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DAT K-8 FACULTY AND STAFF
Morah Sheindy Brackman Ext: 200
1st grade Hebrew and Judaic studies
Morah Brackman has been a member of the DAT faculty since 2005 and loves teaching in our warm, school community. She holds a teaching degree and is certified by the Israel Ministry of Education. Morah Brackman’s care for each child’s deep understanding of Judaism and of learning Hebrew is obvious in her classroom. Morah Brackman, her husband Rabbi Levi Brackman, and their five children reside in Westminster, CO. Morah Brackman has two children at DAT.
Mr. Michael Butler Ext: 209
8th Grade English Language Arts, 1st Grade Assistant, Middle School Boys P.E.
Mr. Butler has joined our faculty after working for Horizons at Colorado Academy and teaching in South Dakota. A Denver native, he is thrilled to be back in Colorado and working at Denver Academy of Torah. His love of literature and passion for strong writing, inspired by his own high school teachers, are part of what make him an exciting addition to our entire K-8. Mr. Butler lives in Denver.
Ms. April Errico, Ext 208
5th Grade STEAM, 6th- 8th Science
Ms. Errico joined the DAT Faculty in 2016. She is passionate about lab-based curriculum, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), and child-centered education. Ms. Errico’s ability to motivate students allowing them to reach their highest potential is part of what makes her an exciting part of our DAT Community. She holds a Bachelor’s in English and Secondary Education from the University of Iowa. Ms. Errico lives in Denver.
Mrs. Nikki Fiely, Ext 204
4th Grade General Studies, K-8 Learning Resource Center Co-Director
Mrs. Nikki Fiely joined our faculty this year after 13 years of teaching experience in America and, most recently, in Abu Dhabi where she taught in grades 1-5, chose and implemented new curriculums, and worked as a lead teacher. She has a passion for bringing laughter into learning in a respectful and kind classroom. Mrs. Fiely’s experience in and commitment for integration, differentiation, and cooperative learning make her a natural and wonderful fit for our school. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s of the Arts in Elementary Education. Nikki and her husband Paul, an educator at the DAT High School, live in Aurora, CO.
Morah Iris Freedman, Ext 121
Morah Iris has been in the DAT Kindergarten since 2007. Her warmth and love for each student is obvious in the way she talks to and cares for the children. Her commitment to Hebrew language education and Limudei Kodesh are part of what make her a valuable part of our team. Iris is the mother of three girls.
Morah Rivka Gross Ext 205
2nd and 3rd Grade Hebrew and Judaic Studies
Morah Rivka Gross is certified by the Israeli Department of Education and has been a solid force of inspiring education at DAT since 2006. Morah Gross values the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of our children as she helps foster their love of Torah, Judaism, people, Hebrew, and learning. Morah Gross is the mother of two girls in high school and has a son in college. (She would, of course, tell you all of this herself, but only in Hebrew!)
Linda Hamo Ext: 100
Mrs. Hamo has been at DAT since 2006. She has a Nursing Assistant Diploma from Emily Griffith Technical College, BA in History and Judaic Studies from Smith College and The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Mrs. Hamo loves working with our students in K-8th grade. She provides our students with an opportunity for creative expression while developing their artistic abilities.
Ms. Rachel Johnson Ext 222
K-8th Grade Physical Education and Hot Shots Sports District Manager for DAT Enrichment and After School programs
Hot Shot Sports and District Manager Rachel Johnson are happy to be a part of a variety of programing at Denver Academy of Torah. Coach Rachel, who has a BA from Savannah College of Art and Design, is a two sport collegiate athlete who has had a love of sports and coaching for many years. She has developed a wide variety of curriculum designed to help every student have fun and be successful in Physical Education.
Mrs. Jamie Katz, Ext 221
5th grade Tefilla and Tanach, 6th grade Halach and Tanach
Morah Katz is excited to join the DAT family teaching 5th and 6th grade. Before moving to Denver last summer, Jamie and her family lived in Los Angeles where she taught at Valley Torah High School for three years. Her love of Torah and of education along with her creativity makes her a wonderful addition to our educational team. A graduate of Touro College Manhattan where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Digital Multi Media she also earned a Teaching Certificate from Darchei Binah Seminary in Jerusalem, Israel. Jamie, her husband Yisrael, and their daughter live on the East Side of Denver.
Mrs Mary Lee, Ext 227
3rd Grade General Studies
Mrs. Lee has joined our faculty as the Third Grade General Studies teacher working with both 3rd grade classes in Math, Reading, Writing, Science, and Social Studies. Her commitment to student achievement and core values based in an inspirational setting make her an exciting addition for our students. She comes to us with over 20 years of teaching experience across elementary and middle school classrooms. She is passionate about student choice, classroom differentiation, balanced learning programs, data driven instruction, and professional development. Mrs. Lee’s methodologies are sure to engage students in powerful learning opportunities. Mary and her husband live in Centennial, CO.
Mrs Sarah Myers, Ext 123
1st Grade General Studies, Learning Resource Staff
Mrs. Sarah Myers moved here after living and teaching in Utah and is excited about joining the DAT faculty. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education with a certified math endorsement. Her love of education and dedication to her profession shows in every detail of her teaching and classroom. Sarah and her husband Levi moved to Parker, CO this past summer.
Mrs. Rebecca Mogyoros Ext 201
6th- 8th Grade Math
Mrs. Mogyoros has taught most grades at DAT's K-8 and this year she is even teaching in our high school! She has an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s degree in Technology in Education. Her combined ten plus years experience give her the solid foundation to guide students towards mastery in a differentiated classroom using multiple styles of learning. Rebecca and her husband, Dr. Danny Mogyoros, live in Denver with their three children, who are all enrolled in DAT.
Morah Shanit joined the DAT faculty in 2014 after many years of working in early childhood and elementary education. Her versatility in teaching, commitment to school wide programming, and love of Judaism and the Hebrew language make her an integral part of the DAT team. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts and is working on a second Bachelor’s Degree majoring in Education. Morah Shanit, her husband Shane, and their two boys live in Greenwood Village, CO.
Mrs. Carolyn Reiffman Ext 223
5th and 6th Grade Humanities, 7th Grade English Language Arts, Yearbook
Mrs. Carolyn Reiffman has been teaching at DAT since 2007. Through her years of experience she has taught every grade from Pre-K through Grade 10, ultimately deciding that her passion is in early middle school education. Mrs. Reiffman holds a Bachelor’s in Communications and a Master’s in Secondary Education with a Language Arts concentration. Her commitment to helping students learn and grow both within and out of the classroom are part of what makes her a vital member of our Middle School team. Carolyn, and her husband, Rabbi Hyiam Reiffman, live in Denver with their three children, who are all DAT High School students.
Rabbi Edwin Hyiam Reiffman, M.Ed. Ext: 113
Rabbi Reiffman has been teaching at DAT since 2003 although he has been teaching since 1988. Rabbi Reiffman completed his M.Ed. Educational Leadership and Administration in July, 2006. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Jones International University and has a B.A.in Elementary Education - and Mathematics from Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, Illinois. Rabbi Reiffman received Smicha in 2007 from Yeshiva Pirchei Shoshanim in Israel. Rabbi Reiffman also has the following certifications: Colorado: Principal and Administrator/Superintendent. Colorado/Kansas/Illinois: Elementary K-9, Endorsements in Hebrew, Science, and Math. Rabbi Reiffman exposes our students to the vast options Technology offers our students including 3D printing, coding and more.
Mr. Maxwell Rotbart Ext 206
7th and 8th Grade Social Studies
Mr. Rotbart is the first DAT faculty member who is also an alumnus of the school. He joined the faculty in 2009 as a Student Teacher and was hired in 2014 as full time faculty member. Mr. Rotbart firmly believes in teaching students to be well-educated citizens of the world who care not only about their critical thinking skills, but their character as well. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Metropolitan State University in History and Secondary Education. Maxwell lives in Denver, CO.
Morah Chaya Rachel Schnall Ext 122
7th and 8th Grade Tanach
Mrs. Schnall has over 16 years of teaching experience and is excited to share a passion for Tanach with her students holding them to high-differentiated standards in both content and skills. Mrs. Schnall holds a Bachelor’s in Liberal Arts and has been involved in many professional development opportunities over a decade of teaching. Chaya Rachel Schnall moved to Denver in 2016 with her husband and children.
Rabbi YD (Yehoshua Dovid) Schwartz, Ext 209
7th and 8th Grade Gemara
Rabbi Schwartz joined the DAT faculty teaching Gemara and Halacha across grades 7-12 in 2017. He brings a love for Torah that infuses all that he does, and a passion for empowering others to understand and integrate Jewish wisdom into their daily lives. Rabbi Schwartz holds a Bachelor’s degree in Literature and Language from UCLA, and a double semicha from Aish HaTorah. Rabbi Schwartz, his wife Chava, and their two children recently moved to Denver from Boston.
Morah Inbal joined the DAT faculty in 2010 as a Hebrew language teacher in our Middle and High Schools. Her passion for Torah, Limudei Kodesh, and Hebrew language make her a natural fit for our team of Elementary School Limudei Kodesh teachers. Morah Inbal holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. She, her husband Asaf, and their four children live in Denver.
Ms. Krystal Stark Ext 116
Kindergarten General Studies, K-4 Music Education
Ms. Krystal Stark, a Chicago native, joined the faculty at Denver Academy of Torah in 2016. Ms. Stark’s experience in early childhood and elementary education make her a stellar fit for our school. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Language Arts having spent significant time in elementary classrooms as part of her educational experience. Ms. Stark’s enthusiasm for education, for helping students meet with academic success, and for guiding students towards development of the necessary skills to be a citizen of the world are part of what make her a fabulous educator.
Morah Gilat Steiner Ext 120
Morah Gilat recently joined our faculty after over ten year of experience teaching two year olds through adults. She is a certified Special Education and Early Education teacher in both Israel and Colorado. She is a passionate, inspiring, engaging, and committed professional who believe in having students be actively involved in their education. Her love for Judaism and Hebrew language are easily seen through her classroom lessons. Morah Gilat and her family live in Highlands Ranch.
Mr. Lawrence Stroll, Ext 210
6th- 8th Grade Math
Mr. Stroll is a dynamic and passionate Math educator who joined the DAT team in 2016 after teaching in Atlanta. He is involved in math and study skills tutoring, youth programming, and has been informally involved in college guidance. Lawrence holds a Bachelor’s in Communication and Biology from Yeshiva University, an LL.B. (equivalent to J.D.) specializing in Conflict Resolution and Negotiation from the University of Alberta Law School, and a Master’s in Educational Psychology with a specialization in Instructional Technology from the University of Alberta. Mr. Stroll switched careers to become a math teacher after a successful legal career and working as a Personal Wealth Manager. Lawrence and his wife, Lisa Stroll, moved to Denver in 2016 with three of their four children. Their two younger children are enrolled in DAT.
Morah Ariella Sunshine has been a member of the DAT faculty since 2013 teaching Limudei Kodesh in the second grade in a Hebrew Immersive environment. She brings a love of Torah, yiddishkeit, Hebrew language, and middot education that is obvious to her students. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Hebrew and Linguistics from the University of New South Wales and a teaching certificate from the Israel Ministry of Education. Morah Sunshine, her husband Rabbi Michael Sunshine, and their four children, who all attend DAT, live in Denver.
Rabbi Leib Zalesch Ext 207
Middle School Gemara and Halacha
Prior to joining the faculty of Denver Academy of Torah in Fall 2008, Rabbi Zalesch completed his Rabbinic Ordination through Yeshiva University's affiliated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS), which included two years of study in YU's RIETS Israel Kollel at its Jerusalem campus. He also holds a Master's Degree in Jewish Education from YU's Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and a Bachelor's in History from Yeshiva College. His commitment to inspiring deeper thinking in his students, to helping them develop skills for critical analysis, and on honing student independent learning skills are part of what make him an educational force. Rabbi Zalesch, his wife Yona, and their three children live in Denver. His oldest two children are enrolled at DAT.
NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
25 Years and Soaring!
Continuing 8th Grade Parent and Student Questionnaires
2017.2018 K-12 Calendar
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DAT 23rd Annual Gala
DAT 23rd Annual Gala