Middle School Bios
Kim earned a Master’s in Teaching from National Louis University in Chicago, a Master’s of Arts in Theater from Northwestern University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Concordia University in Montreal. A native Canadian, Kim is fluent in French – and proficient in Hebrew.
Prior to working at Mandel JDS, Kim taught drama at Chicagoland Jewish High School and at Chicago’s Lookingglass Theatre Company. While in Chicago, she taught sixth grade Language Arts and Literature and fourth-eighth grade Gifted Language Arts and Literature at Oliver McCracken Middle School in Skokie, just outside of Chicago.
After three years of teaching at Mandel JDS, Kim was chosen to be the school’s first Language Arts Department Chair, and the following year was promoted to the Director of Mandel JDS’s Middle School. With a theater and film background and experience in gifted instruction, she brings a wealth of skills and different perspectives to her classroom and to her work with her colleagues. While she works in a “general studies” department, Kim is thoroughly engaged in and committed to the Jewish foundation of the school; in this way, she embodies the integrated curricular philosophy of the school.
Rachel England joined the Joseph and Florence Mandel Jewish Day School community in 2018 as a mathematics teacher. She attended John Carroll University and earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. While in her undergraduate program, she discovered a deep love of working with and teaching children. After finishing her degree, she stayed at John Carroll to earn her Masters in Education concentrating in middle school science and mathematics. During her graduate program, she had the opportunity to observe and shadow in a variety of school districts including Shaker, Solon, and Cleveland Heights/University Heights. Outside of the classroom, Rachel enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, and cooking.
Adam Joseph has been teaching 5th-8th grade math at the Joseph and Florence Mandel Jewish Day School since 2014. He graduated from The Ohio State University in May 2014 with a Bachelor of Education and Human Ecology and from John Carroll University in May 2015 with a Master’s degree in Middle Childhood Education (Math and Social Studies). Adam looks forward to fostering collaboration and creativity in the classroom while solving real-world problems.
Adam Levine has worked at Joseph and Florence Mandel Jewish Day School since 2012. He currently teaches 7th & 8th grade Language Arts and also serves as an advisor to 8th grade. Adam recently graduated with Principal’s Licensure and a Masters Degree in Educational Administration from Ursuline College, and prior to that, he obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Integrated Language Arts and Education from Ohio University. In addition to teaching, Adam works on the Leadership Team as an Educational Administrator with a focus on collecting and analyzing data relevant to school programming.
Shelly Lewis joined the Joseph and Florence Mandel Jewish Day School in 2015. Previously, she was a fifth-grade teacher at Hilltop Elementary School in Beachwood. She retired after teaching for thirty-five years. She taught for thirty years in Beachwood, originally teaching seventh and eighth-grade math and science. For twenty-seven years, she taught fifth grade including the accelerated math class. Shelly has also coordinated the Destination Imagination program for Beachwood City Schools for the past nineteen years. She graduated from Miami University in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and is certified to teach grades 1st-8th. She completed a Master’s degree in Administration from John Carroll University and has her Gifted Endorsement from Cleveland State University.
Meredith Murray has been teaching at the Joseph and Florence Mandel Jewish Day school since 2017. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Science Education from the University of Arizona and a Master’s degree in Secondary Education from John Carroll University. Meredith teaches seventh and eighth-grade science and is excited to continue exploring the natural world with her students.
Elana Perlin began teaching at the Joseph and Florence Mandel Jewish Day School in 2015. She studied psychology at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and received a Master’s in Jewish Education from Hebrew College while learning at the Pardes Learning Institute, a pluralistic Yeshiva, in Jerusalem, Israel. Studying in Israel was a transformative experience and Elana enjoys sharing those experiences with her students.
Ray is excited for his first year at Joseph and Florence Mandel Jewish Day school. His role this year will be as a 6th grade advisor and teaching 4th, 5th, and 6th grade science. Ray graduated from Bowling Green State University in 2008 where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Education. Ray joins us after having taught the previous 9 years at Laurel School teaching middle school science and also coordinating the blood drives. Ray loves sports and in the past has coached cross country, track & field, wrestling, and football.
Ronit Roth graduated from the College of Jewish Studies at Siegal College in 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education and Judaism. She has been teaching Hebrew and Tanach at the Joseph and Florence Mandel Jewish Day School for over 25 years. Ronit is in charge of the Shlichim Program that brings visiting teachers from Israel to Mandel JDS for two-year teaching engagements. She helps them adjust to living in Northeast Ohio and guides them in their new roles in a zionist Jewish day school.
Ronit believes it is important that students feel proud of being Jewish. She strives to strengthen their Jewish identity and encourages their love and support for the land of Israel and the Hebrew language. Ronit believes that to be a successful teacher, one must instill confidence in the student to ask questions. Ronit’s goal for our children stems from the idea that the more they know and learn, the stronger they will be in their lives.
Ben Stallsmith joined the Joseph and Florence Mandel Jewish Day School in 2014 as a middle school social studies teacher. In addition to teaching, he is the Social Studies Department Head. Ben graduated from The Ohio State University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in History and completed his Masters in Education from OSU in 2014. Additionally, Ben has been a longtime camper, counselor, and supervisor at Camp Wise.
Lindsay Weitman joined Joseph and Florence Mandel Jewish Day School in 2017 as a middle school English teacher. Lindsay has over ten years of teaching experience. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Miami University and completed her Master’s Degree in Middle School (English and History) Education from Ursuline College. She spent the first ten years of her teaching career in Dallas, Texas. Lindsay is proud to be a faculty member at Mandel JDS.