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Meet our Team


Every JCDS teacher  is highly qualified, loves being a teacher, and is dedicated to ensuring an ongoing expansive continuum of learning for each student.  JCDS teachers

are committed to lifelong professional growth, with continuing education coursework, feedback, and collaboration designed to expand instructional effectiveness and maximize student learning.

Day School Faculty

Dr. Brad Philipson

Oscar J. Tolmas

Head of School Chair

Carol Garcia

Pre.K/Kindergarten Asst. Teacher

Maggie Madere

1st/2nd Teacher

Liz Amoss

3rd/4th Teacher

Hemda Hochman

Hebrew Teacher


Abby Wetsman

Art Teacher


Toby David

Library Studies/Jewish Studies

"Coach PJ" Jones

Physical Education


Margaret Winston, LPC

School Counselor


Judy Fried

Pre.K/Kindergarten Teacher

Eliza Kase

5th/6th Teacher

Green Preschool Faculty

Leylah Cagle

Green Preschool Teacher

Avery Loss

Head of Green Preschool

Camille Greenberg

Green Preschool Advisor

Anna Fesmire

Nitzanim Teacher

Ashley Wood

Green Preschool Teacher

Molly Garcia

Green Preschool Teacher

Enrichment Teachers

Paula Apffel



Rabbi Michael Cohen

School Rabbi

Chelsea Robertson

Enrichment Teacher and Assistant Administrator


Lauren Gisclair



Tiffany Cotlar

Director of Institutional Advancement

Lauren Gisclair

Administration Support

Janna Jackson

Business Manager

Serena Deutch

Director of Admissions



JCDS considers all applicants for employment and admission without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability, citizenship, or any other protected status.


3747 West Esplanade Avenue, Metairie, Louisiana 70002 | (504) 887-4091

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