Meet our Staff and Faculty:

Administration

 
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Posek and Halachic Advisor

 

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Carin Gottlieb

Director of Education

Carin has a M. Ed. from Loyola University and certificates in Judaic Montessori education from both Rabbi Jonathan Rietti and Yeshivat Netivot.  

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Vice President, Ashreinu Board

Nancy has a B.A. from University of Virginia,  an MBA from Wake Forest University, and two decades of experience consulting with clients on HR and compliance with NT Lakis

admin@ashreinueducation.org

Kehillat Ashreinu Montessori

 
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Debbie Babson

Lead, Montessori Elementary Directress

Mrs. Babson is an AMI certified Montessori Elementary guide with over 30 years of Montessori classroom experience.  She graduated from Boston University with a B.A. in Sociology.  In addition to her work directing the Montessori elementary classroom, she is a trusted mentor to the rest of the team and generously shares her expertise.   

dbabson@ashreinueducation.org

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Rabbi Hirsh M. Chinn

Judaic Specialist

Rabbi Chinn has semicha from Mesivta Torah Vodaath, a Master's in Education from Long Island University, and a Master's in Social Work from Ohio State University, and has been teaching for over 40 years.  His educational journey includes teaching ages from elementary school students to adults, traditional classroom to Montessori and formal to informal education.  His life experiences as a rabbi, social worker and summer camp administrator colors and animate his lessons. He honors all questions and students know they can ask anything.  His Chassidic background is felt in his love for storytelling and song.  The children are not his student for a year or two but for life.

hchinn@ashreinueducation.org

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Shirly Levi

Ivrit Specialist

Morah Shirly teaches Ivrit and brings a beauty and joy to the learning for each chag.  She loves learning with the Montessori students!

slevi@ashreinueducation.org

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Emily Gould

Art

Emily Gould graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree, (BFA). Her areas of study were painting, ceramics, neon sculptures, and computer graphics. In 2003 she received a Joyce Grant from the Chicago Park District to paint murals in the early childhood room at The Lincoln Park Cultural Center in Chicago. The Chicago Sun Times described her work as, “Whimsical, playful, colorful.”

Ms. Gould has taught art from preschool thru adult. She taught art in Mexico for three years to 580 students, grades 1-6. She has taught child/teen/ and adult classes at The School of Art and Design at Montgomery College at the Silver Spring/Takoma Park campus.  For the 2022-2023 year, she will teach in all programs, including the homeschool umbrella!
Visit our art program on Artsonia!

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Penina Greenspan

Limudei Kodesh, Lower Elementary

Morah Penina joined the Ashreinu faculty in 2020.  She has developed a beautiful limudei kodesh program for lower elementary students as well as students who are new to the Montessori Elementary.   

Boys Program

 
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Rabbi Hirsh Chinn

Limudei Kodesh

Rabbi Chinn has semicha from Mesivta Torah Vodaath, a Master's in Education from Long Island University, and a Master's in Social Work from Ohio State University, and has been teaching for over 40 years.  His educational journey includes teaching ages from elementary school students to adults, traditional classroom to Montessori and formal to informal education.  His life experiences as a rabbi, social worker and summer camp administrator colors and animate his lessons. He honors all questions and students know they can ask anything.  His Chassidic background is felt in his love for storytelling and song.  The children are not his student for a year or two but for life.

This year he is piloting the afternoon Judaics supplemental program.  

hchinn@ashreinueducation.org

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Rabbi Jonathan Stein

Limudei Kodesh

Rabbi Stein teaches limudei kodesh in the Boys' Program.

jstein@ashreinueducation.org

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Sean Bien

History and English

Sean Bien teaches English and History in the Boys' Program.

sbien@ashreinueducation.org

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Christine Parsons

Math

Mrs. Parsons is a certified Montessori Elementary teacher (both AMS and AMI).  She has taught Math, Music, General Studies and Ice Skating in various Ashreinu programs and is a trusted advisor to the faculty and staff.

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Judith Kabillio

Science

Judith Kabillio has a B.A. in English from Boston University and has been teaching in homeschool co-ops for over 16 years.  She teaches Science for the Boys' program.  

Ashreinu School for Girls

 
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Sean Bien

Mr. Bien teaches History and Global Studies in the Girls' program.

sbien@ashreinueducation.org

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Rabbi Hirsh Chinn

Rabbi Chinn has semicha from Mesivta Torah Vodaath, a Master's in Education from Long Island University, and a Master's in Social Work from Ohio State University, and has been teaching for over 40 years.  His educational journey includes teaching ages from elementary school students to adults, traditional classroom to Montessori and formal to informal education.  His life experiences as a rabbi, social worker and summer camp administrator colors and animate his lessons. He honors all questions and students know they can ask anything.  His Chassidic background is felt in his love for storytelling and song.  Students are not his student for just a year or two, but for life.

This year, he will be teaching Chumash and Judaics in the girls' program.

hchinn@ashreinueducation.org

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Lesaine Carrington Diaz

Mrs. Diaz has a B.A. in psychology from Finlandia University and is completing the AMI Montessori Adolescent and Elementary orientation programs.  This year, she will be a guide in the adolescent program, focusing on academic skill building and Humanities.  

lcarrington@ashreinueducation.org

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Ahuvah Feldman

Mrs. Feldman coordinates the gym modules, CPR/First Aid certification and other special events for the Girls' program.   

afeldman@ashreinueducation.org

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Lori Glazer

We are excited to welcome Lori Glazer to the Ashreinu faculty team!  This year Mrs. Glazer will be the Math guide for the Adolescent programs, serving in both the Girls' and the Boys' program.

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Emily Gould

Emily Gould graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree, (BFA). Her areas of study were painting, ceramics, neon sculptures, and computer graphics. In 2003 she received a Joyce Grant from the Chicago Park District to paint murals in the early childhood room at The Lincoln Park Cultural Center in Chicago. The Chicago Sun Times described her work as, “Whimsical, playful, colorful.”

Ms. Gould has taught art from preschool thru adult. She taught art in Mexico for three years to 580 students, grades 1-6. She has taught child/teen/ and adult classes at The School of Art and Design at Montgomery College at the Silver Spring/Takoma Park campus.  For the 2022-2023 year, she will teach in all programs, including the homeschool umbrella!
Visit our art program on Artsonia!

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Tami Isaacs

Dr. Tami Isaacs has a Ph.D. in Chemistry and recently retired from teaching full time at Montgomery College.  Dr. Isaacs oversees Chemistry and science in the Girls' program.

tisaacs@ashreinueducation.org

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Jeanne Jones

Ms. Jones teaches the creative writing workshop for the Girls' program.

jjones@ashreinueducation.org

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Judith Kabillio

Judith Kabillio has a B.A. in English from Boston University and has been teaching in homeschool co-ops for 16 years.  She is the guide for Navi, Life Science and Gardening occupations for the Girls' program.  

jkabillio@ashreinueducation.org

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Rabbi Avrom Landesman

Rabbi Landesman has a law degree from Harvard University and smicha from Torah v'Daas.  He teaches Halacha for the Girls' program.

alandesman@ashreinueducation.org

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Shirly Levi

Morah Shirly coordinates the Hebrew language (Ivrit) program for the Ashreinu adolescent programs. 

slevi@ashreinueducation.org

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Christine Parsons

Mrs. Parsons is a certified Montessori Elementary teacher (both AMS and AMI).  She has taught Math, Music, General Studies and Ice Skating in various Ashreinu programs and is a trusted advisor to the faculty and staff.