Faculty/Staff/ Administration
Administrative Staff:
Debra Abolafia
Title: Head of School
Education:  Project SuLaM, RAVSAK, 2011; Queens College, New York, BA in Elementary Education, 1983; Hunter College, New York, MS in Special Education, 1985
Joined NEMJDS: 2011
Robin Berger
Title: Director of Advancement
Education: University of Toronto, Canada; Honors BA, Sociology and Political Science, 1987
Joined NEMJDS: 2011
Pamela Cohen
Title: Operations Manager
Joined NEMJDS: 2003
Susan Biedinger
: Business Manager
Education: Brenau University, Gainesville, GA, Bachelor of Science , Merchandising & Advertising, 1981
Joined NEMJDS:  2012
Lynn Raviv
: Director of Development
Joined NEMJDS: 1991


  Heather Allegrezza
Subjects: General Studies, Kindergarten and Grade 1
Education: B.S. in Elementary Education with an emphasis on Reading Instruction
Joined NEMJDS: 2014
  Liat Berger
Subjects: Hebrew/Judaics Assistant, Grades 2 and 3
Education: Michlelet Ami Asaf, Israel
Joined NEMJDS: 2014
  Chani Berkowitz
Subjects: Hebrew Ulpan
Education: Chaya Aydel Seminary, Florida
Joined NEMJDS: 2014
  Devon Cantwell
Title: Innovative Learning Specialist
Education:University of Kansas, BGS in Political Science, International Studies, Women's Studies
Joined NEMJDS: 2014 2014
Tomeka Carson
Subjects: General Studies Assistant, Grades 2 and 3; After-School Care Coordinator
Education: Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL, BS in Business Administration, 2006
Joined NEMJDS: 2011
  Julie Sokol Crapia
Subjects: General Studies, Grade 4 & 5
Education: Jacksonville State University, B.S. in Education, 1993
Joined NEMJDS: 2013
Rabbi Yossi Friedman
Subjects: Judaic Studies, Grades 6 through 8
Education: United Lubavitcher Yeshivot, Rabbinic Ordination, 1993; Rabbinical College of America, B.A in Judaic Studies, 1991
Joined NEMJDS:  1993
Steve Goldman
Title: Technology Coordinator
Subjects: Computer Support
Education: Command Sergeant Major, United States Army, Retired
Joined NEMJDS: 2005
Janet Gresham
Subjects:  Math, Social Studies, and History, Grades 6 through 8; General Studies Coordinator
Education: University of Alabama at Birmingham, Master of Education, 1982; Furman University, B.A. in Education, 1975
Joined NEMJDS: 1993
Marsha Henderson
Subjects: Art & Physical Education, Grades K through 8
Education: University of Alabama at Birmingham, Certification in Special Education/Emotional Disorders, 1999; Baylor University, B.A. in Education and Special Education, 1977
Joined NEMJDS: 1999
  Sarah Krebs
Subjects: Hebrew/Judaics, Grades 4 and 5
Education: Portland Community College
Joined NEMJDS: 2014 2014
Sheri Krell
Subjects: Judaics Team Coordinator
Education: Seigel College, Master’s in Jewish Education, 2005; Boston University, Master’s in Learning Disabilities, 1986; University of Alabama, B.A. in Special Education, 1983
Joined NEMJDS: 1994
  Sari Menaker
Subjects: Hebrew/Judaics Studies Teacher, Kindergarten and Grade 1
Education: Emuna College, Israel Bachelor of Education
Joined NEMJDS: 2014 2014
Jane Ponder
Subject: General Studies, Grades 2 and 3
Education: University of Alabama at Birmingham, M.A. in Early Childhood Education, 1980; Auburn University, B.A. in Early Childhood Education, 1975
Joined NEMJDS: 2002
Frumie Posner
Subject: Judaic Studies, Grades 4 and 5
Education: Beth Rivkah Teacher’s Seminary, B.A. in Education, 1985
Joined NEMJDS: 1987
Claire Rottembourg
Subject: Music, Grades 2 through 8
Education: Sorbonne (Paris), Paris Conservatory
Joined NEMJDS: 2011
Website: www.claire-rottembourg.com
Susan Stein
Subjects: Judaic Studies & Hebrew Language, Grades 2 and 3, 6 through 8
Education: McGill University
Joined NEMJDS: 1990
Annette Troxell
Subjects: Language Arts and Science, Grades 6 through 8; Student Support Services Coordinator
Education: University of Alabama at Birmingham, Master’s in Special Education, 1981; Rhodes College, B.S. in Biology, 1977
Joined NEMJDS: 1996

Non-Educational Staff:

Walter Turner
Title: Custodian
Joined NEMJDS: 2012

To contact staff by phone, please contact the school office at (205) 879-1068 during office hours. Staff will be given a message and your call will be returned as soon as possible.

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