Our Leadership Team
Dr. Sarah Levy
Co-Founder / Head of School
Dr. Levy has been involved in the field of Jewish education since 2001, working, teaching, consulting, and writing in the areas of supplemental, day school, adult, and experiential education, most recently teaching and serving as an administrator at Denver Jewish Day School and working at Charles E Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville, MD. She has an undergraduate degree in business and sociology and holds a Master of Jewish Education degree from Hebrew College, a doctorate in education from Northeastern University, and certificates in Advanced Jewish Studies, Day School Education, and Jewish Educational Leadership.
Co-Founder / Head of School
Mr. Parmet has been committed to education since 2002, having taught subjects such as reading, social studies, math, and science and serving in various school leadership roles, most recently teaching at Denver Academy and teaching and serving as an administrator at Denver Jewish Day School. He earned his Master of Education degree with an emphasis in School Leadership from the High Tech High Graduate School of Education. His areas of expertise include student-centered learning, project based learning, interdisciplinary education, experiential education, social-emotional education, and community engagement.
We recognize that our teachers are our most valuable asset, and the best way to provide the optimal learning environment for our students is to recruit, hire, and support the strongest faculty possible. We are thrilled to have such an amazing team for the 2020-2021 school year.
Caterina DeLuca (Ms. Catie)
Ms. DeLuca grew up around an assortment of animals including chickens, bees, turtles, a dog, and two very lazy cats. Moving to Durango, Colorado in 2013, she studied elementary education at Fort Lewis College and spent her time hiking and canoeing around southern Colorado. Spending a semester abroad in Reggio Emilia, Italy she studied both the Montessori and Reggio Emilia approach to education (both learner-centered methods of teaching that encourage students to ask questions and explore), while eating too much amazing food. This past year, she taught in a Montessori school in Denver where she learned to develop lessons that focused on hands-on learning while also learning about different cultures and families. When she is not working, she can be found traveling, reading mysteries, camping, hiking with her cat, and eating spicy food.
Sarah Belton (Ms. Belton)
Lead Teacher (Literacy, Math, Interdisciplinary studies)
My name is Sarah Belton, and I’m super excited to be the 5th/6th grade teacher at Einstein next year! I have been teaching for around 10 years (mostly 5th and 6th graders), and I have taught in 3 states! I grew up just outside of Chicago, with my dad and my younger brother. I moved to California for a couple years, and lived near Los Angeles, before moving to Colorado a little over 4 years ago. When I’m not teaching or at school, I enjoy being outside, spending time with friends and family, exercising, hanging out with my 2 cats, listening to music, watching movies, eating spicy food, and I love watching and playing sports. I cheer for the Rockies and the Nuggets, as long as they’re not playing against the Chicago White Sox or the Bulls!
Arica Cykiert (Ms. Cykiert)
Lead Teacher (Literacy, Math, Interdisciplinary Studies)
Ms. Cykiert grew up in Michigan and graduated from the University of Michigan. She continued her education at Northeastern University, where she received her Masters degree in Elementary Education. She spent the last school year in Boston teaching across multiple grade levels and loved getting to know her students and building relationships in the classroom. Ms. Cykiert is very excited to join the Einstein Academy team and can't wait for a year filled with learning and adventures. During her free time, she loves painting and traveling to new places.
Zafririt Ring (Mora Zafririt)
Hebrew Teacher and Interdisciplinary Support
Morah Zaf, born and raised in Israel, moved to Colorado seven years ago. Since then, she has been
teaching Hebrew in various synagogues and Jewish institutions. She has three years experience as a
kindergarten teacher and five years as a Hebrew, heritage, holidays, and prayers teacher at various
synagogues. Morah Zaf has two children aged 6 and 4 (Ben and Oriane). She loves to cook, to do sports, to read and to spend time with her children. Morah Zaf loves to work with children, she brings a lot of energy and passion to her classes. She teaches using songs, movement, acting in a very experiential and fun way for her students.
Michele Morenz (Ms. Michele)
Literacy and Math/Data Specialist
Ms. Michele obtained her BS in Geological Science from Michigan State University. After using her science background to teach environmental education and lead adventure travel trips with children in outdoor schools all over the country, in 2009, she became an assistant teacher at the Odyssey School of Denver. Michele graduated from the Stanley British Primary Teacher Preparation Program and earned her Masters in Educational Psychology degree from University of Colorado Denver in 2015 and then went on to teach primary students at the Downtown Denver Expeditionary School for five years. Eventually, Michele was able to hone her expertise as an instructional coach and intervention lead for literacy and math, where she helped build school-wide structures that supported academic growth in students of varying ranges of proficiency. Ms. Michele believes in the boundless power of children and their abilities and strives to help create systems and structures in which all students receive targeted and explicit instruction that caters to their individual needs as readers and mathematicians.
Nicki Hill (Ms. Nicki)
Nicki Hill is a native of Colorado where she raises her four daughters with her husband Wesly and dog Ozzy. Nicki holds a bachelor degree in business management and accounting with 16 years of experience. Nicki's hobbies include reading, board games, painting and she loves working with children.