10 and 12 Chumash, Trei Asar, Ezra/Nechemia, Halacha, Shmuz
Rabbi Schwartz, a graduate of the Rabbinical Seminary of America/Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim, brings his various talents and expertise to Ateres Bnos Ita. Teaching the past 6 years at Chofetz Chaim Los Angeles Affiliate/Yeshivat Ohr Chanoch and as a learning Rebbe for years in camps, Rabbi Schwartz brings his excitement for learning to the classroom. In addition, Rabbi Schwartz’s background in fundraising and a graduate of Torah Umesorah's Leadership and Fundraising Academy (TULFA) program give Rabbi Schwartz the skills necessary to help build a school and contribute to the Las Vegas community.
Middos, Yesodos B'Emunah, Pirkei Avos, Haftoros, Penimi, Biology
Mrs. Schwartz, a Rochester, NY native, brings many years of varied teaching experiences from the past 10 years with her to Ateres Bnos Ita. Starting her teaching career in Phoenix, AZ, Mrs. Schwartz moved on to teach in Boca Raton, FL and served as a dorm counselor for Russian seminary exchange students in Brooklyn. Later on, Mrs. Schwartz and her family moved to Los Angeles, where she spent the last 4 years teaching at Valley Torah High School for Girls. There she taught a variety of classes while implementing and running a number of programs and some administrative work. Mrs. Schwartz brings her care and love for her students to every aspect of developing the school in order to provide the young women of Las Vegas with a school that will allow them to thrive personally and succeed academically.
Mrs. Tropper is a beloved member of the Las Vegas community. Her creative skills are used across the spectrum and, in addition to her role at Ateres, Mrs. Tropper is also a preschool teacher at one of the local day schools. Mrs. Troppers innovative ideas and ability to relate to each student makes her art class and enjoyable and creative place to be.
Mrs. Bergida brings many years of experience working with teens to Ateres. Aside from teaching for many years, Mrs. Bergida is also a social worker with private practices in Las Vegas and New York. Mrs. Bergida is looking forward to sharing her excitement for learning and love of Parsha with her students this year.
Mrs.Elianna Sarto, her husband, and their two children moved to Las Vegas six months ago and they are loving it! She is currently a full-time nursing student at Chamberlain University and plans to become a nurse practitioner when she completes school. In addition, she is teaching a Health Class at Ateres Bnos Ita one day a week to the senior class. Mrs. Sarto spends a lot of her time with her two children, who are three and four. In addition to her responsibilities, she spends much of her free time studying. Mrs. Sartos loves to cook and experiment with new and healthy recipes for her family. She also loves hiking and being outdoors.
Mrs. Karen Rubin hails from the Five Towns. After spending four years in Israel where her husband was learning in Kollel they moved to the Henderson community to do outreach. Mrs Rubin and her husband now serve as the Rav and Rebbetzin of Ahavas Torah Center in Henderson. She is involved both the elementary school and Ateres and is making an impact throughout the Las Vegas community.
Kim Springer is a lifetime resident of Las Vegas and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Kim has worked in the health and fitness industry for over 25 years. Owning her own business, Crossfit Henderson, writing a fitness column for the Las Vegas View newspaper, and teaching after-school fitness to Las Vegas schools are just a few endeavors that have shaped her career. Kim enjoys working with individuals of all ages to help them improve their fitness and quality of life. When Kim is not working out, she enjoys spending time with her son, Luke, her husband Mike, and their two shih tzus.
Mrs. Mageena Tom, LCSW has worked in the mental health sector since 2007. Most recently for the State of NV leading the adult mobile crisis team where she conducted psychiatric evaluations in the Emergency Departments of all the local area hosptials. Mrs. Tom graduated NYU with a MSW in 2011, and from Touro College with a BS in Human Services in 2008. Additional experience includes interning at the Areivim Crisis Center in Monsey, NY, and providing school-based social work services as well as teaching various classes to, "at risk youth" in the Otzar Jewish High School Program for girls. For many years, Mrs. Tom has felt honored to be able to provide professional training to the greater Las Vegas community. She is committed to her volunteer endeavors where she offers her passion and wisdom at the OSP, to graduate students as an agency field instructor, and to clinical social work interns as a board-approved supervisor. She enjoys going on adventures with her family, creativity in all forms, and reading to research her greatest interests (Torah and Psychology). She feels blessed and excited to combine her love of teaching, knowledge of psychology, and mastery of social work practice, to benefit the students attending Ateres as our Human Development teacher.
Mrs. Davidowitz is a native Israeli who was raised in Montreal, Canada. She attended Jerusalem College for Women/Michlala, and soon after began her teaching career in Queens, N.Y. What began as a career, became a calling. Mrs. Davidowitz and her family moved to Rochester N.Y. where she taught across the spectrum of grades, elementary through high school, for over 30 years. Upon her recent move, Mrs. Davidowitz knew she wanted to be involved in Chinuch in Las Vegas as well. Her innovative approach to teaching Chumash and Kesuvim allows for each student to develop a deep love for Hashem and His Torah.
Mrs. Amzaleg brings excitement and enthusiasm to Ateres. She has previously taught in Los Angeles before relocating to Nevada, where she is both a mother of two and a speech-language pathologist. Mrs. Amzaleg’s Inyanei HaShana class focuses on the Inyanim and Hashkafos of the month to provide students with a deeper understanding of the Jewish calendar and upcoming Yomim Tovim. Her Beur Tefillah and Parsha class is also very special as she brings the words to life and helps make it relevant for students in today’s time.
Mrs. White’s love and knowledge of numbers has made her a master teacher in all areas of math. With both a BS in Business Administration from George Mason University and a Masters in Economics and Statistics from NC State University, Mrs. White has utilized her knowledge and ability to connect with students and made it into a successful teaching career. She has spent over 20 years, teaching Statistics at Bakersfield Community College, CA, and both regular and AP mathematics courses at Kern High School in Bakersfield, CA. Since relocating to Las Vegas and joining the Ateres team, Mrs. White brings a passion and joy of numbers to her class, meanwhile helping each student discover their strengths and learning styles to allow them to succeed at their highest level.
Ms. Raven McCain was raised in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. She received her bachelor’s degree in Digital Art and Studio Art from Stetson University. She specializes in gouache and acrylic painting as well as 2-D animation and 2-D character design. She has since relocated to Henderson, Nevada. Currently Ms. McCain teaches painting classes at a nearby studio. She has vast experience teaching art to students of all ages. She enjoys encouraging and spreading creativity among her students and believes that everyone’s differences deserve to be celebrated. Her favorite thing to do is go on walks with her rescue dog, and paint while listening to music.
Mrs. Didio, an Israel native, began her teaching career while serving in the Israeli Army. She received her teaching credentials from Bait Berel College for Teachers in Israel. Mrs. Didio moved from Israel to the United States in 1987 where she received her Bachelor of Education from Newport University in California. Since then Mrs. Didio has taught in several Jewish Day Schools and received the Harold Grinspoon Award for Excellence in 2001. Mrs. Didio is excited to teach Ivrit at Ateres Bnos Ita and share her skills and love for the language with our students.
Mrs. Slocum, a Philadelphia native, attended Temple University for both her undergraduate and graduate work before relocating to Las Vegas with their two children, Jordan and Lindsay. She has been an educator for several years serving many different roles. She has served as a teacher, administrator, interventionist, and curriculum director, as well as a member of the Nevada Department of Education, where she developed the writing and language arts curriculum along with the testing element. Mrs. Slocum feels that education is a joint venture that involves the students, staff, and parents to allow students to achieve their potential. She is looking forward to developing the academic program for the students at Ateres, teaching US History and Pre-AP English. English.
Ms. Bringle has been teaching for over 35 years. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in education and a Master’s degree in Reading and Literacy. Ms. Bringle has taught a wide range of subjects, from math and science to history, reading, and English. She has worked for the Nevada Department of Education developing English Language Arts curriculum, state-wide testing materials, and the creation and implantation of teacher development courses. Ms. Bringle has a constant goal of helping students develop the skills to become life-long learners. She is excited to be a part of the Ateres Bnos Ita family and facilitating learning in American and World History.