Administration

Rabbi Chesky Schwartz
Dean, Halacha and 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.

Mrs. Sarah Schwartz
PRINCIPAL, CHUMASH BAMIDBAR, YESODOS B’EMUNAH AND MIDDOS

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.

Staff

Mrs. Chana Bracha Alcabes
Student Activities Coordinator

Mrs. Chana Bracha Alcabes has been involved with the chinuch of students in multiple settings.  She has experience as both a social worker and educator empowering students' success.  She relocated to Las Vegas to teach Torah and impact the Jewish community in Nevada.  As Student Activities Coordinator, Mrs. Alcabes will guide our students as they mature into young adults through fun and inspirational activities.  Mrs. Alcabes has a Master's in Social Work from LIU as well as a teacher's certificate from Rabbi Yoel Kramer.

Mrs. Rachel Amzaleg
Inyanei HaShana, 10th Grade Navi

Mrs. Amzaleg comes to Ateres Bnos Ita full of excitement and enthusiasm. She 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 Navi class is also very special as she brings the Navi to life and helps make it relevant for students in today’s time.

Mrs. Batshi Bergida
Guidance Counselor, Parsha

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.

Miss Myriam Cohen
9th Grade Jewish History, 10th Grade Bein Adam L'Chaveiro

Another Los Angeles native, Miss Cohen recently relocated to Las Vegas with her family where she is pursuing a career in real estate. While doing that, Miss Cohen is enjoying her time in the classrooms both in YDLV and Ateres. Miss Cohen shares her love of Yiddishkeit and wisdom with her students as they explore the history of the Jewish Nation and become the next links in the chain.

Mrs. Michal Davidowitz
9TH GRADE CHUMASH, 10TH GRADE MEGILLAH

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. Ronit Didio
Ivrit

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.

MR. MIGUEL FERNANDEZ
CHEMISTRY

Mr. Fernandez has enjoyed teaching and tutoring since his high school days, starting as a  teaching assistant in tenth grade. He graduated in Chemistry (summa cum laude) from the University of Havana, Cuba, where he was involved in teaching as a student and continued as a teacher and researcher after graduation. In addition to teaching at the University of Havana, Mr. Fernandez was also involved in teaching at the Ruhr University Bochum, Germany, while conducting graduate studies there and later on, at the Miami-Dade College and the College of Southern Nevada. Mr. Fernandez’s ever-growing passion encourages his students to achieve their goals and become the best possible version of themselves. In addition, having been involved in teaching and research across different continents, combined with his experience working in the pharmaceutical industry, Mr. Fernandez brings a fresh and exciting perspective to learning Chemistry.

MRS. MICHELLE GIBSON
US HISTORY, WORLD HISTORY

Mrs. Gibson brings a bright energy to her history classes each and every day. As a teacher for 23 years in Clark County School District, as well as spending two years teaching in Hawaii school District, Mrs. Gibson has the ability to help students see how history is still relevant to today’s events. She holds both a Bachelor's degree in Secondary education and a Masters Degree in secondary counseling. In addition, Mrs. Gibson is the recipient of the 2017 Hearts of Education Award and the 2009 Teacher of the Year for Social Studies in Nevada.

RABBI ZEV GOLDMAN
9TH GRADE NAVI, 10TH GRADE PARSHA

Rabbi Goldman, a graduate of Rabbinical Seminary of America/Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim, has many years of experience teaching across the educational spectrum. Rabbi Goldman’s keen insight, broad knowledge, and focus on skill development allows him to connect with each student and help them grow to their fullest potential.

Mrs. Sue Slocum
9th and 10th grade English

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. Sue has been an educator in many 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  I developed the writing and language arts curriculum along with the testing element. Sue 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.

MS. NZINGA SPENCER
BIOLOGY

Ms. Spencer’s love of biology and sciences began in high school and inspired her to pursue it as a career. She then attended Tuskegee University and earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology pre-med and participated in both breast cancer and Alzheimer’s disease research. Her teaching career took off after graduation when she taught biology lab courses while studying microbiology as well. Since then, Ms. Spencer has taken the experiences she’s had and lessons she has learned from her many teachers and mentors and brings them into her own classroom. Her innovative, hands-on approach to learning biology, plus her ability to focus on each student’s individual needs, allows her to help each student thrive in the classroom.

MRS. KIM SPRINGER
PHYS. ED

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.

MISS SARA MALKA WEIL
iNTRODUCTION TO CHUMASH, CHESSED DIRECTOR

Miss Weil, a recent graduate of Chemdas Bais Yaakov, Jerusalem, relocated with her family from Chicago to Henderson this summer. Her roles in Ateres include tutoring one-on-one, supervising morning davening, and running the extracurricular Chessed program.  In addition to working at Ateres, she also teaches at YDLV and enjoys making Yiddishkeit real and relevant to her students.

MRS. RANI WHITE
ALGEBRA, GEOMETRY

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.

Rabbinical Seminary of America

Ateres Bnos Ita is an affiliate of Rabbinical Seminary of America Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim.

Non-Discriminatory Policy: Ateres Bnos Ita admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions, general policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other school-administered programs.