Maimonides School

Meet Our Middle School Team

Rabbi Dov Huff
Judaic Studies Principal, Middle & Upper School 
 
"I discovered from my earliest teaching that to successfully encourage student growth, one must create a culture of learning within the classroom. There must be an ongoing classroom dialogue in which the skills and concepts we teach become an intrinsic part of each student's daily language and experience. Every subject has a specific skill set that needs to be sharpened and reinforced throughout the year. When teaching is done well, students emerge from the learning environment with the motivation and skills to be successful, independent learners."
 
An alumnus of the class of 2000, Rabbi Dov Huff returned to Maimonides in 2008 as a Middle School Judaic Studies teacher and 8th grade dean. In 2010, he joined the administrative staff in his current position.
 
Rabbi Huff holds a bachelor of arts degree in mathematics from Yeshiva University and a master of arts in teaching from American Jewish University in Los Angeles. He received Smicha in Israel from Rav Zalman Nechemiah Goldberg, and taught at Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy in Beverly Hills. Rabbi Huff and his wife Elisha reside in Sharon with their four children.

Scott Mattoon
Associate Head of School for General Studies
 
"As educators, we succeed when we inspire students to surpass their own expectations and become agents of their own success. When we aim high -- realistically and authentically -- students will as well, even when it is higher than they think they can go. Leading and empowering young people through these magical moments is a sublime joy."
 
Scott Mattoon previously served as Upper School Co-Head of the Pacific Ridge School in Carlsbad, California. Early in his career, Mr. Mattoon was the language department chair and co-chair of the English writing curriculum committee at the Webb Schools in Claremont, CA and an English and French teacher and chair of the Chinese program committee at the Collegiate School in New York. He served for ten years on the faculty at Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, CT, first as an English and French teacher, then as head of the French division, and finally as chairman of the language department, supervising 30 faculty members in 10 language offerings.
 
Mr. Mattoon received his undergraduate degree in modern language and literature from Trinity College in Hartford and holds a master's in French literature from UCLA. He resides in Lexington with his wife Dawn and their two children.

Administrative Staff

Ellen Pulda
Middle/Upper School Executive Assistant

Sharona Vedol
Middle School Administrative Assistant

Grade Deans and Advisors

Stephanie Samuels
Grade 6 Dean

Barak Cerf
Grade 7 Advisor

Ken Rosenstein
Grade 7 Advisor

Roberta Wright
Grade 7 Advisor

Dana Bar-Or
Grade 8 Dean

Art

Sarah Plymate
Middle/Upper School Art Teacher
 

Computer Programming and Design

Lev Novikov
Middle/Upper School Computer Programming Teacher
 

English

Lora Gibbens
English Department Chair

Kevin Brown
Middle/Upper School English Teacher

Jack Fidler
Middle School English Teacher

Dr. Megan Hamilton
Middle/Upper School English Teacher

Stephanie Samuels
Middle School English Teacher

Hebrew

Refael Fadlon
Hebrew Department Chair

Dana Bar-Or
Middle/Upper School Hebrew Teacher

Barak Cerf
Middle/Upper School Hebrew Teacher

Oranit Saadia
Middle/Upper School Hebrew Teacher
 

History/Social Studies

Christopher Dore
History / Social Studies Department Chair

Hal Borkow
Middle School History / Social Studies Teacher

Roberta Wright
Middle School History / Social Studies Teacher

Judaic Studies

Rabbi Dov Huff
Talmud Department Chair

Rabbi Dr. Yaakov Jaffe
Tanach Department Chair

Rabbi Yaakov Beker
Middle School Judaic Studies Teacher

Rabbi Eliezer Bercuson
Middle School Judaic Studies Teacher

Rabbi Baruch Goldman
Middle/Upper School Judaic Studies Teacher

Rabbi Dror Saadia
Middle/Upper School Judaic Studies Teacher

Stephanie Samuels
Middle School Judaic Studies Teacher

Rabbi Jason Strauss
Middle School Navi Teacher

Math

Phil Robson
Math Department Chair

Barbara Gottfried
Middle School Math Teacher

Ken Rosenstein
Middle School Math Teacher

Michael Schockett
Middle/Upper School Math Teacher

Christian Yunis
Middle/Upper School Math Teacher

Physical Education

Hal Borkow
Director of Athletics

Deborah Caban
Physical Education Teacher

Ernest D'Agnelli
Physical Education Teacher

Science

Christopher Williams
Science Department Chair

Joshua Keith
Middle/Upper School Science Teacher

Ken Rosenstein
Middle School Science Teacher

Katie Smith
Middle School Science Teacher

World Languages

Estefania Torres
World Languages Department Coordinator

Rahel Nessim
Middle/Upper School Spanish Teacher

Academic Support

Brenda Hefter
Director of Middle/Upper School Support Services

Maxene Lorraway
Learning Center Specialist

Shmuel Silberman
Learning Center Specialist

Dr. Shawn Smith
Learning Center Specialist

Max Werber
Middle School Substitute Teacher

Nitsan Garfinkel
Middle School Instructional Aide

Student Life

Benji Hain
Director of Student Life

Dana Bar-Or
Student Development Coordinator

Deborah Mehl
Director of After-School Programs K-7
 

Student Health

Betty Gladstein
Nurse

Lauren Schonberger
Middle School Social Worker

Library/Media

Elizabeth Zygadlo
Library/Media Specialist

Maintenance

Clinton Ray
Maintenance Supervisor

Benjamin Alvarado
Facilities Staff

Francois Maxime
Facilities Staff

Shlichot

Avigail Averbach and Renana Yarhi

Please see our Faculty/Staff Directory for contact information.
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