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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.

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PK - 6th Grade Faculty 

Liz Amoss
3rd/4th Grade Teacher
BA
Joined JCDS in 2016

Carol Garcia
PK/Kindergarten
Assistant Teacher
Joined JCDS in 2015

Eliza Kase
5th/6th Grade Teacher
BA, MS, MA
Joined JCDS in 2017

Goni Sondak
PK-6th Grade 
BA, MA
Joined JCDS in 2022

Paula Apffel
3rd/4th Grade Teacher
BA
Joined JCDS in 2019

Lauren Gisclair
Music Teacher/Administrative Assistant
BM, MM
Joined JCDS in 2008

Cameron Lowry
1st/2nd Grade Teacher
BA, MLIS
Joined JCDS in 2020

Margaret Winston
School Counselor
LPC, BA, MS

Joined JCDS 2019

Bio

Rabbi Michael Cohen
School Rabbi
BA, BA, Ordination
Joined JCDS in 2019

Hemda Hochman
Hebrew Teacher
BA, MA
Joined JCDS in 2015

Dr. Brad Philipson
Oscar J. Tolmas Head of School Chair
BA, MA, MFA, PhD
Joined JCDS in 2019

Judy Fried
PK/Kindergarten Teacher
BS
Joined JCDS in 1996

"Coach PJ" Jones
Athletics Director
BA
Joined JCDS in 2016

Stephanie Silvey
STEAM Teacher
BS, MA
Joined JCDS in 2022

Green Preschool Faculty

Alexa Craig
Perachim Teacher
BS
Joined JCDS in 2022

Avery Loss
Green Preschool Director
BA, MA
Joined JCDS in 2019

Amanda Ruhlman
Nitzanim Teacher
Joined JCDS in 2020

 

Lauren Gisclair
Music Teacher/ Admin. Asst.
BM, MM
Joined JCDS in 2008

Adrienne Falgout
Nitzanim Teacher
BA
Joined JCDS in 2021

Genesis Mata
Nitzanim Teacher
Joined JCDS in 2021

 

Amy Stern
Nitzanim Teacher
BA
Joined JCDS in 2020

Rabbi Michael Cohen
School Rabbi
BA, BA, Ordination
Joined JCDS in 2019

Anna Fesmire
Devorim Teacher
BA
Joined JCDS in 2019

Sara Moujir
Rimonim Teacher
Joined JCDS in 2021

 

Tania Velasco
Enrichment & Classroom Support
MBA
Joined JCDS in 2020

Jade Gerrick
Rimonim Teacher
BA
Joined JCDS in 2022

Sabrina Roubion
Devorim Teacher
Joined JCDS in 2020

 

Brigid Viguerie
Green Preschool Art Teacher
BA
Joined JCDS in 2022

Administration

Tiffany Cotlar
Director of Advancement
BA
Joined JCDS in 2015

Jessie Dowsakul
Admissions Director
BA, MA
Joined JCDS in 2022

Lauren Gisclair
Music Teacher/ Admin. Asst.
BM, MM
Joined JCDS in 2008

Janna Jackson
Director of Business and Operations
BA, MA
Joined JCDS in 2017