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Meet the Day School 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

Judy Fried

Pre.K/Kindergarten Teacher

Eliza Kase

5th/6th Teacher

Liz Amoss

3rd/4th Teacher

Carol Garcia

Pre.K/Kindergarten Asst. Teacher

Maggie Madere

1st/2nd Teacher

Paula Apffel

1st/2nd Teacher

STEAM 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



Enrichment Teachers

Paula Apffel



Rabbi Michael Cohen

School Rabbi

Lauren Gisclair


Abby Wetsman



Tiffany Cotlar

Director of Institutional Advancement

Serena Deutch

Director of Admissions

Lauren Gisclair

Administration Support

Janna Jackson

Business Manager