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Faculty

Penina Kohanteb

Penina Kohanteb

MS English Teacher

My name is Penina Kohanteb, and I am excited to teach English Language Arts at Shulamith middle school this year! While my formal education lies in the field of social work, I have spent the past several years working as a middle school and high school ELA teacher. What started out as a one-year gig became the thing that energizes and excites me daily. My students keep me motivated to constantly upgrade my classroom environment and teaching style.

I am a firm believer that all students, regardless of background or previous classroom experiences, can thrive scholastically and otherwise with the appropriate amount of desire, effort, and support. Being a part of my students’ growth is something I feel privileged about. I strive to create a community of learners who work hard, take responsibility for successes and mishaps, and respect one another’s learning processes.

None of the work we do in the classroom is possible without support from the parents and families. I love to hear from parents throughout the year and especially urge parents to reach out if concerns arise at any point.

Malca Coleman

Malca Coleman

MS Science Teacher

For the past 30 years I’ve been doing what I enjoy most, teaching middle school students. I’ve taught in Bais Yaakov of Boro Park, Shaarei Torah and Shalsheles. I’ve taught science, math and computers. I especially enjoy teaching science to this age group as I love the subject matter and help the girls discover the science that is a part of their lives.

Sharon Wyne

Sharon Wyne

Grade 1 General Studies/STEM/Title 1

My name is Sharon Wyne, and I am excited to join the Shulamith Community for the 2022/2023 school year. I look forward to taking on the role of the First Grade English Teacher, STEM Teacher, and Title 1 Provider! I have taught at various grade levels throughout my teaching career and have truly enjoyed this journey. In June of 2021, I obtained a Master's Degree in Childhood Education for Students with Disabilities and have since then become a certified Special Education Teacher with the State of New York. I am looking forward to what I know will be a successful year!

Shira Kipness

Shira Kipness

Technology Coordinator/School Librarian

Shira Kipnees has been teaching at Shulamith for four years now. She has worked third graders and first graders and is excited to be working with second graders this year. Shira wears many hats. Not only is she working in the classroom, she is acting as librarian and educational testing coordinator. A Jewish Day School graduate herself, she holds a B.A. from Franklin & Marshall College and an M.S.Ed from Bank Street College of Education.

Devorah Panigel

Devorah Panigel

Grade 5 Judaic Studies, Tefilla

Reaching every student on her level is my goal. Building relationships is foundational to learning. With my BA in psychology and my ongoing master’s in social work, I seek to connect with each girl and bring my lessons to life. We experience slavery in Mitzrayim and win battles with the Shoftim. We connect to each Chag and gain invaluable tools in Ivrit. It’s been an honor to teach in Shulamith this past year (2021-2022) and I look forward to continuing. Building the next generation is a privilege and responsibility. I enter each day with a fervent Tefillah and smile. There truly is nothing like teaching in Shulamith.

Doreen Hacker

Doreen Hacker

Middle School Mathematics

Doreen Hacker has been a math teacher since 1993. She completed her undergraduate degree at Stern College in Education and then her Graduate Masters in Math Education from Brooklyn College. She currently teaches math in 2 Yeshivas. She has taught all grades from 1st to 10th grade. Math is her passion, she loves challenge students and getting them to love the subject.

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Shirel Peretz

Grades 1 and 2 Judaic Studies

Chavie

Chavie Pomerantz

Grades 3 and 4 General Studies

Devorah Panigel

Perach Malca

4th Grade Judaic Studies teacher and Activities Coordinator

Morah Perach was born and raised in Israel. She served in the Israeli Defense Forces for two years. She has extensive experience working with children in elementary schools for the past 20 years, and has helped students in the resource room for 5 years out of 20. 

Morah Perach loves teaching Hebrew as a second language and finds it inspiring. She believes that every child needs someone to believe in them, and therefore pushes her students to great achievements.

As an activities Coordinator, Morah Perach plans fun trips, parties, cooking and baking activities.

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Zehava Jaeger

Grade 5 General Studies

Rick Clyne

Rick Clyne

Grades 5, 6,8 History

Hello! My name is Rick Clyne and I am a seasoned educator with fifteen years of experience teaching grades 4-8. I have worked in both public and private schools in general education and collaborative settings. In addition to my masters degree in education I also have thirty graduate credits and numerous workshops as well as a great deal of professional development.

Teaching is something that I’m passionate about and I find that helping struggling learners is highly rewarding. My strengths lie in English Language Arts, Social Studies, and History.  Earth Science is another interest of mine and I have worked  in field study with The Museum of Natural History scholars trust program.

Overall I find teaching students to be an important pursuit as education is one of the pillars of a developed society. Helping your child succeed and move forward in their personal growth is what drives me as an educator. I look forward to a successful learning experience!

Jacob Teller

Jacob Teller

Computer Science

Jacob Teller teaches Computer Science to the 7th and 8th grade. He received his rabbinical training at Yeshiva Torah Vodaath, was granted a BS degree in Mathematics from Brooklyn College and did graduate work in Operations Research at Bernard Baruch Graduate School. Mr. Teller spent many years in the financial services industry, initially as a computer programmer, later as an operations manager and finally as a systems engineer for almost thirty years attending to Fortune 100 companies and Washington DC government agencies. He teaches Science and Computer Science at Yeshivat Shaare Torah Middle School and High School. In the past he taught high school math at Torah Vodaath and Toras Emes Kaminetz.

Shira Kipness

Sigal Benatton

Physical Education/MS Art & Design/Israeli Dance

Born in Israel, Morah Sigal served 2 years in the IDF as a Fitness Instructor for soldiers in the armored corps division. She then obtained her degree from the Institute of Fitness America - Israel. For the past 25 years, she has worked as an aerobics instructor for kids, a gym Instructor for adults, and a personal trainer for women. As a jewelry designer, her jewelry has been presented in many exhibitions, including in the Hutzot Hayotzer fair in Jerusalem. Morah Sigal is a caring and a loving teacher, who dedicates her time to the health and fitness of our students.

Shira Kipness

Yocheved Kakon, LMSW

School Social Worker 

Yocheved Kakon is a licensed therapist who graduated with honors from Hunter College with a Master’s degree in Social Work. Yocheved has experience working as a school social worker and serving as a mental health consultant within school settings. Additionally, Yocheved provides psychotherapy to children, adolescents, and adults struggling with a wide range of mental health challenges. Yocheved is trained in various therapeutic modalities, including Internal Family Systems Therapy and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Yocheved is passionate about increasing mental health awareness in schools and working collaboratively to meet the social and emotional needs of students to best support them in school, and beyond.