World Class Teachers
Mrs. Cynthia Adams
1st Grade General Studies Teacher/ Elementary School Supervisor
Mrs. Valbona Belli
1st-6th Grade Science and Art Teacher / 8th Grade Science Teacher
employers consider her a great asset to the school because she truly cares about each child, is very organized, and communicates her expectations clearly to students and parents alike.
Mr. Andrew Ferrera
2nd Grade General Studies Teacher
Ms. Sasha German
3rd Grade General Studies Teacher
Mrs. Patricia Giordano
7th and 8th Grade Science Teacher
Mrs. Feiga Mendell OTR/L
Mr. Irving Kestenbaum
5th Grade Generalist
Mr. Kestenbaum comes to SIHA with 35 years of Public School experience. He taught 4th and 5th grades, as well as Health and Physical Education. He also ran the school’s annual field days for all grades, and even was the school treasurer! For many years, he also taught English at Borough Park Yeshivas. He continued to work at these yeshivas after retiring from the NYC Board of Education, as part of a Title I program.
Mr. Kestenbaum received his Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Science in Education from Brooklyn College, and has received post-Masters credits. He is looking forward to bringing his skills to Staten Island, where he has lived for over 40 years, and is looking forward to working with the SIHA students!
Ms. Regina Iannizzotto
Nachas Program Director/Special Education Teacher
Mrs. Malka Ferber
3rd Grade Judaic Studies Teacher
Mrs. Ferber is from Brooklin, New York, and is a graduate of the Bais Yaakov High School. She spent a year in Israel attending the Hadar Teacher’s Seminary. Her professional experience starts at the Yeshivah of Brooklyn, where she taught Judaic Studies. Mrs. Ferber really enjoyed teaching her students all about yiddishkeit and giving them the tools they need to grow and achieve. During the summer, Mrs. Ferber worked as a head counselor in a large day camp in Brooklin. She lives in Lakewood, New Jersey. Mrs. Ferber is passionate about Judaic Studies and helping kids reach their full potential in a fun classroom environment.
Ms. Chavi de Freudiger
Kindergarten and 1st Grade Judaic Studies Teacher
Ms. Chavi de Freudiger is a recent graduate from Bnos Sarah Teachers Seminary where she earned her teacher certification and is currently training in the field of computer programming. Ms. de Freudiger has years of experience working with children, including heading a preschool day camp in her hometown in New Jersey and leading a successful learning program for elementary aged children.
With a strong passion for teaching and love for children, Ms. de Freudiger focuses on creating a warm, safe, and positive class learning experience. To Ms. De Freudiger, every child is a priceless gem who deserves the highest caliber of care and attention. She motivates each child to reach his full potential through hands-on learning and interactive programs geared to help them succeed. Ms. De Freudiger looks forward to, and prides herself in, the ear-to-ear smiles on all her students’ faces.
Ms. Esther Klahr
School Guidance Counselor
5th and 6th Boys / 7th and 8th Girls Judaics Teacher
Rabbi Kuritsky was born in NY and raised in Baltimore, MD.
His father, now retired, practiced as a Rabbi and a child Psychologist. His mother of Blessed memory, a loving homemaker, was born in Russia prior to WWII.
Rabbi Kuritsky was educated in Yeshiva Beth Moshe high school of Scranton, PA and continued there for four years post High School. He continued his education in Israel and then in Beth Medrash Govoha of Lakewood, NJ.
Rabbi Kuritsky has also taken many courses in Education and Pedagogy. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Rabbinic and Talmudic Studies.
He comes with many years experience teaching both Secular and Judaic Studies. He has been a Principal for both Judaic studies and Secular Studies collectively for over two decades.
He is known for his love and caring for students and helping them reach their potential. Students and parents cherish the individual attention he gives to each student.
Mrs. Chaya Rosskamm
Jewish History Teacher / Judaic Studies Curriculum Coordinator
Mrs. Alla Shats
4th Grade General Studies Teacher
Mrs. Rhonda Sherman
Rhonda graduated with a Bachelor of Science from College of Staten Island in Psychology and received her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Brooklyn College City University of New York. Rhonda completed her externship at Staten Island University Hospital with clinical practicum in the ventilator and neurology units as well as the Outpatient Clinic. Rhonda also holds a degree as Teacher of Judaic Studies from Bnot Torah Institute Jerusalem, Israel.
Rhonda’s clinical experience includes providing services to individuals from infancy to adult, evaluating and treating individuals with a variety of disorders including: Feeding and swallowing disorders, Articulation disorders, Language disorders, Voice disorders, Fluency disorders, Traumatic Brain Injuries, Vocal Cord Dysfunction, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Hearing Impairments, Cerebral Palsy, Prematurity, G tube feedings, Central Auditory Processing Disorder, Sensory issues, Aphasia, Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Down Syndrome.
Rhonda has been Director of Clinical and Homebound Services for Midwood Child Development Center and currently maintains a private practice servicing Early Intervention (EI), Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) and Committee on Special Education (CSE).
For the past 20 years, Rhonda has been providing services to private school students with a wide range of learning disabilities and has been working with Staten Island Hebrew Academy (SIHA) Nachas Program since 2018.
Rhonda’s mission at SIHA is to have each child reach their maximum potential by providing exemplary assessment and treatment of communication skills with quality speech-language therapy, all while having a positive educational experience.
Mrs. Shaindy Spiegel
2nd Grade Judaic Studies Teacher
Ms. Jordana Syetta
Kindergarten General Studies Teacher
Ms. Svjetlana Tatic
5th Grade General Studies Teacher
4th Grade / 7th/8th Boys Judaics Teacher
Rabbi Berelowitz is known for his warm personality and his ability to connect with every child. Born across the Verrazano Bridge in the Brooklyn neighborhood, he attended The Mirrer Yeshiva Elementary and High School. Following that, he earned his Masters in Talmudic Law in Beth Medrash Gavoha in Lakewood NJ.
Rabbi Berelowitz is a graduate of the Aish Dos teacher training program in Lakewood N.J. where he trained from many leading teachers.
He has an incredible passion and enthusiasm for teaching in which students enjoy the lessons and remember them years later.
He runs a youth camp in the summer where his campers have an enjoyable wholesome summer vacation with a variety of sports and activities.
Rabbi Berelowitz ensures that each Student reaches their potential and is excelling socially and academically.
Grades 5-8 Math Teacher
Alex Ortiz has been a teacher at the Staten Island Hebrew Academy for six years, and is now entering her 7th year at SIHA. A math teacher’s focus is always on the students, and how to challenge them to think critically while teaching them the skills and tools they need to succeed in an academic setting, and this is the approach that Alex brings to the classroom. Alex is a Math Major with a focus in Secondary Education, and looks forward to staying and growing with SIHA in the future!
Ms. Rivka Dershowitz
5th & 6th grade girls Judaics & Co- Programming Coordinator