Board of Trustees

  • Sara Berman, Chair
  • David Gedzelman, Vice-Chair
  • Eli Schaap, Treasurer
  • Ella Zalkind, Secretary
  • Rev. Assemblyman Karim Camara
  • Charles Capetanakis
  • Allyson Galishoff
  • Norman Green
  • Shari Lipner

Board of Trustees Meetings 2016-2017

Tuesday, July 19

Tuesday, August 16

Tuesday, September 27

Thursday, October 20

Tuesday, November 15

Tuesday, December 13

Tuesday, January 24

Tuesday, February 14

Tuesday, March 28

Tuesday, April 25

Tuesday, May 23

Tuesday, June 20

All meetings begin at 6:30 PM and take place at 2186 Mill Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11234


Peter Katcher

Head Of School
Peter Katcher

Robyn Coghlan

General Studies Curriculum and Instruction Director, Lower School
Robyn Coghlan

My favorite memory from teaching and learning...

When I was in third grade the teacher gave us a writing assignment where we had to describe the career we would like to pursue later on. I couldn’t choose between being a librarian, teacher, banker or flight attendant, so I wrote about them all. The flight attendant career went by the wayside in about 8th grade after I realized it wasn’t a very glamorous job! I was a school librarian for a year and I did work for a period of time, in a bank. And so to teaching: I enjoy all subjects, I love learning and I need to discuss what I am learning. My happiest times growing up were at school and I regularly played teacher with my friends, my dog and even by myself. Early on, I recognized that I had a talent for being able to observe a learner, understand their strengths and know the next thing that they needed to learn. Teaching is where I could I practice my strengths all day, learn about infinite subjects and surround myself with people who have a thirst for learning. My vocation has grown to mean something even more important. Someone once wrote, “What is a life? What do we leave behind that cannot be erased by wind or time or memory?” Teaching someone to be a successful and contributing member of society is why I teach.

I joined HLA because...

I think in almost every teacher’s career there are times when one thinks if I had my own school and could do anything I wanted, I would do… Reading HLA’s charter was like reading about the dream model for a school. HLA has responsibilities and yet, the freedom to choose and emphasize things that I believe are important to education.

My vision for our children at HLA...

I would like to borrow some of the social studies and service learning narrative from the charter as a way of explaining my vision for the children of HLA., that “children will be exposed to a rigorous intellectual tradition that analyzes culture and history in an open and unrestricted way” and there is a desire to “help all children understand and appreciate the value of their own cultural distinctiveness in the context of the shared universal culture. I particularly want the education of our children to be experiential with a focus on the action and reflection process in order to come to deep understandings.

Arleen Danon

Hebrew Studies Director of Curriculum and Instruction
Arleen Danon

I became a teacher because...

I have always delighted in the sheer joy of the “Aha” moment – that magical intersection of just the right circumstances when a person’s face lights up with the glow of “I get it!” Being an educator provides countless opportunities to nurture and share in these moments of discovery that mark the intellectual and emotional development of children. For an educator, there is nothing more fulfilling

My favorite memory from teaching and learning...

As a young adolescent, music was an important portal into Hebrew language and Israeli culture for me. As my music collection increased, so did my vocabulary, along with a deepening appreciation for the rich and varied rhythms so characteristic of Israeli music. When I became a Hebrew language teacher, I came to understand the transformative power that music can have in the language classroom. Hearing my students joyfully singing a song on the playground that I had taught them was very exciting. When they later told me that they wanted the song on their iPods, I realized that this song could have a far-reaching impact on them.

I joined HLA because...

I joined HLA because I love to work with children. I love their curiosity, their imagination,their enthusiasm, and their laughter. And I equally love the Hebrew language. I love to hear it, speak it, read it, and write it. I love its cadence, its expressions, its intonation, and even its idiosyncrasies. As a member of the HLA staff and leadership team, I look forward to contributing to this diverse learning community, where I can interweave these two passions in support of the school’s mission.

My vision for our children at HLA...

My vision for HLA is to continue to develop as a community of learners, where supported by all of the school’s constituencies, each student progresses in Hebrew language proficiency and across all of the disciplines, with confidence and competence, guided by respect for self and others.

Sarit Delouya

Hebrew Studies Assistant Director of Curriculum and Instruction
Hebrew Language Academy Charter School

Michelle Galeotti

Director of School Operations
Hebrew Language Academy Charter School

Natalie Guiteau

General Studies Curriculum and Instruction Director, Middle School
Hebrew Language Academy Charter School

Kamilah McCaskill

Coordinator of School Culture and Student Life
Kamilah McCaskill

I became a teacher because...

My passion for education stems from having an autistic brother. Growing up, resources were very limited and I remember my parents self-educating themselves on the disability. Together as a family, we learned how to help my brother interact, learn, and develop.  As a little girl, I attended many school meetings for my brother and there were a team of educators planning to meet his learning needs. They were committed to helping him succeed.  The reason I became an educator was because I learned at a very early age that every child has the ability to learn, you just have to meet them at their level and I am committed to that vision. While teaching in Baltimore, I was often told that I have a big heart, I’m always willing to listen to a child, teacher or parent, and I treat every child as if they were my own. My classroom management, effective delivery of content information, and ability to work well with students propelled me into a Leadership role of education.

My favorite memory from teaching and learning...

I have been in the field of education for the last 15 years and I enjoy working with our youth. I have 10 years teaching experience, which also includes counseling and preparing student applications for college as a certified Guidance Counselor. My favorite memory from teaching has to be seeing the sparkle in a child’s eyes when they have the “I’ve got it” moment. As a former Headstart, first, and second grade teacher, watching a child explore concepts has to be the most rewarding feeling as a teacher. Teaching is not just about delivering information to your students in a whole group setting, it’s about seeing every child for who they are, meeting their learning needs, and taking them places they dare to dream. Although challenging, I do my best to establish a relationship with every child I come into contact with. I have always found that taking the extra time to get to know your students individually makes a huge difference in the classroom. Students feel nurtured and supported to do and be their best. This creates a safe, respectful, and productive learning environment for all. I have always managed to establish a solid, professional, and cordial relationship with both students and parents. I believe that students have a voice and they need to be heard as well as their parents. I pride myself in being most respectful to all I have worked with and I expect the same respect in return. We have to be models for our children and be the change we wish to see in the world.

I joined HLA because...

I joined HLA because I love working with children. The joy of interacting with them is really makes me smile. Their imagination, spontaneity, laughter, curiosity and conversation are truly what make a school day worthwhile. I was also very curious to explore the Israeli culture firsthand. I was intrigued with the diversity of the student body and wanted to be an example for all children as an educator. I am committed to the goals and visions of HLA as outlined in the mission statement and I will do my best as the Coordinator of Culture and Student life to uphold all its beliefs.

My vision for our children at HLA...

My vision for our children at HLA is to ensure the safety, happiness, and overall well being of all students.  My goal is to teach students skills such as anger management, coping, organization, goal setting and active listening strategies. I intend to address the academic, social, emotional, and behavioral issues that arise on a daily basis. I will work with all facets of the school community to promote diversity and cultural awareness. We plan to introduce and host several clubs including HLA Ambassadors, Girls Empowerment, and a SPIN (Student Peer Instruction Network) club.

Jillian Streitmarter

Director of Student Support Services
Hebrew Language Academy Charter School