Mrs. Shira Steinfeld
Ms. Adriana Strama
Mrs. Merav Tal-Timen
- Hebrew Department Chair
Mrs. Devorah Wasserlauf
- Learning Center
Mrs. Yael Weil
Mrs. Elana Weiss
Ms. Arielle Zomberg
- Biology & Chemistry
Mrs. Madeline Schmuckler, Administrative Staff, works in the front office and produces The Stream, Ma’ayanot’s online newsletter. She received her B.S. in Biology and French Language and Literature, Magna Cum Laude, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa at City College of New York. She earned an M.A.T. in Biology and Education at Yale University and an M.A. in Educational Administration at St. John’s University in Queens. She also holds New York State Certification in Administration and Supervision.
Mrs. Gila Stein is Director of STEAM Education and Innovation and the chair of the Science Department at Ma’ayanot, where she also teaches Chemistry, AP Chemistry, Physics and Forensics. In addition, Mrs. Stein co-founded Ma’ayanot’s STEAM program and oversees the integration of project-based learning in the fields of science, technology, and engineering. Mrs. Stein strives to provide each of her students with a passion for science and a broad and deep knowledge of fundamental scientific principles. She has been invited to present her research and experience with other educators and students at numerous science and STEM conferences. She earned her B.A. in Biochemistry from Queens College and her M.A. in Secondary Science Education from Columbia Teachers College. In addition, Mrs. Stein conducted laboratory research for two years at Queens College and later as part of Columbia University's Summer Research Program for Science Teachers. Prior to joining Ma’ayanot’s faculty in 2004, Mrs. Stein taught Biology and Physics at the Ramaz Upper School in Manhattan.
Mrs. Shira Steinfeld is a welcome addition to our math department. Most recently, she taught high school and middle school math at Ateres Bais Yaakov in Spring Valley, NY. Passionate about math education, Mrs. Steinfeld has a Master’s Degree in Mathematics Education from Touro College (grades 7-12) and a B.A. in Education/Math from Thomas Edison State College. With more than a decade of teaching experience, she has also taught at Torah Academy for Girls in Far Rockaway, NY, and Nefesh Academy in Brooklyn, NY. In addition to teaching mathematics in a school setting, Mrs. Steinfeld is also a certified swimming instructor, an avid hiker, and a private math tutor.
Chana Stiefel, our Director of Public Relations, has more than 20 years of experience working in journalism and the publishing industry. She has successfully marketed the 25 children’s books that she has authored and has worked on communications with Yeshivat Noam and other local institutions. Mrs. Stiefel has a M.A. in Journalism from New York University, with a specialization in Science, Health & Environmental Reporting. She also has a B.A. in English and Art History from Stern College.
Ms. Adriana Strama comes to Ma’ayanot after completing an apprenticeship and field experience at Belleville High School in Belleville, NJ, as well as field experience at Lincoln Middle School in Kearny, NJ. She earned a Master’s in Education and a B.A. in English Literature, summa cum laude, from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Ms. Strama holds a New Jersey Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing to teach English (K-12).
Giveret Tal-Timen, Hebrew Chair, teaches all levels of Hebrew, including the 12th grade Bechina Yerushalmit elective, and serves as Co-Director of Professional Development at Ma'ayanot. Mrs. Tal-Timen earned a B.A. in Education from the David Yellin College for Education in Jerusalem and is working towards a Master's in Jewish Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. Prior to joining the Ma'ayanot faculty, Mrs. Tal-Timen taught for several years in Israeli schools. In addition to teaching Hebrew language, Mrs. Tal-Timen strives to promote a love for the land of Israel and a devotion to the people of Israel in all of her classes.
Mrs. Devorah Wasserlauf will be working in our Learning Center. Before teaching at Ma’ayanot, she taught General and Judaic Studies at the P’tach program at Yeshiva University High School for Girls for seven years. Prior to that, she worked as a Resource Room teacher and Special Education teacher at the elementary and high school levels in several schools. She holds an M.S. in Education and Special Education from Touro College Graduate School of Education and Psychology.
Mrs. Yael Weil teaches Halakha as well as a Biur Tefillah elective. She also serves as the adviser to MIPAC, promoting Israel advocacy to the student body. She earned a B.A. in Psychology and Jewish Studies from Stern College, and Special Education and Child Life Certification from the Bank Street College of Education. Mrs. Weil comes to Ma'ayanot with tremendous teaching experience as she has taught numerous Judaic studies subjects at the elementary, middle and high school levels at various Yeshivot in California, New York and New Jersey. She is a well-known guest lecturer who has been hosted as a scholar-in-residence by numerous national Jewish organizations and women's groups. She currently teaches a weekly parsha class at Teaneck's Keter Torah, as well as kallah classes.
A new member of our math department, Mrs. Elana Weiss previously taught math in the middle school of the Rosenbaum Yeshiva of North Jersey. She also taught for two years in the middle school of Adolph Schreiber Hebrew Academy of Rockland (ASHAR) and in other schools in Monsey. She earned an M.A.T. in Secondary Mathematics from SUNY Empire State College as well as a B.A. in Mathematics from Rutgers University. Mrs. Weiss was a National Merit Scholar at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. She is a private math tutor, preparing students for the New York State Regents Exams in Integrated Algebra and Geometry.
Mrs. Omrit Weissman works in the front office as an administrative assistant as well as an admissions assistant. Prior to joining the faculty, Mrs. Weissman earned a B.S. in accounting from the Sy Syms School of Business at Yeshiva University and worked as a tax associate at Ernst and Young. She ensures that the daily happenings at Ma'ayanot run smoothly.
Ms. Arielle Zomberg teaches Biology and Chemistry. Prior to joining the Ma’ayanot faculty, Ms. Zomberg was a science teacher at Bronx Collegiate Academy for three years. She served as a Teach for America corps member, having been selected from among approximately 48,000 applicants to commit to teaching for two years in an under-resourced public school. She has also been an AP Chemistry homeschool teacher and a research assistant in the Neuroscience Department of Rutgers University. Ms. Zomberg earned a B.A. in Biology with a concentration in Neuroscience from Stern College, and an M.S. in Teaching, with a major in Teaching Exceptional Adolescents: Grades 7-12, at Fordham University.
Dr. Rayzel Yaish serves as Ma'ayanot's Director of Guidance. She earned a B.A. in Pre-Med and Psychology from Stern College, and received her Ph.D. in Clinical Health Psychology from the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at Yeshiva University. Prior to coming to Ma’ayanot in 2007, Dr. Yaish was the Director of Guidance at the Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy Middle School. She has worked with teens for many years, as a Head Counselor both at Camp HASC and Camp Simcha. Dr. Yaish enjoys consulting and presenting workshops for a variety of local and national organizations on topics related to mental health, general health, the special needs population, communication, leadership, and the interface of spirituality and psychology.