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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.



PK - 6th Grade Faculty 

Paula Apffel
3rd/4th Grade Teacher

Judy Fried
PK/Kindergarten Teacher

Hemda Hochman
Hebrew Teacher

Margaret Winston, LPC
School Counselor


Liz Amoss
3rd/4th Grade Teacher

Carol Garcia
Assistant Teacher

Eliza Kase
5th/6th Grade Teacher

Rabbi Michael Cohen
School Rabbi

Lauren Gisclair
Music Teacher
Administrative Assistant

Cameron Lowry
1st/2nd Grade Teacher

Toby David
Library Studies/Jewish Studies

"Coach PJ" Jones
Athletics Director

Dr. Brad Philipson
Oscar J. Tolmas
Head of School Chair

Green Preschool Faculty

Alyse Downey
Perachim Teacher

Avery Loss
Green Preschool Director

Amy Stern
Nitzanim Teacher

Adrienne Falgout
Nitzanim Teacher

Deborah Magee
Rimonim Teacher

Tania Velasco
Enrichment & Classroom Support

Anna Fesmire
Devorim Teacher

Sabrina Roubion
Devorim Teacher

Jade Gerrick
Green Preschool Administrative Asst.

Amanda Ruhlman
Nitzanim Teacher


Tiffany Cotlar
Director of Advancement

Jessie Dowsakul
Admissions Director

Janna Jackson
Director of Business and Operations

Lauren Gisclair
Music Teacher/ Administrative Asst.