Meet the Wise School Team

We have an incredible team of administrators, teachers, faculty, coaches, and staff, all of whom contribute to making Wise School a place to learn deeply, be creative, experience wholeness, and make great happen! Meet them all below:
Tami Weiser
Tami WeiserHead of School
Mrs. Weiser has a rich background of educational experiences including serving as the Head of School at Heschel West Day School and Principal, of Palisades Elementary Charter School. Read more
John Heffron
John HeffronWise School Principal
John Heffron has been a professional educator for two decades. His first full-time position was teaching 1st grade for Tami Weiser at Palisades Charter Elementary! From there, he transitioned to a Math coach position, and then an Instructional coach (literacy and math)… Read more
Pam Kleinman
Pam KleinmanDirector of General Studies/Student Support
Pam Kleinman is excited to begin her new position as Assistant Head of School at Wise School. Building on her experience as Vice-Principal/Student Support, Ms. Kleinman brings her expertise in curriculum and instruction, child development, teacher supervision and… Read more
Rabbi Joshua Knobel
Rabbi Joshua KnobelSchool Rabbi
Born and raised in Wilkes-Barre, PA, Rabbi Josh Knobel received a Bachelor of Science in Physics and a commission as a second lieutenant from the United States Military Academy in 2001. He served for seven years as a telecommunications officer on active duty… Read more
Malka Clement
Malka ClementDirector of Hebrew and Judaic Studies
Malka Clement takes great pride in being an integral part of the wise Community for the past 25 years. She brings her talents, expertise and gifted teaching skills to Wise School and has served as a teacher, mentor, curriculum developer and administrator over the years. Read more
Lisa Mamos
Lisa MamosDifferentiation Program Coordinator
Lisa Mamos is excited to begin her new role as Differentiation Program Coordinator at Wise School. With a solid focus on the individual needs of each student, Lisa’s goal is to ensure that ALL children thrive and develop in an appropriate and accommodating… Read more
Stephanie Milonas
Stephanie MilonasSchool Counselor
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Beth Behar
Beth BeharDirector of Admissions & Middle School Placement
Beth is looking forward to starting her 11th year at Wise School as the Director of Admission and Middle School Placement. In addition, she oversees the school’s Diversity and Inclusion division. She was raised in Los Angeles and graduated from Beverly Hills High School… Read more
Inna Effress
Inna EffressDiversity & Inclusion Program Manager
Inna is a former speechwriter who emigrated from Ukraine as a child. She has worked in Sacramento as a writer for California Governor Schwarzenegger, and most recently as a fiction writer, Inna has been invited to read her work at literary events in LA and NYC… Read more
Natalie Cohen
Natalie CohenCommunications Manager
Estefany Garcia
Estefany GarciaOffice Manager & School Registrar
Jillian Moore
Jillian MooreFinancial Aid Manager & Admin Assistant
Sarah Wyatt
Sarah WyattAfterschool Coordinator & Admin Assistant
Jen Shankman
Jen ShankmanEarly Childhood Center Director
Jen Shankman has worked in a wide range of educational settings within the Jewish community for well over 20 years, from early education to youth development, music education to camping. She has had rich experiences as both an educator and as… Read more
Jayne Rosen
Jayne RosenAdmissions Director, Early Childhood
Jayne comes to us with over 25 years of experience in early childhood education. Most recently, she was the Director of Admissions and Assistant Director at Temple Israel of Hollywood’s Bay-Nimoy Early Childhood Center.With a passion for engaging educators and … Read more
Lemor Giladi
Lemor GiladiAssistant Director, Early Childhood
Lemor has been working in the field of early childhood education for over 20 years. She brings a wealth of knowledge in the areas of child development, family studies, staff management, and curriculum development. She holds a BA in Child Development and a Master’s… Read more
Nicole Mevorakh
Nicole MevorakhParenting Center Coordinator
Nicole Mevorakh holds a BA in Liberal Studies and a MA in marriage counseling. She has taught elementary school in LAUSD for 8 years. She has an MS in Marriage Family Counseling. She is currently in private practice as a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist in Sherman Oaks. Nicole is also a mother of two children who proudly attend Wise School. She is a fellow of the Simms Mann Institute’s First 36 project, and incorporates that information when facilitating her classes.
Heidi Sorenson
Heidi SorensonEarly Childhood Office & Admissions Manager
Heidi Sorenson has been working in the field of early childhood education for over 8 years since she graduated from California State University, Northridge in 2001 with a BA in Communications Studies. Before she joined Wise in 2016 as Office Manager, she spent five years at Wilshire Boulevard Temple’s Early Childhood Center
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Amanda Bernstein
Amanda BernsteinAdministrative Assistant
Amanda Bernstein came to Wise School with a strong background in customer service after spending three years working as a lead teller at Wells Fargo. Amanda’s started her career as an Emergency Medical Technician, working in emergency and non-emergency settings, as well as a dispatcher and field training officer. She holds a BA in Psychology from California State University, Channel Islands.
Rabbi Yoshi Zweiback
Rabbi Yoshi ZweibackSenior Rabbi
Rabbi Josh (“Yoshi”) Zweiback was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. He graduated from Princeton University in 1991 and was ordained as a Rabbi by the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion… Read more

Administration

Senior Rabbi Rabbi Yoshi Zweiback
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Head of School Tami Weiser
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Elementary School Principal John Heffron
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Director of General Studies/Student Support Pam Kleinman
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Dean of Student and Family Life Rabbi Joshua Knobel
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Director of Hebrew and Judaic Studies Malka Clement Save
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Student Support and Academic Administrator Lisa Mamos
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School Counselor Stephanie Milonas
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Director of Admission and Middle School Placement Beth Behar
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Communications Manager Natalie Cohen
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Director, Early Childhood Jen Shankman
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Assistant Director, Early Childhood Limor Giladi
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Parenting Center Coordinator Nicole Mevorakh
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Early Childhood Office & Admissions Manager Heidi Sorenson
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Administrative Staff

Administrative Assistant Mrs. Jillian Moore
Administrative Assistant Mrs. Estefany Sanchez
Administrative Assistant Ms. Sarah Wyatt
Administrative Technician Mrs. Cecelia Nguyen
School Nurse Mrs. Gail Rosenblum

Hebrew & Judaic Studies

Kindergarten Ms. Melanie Katan
Kindergarten & 1st Grade Ms. Roni Stone
1st Grade Ms. Orlee Raymond
Hebrew & Judaic Studies Ms. Hanna Bahat
Hebrew & Judaic Studies Ms. Dana Fridman
Hebrew & Judaic Studies Ms. Malka Miodovsky
Hebrew & Judaic Studies Ms. Rebecca Mizrahi
Hebrew & Judaic Studies Ms. Leora Orevi
Hebrew & Judaic Studies Ms. Sandi Volterra

General Studies

Kindergarten Ms. Amanda Young
Kindergarten Mrs. Karen Lepp
Kindergarten Mrs. Melissa Baral
Kindergarten Mrs. Diamond Summerville
Kindergarten Ms. Melanie Katan
1st Grade Mrs. Stacy Lifton
1st Grade Mrs. April Slater
1st Grade Mrs. Kim Snyder
1st Grade Ms. Ariana Terebelo
1st Grade Mrs. Orlee Raymond
1st Grade Ms. Leah Lewitt
2nd Grade Ms. Dalia Margolis
2nd Grade Ms. Jamie Cohen
3rd Grade Mrs. Talia White
3rd Grade Mrs. Allison Stepakoff
4th Grade Ms. Tatiana Broukhim
4th Grade Mr. Michael Johnson
4th Grade Mrs. Pamela Neal
5th Grade Ms. Karen Hacatoryan
5th Grade Ms. Mary Itri
6th Grade Mrs. Amy Burch
6th Grade Ms. Sarah Shpall
6th Grade Ms. Patty Tanner

Specialists

Art Mrs. Jan Navah
Athletics Director/P.E. Instructor Coach Ryan Hosler
Assistant Athletics Director/P.E. Instructor Coach Danny Herold
Athletics/P.E. Instructor Coach Jeff Starr
Aquatics Ms. Treci Horowitz
Library Director Mrs. Roberta Lloyd
Director of Music Innovation Mr. David Kates
Music – EC, Kindergarten – 3rd Grade Mr. Marcos Cohen
Project Studio Mr. Jason Meth
Science Mrs. Mandy Snyder
Science Mrs. Alexandra Coatney
Director of Technology/Tyberg Innovation Lab Ms. Judy Hoffman