We are proud of our teachers!!
Here at C.S.I. we are very proud of our staff. As in many Hebrew schools, not all of our teachers have a teaching degree, but they are all college graduates, some with advanced degrees. Each teacher takes pride in creating an inviting classroom atmosphere. We participate in teacher training programs and hold frequent meetings. All teachers are certified in first aid and CPR.
Roni Shapiro Ben-David
Roni has been the Educational Director of C.S.I. since 1989. She earned her degree in Elementary Education from the University of Texas and has a Masters degree in Jewish Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary in conjunction with Columbia University. She also has a license as a certified principal of Solomon Schechter. Prior to coming to C.S.I., she was the assistant educational director at the Park Avenue Synagogue in New York City and works in the summer at Camp Ramah. Her children Eitan, Ari and Lior attend Solomon Schechter (Eitan is headed to college).
Maris has worked as a CSI Nursery School teacher for 11 years. She has substituted in many of the religious school classes and worked on special programs throughout the years. She is excited to join the religious school staff as a resource teacher and looks forward to seeing familiar face.
Toni has been teaching at CSI since 1999. She has a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology/Chemistry and a Masters in Information Management. She also has a certificate in Early Childhood Education. In addition, she was a Girl Scout leader. Toni teaches the youngest students in our nursery school. Toni’s children, Victor & Melissa are graduates of our Religious School and Emily is in our Hebrew High School.
Susan has taught in the Religious School since 1999, she has taught Dalet, Gimel and Resource. She has a Bachelor of Arts, degree in Economics and a minor in Judaica Studies from Emory University. Sue also teaches the 3 year old’s in our Nursery school. Prior to working at CSI, she worked in the Tour industry running photographic safaris in Africa. She and her husband Hank have 3 daughters Jenna, Elana and Kayla who are all graduates of our Religious School.
Faith has been teaching in our school since 1993. She teaches Prozdor 2 and Alef. She has a Bachelor of Social Work and a Masters degree in Early Childhood Special Education. She is a teacher in our nursery school and runs Kid’s Karousel, an enrichment program and Early Birds housed in our building. Faith and her family have been an important part of C.S.I. for many years. She has one son, Aidan Noah.
Michelle’s teaches our youngest Hebrew School children. She has been teaching since 2005. She continues to teach our 3Alef class in our preschool program and has done so with dedication and creativity for the past 14 years. She comes to us with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Art and knowledge and experience in Speech and Language Development. Michelle’s other areas of study include coursework in identifying the LD child and working with AD/HD children. Michelle has chaired the committee for special needs awareness, is co-founder of CAPCO (Challenges Awareness Parent Committee) in Briarcliff. During the summer she is a Group Leader/Division Leader at Breezemont Day Camp.
Sheera is our resource, Heh and LEV teacher. She is a licensed and certified Elementary Education teacher with over 30 years experience in Special Education. When not at C.S.I., Sheera volunteers as a parent advocate in the Public Schools for children with learning disabilities. She also volunteers for the Bar and Bat Mitzvah mentoring program at C.S.I. and leads the Prozdor service Shabbat mornings. Fluent in Hebrew, she was educated in Jewish Day Schools and Hebrew University. Prior to teaching at C.S.I., she taught at Westchester Day School in both Kindergarten and Resource Room. She has been with us since 2000 and has extensive experience in Jewish music. She also brings with her many years of private teaching experience with Bar and Bat Mitzvah training as well as Hebrew tutoring. Her son, David, and daughter, Eliana both attended C.S.I. nursery and Hebrew School.