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When our students enter the building, they are greeted with big smiles and high fives. Their teachers are genuinely excited to see them again, much like you are to see your own children every morning. That’s one of the many reasons our faculty is extraordinary. Our staff is dedicated to educating on more than English, math, history, and science. They teach students about hard work and the importance of doing the best we can in all that we do. They help to understand the world around us and question it when we do not understand. They teach how to set goals and how to achieve them. They inspire students to pursue their dreams by giving them the tools and support they need to succeed.

Cortney Hebert
PRINCIPAL OF ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Ariel Rozen
PRINCIPAL OF JEWISH LIFE / ADMISSIONS
Jenny Mark
DIRECTOR OF EARLY CHILDHOOD
Donna Lane
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Erica Goldberg
DIRECTOR OF MARKETING & DEV


















JENNIFER LEVINE Head of School jlevine@byds.org
LINDA ATZIL Controller latzil@byds.org
JANICE BEKKER Admin. Assistant to the Elementary School Principal jbekker@byds.org
HARRIET BORMASTER Learning Specialist hbormaster@byds.org
NINA CANNADY Staff Accountant ncannady@byds.org
LAUREN DRAGUTSKY Assistant Director of Early Childhood ldragutsky@byds.org
MELISSA GARRETT Front Desk Receptionist and Advancement Associate mgarrett@byds.org
ERICA GOLDBERG Director of Marketing & Development egoldberg@byds.org
CORTNEY HEBERT Principal of Elementary School chebert@byds.org
MICHELLE HOLLAND Assistant to the Head of School & CFO mholland@byds.org
DONNA LANE Chief Financial Officer dlane@byds.org
DAVID LE IT dle@byds.org
JENNY MARK Director of Early Childhood jmark@byds.org
ALEX NEWMAN Counselor anewman@byds.org
LESLIE PESIS Student Achievement Team Coordinator lpesis@byds.org
ARIEL ROZEN Principal of Jewish Life & Admissions Advisor arozen@byds.org
MIA SANANIKONE (NURSE MIA) School Nurse msananikone@byds.org








INFANTS ALEXANDRA ESPINOZA EC 1 aespinoza@byds.org
LUISANA MARTINEZ EC 1 lmartinez@byds.org
CDO MARIA ELENA GAMERO EC 5 mgamero@byds.org
HANNAH KIRSNER EC 5 hkirsner@byds.org
MARIANA FEFER EC 3 mfefer@byds.org
RAEN CASSEDAY EC 3 rcasseday@byds.org
TWOS RACHEL LEE EC 9 rlee@byds.org
LISA NATES EC 9 lnates@byds.org
ANDREA FEINMAN EC 10 afeinman@byds.org
MAFER TRUJILLO EC 10 mtrujillo@byds.org
ALIYAH HITCHCOCK EC 11 ahitchcock@byds.org
NAILAH SCOTT EC 11 nscott@byds.org
TOCCARA HARGROVE EC 6 thargrove@byds.org
ROSIE MORENO EC 6 rmoreno@byds.org
THREES KATIE HERBST EC 12 kherbst@byds.org
DANA HAKIMI EC 12 dhakimi@byds.org
MICHELLE HADAR EC 14 mhadar@byds.org
ERIN MYERS EC 14 emyers@byds.org
LITA SELSBERG EC 13 lselsberg@byds.org
MIRIAM ILECHUKWU EC 13 milechukwu@byds.org















PRE-K CYNTHIA MARTINEZ ES 10 cmartinez@byds.org
HEATHER PURCELL ES 10 hpurcell@byds.org
DONNA ALLEN ES 12 dallen@byds.org
RUTH ADLER ES 12 radler@byds.org
SHERRY OLIVER ES 8 soliver@byds.org
MORGAN LEWMAN ES 8 mlewman@byds.org
KINDERGARTEN SARAH HOFFER ES 11 shoffer@byds.org
ADRIENNE RANCE ES 13 arance@byds.org
ELIZABETH TRAVIS ES 14 etravis@byds.org
JEAN KESSLER Kindergarten Teaching Assistant jkessler@byds.org
FIRST LAUREN SORKIN ES 16 lsorkin@byds.org
JACKELYN SILVERMAN ES 15 jsilverman@byds.org
SECOND LAPORSHA LILLY ES 17 llilly@byds.org
MEGAN UZICK ES 18 muzick@byds.org
THIRD MARLA ESQUENAZI ES 3 mesquenazi@byds.org
RACHEL TOUBIN ES 7 rtoubin@byds.org
FOURTH/FIFTH COURTNEY COLLINS Humanities/Robotics ccollins@byds.org
MATT RIKLIN Humanities/3rd -5th J-STEAM mriklin@byds.org
PAULA SINGER Math psinger@byds.org





ARIEL ROZEN Principal of Jewish Life & Admissions Advisor arozen@byds.org
DENISE OLITZKI EC - Pre-K Hebrew & Judaics dolitzki@byds.org
HILLA TAMBOUR K - 2nd Grade Hebrew & Judaics htambour@byds.org
LIMOR CARASSO 3rd - 5th Grade Hebrew lcarasso@byds.org
HANNA COTLAR 3rd - 5th Grade Judaic Studies hcotlar@byds.org





SHELLY RIKLIN J-STEAM Teacher (Early Childhood-2nd) sriklin@byds.org
MARIANA RIVERO SUTIL Spanish Teacher msutil@byds.org
KELLY HEATHER Art Teacher kheather@byds.org
MELANEE KAPLAN-WEISER PE Teacher mweiser@byds.org
JULIE SACKS Music Teacher jsacks@byds.org
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Beth Yeshurun not only provided me with an excellent early education, but I was also exposed to teachers who taught...
Beth Yeshurun Day School - Houston, TX
2017-03-13T11:54:16-05:00
Beth Yeshurun not only provided me with an excellent early education, but I was also exposed to teachers who taught and reinforced fundamental Jewish values...
Throughout my education at BYDS, I was surrounded by a warm and nurturing environment that fostered a love of learning...
Beth Yeshurun Day School - Houston, TX
2018-07-03T03:12:44-05:00
Throughout my education at BYDS, I was surrounded by a warm and nurturing environment that fostered a love of learning in a wide variety of Jewish and secular areas.
My favorite subject is Judaic Studies. Look – I’ve got friends at every school around this area, but the way...
Beth Yeshurun Day School - Houston, TX
2018-07-03T03:17:50-05:00
My favorite subject is Judaic Studies. Look – I’ve got friends at every school around this area, but the way we do Judaics makes Beth Yeshurun perfect for me.
The teachers I’ve had have all made learning fun…They simplify the more complicated concepts and make them easier to understand.
Beth Yeshurun Day School - Houston, TX
2018-07-03T03:19:20-05:00
The teachers I’ve had have all made learning fun…They simplify the more complicated concepts and make them easier to understand.
BYDS more than educated me, it helped shape my character. Jewish day school’s influence reaches far beyond the years we...
Beth Yeshurun Day School - Houston, TX
2018-07-03T03:20:29-05:00
BYDS more than educated me, it helped shape my character. Jewish day school’s influence reaches far beyond the years we spend at school.
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