade 11 & 12 in our Monday night TEEn Kolel program. Beth lives in Solon with her husband Phil and two children.

Debbie Ornstein joins Temple Emanu El’s Religious School this year.  Debbie has a Master’s Degree in Jewish Education and significant experience teaching multiple grades at religious schools. She also has a great deal of experience working for BBYO; leading workshop for advisors, advising teens and implementing leadership curriculum and programs.  She has also worked at Jewish summer camps and taught in day schools.  Debbie is excited to get to know the fifth grade students.

Charles Stone is very excited to be back for another year at Temple Emanu El. This will be his second year teaching Fourth and Eighth Grades.  A writer at heart and a student by day, Charles plans to complete his undergrad in English at Cleveland State and then continue on to get a Masters in Education.  Charles brings excitement, enthusiasm, creativity, and a wealth of knowledge into each lesson plan.

Channa Schulgasser started teaching Religious School in Providence, RI while getting her degree at Rhode Island School of Design. She loves the combination of Jewish education and arts and crafts. Her favorite projects involve "mehudar mitzvah" anything that beautifies a mitzvah - from illuminated brachot, colorful kippot, and decorative seder plates to personalized mezuzah cases and embellished textiles.  Channa's education also includes a year of study at Kalisher School of the Arts in Tel Aviv. She moved to Cleveland after marrying a native Clevelander and has 3 little boys who also love to create things.

Marla Wolf has a Master’s Degree in Jewish Education and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, along with a certificate in Jewish Studies.  In addition, Marla is a licensed State of Ohio K-8th Grade teacher.  She has been a Religious School teacher, Assistant Director, and Director.  In addition, Marla worked for the JECC’s Retreat Institute of Cleveland and been a day school teacher.  Marla brings a balance of formal and informal education.  She also has experience with both Jewish and secular education.  She lives with her husband and two children that attend the Mandel Jewish Day School.

Amelea Zamir is excited to be back teaching the Fifth grade Hebrew this year! Mrs. Zamir is a Parshah Fellow, who is currently involved in developing and implementing a program called Philosophical Inquiry with TaNaCh. Over the summer, She and the other Parshah fellows helped to co-lead a workshop at CASE’s summer seminar on the same program for educators under Dr. Jen Glaser and Dr. Howard Deitcher of The Israel Center for Philosophy in Education.    Outside of the classroom, Mrs. Zamir is an artist.  She was a 2013 fellow of the Cleveland Jewish Arts and Culture lab, and is involved with Negative Space Gallery. She enjoys attending Shabbat services and taking courses in Modern Hebrew through the Laura and Alvin Siegal Lifelong Learning Program. When she is not teaching or studying Hebrew she can be found in coffee shops, dancing, or creating art alongside her husband, Gadi Zamir.