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 ​over 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
Stephanie Milonas
Stephanie MilonasSchool Counselor
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Rishelle Maman
Rishelle MamanSchool Counselor
Rishelle Maman is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. She loves teaching mindfulness techniques and coping and conflict resolution skills to students, and enjoys helping families build and strengthen their resilience. Before coming to Wise, Rishelle worked at the Rabbi Jacob Pressman Academy of Temple Beth Am as the Elementary School Counselor and, previously, the Middle School Counselor. Earlier in her career she worked as a residential social worker at Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services, and as a group leader with Community Circle LA, a K-5 conflict resolution and anti-bullying program, both in teaching and supervisory positions. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from U.C. Berkeley and her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California.
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
Natalie Cohen
Natalie CohenCommunications Manager
Estefany Garcia
Estefany GarciaOffice Manager & School Registrar
Jillian Moore
Jillian MooreFinancial Aid Manager & Admin Assistant
Jaana Gant
Jaana GantAfterschool Coordinator & Administrative Assistant
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
Jenna Pitson
Jenna PitsonParenting Center Coordinator
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


Senior Rabbi Rabbi Yoshi Zweiback
Head of School of Wise School and Aaron Milken Center Tami Weiser
Elementary School Principal John Heffron
Director of General Studies and Student Support Pam Kleinman
Director of Hebrew and Judaic Studies Malka Clement 
Director of Admissions and Exmissions at Wise School and the Aaron Milken Center at Stephen Wise Temple Beth Behar
Director of the Aaron Milken Center Jen Shankman
Associate Director of the Aaron Milken Center Jayne Rosen
Communications Manager Natalie Cohen
Parenting Center Coordinator of the Aaron Milken Center Jenna Pitson
School Counselor (W,TH) (every other FRI) Stephanie Milonas
School Counselor (M, TU) (every other FRI) Rishelle Maman
Director, Center for Youth Engagement Rabbi Joshua Knobel
Office Manager and School Registrar Estefany Garcia
Financial Aid Manager and Administrative Assistant Jillian Moore
Afterschool Coordinator and Administrative Assistant Jaana Gantt
Aaron Milken Center Office Assistant Amanda Bernstein
Work Room Specialist Cecilia Nguyen
Nurse Sara Adkins

Hebrew & Judaic Studies

Kindergarten Hanna Bahat
Kindergarten Dana Fridman
1st Grade Melanie Katan
Hebrew & Judaic Studies Alisa Lerner
Hebrew & Judaic Studies Malka Miodovsky
Hebrew & Judaic Studies Rebecca Mizrahi
Hebrew & Judaic Studies Leora Orevi
Hebrew & Judaic Studies Orlee Raymond
Hebrew & Judaic Studies Roni Stone
Hebrew & Judaic Studies Brett Weiseman (Rabbinical Intern)

General Studies

Kindergarten Carly Brockhoff
Kindergarten Anna Kaltakhchyan
Kindergarten Melanie Katan
Kindergarten Sarah Sharaf
1st Grade Stacy Lifton
1st Grade April Slater
1st Grade Kim Snyder
1st Grade Ari Terebelo
2nd Grade Jamie Cohen
2nd Grade Dalia Margolis
2nd Grade Sandi Volterra
3rd Grade Sarah Ben-Nissan
3rd Grade Allison Stepakoff
3rd Grade Alina Tenderich
3rd Grade Talia White
4th Grade Tatiana Broukhim
4th Grade Kaylie Gomez
5th Grade Karin Bassenian
5th Grade Rachel Glickenstein
5th & 6th Grade Ms. Mary Itri
6th Grade Mrs. Amy Burch
6th Grade Ms. Sarah Shpall


WLP Coordinator Pam Neal
Project Studio Specialitst Jason Meth
Director of Technology and Tyberg Innovation Lab Judy Hoffman
Art Instructor Regina Herod
Director of Music Innovation David Kates
Librarian Esme McTighe
Music Marcos Cohen
P.E. Coach – Athletic Director Danny Herold
P.E. Coach Noah Verdi
P.E. Coach Jeff Starr
Aquatics Coach Treci Horowitz
Science Instructor Alexandra Coatney
Science Instructor Mandy Snyder