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Faculty & Staff

Carolyn Benick Brown

Staff

(615) 432-2554

cbenickbrown@akivanashville.net

Position
Business Manager

 

Vardit Binstein

Faculty

(615) 356-1880

vardit@akivanashville.net

Teacher
Elementary Hebrew and Judaic Studies & Technology Lead

Education

  • B. Sc. Industrial and Management Engineering, Ben Gurion University
  • Master’s of Business Administration, Ben Gurion University

What I Love About Akiva
Akiva is like a family for me, I enjoy seeing the children grow and make huge progress in language.

Marissa Brady

Staff

(615) 356-1880

marissa@akivanashville.net

Position
Front Office Administrator

Education

  • BA Business Administration, Clark Atlanta University
  • Masters Business Administration, Clark Atlanta University
  • M.Ed. Montessori Education, Loyola University Maryland

What I Love About Akiva
I love that at Akiva the whole child is the focus of education. I love that the faculty and staff work together to help each other in this endeavor of education. I love the joy and smiles of the children who make up the school.

Lilly Carver

Faculty

(615) 356-1880

lcarver@akivanashville.net

Teacher
First Grade General Studies

Education

  • BA English Literature and Spanish, Pomona College
  • Masters Elementary Education, Vanderbilt University

What I Love About Akiva
Everyone at Akiva speaks so positively about their experiences! It is so encouraging from a newcomer’s perspective to see that Akiva’s faculty truly loves the school.

Emma Cribb

Faculty

(615) 356-1880

cribb@akivanashville.net

Coach / Athletic Director
Physical Education, Cross Country and Track Coach

Education

  • BS Biology, Columbia University
  • Master’s of Business Administration, Fairleigh Dickinson University

 

Certifications

  • Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (N.S.C.A.)
  • Personal Trainer (A.C.E.)
  • USA Cycling Coach

What I Love About Akiva
Teaching kids to embrace an active lifestyle. Giving all kids a chance to be athletic. I love playing & sports!

Yifat Crouvi

Faculty

(615) 356-1880

ycrouvi@akivanashville.net

Hebrew Teacher
Hebrew and Judaic Studies

Education

  • BA Education & Special Education, Tel Aviv University
  • MA Derby University

 

DVORA DAVIDSON

Staff

(615) 356-1880

essandfresscatering@gmail.com

Position

Lunch Coordinator

 

 

    What I Love About Akiva
    I love that there is an emphasis on educating the whole child at Akiva, and faculty members work as a team to support each individual student’s academic and social-emotional needs.

    RACHEL DEGA

    Faculty

    (615) 356-1880

    rdega@akivanashville.net

    School Counselor

    Education

    • BA Psychology, Wheaton College, Norton MA
    • M.Ed Human Development Counseling, Vanderbilt University

     

     

      What I Love About Akiva
      I love that there is an emphasis on educating the whole child at Akiva, and faculty members work as a team to support each individual student’s academic and social-emotional needs.

      Annie Douthit

      Faculty

      (615) 356-1880

      adouthit@akivanashville.net

      Teacher
      2nd Grade General Studies & Math Lead Teacher

      Education

      • BA Economics, Bates College
      • M.Ed Elementary Education, Vanderbilt University

       

      Certifications

      • Reading Specialist Endorsement

      What I Love About Akiva
      I love when a child’s face lights up when he/she figures out a new strategy, solves a challenging problem, or improves on a project.

      Elly Ebin

      Faculty

      (615) 356-1880

      eebin@akivanashville.net

      Position
      Marketing and Development Coordinator

      Education

      • BA History, York University, Toronto

      What I Love About Akiva

      I love being part of a school that  values innovative thinking, both in the students and in the faculty and staff. 

      Julie Fortune

      Staff

      (615) 432-2552

      jfortune@akivanashville.net

      Position
      Director of Admission and Outreach

      Education

      • BLS Religion in Society, University of Memphis
      • MALS Philosophy of Religion, University of Memphis
      • MA Religious Studies, Florida State University

      Certifications

      • Highly Qualified Status in All Middle School Subjects, Special Education K-12

      • Reading Specialist Endorsement

      What I Love About Akiva
      I love being apart of a community and a school that ensures that every child is loved, supported, and challenged in new ways every day. Unlike any other program I have worked in, Akiva does everything possible to ensure that ‘the whole child’ is being nourished.

      Nili Friedman

      Faculty

      (615) 356-1880

      nfriedman@akivanashville.net

      Teacher
      3rd Grade General Studies

      Education

      • BA English,  Brandeis University with Minors in Elementary Education, Jewish Studies, and Humanities Interdisciplinary Program
      • M.Ed. Elementary Education, Vanderbilt University

      Certifications

      • Highly Qualified Status Grades K-6

      What I Love About Akiva
      Akiva provides students with a nurturing environment in which they feel comfortable being themselves while taking on new challenges. Students explore what it means to be a Jew, an American, and a global citizen while learning how to express themselves as individuals. I feel so blessed to be a part of this amazing community.

      Ellen Haber

      Faculty

      (615) 356-1880

      ehaber@akivanashville.net

      Teacher
      Kindergarten General Studies

      Education

      • BA History, Washington University, St. Louis
      • MA Elementary Education, Belmont University, Nashville

      What I Love About Akiva

      I love Akiva because of the close knit community and opportunity to collaborate with great colleagues. I love cultivating the community garden and enjoying the beautiful campus with the children

       

      Jennifer Hosey

      Faculty

      (615) 356-1880

      jhosey@akivanashville.net

      Teacher
      Kindergarten General Studies Teacher

      Education

      • BS Elementary Education K-6, Middle Tennessee State University

      What I Love About Akiva
      I feel blessed to be at Akiva because of the teamwork amongst the faculty members and the ability to tailor our curriculum to meet each child’s needs.

      Kelly Love

      Faculty

      (615) 356-1880

      klove@akivanashville.net

      Teacher
       Middle School General Studies, Writing Lead, & Teacher Mentor

       

      Education

      • BA, Reading, Dual Minors: Education & Women’s Studies, University of Texas at El Paso
      • MA Curriculum and Instruction, University of Phoenix

      Certifications

      • Reading Specialization 6-12

      What I Love About Akiva

      Akiva is a place that encourages students and teachers to follow their passions. The small class sizes make it easy for teachers to give students the help and attention they deserve.

      Rena Malkofsky-Berger

      Faculty & Staff

      (615) 356-1880

      rena@akivanashville.net

      Position
      Curriculum Specialist

      Education

      • BS Psychology and Biological Studies, University of California at Davis
      • MA Education & Developmental Psychology, University of California at Berkeley

      What I Love About Akiva
      At Akiva, everyone is  supported to become their best self—students and teachers alike.

      Rabba Daniella Pressner

      Faculty / Staff

      (615) 356-1880

      dpressner@akivanashville.net

      Position
      Head of School

      Education

      • BA Religion and Dance, Barnard College, Columbia University

      • MA Jewish Studies, Vanderbilt University

       

      Certifications

      • Continued Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education
      • Current Member of Yeshivat Maharat Kollel Track

      What I Love About Akiva
      Akiva is this unusual community that puts every child at the center. It is a place where children are nurtured and loved and a place where they are challenged to be curious, to wonder, to take risks and to have moral courage. I am inspired every day by the children, the parents and the faculty. It is a community and a family and a space for every child’s spark to be ignited.

      Anna Rentz

      Staff

      (615) 356-1880

      arentz@akivanashville.net

      Position
      Student Support Specialist

      Education

      • BA Elementary Education, 

       

      Certifications

      • Wilson’s FUNdations

      What I Love About Akiva

      I love Akiva because I love being a part of a kind, warm Jewish community and a school that is dedicated to cultivating an environment where each child can be and feel successful.

      Batya Rosenfeld

      Faculty

      (615) 356-1880

      batya@akivanashville.net

      Teacher
      1st and 2nd Grade Hebrew and Judaic Studies

      Education

      • BA Education

       

       

       

        What I Love About Akiva

        Nechemya Rosenfeld

        Faculty

        (615) 356-1880

        nechemya@akivanashville.net

        Teacher
        Middle School Hebrew and Judaic Studies

        Education

        • BA Education

         

         

         

          What I Love About Akiva

          Amber Woodruff

          Staff

          (615) 356-1880

          Position
          Building and Grounds Maintenance

           

           

           

            What I Love About Akiva

            Jessica Yousem

            Faculty

            (615) 356-1880

            jyousem@akivanashville.net

            Teacher
            1st Grade General Studies Teacher

            Education

            • BA, Sociology, Wheaton College
            • MA, Education, Pepperdine University 

             

            Certifications
            California State Teaching Credential 

            What I Love About Akiva
            I am so excited to join the Avika School Team! I am looking forward to an incredible year ahead and cannot wait to learn and grow with my class.

            Michal Zidkyahu

            Faculty

            (615) 356-1880

            mzidkyahu@akivanashville.net

            Teacher
            Middle School Hebrew and Judaic Studies

            Education

            • BA Psychology, Criminology, Sociology, Bar Ilan University, Israel

            • MA Expressive Arts Therapy, Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts

            Certifications

            • Certified Psychodramatist
            • Creative Arts Therapist

            What I Love About Akiva

            Akiva is a microcosmos of the Jewish community of Nashville. It is small, diverse, warm and inclusive. I appreciate that it lets me take part in and support the process of building an academically, and emotionally strong future Jewish community.

            Contact Us


            P: 615-356-1880
            F: 615-356-1850

            info@akivanashville.net

            809 Percy Warner Blvd.
            Nashville, TN 37205

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