Our Leadership Team

Dr. Sarah Levy

Co-Founder / Head of School

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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.

Mark Parmet

Co-Founder / Head of School

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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.

Our Faculty

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)

Resident Teacher

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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. 

Sierra Murdoch (Ms. Murdoch)

Lead Teacher (literacy, math, interdisciplinary studies)

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Ms. Murdoch graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and has been teaching since then, including her first year teaching English to students in Thailand spending the last couple of years teaching fifth grade at a local charter school. She also spent last summer teaching English using drama and art to students throughout Italy. Committed to her own professional growth, she is earning her Master's degree in Arts and Cultural Management. She enjoys watching her students grow as learners and building strong relationships within her classroom. Beyond teaching she enjoys photography, traveling, and hanging out with her two cats. 

Shlomit Ovadia (Morah Shlomit)

Hebrew Teacher and Interdisciplinary Support

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Morah Shlomit brings a myriad of life experiences including organic farm work, equine therapy for children, teaching English abroad, nutritional coaching, Jewish engagement and event planning, and educational tutoring services -- all culminating in a fierce devotion to the pursuit of providing a wholesome education for children. She is passionate about integrating alternative forms of learning in order for children to develop skills such as problem solving, emotional intelligence, and lifelong learning, all of which rest on Jewish values. Having been raised in the Jewish day-school education system herself, she is knowledgeable about Jewish texts and traditions, and she has continued her own in this area, eager to integrate the teachings into her classroom. 

Arina Popova (Ms. Popova)

Lead Teacher (literacy, math, interdisciplinary studies)

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In high school, Ms. Popova used any excuse to get out of dissecting a frog, but would spend countless hours dissecting words. Her keen interest in word origins, interplay of sounds and meanings, and reading dry British humor brought her to study Linguistics and storytelling. Her interest in storytelling brought her to a news station. After years of working as a news host, she thought that it would be more fun to discuss material, rather than narrate it, so she went back to the field of education. She has a bachelor’s in linguistics and earned her master’s in education, but she keeps on learning with academic interests that include cognitive development, language acquisition, and influences on development. She most recently lived and worked in Detroit as a reading specialist, and she believes in making sure her students apply their knowledge as they leave the classroom. In her free time, she enjoys ice skating, cross country skiing, biking, and cross- stitching, though not at the same time!

Additional Support

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)

Office Support

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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. 

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