5th grade team

Each member of our distinguished faculty knows that the job responsibilities far exceed the job description. After all, we have the sacred task of nurturing young souls and inspiring young minds.

  • We provide the tools for self-confidence and the inspiration for a lifetime of learning.
  • We help each child to reach his or her potential, to fearlessly quest for knowledge and understanding.
  • We are creative, experienced and passionate. And in our hands we hold a life — the ultimate responsibility.

5th Grade Teacher

5th Grade Teacher, ISACS Coordinator

Aimee Bachar

Hebrew Teacher

B.A. Hebrew and Semitic Studies and Economics – University of Wisconsin-Madison; M.A. Foreign Language Acquisition – University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; course work at Hebrew University in Jerusalem and Spertus College of Judaic Studies in Chicago
Hebrew opens the door to a deeper understanding of Israel and its people, of our heritage and our shared history as a Jewish people. I love being able to hand my students the key to that door.

Betti Blumoff

Music and Drama Teacher

Bachelor of Music Education — University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory of Music; minor in Drama; Master of Music — Southern Illinois University; Certified in Orff Education Levels I and II; Kodaly Certification; Music Educator in elementary schools for 36 years.
"My favorite memories of childhood centered around choir practice, concerts and musical theater performances. I am honored to now give my students the opportunity to discover their own talents."

Suzanne Burack

Art Teacher

MAT, Communication Arts — Webster University; BFA, Graphic Communication and BSBA, Marketing — Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri; Graduate of the Florence Melton Adult Mini-School
"My eyes light up when a student creates a carefully thought out piece of art. I can see their ownership and confidence grow. The excitement of their successful delights me and encourages us both to take on greater challenges."

Mark Connor

Band Director

B.A. in Music - California State University, Chico; Master of Music - University of Colorado; Doctor of Music - Florida State University
Music is essential to human existence. It is a privilege to teach children and spark in them a lifelong relationship with the arts.

Gary Lerner

Social Studies Teacher

BA Communication, University of Missouri–Columbia
"I am inspired by our student athletes and their drive to learn and improve. It's very gratifying as a coach to have that kind of impact on a player."

Roxana Lichtman

Bachelor of Education-B.Ed. from Beit Berl College in Kfar Saba Israel.
Master of Education- M.Ed. in evaluation and curriculum planning from beit Berl College in Kfar Saba, Israel.
It is an honor for me to be part of this amazing community and help the students to connect/ reconnect to their roots through the Hebrew language. I feel that teaching Hebrew is like taking the students on a journey into cultural and historical events, it fills me with a lot of joy.

Alison Lohmann

PE Teacher

BS Exercise and Sport Science- Pennsylvania State University
BA French, Language and Culture- Pennsylvania State University
Experiences that encourage creativity and collaboration can lead to mastery of new skills that will carry you for a lifetime. Guiding students through challenges and watching them grow in ability and confidence is simply one of the best parts of being on team Mirowitz!

Rabbi Tracy Nathan

Judaic Studies Teacher

B.A. in English Literature from Wesleyan University.
M.A. in Folklore and Folklife, University of Pennsylvania.
M.A. and Rabbinic Ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.
"At Mirowitz, I love that I can be part of and help to build a community that embraces learning that is personally meaningful, transformative, values-driven, creative, intellectually vibrant, and joyful."

Rachel Persellin-Armoza

Hebrew Teacher

B.Sc. - Business - University of Arizona
M.A. - International Affairs - Washington University St. Louis
Twenty years classroom teaching experience, both traditional and non-formal settings - Hebrew language, ELA (in Israel), Israeli dance.
Both my children are Mirowitz grads (K-8th). I'm excited to be back at this wonderful school to help inspire and educate students and be an active part of the Mirowitz community.