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Faculty & Staff

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Faculty


Shoshi Bilavsky

Head of School

  • At SJCS since 2010
  • 20+ years teaching
  • M.A. in Judaic Studies with an emphasis on Bible and Jewish Education, Laura and Alvin Siegal College of Judaic Studies
  • B.A. in Education and Judaic Studies, Bar Ilan University & Talpyot College (joint program)

“As a Jewish educator, my philosophy of education is based on the principle that each individual is created b'zelem Elokim — in God's image — and therefore of infinite worth.”


Mary Grace Lentz

Kindergarten General Studies

  • At SJCS since 2004
  • 15+ years teaching
  • Professional Certification in Elementary Education, Pacific Oaks College
  • M.A. in Human Development, Pacific Oaks College
  • B.A. in Performance Arts and Transpersonal Psychology, Prescott College

“The beauty of education is to guide the individual on a path of self-discovery. Through a facilitated curriculum, the child explores the beauty of nature and discovers his or her place in the interconnected world through engaged interaction.”


Shoshana Stombaugh

Kindergarten Judaic/Hebrew Studies/Music Specialist

  • At SJCS since 1991
  • 25 years teaching
  • Grinspoon/Steinhardt Excellence in Teaching Award Recipient, 2012
  • M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, Seattle University
  • B.A. in Speech Communication and Theater, University of Michigan

“I believe that human beings are natural learners, and that teachers teach best when teaching from their place of passion. Children learn best when they can trust that they will be respected, heard, and honored in both emotional and learning needs.”


Mihal Bat-Or

1st - 5th Grade Hebrew Studies

  • At SJCS since 1994
  • 25+ years teaching
  • B.H.L (Bachelor of Hebrew Letters), Gratz College
  • B.A. in Education, Temple University

“The role of the teacher is to support and facilitate students' growth in the areas of academic achievement, social skills, study skills, mitzvot, and the cultivation of dereh eretz.”


Amy Duncan

1st Grade General Studies

  • At SJCS since 2013
  • 15+ years teaching
  • M. Ed with Certification in Elementary Ed., Lesley College
  • B.A. in Art History, Brown University

“As educators, it is our responsibility to create a safe learning environment for our students. It is only when children feel safe — physically, emotionally and intellectually, that they will take risks, grow and thrive.”


Debbie Clement

2nd/3rd Grade General Studies

  • At SJCS since 2008
  • 20+ years teaching
  • Teacher Certification, Seattle University
  • B.A. in Society and Justice, University of Washington

“My philosophy of education is to understand each child and modify the curriculum to meet his/her needs, to provide an engaging and fun curriculum so that every child will want to learn, and to help each student make a smooth transition into the intermediate grades.”


Perri Erlitz

2nd/3rd Grade General Studies

  • At SJCS since 2016
  • 8 years teaching
  • M.S. in Education for Sustainability, University of Vermont 2018
  • B.A. in Environmental Studies, Brandeis University


Jane Shay

4th Grade General Studies

  • At SJCS since 2014
  • 5 years teaching
  • Master in Teaching, Seattle University
  • Teaching Certification, Seattle University
  • BA in Philosophy, Tufts University, Medford, MA

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” — William Butler Yeats


Debbie Massarano

Interim 1st and 4th Grade Judaic Studies

  • At SJCS since 2017


Beth Schustek

5th Grade General Studies

  • At SJCS since 2014
  • 15 years teaching experience
  • BA in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Child Psychology
  • Masters Degree in Education and Curriculum instruction

“I believe in teaching the whole child, involving the mind, the body, the heart, and the soul. Partnering with parents, respecting the students as human beings, and fostering a nurturing environment is truly the only way to prepare children for the world in front of them and all the opportunities that come with it.”


Rabba Emily Meyer

2nd, 3rd and 5th Grade Judaic Studies

  • At SJCS since 2013
  • BA in Classics, Connecticut College
  • Rabbinic Ordination, Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion

“A child is not a vessel to be filled but a lamp to be lit.” —Proverbs


Anthony Boyles

Physical Education & Recess Specialist

  • At SJCS since 2016


Bibi Powell

Art Specialist

  • At SJCS since 2007
  • 10+ years teaching
  • A.A. (Associate of Art) in Graphic Design, Seattle Central Community College
  • B.A. in Humanities with Emphasis on Fine Arts, Seattle University

“I believe that education is about sharing the joy of learning with children concerning the wonderful, wide world around us, simultaneously expanding our understanding and horizons.”


Debra J.G. Butler

Learning Specialist

  • At SJCS since 2015
  • SJCS founding Head of School
  • M.Ed.Boston College
  • Massachusetts Teaching Certificate K-8
  • B.A. Brandeis University

“The best learning is individualized, respecting a child’s interests and passions.”


Jana Miller

Head Chef & Kitchen Coordinator

  • At SJCS since 2003
  • 38 years of working in field of education
  • BS in Home Economics Education (BS HEc Ed), Oregon State University
  • Masters of Home Economics (MHEc), Oregon State University

“At SJCS I see students eager to try new foods, learn to prepare unusual and difficult recipes. It is important to make each child feel successful and allow choices in the hot lunch program to fulfill nutritional needs.”


Ethan Blake

Before and After School Enrichment (BASE) Director

  • At SJCS since 2017
  • 7 years of working for Hebrew School. Youth Groups and Day Camp
  • BA in Urban Studies, Brown University


Staff


Kacie Campbell

Kacie Campbell

Administrative Assistant

Leah Gotz

Leah Gotz

Admissions & Marketing Manager

Elizabeth Richmond

Elizabeth Richmond

Director of Development

Yael Sachs

Yael Sachs

Director of Finance & Operations

Heidi Stangvik

Heidi Stangvik

Director of Administrative Services