Meet Our Faculty
|Samara Rossi, Religious School Director||(631) 421-5836|
|Maddy Schwartz, Administrative Assistant||(631) 421-5836|
|Peter Chiacchiaro, Vice President of Education|
|Daniel Eig, Religious School Co-Chair|
|Lynne Eig, Religious School Co-Chair|
Samara Rossi was born in Brooklyn, New York, but grew up in the five towns and Long Beach. Being diagnosed with ADHD during her high school years led Samara to have an interest and gift for working with special needs children. Her grandparents were a huge influence in her formative years and their love of Jewish culture, values and family history contributed in cultivating her exploring Jewish education. Her teaching journey began at her childhood synagogue, Temple Emanuel of Long Beach, where she was mentored by “a brilliant women and exceptional educator” Vicki Cabrera, whom Samara thanks for guiding her to where she is today.
Samara believes strongly in experiential education that focuses on the student’s interest to guide their learning experiences; her past experiences include Director for Youth Engagement, Director of Holiday Programming, Classroom Educator and special needs Behavior Intervention Therapist. She has enjoyed working with children from nursery school age through high school. Prior to her career and passion for education, Samara was the Northeast Warehouse Seller Division Manager for JPMorgan Chase Mortgage division.
Samara has a degree in Early Childhood and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Adelphi University with a dual degree in Child Psychology and Social Sciences with an Alpha Sigma Lambda Honors award for excellence. Currently she is in the process of completing a dual honors program with Fordham University for General and Special Education.
Samara and her husband Joe live with their two children Bella (age 12) and Sam (age 8), in Huntington.
Maddy Schwartz, our school’s Administrative Assistant, received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication from Marymount Manhattan College and Tel Aviv University. She has been teaching and working in schools for the last 29 years. Previously, she spent 8 years teaching the pre-K program at the Jewish Academy of Suffolk County. Maddy has been our Administrative Assistant for 10 years. She brings her skills as an educator to us in so many ways and we are blessed!
Martin Flaster previously taught sixth grade in our school and returns as our Thursday fourth and sixth grade teacher. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Geography, Cum Laude, from SUNY Brockport and with a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education in Social Studies from LIU, Greenvale. He has taught for BOCES, Farmingdale Schools and 4-H Camps. Martin retired from a 20-year career as a teacher at Riker’s Island Horizon Academy.
Wendy Isaac received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education and her Masters in Special Education from CUNY Queens College. She is State Certified in Elementary Education with students with disabilities. Currently, she is a substitute teacher in local school districts. In her spare time, she is a Vice President of Youth at East Northport Jewish Center and Hadassah life member. Wendy has taught third grade for us and now has moved to teach Level One Hebrew.
Jamie Moses received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from SUNY Cortland and her Masters of Science in Gerontology from Long Island University. She graduated from the Morasha Teacher Training Program (SAJES) with certification from Touro College. Jamie has taught at Temple Avodah in Oceanside, Central Synagogue in Rockville Centre and Temple Beth Torah in Melville. She presently works as a Special Education Aide in the Smithtown School District. She is our Level Two Hebrew teacher.
Brenda Reiss has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from SUNY Stony Brook and holds certificates in Jewish Family Education from SAJES and Touro College, a Certificate of Completion in Jewish Education from United Synagogue, Master’s Program, Board of Jewish Education and the Morasha Teacher Training Program, also from Touro College. She has been teaching and leading Family Education programs in many Synagogue Religious Schools over more than 30 years. Brenda teaches our Level Three Hebrew students.
Randi Solis earned her Master of Science Degree in Special Education and Elementary Education from New York University and Oxford University. She was a teacher and staff developer in New York City Public Schools and has taught Early Childhood in Private Schools. Randi currently serves on the Lloyd Harbor School Parent/Teacher Board. She teaches our kindergarten and first grade classes.
Ann Wieder is a veteran Hebrew School teacher having taught at Merrick Jewish Center for 32 years. She developed and taught their Parallel Educational Program that allowed parents to learn, on an adult level, what their children were learning. Ann is a graduate of the Herzliah Teachers’ Seminary of New York. Ann is part of our Hebrew team and teaches fourth level students.