About

Departments and Faculty

Mark H. Shpall

Head of School
JD, University of Southern California
MA Ed, Pepperdine University
BA, University of California, Santa Barbara

Ellen Howard

Principal
MA/MA, California State University, Northridge
BA, California State University, Northridge

List of 11 items.

  • Athletics

    Athletics Mission Statement:
    Athletic and Physical Education Department  Mission: The de Toledo interscholastic athletic program promotes fostering a lifelong commitment to physical activity and healthy competition through the lens of Jewish values and traditions. These values drive our student-athletes to become the best version of themselves as both athletes and people. The program stresses the importance of modeling transformational citizenship, of utilizing competitive drive as a tool towards self-actualization, and of spawning a deep-rooted interest of sport entrenched in both play and in acquired in-game knowledge. All of these guiding principles contribute to the primary focus of the program of building stronger athletes while simultaneously building stronger community members.

    Sina Monjazeb

    Athletic Director
    BA, California State University, Long Beach

    Alvin Castro
    Associate Athletic Director
    BS, De La Salle University

    Steven Deutsch
    Athletic Administrator
    MS, California State University, Northridge
    BA, Syracuse University
  • Dance

    Dance Mission Statement:
    The de Toledo High School Visual and Performing Arts Department promotes the exploration of personal expression, creative skills, and Jewish cultural identity. We nurture an understanding of and appreciation for the diverse modes in which people think and communicate. With a wide variety of artistic disciplines, our department cultivates practices and passions that will last a lifetime. 

    Dina Nelson
    , Chair
    BA, California State University, Northridge 

    Elisha Schaefer
    Israeli Dance
    BA, Vassar College
  • English

    English Department Mission Statement:
    The mission of the English department at dTHS is to expose students to a wide variety of texts -- from great literature to infographics -- in an effort to promote close reading and critical thinking, and to foster an understanding of the moves writers make to create meaning. Through analysis and synthesis, students produce thoughtful written and oral responses for a variety of audiences. We facilitate deep inquiry and support students in seeking answers; we nurture an appreciation for literature's ability to imbue a deeper understanding of the human experience; we strive to expose students to impactful writing from around the world to help them develop a broad cultural literacy; we cultivate empathy and compassion for the human experience in all of its diverse forms. We aim to produce college-ready writers and speakers, confident of their clarity, purpose, and voice, in hopes that they may advocate for themselves and others.

    Sarah Golden
    , Chair
    BA, Sarah Lawrence College

    BA, University of Alberta

    BA, California State University, Long Beach 
    MA, California State University, Long Beach
    MSW, University of California, Los Angeles

    Zoe Fox
    deTOP 
    MA, University of California, Los Angeles
    BA, Bryn Mawr 

    MFA, University of Southern California
    BA, Colby College 

    MA, California State University, Northridge
    BA, University of California, Los Angeles

    MFA, California Institute of the Arts
    BA, Emerson College

    MA, Slippery Rock State University
    BA, Slippery Rock State University

    BA, University of Michigan 

    BA, California State University, Long Beach
  • Global Jewish Education

    Global Jewish Education Department Mission Statement:
    de Toledo seeks to prepare its students as the next generation of Jewish leaders.  To that end, the mission of the Jewish Studies and Jewish Life departments is to train our students to be literate Jews grounded in our textual and cultural traditions.  The curricular and co-curricular goals of these departments intend to shape the moral character of students through the constant exploration of Jewish values. Because it will enrich their lives, we aim that students claim Judaism’s wide history, wisdom and practice as their own. Further, our goal is to facilitate familiarity with texts and skills so they can actively participate in the Jewish community.  On the grandest scale, our mission is to launch students who employ Jewish values in shaping the direction and tenor of challenges facing them as global citizens.

    Yoav Ben-Horin

    Director of Global Jewish Education
    MA, Oxford University, United Kingdom
    BA, Oxford University, United Kingdom

    Lior Sibony
    Associate Director of Global Jewish Education
    MA, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
    BA, Tel Aviv University

    Adina Cohen
    Global Jewish Education Coordinator
    Teaching Degree, Seminar Hakibbutzim, Israel

    Robert Hendlish
    Coordinator of SIEP Curriculum 
    MA, Pepperdine University
    BA, University of California, Santa Barbara

    Alex Rubin 
    Global Jewish Education SIEP Coordinator
    BS, Northwestern University 
    
  • Hebrew

    Hebrew Department Mission Statement:
    The mission of the Hebrew department is to provide students with meaningful and authentic communicative experiences by integrating both oral and written expressions. Students are immersed in a rich array of primary sources in order to foster cultural awareness as well as a love for Israel, its people, and the Hebrew language. 

    Adina Cohen
    , Chair
    Teaching Degree, Seminar Hakibbutzim, Israel

    MA, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
    BA, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

    BA, Max Stern Academic College of Emek Yezreel, Israel

    Ronit Maish
    BSc, Technion

    MA, Bar Ilan University
    BA, Ben Gurion University

    BS, Champlain College
    BA, American Jewish University
  • History/Social Science

    History Department Mission Statement:
    The de Toledo High School History Department develops students for whom the study of history deepens their understanding of the past, enriches their engagement with the present, and grounds their commitment to the future. From prehistory to the twenty-first century, students explore their Jewish, American, and global identities. Through critical reading, empathetic thinking, collaborative work, effective writing, and civil discourse, students hone the skills to become engaged citizens and ethical role models.

    Etan Kelman
    , Chair
    MA, California State University, Northridge
    BA, University of California, Santa Cruz

    Nicole Brown
    MA, New York University
    BA, University of California, Berkeley

    Zoe Fox
    deTOP 
    MA, University of California, Los Angeles
    BA, Bryn Mawr 

    MA, Pepperdine University
    BA, University of California, Santa Barbara
    BA, Pomona College
    Fulbright Scholar, Instituto de Educación 
         Secundaria Neil Armstrong, Madrid, Spain
     
    Raymond Marcus
    PhD, Indiana University
    MA, Indiana University
    BA, University of California, Los Angeles

    JD, University of Southern California
    MA, Pepperdine University
    BA, University of California, Santa Barbara

    BA, University of California, Santa Barbara

    PhD, California School of Professional Psychology
    MS, California School of Professional Psychology
    MM, Yale University
    BM, Mannes College

    deTOP
    BA, California State University, Long Beach
  • Jewish Studies

    Jewish Studies Department Mission Statement:
    de Toledo seeks to prepare its students as the next generation of Jewish leaders.  To that end, the mission of the Jewish Studies and Jewish Life departments is to train our students to be literate Jews grounded in our textual and cultural traditions.  The curricular and co-curricular goals of these departments intend to shape the moral character of students through the constant exploration of Jewish values. Because it will enrich their lives, we aim that students claim Judaism’s wide history, wisdom and practice as their own. Further,
    our goal is to facilitate familiarity with texts and skills so they can actively participate in the Jewish community.  On the grandest scale, our mission is to launch students who employ Jewish values in shaping the direction and tenor of challenges facing them as global citizens.


    MA, University of Judaism
    BA, University of Wisconsin, Madison
     
    MA, Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education,
         Hebrew College
    Pardes Educator Program
    BA, Barnard College
    BA, List College - Jewish Theological Seminary

    Rabbi Jonathan Bubis
    BA, Indiana University; Rabbi Ziegler School

    Steven Deutsch
    12th Grade Drishat Shalom Coordinator
    MS, California State University, Northridge
    BA, Syracuse University
    MA, American Jewish University
    BA, American Jewish University

    Daniel Hirsch
    Speech and Debate
    BA, Pomona College
    Fullbright Scholar, Instituto de Education
          Secundaria Neil Armstrong, Madrid Spain
    Higher Diploma, Education/Jewish Studies,
          University of Cape Town
    BA, University of Cape Town
    Director, Speech & Debate Program
    MFA, University of California, Los Angeles
    BA, University of California, Los Angeles

    Bobby Lebeda
    Speech & Debate  
    MA, California State University, Northridge
    BA, California State University, Northridge
    Rabbinic Ordination and MA, Jewish Theological Seminary
    MHL, University of Judaism
    BA, California State University, Northridge

    Rabbi Raif Melhado
    Rabbinic Ordination, Yeshivat Chovevei Torah
    MA, Yeshiva University
    BA, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
     

    Rabbi J.B. Sacks
    Drishat Shalom Project Coordinator
    Doctor of Divinity, Jewish Theological Seminary
    DMin, Claremont School of Theology
    Rabbinic Ordination and MA, Jewish Theological Seminary
    BA, University of Judaism
    AB, Ohio University
     
    Doctor of Divinity, Jewish Theological Seminary
    Doctor of Divinity, Hebrew Union College
    Rabbinic Ordination and MAHL, Hebrew Union College –
         Jewish Institute of Religion
    BA, University of California, Los Angeles
    
  • Mathematics

    Mathematics Department Mission Statement:
    The Mathematics Department supports and implements the philosophy of de Toledo High School as well as the curriculum standards established by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. The mathematics instruction at de Toledo is designed to develop strength in mathematics and to develop skills in both reasoning and problem solving, enabling students to approach questions in other academic areas as well as in life situations logically, rationally and analytically.  The Mathematics Department offers a comprehensive college preparatory curriculum designed to meet the diverse needs of the students and courses that appropriately challenge the student population. The ability to examine, analyze, simplify, prove, and write solutions in a clear, concise, and organized manner is a requirement for all students. Appropriate use of technology in the form of computer software and graphing calculators is an important feature of our teaching as we seek to encourage students to use other modalities to encourage critical thinking. Within our Jewish environment, the mathematics instruction supports an appreciation of the order of the universe and Jewish values.

    Alicia Kasif
    , Chair
    MA, California State University, Fullerton
    BS, Millersville University

    Joy Coe
    BA, California State University Fullerton

    MA/MA, California State University, Northridge
    BA, California State University, Northridge
     
    BS, University of California, Los Angeles

    BS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    MA, Hebrew Union College
    BA, University of Southern California

    BEd, Seminar Hakibbutzim, Israel
  • Science

    Science Department Mission Statement:
    The mission of the science department is to provide scientific knowledge through observation, identification, description, and experimental investigation of natural phenomena.  Our goal is to foster the Jewish value of life-long learning, through questioning and appreciating the world around us, understanding that our actions affect all organisms. Students learn to differentiate between facts and opinion, and based on proven scientific data, be able to question the validity of the information provided to them. Students learn to combine scientific inquiry and critical thinking to help them pose good questions, design experiments to address them and interpret the data collected in order to extract meaningful results.  The science department thrives on emphasizing collaborative and project-based work, regular hands-on laboratory work, and rigorous analytical thinking to take students beyond traditional rote memorization of concepts. As a department, we encourage students to keep working even if a failure occurs. Failure is a result, not an end. We encourage students to gain confidence in how the world works and not be afraid of it.

    Yolanda Hovsepian
    , Chair
    Science Academy Director
    MS, California State University, Northridge
    BS, University of California, Los Angeles
     
    MS, Bowie State University
    BS, University of Pennsylvania

    William Cornell
    BS, Mechanical Engineering

    Audrey Flynn-Surby
    Medical Science Academy Director
    MA, University of California, Santa Barbara
    BS, Harvey Mudd College

    David Harris
    BSc(H), Imperial College
    PGCE, Cambridge University
     
    MSW, University of Southern California
    BA, San Diego State University 

    Megan Noel
    MS & BA, University of Texas
     
    BA, Haigazian University
  • Visual and Performing Arts

    Visual and Performing Arts Mission Statement:
    The de Toledo High School Visual and Performing Arts Department promotes the exploration of personal expression, creative skills, and Jewish cultural identity. We nurture an understanding of and appreciation for the diverse modes in which people think and communicate. With a wide variety of artistic disciplines, our department cultivates practices and passions that will last a lifetime. 

    Gregory Keer
    , Chair
    MFA, University of California, Los Angeles
    BA, University of California, Los Angeles

    Roger Blonder
    Media Arts
    MFA, University of California, Los Angeles
    BA, University of California, San Diego

    Silvie Deutsch
    2D & 3D Art
    MFA, University of California, Irvine
    BA, Wesleyan University
     
    Shannon Leith
    Photography, Video Production
    MFA, California State University, Long Beach
    BFA, Biola University
     
    Performing Arts Theatre and Choir
    BFA, Oklahoma City University

    Dina Nelson
    Arts Coordinator, Modern Dance
    BA, California State University, Northridge

    Elisha Schaefer
    Stage Craft, Theatre Technical Director
    BA, Vassar College

    Jared Stein
    Instrumental Music
    BA, University of California, Santa Barbara
     
    Performing Arts Instrumental Music
    Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
    MA, University of California, Los Angeles
    BA, Rice University

    Meital Yaniv
    MFA, California Institute of the Arts
    BFA, Bezalel Academy of Art and Design
  • World Languages

    World Languages Department Mission Statement:
    The World Languages Program at de Toledo High School encourages linguistic and cultural literacy while nurturing a life-long appreciation and curiosity for languages (spoken or signed) and the cultures they portray. By offering a new language to our students, we believe we will allow them to open a robust world of new possibilities and increase their overall critical skill for the XXI century: communication. Furthermore, acquiring a new language will open students’ minds to new and different perspectives, help them be more empathic and caring citizens of the world, and ultimately understand more deeply who they are.

    Raquel Safdie
    , Chair
    MA, University of Judaism
    BS, University of Buenos Aires

    Solange Dichter
    American Sign Language
    Fashion Design Degree, Shanker College, Tel Aviv

    Norma Quintanilla
    Spanish Teacher
    BA, California State University, Northridge

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  • Business

    Deborah Shapiro
    Chief Financial and Operations Officer
    BA, University of California, Los Angeles

    Keith Palmer
    Director of Human Resources
    MS, Golden Gate University
    BA, Indiana University

    ACCOUNTING


    Elena Karapetian
    Assistant Controller
    BA, Volgograd University

    Darryl Kimes
    Accounts Receivable Specialist

    Toni Wilson
    Accounts Payable Coordinator
  • College Counseling

    Sue DeRuyter
    Director of College Counseling, Dean of Academic Advisement
    MEd, Loyola Marymount University
    BA, Loyola Marymount University

    Katherine Ratajczak
    Associate Director of College Counseling, Associate Dean of Academic Advisement
    MA, Pepperdine University 
    BA, California State University, Northridge 

    Michael Truschke
    Associate Director of College Counseling, Associate Dean of Academic Advisement
    MBA, Pepperdine University 
    BA, Pepperdine University 
  • Facilities

    David Marcus
    Campus Business Manager
    BA, California State University, Fullerton
  • Institutional Advancement

    Suzy Bookbinder
    Chief Advancement Officer
    MSW, Yeshiva University
    BA, University of California, Los Angeles

    ADVANCEMENT

    Erika Guerrero
    Director of Major Gifts

    Ellen Brown
    Campaign Manager, Donor and Alumni Relations
    BA, University of California, Los Angeles

    Jayme Taylor
    Development Associate
     

    MARKETING/COMMUNICATIONS

    Grace Hutchison
    Director of Strategic Communications and Marketing
    BA, University of California, Los Angeles

    Jamie Regli
    Marketing Manager

    Video Production and Digital Content Producer
    BA, California State University, Northridge 
     
    ADMISSIONS

    Michelle November
    Director of Admissions
    MS, Columbia University
    BA, University of California, Berkeley

    Debbie Abelson
    Director of Enrollment Management
    MPA, University of Southern California
    MAJCS, Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion
    BA, University of California, Santa Barbara

    Jennifer Berger
    Admissions and Administrative Coordinator
    BA, California State University, Northridge
  • Jewish Life

    Rabbi Tsafreer Lev
    Rabbinic Director
    Rabbinic Ordination and MA, Jewish Theological Seminary
    MHL, University of Judaism
    BA, California State University, Northridge
     
    Rabbi J.B. Sacks
    Director of Jewish Life
    Doctor of Divinity, Jewish Theological Seminary
    DMin, Claremont School of Theology
    Rabbinic Ordination and MA, Jewish Theological Seminary
    BA, University of Judaism
    AB, Ohio University

    Lisa Clumeck Graef
    Associate Director of Jewish Life
    MA, ED American Jewish University
    BA, University of California San Diego
  • Office

    Afsoun Rahnavard
    Office Manager, Transportation Coordinator
    BS, California State University, Long Beach

    Barbara Edberg

    Administrative Assistant
    DC, Cleveland Chiropractic College
    BS, Cleveland Chiropractic College
     
    Stacey Enoch
    Administrative Assistant
    BA, University of California, Santa Cruz

    Jennifer Berger
    Admissions and Administrative Coordinator
    BA, California State University, Northridge
  • Student Services

    Gregory Keer
    Dean of Students, Director of Community Programs
    MFA, University of California, Los Angeles
    BA, University of California, Los Angeles

    Tammy Shpall
    Dean of Student Support Services, 9th Grade Dean
    BA, University of California, Santa Barbara
    Orit Shwartz, 10th Grade Dean
    BEd, Seminar Hakibbutzim, Israel

    10th Grade Dean
    BEd, Seminar Hakibbutzim, Israel

    Beverley Kamenir
    11th Grade Dean
    Higher Diploma, Education/Jewish Studies,
         University of Cape Town
    BA, University of Cape Town

    Becca Bodenstein
    12th Grade Dean, Director of Summer School
    MA, University of Judaism
    BA, University of Wisconsin, Madison
     
    New Faculty Mentor and Master Scheduler
    MA, Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education, 
         Hebrew College
    Pardes Educator Program
    BA, Barnard College
    BA, List College - Jewish Theological Seminary

    Rabbi Tsafreer Haim Lev
    Dean of Faculty Development
    Rabbinic Ordination and MA, Jewish Theological Seminary
    MHL, University of Judaism
    BA, California State University, Northridge

    de Toledo Online and Personalized (deTOP) Mission:
    deTOP (de Toledo Online and Personalized) enhances our school’s ability to deliver on the promise of educating “one mind at a time.” deTOP tailors learning to individual strengths, needs, and personal interests. The program takes into account existing knowledge, skills, and abilities, and at the same time, sets high expectations and pushes students in supportive ways to reach personal goals. This personalized approach is delivered through three distinct methodologies: Blended Learning, Online Learning, and Independent/Directed Studies.
     
    Kimberly Callaway
    Director of deTOP
    BA, California State University, Long Beach
    MA, California State University, Long Beach
    MSW, University of California, Los Angeles

    Renée Levine-Blonder
    Director of All-School Shabbaton, Coordinator of Grade-Level Trips, Coordinator of Service Learning
    MAJE, Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
    BA, University of California, San Diego

    Darren Masserman
    Director of Student Life
    MA, California State University, Northridge
    BA, University of California, Los Angeles

    Tami Bandel
    Study Hall Supervisor 
    BA, University of Judaism
    Director of Academic Teams
    BA, Pomona College
    Fullbright Scholar, Instituto de Education
          Secundaria Neil Armstrong, Madrid Spain
     
    Etan Kelman
    PeTaCh Program Coordinator
    MA, California State University, Northridge
    BA, University of California, Santa Cruz
     
    Jeanette Rivera
    Learning Specialist
    MA, Teachers College, Columbia University
    BA, Boston University

    Lise Spiegel
    School Counselor
    Ph.D., California School of Professional Psychology
    MS, California School of Professional Psychology
    MM, Yale University
    BM, Mannes College

    Grace Hutchison
    Perlman Entrepreneurial Academy Speaker Series Coordinator
    BA, University of California, Los Angeles

    Cheri Mayman
    Director of Events Management
    MSW, University of California, Los Angeles
    BA, University of the Pacific

    Jamie Stein
    All-School Shabbaton Coordinator, Special Events Coordinator
    MBA/MA, American Jewish University
    BA, University of California, Santa Barbara

    Alicia Kasif
    Data Analysis
    MA, California State University, Fullerton
    BS, Millersville University
     
  • Technology

    Omer Maor
    Director of Information Technology

    Angela Neff
    Director of Digital Learning Innovation
    MEd, San Francisco State University
    BA, San Francisco State University

    Ana Reyes
    IT Help Desk Assistant


Located in the San Fernando Valley portion of the City of Los Angeles in Northern Los Angeles County. de Toledo High School is accredited by the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS), the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and Builders of Jewish Education (BJE,) and financially supported by the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and the Jim Joseph Foundation.