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 Yehuda Witt

Montessori Judaics Guide

Rabbi Yehuda Witt has served as a Headteacher and Rebbe at Netivot where he received his Jewish Montessori training for the past three years. Previously Yehuda served as the Orthodox Rabbi at Boston University Hillel and was Co-director of the JLIC program at BU. Living in Israel, he was on the faculty of the Yeshivat Simchat Shlomo Simcha program.  He studied for his semicha under Rav Riskin as well as participating in the Straus-Amiel Practical Rabbinics Program and the George Weinstein Institute for Semicha and Pedagogy. Yehuda has taught extensively throughout Israel and the US, been an educator for The Maccabiah, and is a sought-after private Gemara instructor. He was born in Jerusalem and is the 6th of 14 children in a Jewish outreach household and studied at top Torah learning institutions in Israel. He has experience outside the Torah world, working as a chef. Yehuda is passionate about sharing Judaism, both the traditional canon as well the richness of its cultural traditions such as Jewish food, storytelling, and music/ niggunim. Yehuda sings and plays guitar and is a skilled baal koreh and baal tefilla.  We look forward to welcoming Rabbi Witt to the Washington area! 

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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 has a Bachelors in Fine Arts from University of Chicago and teaches Art to children of all ages. Visit our art program on Artsonia!

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

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

Christine is a certified Montessori Elementary teacher (both AMS and AMI).  She teaches Math in the Boys' program.

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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.  The children are not his student for 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

Ms. Carrington 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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Aleksey Gibson

Dr. Gibson is a graduate of the University of London and the University of Virginia where he received his Ph.D. in Slavic Languages & Literatures. For several years he served as project director for a non-profit but returned to the world of of education and has been a Humanities teacher at independent schools in the Washington area for over fifteen years.

agibson@ashreinueducation.org

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Emily Gould

Emily Gould has a Bachelors in Fine Arts from University of Chicago and teaches Art to children of all ages. Visit our art program on Artsonia!

egould@ashreinueducation.org

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Penina Greenspan

Mrs. Greenspan joined the Judaics staff in 2020.  She teaches Judaics and Davening in Adolescent and Elementary 

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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

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 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 Girls.

slevi@ashreinueducation.org

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Christine Parsons

Mrs. Parsons is a certified Montessori teacher (both AMS and AMI).  She teaches Math in the Girls' program.