Girls Elementary Faculty

Mrs. Rivka Dahan, Girls Elementary School Principal

Mrs. Rivkah Dahan comes to YDE with over 25 years of experience in educational leadership. She has a Master’s Degree in Special & Mainstream Education from the City University of NY and a B.A. in Psychology. Previously she was Director of Education and Mentor for Hidden Sparks and trained principals and teachers at schools across the country. She was the founding director of Torah Umesorah’s Educational Resource Center serving teachers and principals nation-wide, a mentor for the Jewish New Teacher Project as well as Director of the Teacher Center of the Jewish Education Center of Cleveland. She has also held positions at Soille Bais Yaakov High School/Seminary, Yeshiva of Central Queens, Maalot Seminary and Manhattan Day School.

Mrs. Dahan is the co-author of Creating a Learning Environment: The Ultimate Jewish Teacher’s Handbook, and is a nationally recognized presenter and teacher and parent educator. In addition to Hebrew and English, she is fluent in Arabic, Spanish and Sign Language.

Miss Rena Fish, Girls Elementary School Assistant Principal

Miss Rena Fish has been in the field of education for almost 20 years, working in the Syrian community for the large majority of that time. Working as a classroom teacher led Miss Fish toward giving back through mentoring new teachers. She participated in the Jewish New Teachers Project which trained her to lead teachers in a process of collaboration and growth.
With a dual Masters in Special Education and Educational Leadership, Miss Fish continues to participate in learning opportunities. After completing the Principals’ Training Initiative through the Consortium of Jewish Day Schools she has been an active participant in their ongoing growth as a speaker for other principals as well as, joining in their programming to continue learning from her colleagues. Miss Fish believes that all students can achieve success with the right tools.

Having been a part of the YDE family for the last 3 years serving as Director of special services and General Studies Curriculum Coordinator, we are pleased to have Miss Fish extend her role to Assistant Principal of General Studies.

Mrs. Jackie Bitton, Girls Elementary School Dean of Students

We are privileged to have Mrs. Jackie Bitton as part of our YDE family. She is well known in our community for her charisma and love of people. She has been involved in education on many levels and is a renowned public speaker. Mrs. Bitton addresses our children about the challenges they face in and out of school. She takes interest in all of their needs: emotional, social and educational. Mrs. Bitton is concerned about building the children’s self-esteem and confidence. She gives each child special attention.

Mrs. Yocheved Orlofsky, Girls Elementary School Psychologist

Mrs. Yocheved Orlofsky, MS SSP, a graduate of Barry University, our new YDE Girls School Psychologist comes with many years of experience in both public and private schools in counseling, assessment, consultation, and facilitating social skills groups. She is looking forward to working with the staff at YDE to support our students and families.

We look forward to a very exciting year!