Employee Directory

Wendy Abels

Early Childhood Head Teacher

Started at Rodeph Sholom School in:

2016

Began career in Education in:

2016

Educational Background:

BA in Sociology from SUNY Binghamton & MSW from SUNY Albany

Favorite thing about Rodeph Sholom School:

I love learning just as much as I love teaching, and at RSS, I have the privilege of learning from the students, faculty, and staff each day. 

Other things to know about me:

I love animals, especially dogs! When I was younger, I fostered dogs until they found their forever homes.

Ryan Allais

Director of Summer Camp and After School Programs

Michelle Alperin

Elementary Head Teacher

Started at Rodeph Sholom School in:

2010

Began career in Education in:

2009

Educational Background:

Undergraduate degree from Syracuse University in Television, Radio, and Film from the Communications School & Masters Degree from Bank Street College in Childhood General and Special Education.

Favorite thing about Rodeph Sholom School:

I love the people in this community!  I love coming to work every day and working with the students, my colleagues, the parents, and the clergy.

Other things to know about me:

I am obsessed with all things sports! Before becoming a teacher, I worked as a special events coordinator in a sports marketing company.  I also worked at the 2006 Torino Olympics.  

Eve Andrias

Head of Middle School

Started at Rodeph Sholom School in:
2018

Began career in Education in:
September of 1999

Educational Background:
MS in Early Adolescent Education and MS in Educational Leadership, both from Bank Street College of Education/Bachelors in Religion from Wesleyan University

Favorite thing about Rodeph Sholom School:
Rodeph Sholom is a warm, inviting community filled with students who ask good questions, think critically and care deeply.

Other things to know about me:
I grew up on the Upper West Side and attended Middle School two blocks away from Rodeph Sholom School.

Kaitlyn Arnold

Elementary Head Teacher

Janet Barzilay

Director of Enrollment

Started at Rodeph Sholom School in:

2022

Began career in Education in:

2004

Educational Background:

BA in Political Science from Brown University; NYU Law School, JD

Favorite thing about Rodeph Sholom School:

My favorite thing about Rodeph Sholom is the commitment of the school to superb academics and joy in learning, combined with the focus on developing socially responsible and moral citizens of the world.

Other things to know about me:

My husband and I raised our daughters in Los Angeles, but have maintained a long and deep relationship with the fabulous Rodeph Sholom community. I am honored to be a part of the Rodeph team.

Lianne Bassin

Music and Yoga Teacher

Started at Rodeph Sholom School in:

2012

Began career in Education in:

2007

Educational Background:

BA in Studio Art & Masters in Early Childhood Education from Hunter College.

Favorite thing about Rodeph Sholom School:

My favorite thing about Rodeph Sholom School is the loving community that we all create together. 

Other things to know about me:

I was born and raised on the Upper West Side. My mother was a preschool teacher for 20 years at Rodeph Sholom School before me.

Rachel Beaton

Learning Specialist, SEED, and DEISJ Coordinator

Started at Rodeph Sholom School in:

2007

Began career in Education in:

2007

Educational Background:

BA in English and American Studies from Cornell University, MA in Elementary and Gifted Education from Teachers College at Columbia University, & MA in Special Education from Fordham University.

Favorite thing about Rodeph Sholom School:

The families at this school are particularly special. I love seeing so many familiar faces at events and teaching the students who are siblings of other children. 

Other things to know about me:

I love to read (usually fiction with a strong plot), nap (on gray days under lots of blankets), and garden (pruning is my favorite!).

Michaela Biltekoff

Early Childhood Head Teacher

Started at Rodeph Sholom School in:

2007

Began career in Education in:

2005

Educational Background:

BA in Early Childhood and Special Education & Masters in Speech and Language Pathology and Linguistics.

Favorite thing about Rodeph Sholom School:

I love that Rodeph Sholom is a community and a place where I feel connected to those around me whether we are together or not. 

Other things to know about me:

I have 2 boys at Rodeph Sholom, who started in the twos. I have 2 golden doodles, both girls. I am a born and raised New Yorker, and still reside on the Upper East Side. Something unique about me is that I have three citizenships; United States, El Salvador and France.