Hyim Brandes is an innovator, educator, and social entrepreneur working at the intersection of Jewish education, community, and technology. Hyim worked as a Jewish educator at Camp Alonim and the Brandeis-Bardin Institute. Upon his graduation from UC Berkeley, he studied in Israel for three years at the Pardes Institute for Jewish Studies. Hyim was on the founding faculty of two Jewish high schools. He has worked as a consultant on educational technology projects for organizations throughout the country including Avoda Arts, Birthright Israel, and the Greenspun Foundation.
hbrandes@OnlineJewishAcademy.org (818) 464-3399 Ext. 101
Sari Brandes, M.A.Ed., Co-Founder, Director of Students Services
Sari is an educational therapist and educator with more than 15 years of experience. She holds a Masters in Education (M.Ed.) in Learning and Teaching, with an emphasis on school and curricular design, from the Harvard School of Education. She is the founder of My Study Skills Inc.
sbrandes@OnlineJewishAcademy.org (818) 464-3399 Ext. 103
Kimberly has 16 years of teaching experience in traditional and nontraditional education, at the middle, high school, and university levels. For the past 10 years she has been a teacher, tutor, and consultant in a thriving homeschool community where she created innovative and eclectic learning experiences tailored to the intellectual, emotional, and social needs of each student or group. She has a B.A. in Speech Communication and an M.A. in English Literature, but as a life long learner, she will never be done with her education.
email@example.com (818) 464-3399
Jamie Powell Stein, M.B.A., M.A.J.C.S., Director of Operations
Jamie holds a joint Masters in Business Administration with an emphasis in Non-Profit Management and a Masters in Jewish Communal Studies from the American Jewish University. She specializes in fundraising, event planning, marketing and business development.
jstein@OnlineJewishAcademy.org (818) 464-3399 Ext. 102
Melanie has been an integral part of the Jewish day school community for 20 years. She has worked with children and young adults with learning disabilities and other special needs for over 15 years. During her tenure at Jewish Family Service, she coordinated activities for such young adults, and provided outreach to the special needs community. Melanie is an active member of several advisory committees on special needs within the Jewish and secular communities in Los Angeles.
mftasoff@OnlineJewishAcademy.org (818) 464-3399 Ext. 104
Naomi has experience in both experiential and traditional education and has tutored students in math and science for over seven years. She received her B.S. in Chemical Education from the University of California, San Diego, and is currently pursuing her teaching credential and a Masters in Education. Naomi finds immense joy in working through problems with students until they can fully understand the concept at hand.
Etan Kelman, History Teacher
Etan Kelman is an educator with over 15 years of professional experience. He began his career in the education department of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum helping to curate their online exhibitions. He then shifted to working in the classroom and has been doing that ever since. Etan is currently in his eighth year teaching history at the New Community Jewish High School and in his third year with OJA. Etan holds an MA in Education with an emphasis in Educational Technology and continues to find interesting ways to incorporate technology into the learning process.
Hyim Brandes, History Teacher
Sari Brandes, History Teacher
Kimberly Callaway, English Teacher
Rachel Gereboff, Learning Coach
Holly Hollander, Learning Coach, Math and Science Adjunct Instructor
Holly has a MSW in Community Organization, Planning, and Organization from USC and a Masters in Jewish Communal Service/Non-Profit Management from Hebrew Union College. She has been involved with educating children in a variety of subjects in traditional and nontraditional learning. Additionally she has worked with children that have learning disabilities and other learning challenges. Holly is especially interested in maintaining creative thought and deeply believes that each child has his/her own genius.
Sharon Bothman, Educational Therapist
Sharon is an Educational Therapist with a Master’s Degree in Special Education from California State University, Northridge, with an emphasis in Educational Therapy. She also holds a Secondary Teaching Credential in English and an Elementary Multiple Subject Credential from the University of California, Los Angeles. In addition to being a part of OJA, Sharon works part time as an educational therapist at the Kayne-Eras Center and has a private practice.