Elementary School Faculty

Meet our Elementary Division Rabbis and Teachers

Rabbi Isaac Shamula is a warm and caring Limude Kodesh Kindergarten Rabbi at YDE. He runs a Shabbat youth program and he has many years of experience tutoring children of all ages in a variety of subjects. He is trained in teaching keriyah and ketivah using multi-sensory techniques based on the Orton-Gillingham methodology. His mission is to instill yirat shamayim and a love of Torah in his students and to motivate each talmid to strive for mastery of the YDE Limude Kodesh curriculum.

Rabbi Alex Miller is a dynamic and caring Limude Kodesh teacher for our class of Kindergarten boys. He’s an experienced educator and has taught second grade at Yeshivat Lev Torah, where he has earned a reputation for being a warm and energetic rabbi. He currently learns at the Yad Yosef Avenue J Torah Center, where he also runs a Shabbat youth program and gives daily morning classes. Rabbi Miller is trained and certified in teaching keriah and ketivah through the Orton Gillingham method, using multisensory techniques.

Morah Devorah Gilkarov holds a dual degree in Education and Psychology. She is also currently working towards her Master’s in Speech Pathology. Morah Devorah has been teaching for six years. She previously taught in Shearim Girls’ High School for four years, the only Orthodox Jewish girls’ high school in Phoenix, Arizona. At the Young Israel of Ahavas Torah, in Scottsdale, Arizona, she was the head teacher of the Pre-1A class. She was also the head teacher in a gan setting for four-year-old boys and girls in Brooklyn. During her first year at YDE she was an assistant in Morah Shoshana Greenberg’s first grade class. The following year she assisted Morah Shiandy Klein’s kindergarten girl’s class and Morah Dasi Milner’s kindergarten boy’s class. This year, she has her own kindergarten class. Morah Devorah’s passion in life is to teach. It is truly a pleasure for her to watch the children mature and grow academically, emotionally and spiritually.

Morah Shaindy Klein, YDE’s Kindergarten and Special Education teacher, graduated from Touro College with a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a specialty certification in Children with Disabilities. She has dual certification by New York State to teach children from nursery through grade six. She is currently pursuing a second master’s degree in School Building Leadership. Morah Shaindy has many years of experience teaching at Magen David Yeshivah, as well as experience working with children with and an array of cognitive delays and learning challenges. Morah Shaindy excels at incorporating a multi-sensory approach to learning using balanced literacy, differentiated instruction, and learning through centers to integrate the new Common Core Learning Standards into every lesson. Her creativity and up-beat personality, along with her conviction that every child can enjoy learning, is felt throughout her classroom.

Morah Simi Lonner, our Kindergarten and first grade Limude Kodesh morah, comes to YDE with over three decades of professional experience as a morah and mentor to many aspiring young student teachers. Having received her degree in education and teacher’s license in Israel, Mrs. Lonner continued her course work in education at Queens College. She has taken advanced seminars in Keriah instruction and has taught scores of children how to read in a very natural and enjoyable way. Some of her many goals are for the students to attain a love for learning, an excitement in practicing our Torah way of life, a love for Eres Yisrael and the development and practice of midot tovot. Recognizing her successes in inspiring her talmidot and creative curriculum development, Mrs. Lonner arrives at YDE full of enthusiasm and hopes to contribute to the highest quality in Torah education.

Mrs. Chaya Goldstein comes to YDE after 28 years of professional experience as first grade general studies teacher at Shulamith School for Girls of Brooklyn. Mrs. Goldstein graduated from Brooklyn College and is New York State certified. Mrs. Goldstein has mentored many newly appointed teachers as well as student teachers. Mrs. Goldstein has also been instrumental in curriculum development, serving as liaison for the Aussie Reading Program and is well versed in balanced literacy. Mrs. Goldstein has successfully implemented a first grade center-based classroom to provide remediation and enrichment for first grade students. Mrs. Goldstein comes to YDE with great enthusiasm. Her goal is to inspire her students to attain a love of learning and promote their academic success.

Rabbi Yochai Oren, our first grade boys’ Limude Kodesh teacher, is the rabbi of the Ahi Ezer Torah Center Young Adult Minyan and gives classes in Rabbi Yedid’s morning program in Shaare Zion as well. For several years, Rabbi Oren taught at the Magen David High School after school learning program. He also has experience in teaching children with learning disabilities and has even spent several years working with physically and mentally disabled children. Rabbi Oren has studied in kollel for the past ten years and is currently a member of the Keter Sion Kollel. He is trained and certified in teaching keriah and ketivah through the Orton Gillingham method, using multi-sensory techniques.  Rabbi Oren’s mission is to instill in his students a love of learning, and his warm and enthusiastic approach is sure to inspire them to reach their full potential.

Morah Mindy Deutsch is a second grade Limude Kodesh teacher in the YDE Girls’ Division. She has been teaching second grade for the past thirteen year. She has a degree in psychology from Touro College. Morah Mindy has developed many techniques to teach skill-based Humash to second grade students. Morah Mindy infuses her talmidot with a lifelong love for Torah learning.

Mrs. Claire Nachum is a second grade general studies teacher at YDE. She graduated from Brooklyn College and went to Hunter Graduate School for her dual Master’s in Special and General Education. While in graduate school, she worked at Reach For The Stars Learning Center, a school for children with Autism. She continued working there as a teacher after she graduated. She then worked a special education itinerant teacher and a resource room teacher for children who needed extra help with subjects such as Reading and Math. Mrs. Nachum’s experiences trained her to use many modalities to help children learn.

Rabbi Eliyahu Levy, our second grade boys Limude Kodesh teacher, is already a familiar face to the youth of our community. Rabbi Levy has been a leader in the Shaare Zion Youth Program for eight years, two of which has been with the newly revamped Father and Son Minyan. Rabbi Levy has spent the last twelve years in Bet Midrash/Kollel in Ateret Torah, and formerly in Yeshivat Torat Haim of Denver and in Mikdash Melech in Jerusalem. He is a graduate of the Mercaz LeHachsharat morim and the Torah Umesorah Teachers Training course. He is trained in the use of SMART Board technology and has used it to turn his classroom into an interactive, hands-on learning experience for his students. His fifteen years as a Ba’al Koreh in synagogues throughout the community have enabled him to instill the heritage of our forefather to the next generation of children.

Rabbi Raphael Netanel, our third grade Limude Kodesh Rabbi in the boys’ division, is known for his dynamic personality and his ability to connect to every child. Rabbi Netanel has been the head counselor of Camp Dan in Deal, New Jersey for the last five years. He also teaches classes for the DSY learning program in Deal. Rabbi Netanel grew us in our community. He studied in Jerusalem for three years and then in Beth Midrash Gavoha for another five years. He currently teaches Humash to the ninth graders in YDE high school and is very involved in the night learning program in Shaare Zion. He also runs a youth minyan at the Ave. J Youth Center together with Rabbi Alex Miller. Rabbi Netanel’s mission is to instill his students with Yirat Shamayim in a positive and loving manner. He hopes each of his talmidim will become confident and proud Bene Torah.

Mrs. Frumie Chernoff, our third grade Limude Kodesh teacher in the girls’ division, has many years of experience teaching both general and special education. She has taught fourth grade at Bais Yaakov and also taught third grade for many years at Maged David Yeshiva. Mrs. Chernoff has a Master’s Degree in Special Education and uses many modalities to enhance her teaching. Mrs. Chernoff brings her creativity and enthusiasm into her classroom where she inspires her sstudents and instills within them Yirat Shamayim and a love for learning.

Miss Chaya Enlgard joins the YDE faculty as a literacy coach and third grade general studies teacher. She is a New York State Certified teacher with a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts and and a Master’s of Science in Sopecial Education. She has attended the Reading and Writing Institutes at Columbia University for the past two summers. She has taught in the Beth Jacob of Boro Park for several years. As a lead teacher, she helped implement the reading and writing curriculum and mentored new teachers in the balanced literacy approach. In addition, she works privately as a writing specialist for elementary aged students. Miss Englard brings her professionalism and extensive knowledge in the field of literacy to her teaching and coaching. Her goal is to create lifelong readers and writers. Miss Englard is committed to personal academic growth and staying updated on the latest research in education.

Miss Rachel Tyberg joined the faculty of YDE as a Keriyah specialist. Rachel holds a Master of Science in Education and Literacy.  She is New York State certified to teach general education and trained to teach Keriyah based on the Slingerland and Orton-Gillingham multi-sensory approaches. Rachel taught second grade Judaic Studies for four years. She also worked as a Keriyah specialist at Magen David Yeshivah for three years. She specializes in teaching Hebrew decoding skills using kinesthetic and tactile activities to facilitate reading. Rachel has a passion for what she does and loves giving children a chance to succeed.