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Our Team

Faculty & Staff

Eitan Bar Or

Faculty

(615) 356-1880

ebaror@akivanashville.net

Teacher
Elementary Hebrew & Judaic Studies

Education

  • BA Education, Moreshet Yakov College

 

What I Love About Akiva
Akiva is a special place because ALL the colors of Jewish identity are represented here. Rarely do you find a school that embodies this type of diversity.

Tal Bar Or

Faculty

(615) 356-1880

tbaror@akivanashville.net

Teacher
Elementary Hebrew and Judaic Studies

Education

  • BA, Special Education, Talpiyot College

What I Love About Akiva
I love teaching our students because we feel so much like a family.

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.

Annette Calloway

Faculty

(615) 356-1880

acalloway@akivanashville.net

Teacher
4th Grade ELA & Art

Education

  • BA English/Speech Communication, Lipscomb University
  • M.Ed. Education, Vanderbilt University

Certifications
ELL

Rotem Cohen

Faculty

(615) 356-1880

rcohen@akivanashville.net

Teacher
Elementary School Hebrew and Judaic Studies

Education

  • BA, Psychology and Art Telhi College

Certifications
Behavior Analysis Certification

What I Love About Akiva
Akiva is like my second home. It’s like a big solid ground that gives you the opportunity to grow and be a better person.

Emma Cribb

Faculty

(615) 356-1880

cribb@akivanashville.net

Teacher / Coach
Physical Education, Cross Country and Track Coach

Education

  • BS Biology, Columbia University
  • MBA Business Administration, Fairleigh Dickinson University

 

Certifications

  • Strength & Conditioning Specialist
  • Personal Trainer
  • Cycling Coach
  • Yoga Instructor

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

Laura Deitrick

Faculty

(615) 356-1880

ldeitrick@akivanashville.net

School Counselor

Education

 

Certifications

 

Annie Douthit

Faculty

(615) 356-1880

adouthit@akivanashville.net

Teacher
1st Grade General Studies & ELA 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.

Susan Eskew

Faculty

(615) 356-1880

seskew@akivanashville.net

Teacher
4th Grade General Studies & STEAM Lead Teacher

Education

  • BS Elementary Education 1-8, Middle Tennessee State University
  • BS Special Education K-12, Middle Tennessee State University

Certifications
Highly Qualified Status Grades 3-8

What I Love About Akiva
Akiva is an environment that purposefully creates moments of wonder and what if, why not now, and how can we achieve more. We value and provide opportunities for communicating effectively, innovative thinking and to demonstrate confidence in one’s abilities and the abilities of their team. We prepare our students for the community and world they will lead.

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.

Jennifer Hosey

Faculty

(615) 356-1880

jhosey@akivanashville.net

Teacher
Kindergarten General

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
3rd Grade General Studies & ELA Lead

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

Teacher
Middle School General Studies, Math Lead, & Librarian

Education

  • BA 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.

Daniella Pressner

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.

Ellen Smyth

Faculty

(615) 356-1880

ecloyd@akivanashville.net

Teacher
2nd Grade General Studies

Education

  • BA Religious Studies, Wofford College
  • MAT Early Childhood Education, Converse College

 

What I Love About Akiva
I love working in such a supportive and collaborative environment where the safety and nurturing of our students’ growth is at the forefront of what we do. I love getting to know each child and fostering their passions.

Wylie Stemple

Faculty

(615) 356-1880

wstemple@akivanashville.net

Teacher

5th/6th Math & History

Education

  • BS Aviation Flight and Aircraft Systems, Ohio State University
  • Educational Licensure Middle School Math & Social Studies, University of Dayton

 

What I Love About Akiva

Akiva is an amazing school. I have never before worked in an institution that pairs amazing kids with such a teamwork centered faculty. Everyone feels supported and we work towards a common goal of making each day great!

David Williams

Faculty

(615) 356-1880

dwilliams@akivanashville.net

Teacher
5th/6th Grade General Studies

Education

  • BS Education, Vanderbilt University
  •  MA Secondary Education, Vanderbilt University

 

Certifications
Highly Qualified Status in ELA, Geography, and Social Studies

What I Love About Akiva
Akiva is special because our small class sizes give teachers the ability to truly help each and every student.

Shanna Wilons

Faculty

(615) 432-2555

swilons@akivanashville.net

Teacher
Learning Specialist

Education

  • BA Judaic Language and Literature, Emory University

  • MA Early Childhood and Elementary Education, Oglethorpe University

Certifications
Special Education in the General Education classroom

What I Love About Akiva
Akiva is a special place that nurtures all types of learners. I enjoy being part of the process and watching as students gain confidence and learn to advocate for their own needs.

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.

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Testimonials

What Our Families are Saying

"Akiva affords our three girls, along with the caliber of their teachers and smaller class sizes, the chance to be understood and to grown and learn in their own unique way." The Satinsky Family

"Jewish Education is the best foundation we can give our daughters. And that is something that only the Akiva School can offer here in Nashville." The Kullock Family

"At Akiva, we made the absolute best choice for our children and our family. There is no other school in the country we would rather send our children to."

The Coleman Family

Contact Us


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

info@akivanashville.net

809 Percy Warner Blvd.
Nashville, TN 37205

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