Mrs. Bailey Braun
- Dean of Students
Ms. Talia Feder
Mrs. Michele Major
- Director of Educational Technology
Mrs. Tamar Appel, our Associate Principal, has brought her passion for teaching to Ma'ayanot since 2004, where she has taught Hebrew, American History, European History, Jewish History and Public Speaking. She is also a 9th grade mekhaneket. Mrs. Appel has a B.A. in American History and an M.A. in Modern Jewish History from the University of Pennsylvania, where she also completed her coursework toward a Ph.D. and won the Penn Prize for Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching. She is committed not only to guiding students toward intellectual development, but also to helping them find their own personal paths as young Jewish women.
Mrs. Bailey Braun comes to Ma’ayanot with a wealth of experience as a school social worker and Torah educator. Prior to joining Ma’ayanot, Mrs. Braun created a guidance program at Netivot HaTorah, a 600-student elementary school in Toronto. She also worked as a social worker at a public high school for at-risk teens. Mrs. Braun conducts lectures and seminars at retreat centers, college campuses, and synagogues throughout the U.S. and Canada on topics including Women in Jewish History, Chumash, mysticism, meditation, and poetry. She has a Master’s in Social Work from Ryerson University, a B.S.W. from Lakehead University, and a B.A. in Religious Studies from York University in Toronto.
Mrs. Nina Bieler, Ninth Grade Dean, earned a B.A. in Psychology from Stern College and an M.S.W. from the Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University, where she received a certificate for Excellence in Jewish Community Service. Mrs. Bieler formerly worked as Ma'ayanot's Director of Admissions for six years. Prior to joining Ma’ayanot in 2004, Mrs. Bieler honed her community organization skills through her work at the UJA Federation of NY, The Jewish Community Relations Council in NY, and the Lenox Hill Bikur Cholim.
In addition to serving as Assistant Principal of Co-Curricular Life and Director of the Ma’ayanot Scholars Program, Rabbi Zev Prince teaches Talmud and Halakha. Rabbi Prince runs many of our Torah programs outside of the classroom and works with all of our co-curricular departments. Prior to joining the Ma’ayanot faculty in 2008, Rabbi Prince worked in adult education as a member of the Boca Raton Community Kollel. He earned a B.S. in Psychology from Yeshiva University and Semicha from RIETS, the Yeshiva University Kollel in Jerusalem.
As Executive Director, Mrs. Rachel Feldman manages the business office and works to ensure the smooth operation of daily activities for students, faculty, and administration. Since joining Ma’ayanot in 2008, her multi-faceted responsibilities have included budget management, building maintenance and security, and transportation. Mrs. Feldman also oversees the logistical coordination of all major events at Ma’ayanot, from Open House to Graduation. She received her B.A. in English Communications from Stern College for Women.
Ms. Talia Feder is an RN who received her degree from New York University School of Nursing. She comes to us from the Learning Center for Exceptional Children, where she served as the full-time school nurse and provided a range of services for students ages 3-21 in both mainstream and special-education services.
Mrs. Meredith Hanauer is Ma'ayanot's Business Manager. Prior to joining our staff in 2014, Mrs. Hanauer worked as an HR Manager. She earned a B.S. from the Sy Sim School of Business at Yeshiva University.
Mrs. Michele Major joins the Ma’ayanot faculty with extensive experience in educational technology. For the past 15 years, she has served in many capacities at Yeshivat Noam, most recently as an educational technologist, math teacher, technology teacher, and General Studies head teacher. Her role as an educational technologist includes training faculty to conduct assessment programs, leading professional development in the use of technology tools in both Judaic and General Studies, and overseeing the technology curriculum. She has also led instruction in creative applications, Google and Office suites, presentation tools and coding skills. Prior to teaching at Yeshivat Noam, Mrs. Major taught in Ramaz Lower School and worked as a technical recruiter at AC Lion International. She has a B.S. in Human Development from Binghamton University, an M.S. in Elementary Education from Hunter College and earned a certificate in Online and Blended Learning from Yeshiva University.
Ms. Jennifer Sanders, fondly known as "Coach Jen," serves as Ma'ayanot's Athletic Director. She teaches Physical Education in all grades as well as Health in 10th grade. She holds a B.S. in Psychology, with concentrations in sport psychology and social psychology, from the University of Florida. She is LGI/CPR/FA certified, holds Lifeguard and ACE Personal Trainer certifications, and is a Silver Sneakers Instructor. She is a personal trainer and has worked as an Aquatics Director for Camp Shalom for more than 10 years teaching swimming and supervising lifeguards. Prior to joining Ma'ayanot's faculty, Ms. Sanders worked as a Physical Education teacher at Yeshivat Noam and Ben Porat Yosef, she was the Director of Fitness, Recreation and Aquatics at the YM & YWHA in Clifton, NJ.
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.