Faculty and Staff


Morah Rivky Ross Head of School

Head of School

Morah Rivky Ross holds a B.A. in Jewish Studies and English Literature from Stern College, Yeshiva University, and completed the Bruriah Scholars fellowship in Talmud at Midreshet Lindenbaum in Jerusalem. She has worked in the field of alternative Jewish Education for 20 years through organizations including Melitz-Centers for Jewish Zionist Education, the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, and the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus. She began her Montessori journey as a parent, falling in love with the method while her children attended Montessori schools in Ithaca, NY. Convinced that Montessori could be applied to yeshiva day school curriculum for an optimal educational experience, she trained in Montessori elementary education at the Princeton Center for Teacher Education. Morah Rivky joined the staff of Yeshivat Netivot as Director in 2006 and became Head of School in 2009. She is both our chief executive and the director of curriculum development for the school. She is considered one of the world’s leading authorities on Jewish Montessori education and lectures widely on this topic. Contact: headofschool@mynetivot.com

Michelle Pincus, Director of Operations and Admissions

Director of Operations and Admissions

Michelle Pincus holds a BA in English with a minor in Jewish Studies from Rutgers University. She received her MA in Corporate and Organizational Communication from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She has worked as the assistant director of Aish HaTorah Discovery in NYC, where she gained experience in operations, communications, management, bookkeeping, and marketing. She began sending her children to Netivot six years ago, and quickly fell in love with the school and then served as PTA president for two years. She was hired three years ago and the most enjoyable part of her job is giving tours and sharing the beauty of the school with others. Contact: operations@mynetivot.com

Office Manager

Office Manager

Sara Dyckman holds a bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences from Excelsior College. In Israel, she attended attended Binas Bais Yaakov for one year. Previously, Sara managed the customer service and order processing department for a large furniture company. She has many years of experience in administration, customer service and staff management. She has been on the Netivot administration for two years and both her daughters attend the school. Contact: office@mynetivot.com

Melody Margolis

Director of Academic Affairs

Melody Margolis holds a Bachelors degree in Religious Studies and English Literature from the University of Leeds and an MSW from Rutgers University. She has many years of experience in informal education through the youth movement Bnei Akiva. Melody believes in making education accessible to children and, after observing at Netivot, came to believe that Montessori was a creative and joyful way to do that. First joining our faculty as an assistant, she became so enraptured with the method that she soon became a co-teacher and then head teacher. She has trained at the Princeton Center for Teacher Education and now leads our curriculum development team, producing and replicating our materials and providing training for new Jewish Montessori schools. Contact: curriculum@mynetivot.com

Dr. Aly Mandel<br> School Psychologist

Director of Student Affairs

Dr. Aly Mandel graduated from Barnard College and went on to earn her Psy.D from Yeshiva University. She specializes in child psychology and educational assessments. She was originally attracted to Montessori after she observed that the Montessori method dovetailed perfectly with Piaget’s theory of child development. After years of involvement with Netivot she is more convinced than ever of the benefits of a Montessori education. Contact: psychologist@mynetivot.com

Director of Early Childhood

Morah Adi Yarmush grew up in Netanya, Israel, and moved to New Jersey in 2003. While fulfilling field work requirements at Netivot for her degree in Early Childhood Education, Morah Adi immediately recognized the beauty and importance of the Montessori method. Upon completing her Associates Degree in Liberal Arts Education at Middlesex County College, she continued her studies at the Princeton Center for Teacher Education, focusing on Montessori for Primary age children. Adi brings her warmth and innate respect for children to her role as the Director of Early Childhood. She is a leader in her ability to integrate the various areas of the classroom, inspiring the children to think about the world in a global, cosmic way. Additionally, her passion for Eretz Yisrael and Medinat Yisrael is felt throughout the entirety of our school. Contact: earlychildhood@mynetivot.com

Rena Oganesian joined the staff at Netivot this year. She holds a BS in accounting and an MS in electrical engineering. She has extensive experience in financial planning, budgeting and analysis. She is very excited to work in a school and loves children!


Head Teacher Infant

Morah Milena Jaraczova originally comes from Slovakia where she taught math and science at the Middle and High school levels. She is a mother of twins and is a big proponent of the Montessori method, as both of her children attended Montessori schools. She started working at Netivot in the infant room in 2008 and is happy to be continuing as the head teacher this year.

Assistant Teacher Infant

Morah Malka Ben-Haim has many years of experience working in early childhood education. As a mother of young children, she is very passionate about being with infants and specifically using the Montessori method. She joined our staff last year and is happy to be continuing in the infant room at Netivot.


Head Teacher Tamar

Morah Chaya Klein was born and raised in Dallas, TX, and is currently living in Lakewood, NJ. She has worked in the field of early childhood education since she was practically a child herself. She sought out a position in a Jewish Montessori school because of the respectful way in which we treat children, and she has been working in the Pre-Primary classroom for three years. She received her Pre-Primary certification at the Center for Montessori Teacher Education (CMTE) in New York and is considered a leader in the field of Jewish Montessori toddler education.

Morah Cindy Baruch

Co-Teacher Tamar

A graduate of YU’s Stern College for Women, Morah Cindy Baruch has been a toddler teacher for the past 12 years. She has taught for RPRY and Yeshiva at the Jersey Shore. She is currently the assistant director at RPRY Day Camp. Morah Cindy is a 2012 recipient of The Grinspoon-Steinhardt Award for Excellence in Jewish Education. She has embraced the Montessori approach and is enthralled by what she sees in her classroom.

Jessica Gerling

Assistant Teacher Tamar

Ms. Jessica Gerling joined the Netivot staff in 2013 and has working in both the Primary and Pre-Primary classrooms. She has always been interested in how children learn and develop. She has been caring for children for years and has her degree in Early Childhood Education with an emphasis on Special Education. She also holds a certificate in Positive Discipline.

Co-Teacher Zayit

Morah Bryna Levin received a teacher's diploma from Beth Jacob Teachers College in Montreal. She also holds a BA in Humanities with a concentration in Liberal Arts and Psychology from Thomas Edison State College.  As a mother of two young children herself, she particularly enjoys teaching and being with early childhood students. Morah Bryna is thrilled to be continuing for her fourth year at Netivot. 

Co-Teacher Zayit

Morah Malka Isler fell in love with Netivot as soon as she enrolled her children at the school six years ago. She grew up in Orange County, CA and attended Stern College where she majored in biology. Last year, she was a frequent substitute in the Primary and Pre-Primary classrooms which led her to want to pursue a job here full time. This summer, she attended the Jewish Montessori Training Center at Netivot. 


Head Teacher Jewish Studies Teina

Morah Leah Kotowitz has a Bachelors in Psychology and a Masters in Regular and Special Education. This summer, she attended the Jewish Montessori Training Center at Netivot. She has years of experience working in early childhood and taught kindergarten in Israel. She considers Jewish Montessori education to be among the most important advances in the Jewish world today. Morah Leah has twin boys, Moshe and David, who will be joining the Pre-Primary program in the fall.

Head Teacher General Studies Teina

Morah Niza Kassin did her Montessori training in Mexico City and has been teaching for 25 years. She received a degree in Preschool Management and worked at the Torah Academy in Monmouth County, where she established a Montessori lab. After running her own Montessori school for four years, Morah Niza learned about Netivot, a Jewish Montessori school. She was very inspired by the idea of combining Jewish education and Montessori and joined the faculty here in 2012.

Teaching Intern Teina

Morah Shirley Zebede attended Georgian Court University and majored in psychology. She holds a certification in ABA therapy and has worked as a shadow for children with special needs. Last year, she worked at Netivot as an assistant/shadow and fell in love with the Montessori method. She is currently pursuing her Montessori Primary Certification at the Princeton Center for Teacher Education.  She also attended the Jewish Montessori Training Center at Netivot.

Morah Batsheva Moully

Head Teacher Jewish Studies Rimon

Morah Batsheva Moully holds a Masters of Education. She spent 11 years at The Zimmer School, a progressive Jewish early childhood center in Basking Ridge, before joining the faculty at Netivot. She served as lead teacher, program coordinator, and teacher mentor for incoming staff. A mother of six, Morah Batsheva recognizes the individual style and interests that each child possesses and is delighted to be teaching Jewish Montessori, a method that honors every child’s mind and personality. She received her training at the Jewish Montessori Training Center at Netivot.

Jean Getraer

Head Teacher General Studies Rimon

Morah Jean Getraer holds a BA in Psychology with Education from Dartmouth College and a Masters in Education from Edinburgh University in Scotland. She was an early childhood teacher at Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School Centers for five years, and she has also worked at the Children's Television Workshop. Morah Jean has been a valued member of our team since 2004 and received her training in the Montessori Primary method at the Princeton Center for Teacher Education.

Teaching Intern Rimon

Morah Shiranne Radzinski, who hails from Jerusalem, studied Psychology, Biology and Cognitive Science at The Hebrew University.  After working in a Lower Elementary classroom at Derech Hayeled, a Montessori school in Ramat Hasharon, she came to the United States to pursue Primary training at the Northeast Montessori Institute. She is thrilled to be able to combine her Montessori training with the teaching of Hebrew language.

Lower Elementary

Morah Naama Raanan

Head Teacher Jewish Studies

Morah Na'ama Ra'anan comes to us from Tekoa, Israel, where she was the vice principal of Achdut Yisrael, a progressive elementary school. In addition to her administrative responsibilities, she has taught in regular and inclusion classes (integrating students with special needs) and directed the school’s outdoor activities program. Morah Na'ama is a firm believer in the Montessori method and the particular culture of Netivot. She trained in Lower Elementary Limudei Kodesh at the Jewish Montessori Training Center at Netivot.

Head Teacher Jewish Studies  Eshkol

Morah Eynat Lerner comes to us through the World Zionist Organization “Morim Shlichim” (teacher ambassadors) program. She holds a Masters in Sociology as well as a teaching degree in Tanach. She has been teaching for eight years and most recently served as a teacher trainer for the Branco Weiss Institute, an organization committed to developing and implementing progressive pedagogy and innovation in schools and educational programs in Israel. She received her Montessori training at the Jewish Montessori Training Center at Netivot.


Head Teacher General Studies Zmora

Morah Raizi Feitman holds a BA in Behavioral Science and a Masters in Speech Language Pathology. She has worked in a variety of educational settings, including public school, Yeshiva Darchei Torah, and Kulanu Academy. Morah Raizi has trained extensively in the Developmental Individual-Differences Relationship-based (DIR) model and finds that it perfectly aligns with the Montessori method in treating each child as an individual. She received her Montessori training at the Princeton Center for Teacher Education and at the Jewish Montessori Training Center at Netivot.

Head Teacher General Studies Eshkol

Morah Chana Pinkwas graduated from Stern College with a major in Elementary education. She did her student teaching last year in a New York City public school and has her New Jersey teaching license. After getting married last year, she moved to New Jersey and found that Netivot matches her personal educational philosophy. This summer she attended the Princeton Center for Teacher Education and is pursuing her certification in Lower Elementary. She also attended the Jewish Montessori Training Center at Netivot.

Kim Newmark

Co-Teacher                        Eshkol

Morah Kimi Newmark has a degree in Special Education and over 20 years of experience in both Judaic and General Studies. She is also certified in the Wilson Reading System. She has worked as an in-class support teacher for the Middlesex Regional Educational Service Commission and as a resource room teacher at RPRY. She believes that all children deserve the opportunity to succeed as independent learners and loves using the Montessori method to achieve this.

Assistant Teacher Zmora

Morah Tammy Birbach has many years of experience with children of all ages. She has taught Hebrew school and was a camp counselor during the summers. She recently graduated from Rutgers and majored in psychology with a minor in education. Last year, Tammy was a substitute teacher in many of our classrooms and we are now thrilled to have her join our staff full time.

Upper Elementary

Rabbi Darren Levin

Head Teacher Jewish Studies

Rav Darren Levin received smichah from Yeshiva University and also holds Masters degrees in Jewish Education and Social Work. After serving as a counselor and educator at the Frisch School, Rav Levin was a fellow at Isralight’s Leadership Training Program in Jerusalem. Subsequently, he held a teaching position at Yeshivat Netiv Aryeh. Most recently, Rav Levin served for three years as a Torah Educator for the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus at Johns Hopkins University. This year, Rav Darren was chosen as an LHTI (Legacy Heritage Teaching Institute) fellow. this program, which took place in Israel, gathers a cohort of teachers from across the world and trains them to implement school wide Judaic programs within their school. 

Head Teacher General Studies

Ms. Shannon Tuorto, received her AMS 9-12 certification from the Center for Montessori Teacher Education (CMTE) in New Rochelle. She led an Upper Elementary classroom at Rainbow Montessori in Bloomfield, NJ, before becoming a Middle School English and Literature teacher at Princeton Montessori School. In addition to teaching, Ms. Shannon enjoys photography and painting. She has also been a host parent for Healing the Children, an organization bringing children from third world countries to host families in the US for courses of medical treatment. 

Dovi Yarmush

Co-Teacher General Studies

Mr. Dovi Yarmush started his teaching career teaching martial arts to children and adults. In 2013, he joined the Netivot staff working with children one-on-one. The Montessori environment appealed to him, and he joined our Upper Elementary staff in 2014. Mr. Dovi recently complete his Lower Elementary certification and began the coursework for his Upper Elementary credential.

Assistant Teacher Jewish Studies

Morah Daniella Barishansky attended Midreshet Lindenbaum in Israel and has a BA in Political Science from Stern College. Morah Daniella comes to us from the OU Advocacy Center, where she was part of the team lobbying (successfully!) for more state funding for Jewish day schools. After observing Netivot first hand, she concluded that she would rather make her contribution to Jewish education from within the classroom. Previously, Morah Daniella has taught Judaics one-on-one and in Hebrew School, and she has taught English to impoverished teens in the south of Israel. She attended the Jewish Montessori Training Center at Netivot.

Middle School

Head Teacher Jewish Studies

Rav Zev Rappaport studied at Yeshivat Kerem B’Yavneh in Israel. He holds a BA in Liberal Arts and is currently completing a Masters in Special Education. He has taught Chumash and Jewish Thought at Yeshivat Ashreinu in Beit Shemesh, as well as Chumash, Mishna and Ivrit classes at Rabbi Pesach Raymon Yeshiva. In addition to Limudei Kodesh, Rav Zev is passionate about English Literature. He enjoys teaching everything from Dr. Seuss to Charles Dickens, and he hopes to have the chance to "guest lecture" in General Studies literature circles. Rav Zev completed the Jewish Montessori training at Netivot as well as an intensive course in Montessori adolescent education.


Head Teacher

Head Teacher General Studies

Morah Malka (Monica) Morris has a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and a Masters in Business Administration from Rutgers University. She worked as an engineer and consultant before leaving the corporate world to raise her children. She is an experienced Montessorian and is certified in Lower and Upper Elementary, as well as Middle School. Before joining the faculty of Netivot, Monica taught at Princeton Montessori for thirteen years, in both elementary and middle school.


Support Staff

Phyllis BenedettoMrs. Phyllis Benedetto (Mrs. B) came to us as a paraprofessional in 2007 and soon became a much-loved staff member at all levels. She currently serves as the Before Care and After Care provider.

Morah Karen Mirsky began her career as an attorney after graduating from Cardozo Law School. She worked in private practice while her children were growing up, and recently decided to follow her love for children and pursue a position in education. For the past few years, she has worked in many New Jersey day schools as an assistant and substitute teacher. Last year, she substituted at Netivot and is thrilled to now be joining the staff full time, working in the Upper Elementary and Pre-Primary classrooms.