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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 ADVISOR
Jenny Mark
DIRECTOR OF EARLY CHILDHOOD
Erica Goldberg
DIRECTOR OF MARKETING & DEV
Donna Lane
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Stefani Rozen
DIRECTOR OF AFTER SCHOOL & CAMP



















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
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
STEFANI ROZEN Director of After School & Camp srozen@byds.org
MARIA SANANIKONE (NURSE MIA) School Nurse msananikone@byds.org
BARBARA SELZER Office Assistant bselzer@byds.org
KAYSONE SENGVONG Maintenance ksengvong@byds.org












INFANTS NIARA MALVEAUX EC 1 nmalveaux@byds.org
LUISANA MARTINEZ EC 1 lmartinez@byds.org
CDO MARIA GAMERO EC 4 mgamero@byds.org
ROSIE MORENO EC 4 rmoreno@byds.org
MARIANA FEFER EC 3 mfefer@byds.org
RAEN CASSEDAY EC 3 rcasseday@byds.org
MAFER TRUJILLO EC 5 mtrujillo@byds.org
TWOS RACHEL LEE EC 9 rlee@byds.org
LISA NATES EC 9 lnates@byds.org
ALIZA PLOTKIN EC 14 aplotkin@byds.org
ALIYAH HITCHCOCK EC 14 ahitchcock@byds.org
THREES HAYLEY JOCHNAU EC 11 hjochnau@byds.org
LATONYA TURNER EC 11 lturner@byds.org
KATIE HERBST EC 12 kherbst@byds.org
DANA HAKIMI EC 12 dhakimi@byds.org
MICHELLE HADAR EC 13 mhadar@byds.org
CAROLINA ORTEGA EC 13 cortega@byds.org













PRE-K CYNTHIA MARTINEZ ES 10 cmartinez@byds.org
HEATHER PURCELL ES 10 hpurcell@byds.org
BONNIE SUCHART ES 12 bsuchart@byds.org
MIRIAM ILECHUKWU ES 12 milechukwu@byds.org
SHERRY OLIVER ES 8 solivery@byds.org
MORGAN GERSON ES 8 mgerson@byds.org
KINDERGARTEN SAMANTHA GOLDING ES 13 sgolding@byds.org
ADRIENNE LOUDEN ES 13 alouden@byds.org
JEAN KESSLER Kindergarten Teaching Assistant jkessler@byds.org
FIRST RUTH ADLER ES 15 radler@byds.org
LAUREN SORKIN ES 16 lsorkin@byds.org
SECOND MADDIE NANCE ES 3 mnance@byds.org
THIRD MARLA SHIELDS ES 1 mshields@byds.org
RACHEL TOUBIN ES 17 rtoubin@byds.org
FOURTH/FIFTH COURTNEY COLLINS General Studies/ELA ldreyfuss@byds.org
PAULA SINGER General Studies/Math psinger@byds.org



DENISE OLITZKI EC, Pre-K, & Kinder Hebrew & Judaics dolitzki@byds.org
LIMOR CARASSO 3rd - 5th Grade Hebrew lcarasso@byds.org
ELANA HUVARD 3rd - 5th Judaic Studies ehuvard@byds.org
DINA SILBERMAN K–5th Spanish/1st & 2nd Grade Hebrew & Judaics dsilberman@byds.org





SHELLY RIKLIN J-STEAM Teacher (Early Childhood-5th) sriklin@byds.org
JODI GOLD Art Teacher jgold@byds.org
MELANEE KAPLAN-WEISER PE Teacher mweiser@byds.org
JULIE SACKS Music Teacher jsacks@byds.org
DINA SILBERMAN Spanish Teacher dsilberman@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...
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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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