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
Liora Chessin
Title: Director of Admissions and Public Relations; English Language Arts Teacher Grades 6, 7, and 8
Education: The Ohio State University, Honors College, BA in English, 2011; East Carolina University Teacher Certification, 2013
Joined NEMJDS: 2015
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


Julia Blackerby
Title: Kindergarten Assistant
Education: The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, BS in Early Childhood Education, 2014; Samford University, Birmingham, AL, MS in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, 2015 ;
Joined NEMJDS: 2015
Alia Carter
Title: Innovative Learning Specialist
Education: MIT, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Joined NEMJDS: 2015
Nancy Cook
Title: Physical Education Teacher
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, Troy State University 1982; Masters of Science in Mental Health Counseling, Nova Southeastern University, 2002
Joined NEMJDS: 2014
  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
  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
Annette Lichter
Title: General Studies, Grades 1 and 2
Education: University of Wisconsin, BS in Family Studies, 1997; Brenau University, Early Childhood Teacher Certification, 2003; Indiana University, MS, Reading Language Education, 2009
Joined NEMJDS: 2015
  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
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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