HLA has 18 classrooms of children: 3 kindergarten classes, 3 first grade classes, 3 second grade classes, 3 third grade classes, 3 fourth grade classes and 3 fifth grade classes. Each classroom has 25 students and two instructors, one dedicated to General Studies and one focused on Hebrew language instruction. These teacher teams guide our children through a workshop model for learning in which students experience a range of learning styles, from listening to the teacher model a skill to hands-on learning. Click on a teacher’s name to learn more about his or her teaching philosophy and vision for HLA’s students:

Kindergarten Teaching Teams

Classroom General Studies Teacher Hebrew Language Teacher
Yerushalyim (K11) Michelle Healy/Melissa Galdamez Laura Schussler
Haifa (K12) Rachel Kasten Larisa Lulko
Tel-Aviv (K13) Stacy Aruch Ora Nimni

First Grade Teaching Teams

Classroom General Studies Teacher Hebrew Language Teacher
Beer-Sheva (101) Samantha Goldstein Maggie Ben-Zekry
Eilat (102) Josephine Pennisi Nirit Sivan
Netanya(103) Kelly Marocchi Lia Oren

Second Grade Teaching Teams

Classroom General Studies Teacher Hebrew Language Teacher
Teveryah (201) Anu Antony Oksana Mosheev
Hertzeliya (202) Nicole Guida Rachel Reyz
Ashkelon (203) Michael Tramutolo Shira Leonard Shailin

Third Grade Teaching Teams

Classroom General Studies Teacher Hebrew Language Teacher
Nahariya (301) Stacy Leckawicz/Anne Mari Macaluso Shai Rosenfeld
Tzefat (302) Kathleen O’Connor Orit Ziv
Yaffo (303) Marielle Kaufman Kesem Simon

Fourth Grade Teaching Teams

Classroom General Studies Teacher Hebrew Language Teacher
Rehovot (401) Samantha Dickinson/Lauren D’Italia Shimrit Gerstein
Binyamina (402) Kaitlyn Newman Michael Gliksman
Akko (403) Maria Surdo Sarit Delouya

Fifth Grade Teaching Teams

Classroom General Studies Teacher Hebrew Language Teacher
Ashdod (501) Jacqueline Capobianco/Katie Wissman Mira Yusupov
Metulla (502) Alana Gund Orna Zeitouni
Raanana (503) Maria Groccia Osnat Hovav