Get to Know Our Team

Dedicated Teachers & Staff

We are fortunate to have administrators, educators, and advisors who are leaders and visionaries in fostering an educational, caring, and warm environment. Key members of our program include:

Our Administration

Rabbi Avrohom Yachnes

Rabbi Yachnes received semicha from Yeshivas Chofetz Chaim in Queens, New York.  He resides in North Miami Beach, Florida, where he has taught talmidim of all ages for over thirty years. His main focus in chinuch is the study of Mussar and character development. He is the author of Orchos Tzaddikim: A Treasure for Life, published by Feldheim.

Mrs. Samantha Hirsch,
Executive Director

Mrs. Hirsch was born and raised in Hollywood, Florida. After attending local day schools, Mrs. Hirsch went on to graduate from Stern College with a degree in Education. After teaching in New York and then in Los Angeles, Mrs. Hirsch returned to Florida where she continued teaching middle-school girls. After the birth of her children, Mrs. Hirsch utilized her extensive teaching experience to homeschool her 5 children and focus on the use of multi-age groupings & student-centered learning. Her vast experience both in and out of the classroom environment allowed the vision of Mizrahi Torah Academy to blossom. Mrs. Hirsch envisioned a school environment that brought the best of both worlds – the traditional school system and the homeschool model – to the forefront of the educational system. Through combining her vision with talented, like-minded educators, MTA was born. Mrs. Hirsch now spends her days working with an amazing team of staff and teachers. She lives in Hollywood with her husband and 5 children.

Rabbi Yisroel Hecht
Director of Operations

Rabbi Hecht was born and raised in New York and learned in Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim in Queens, NY for many years. He holds a degree in Business Management and Marketing from Touro College in New York. He worked in Jewish outreach for many years, helping Jewish families from all backgrounds and upbringings discover the beauty of Torah and leading a Jewish lifestyle. Rabbi Hecht brings fourteen years of experience working with children, teenagers and adults in a variety of roles. His positive, upbeat and energetic personality helps in fostering healthy child development and creates a fun learning environment with enriched Chinuch practices. He is also a singer, musician and DJ performing at events of all types across South Florida. He lives in East Boca Raton with his wife and 3 children.

Ms. Dania Marcial
Business Director

Ms. Dania Marcial obtained her B.S. in Elementary Education from Florida International University in Miami and taught elementary grades in both Miami and Atlanta. She comes to us with an extensive background in Early Childhood Education and years of experience with special needs children and families. She served as a Parent Educator for at risk families in the Broward area and received her training and certification from The Parents as Teachers National Center in St. Louis, MO. Ms. Marcial is also a certified Music Together Instructor. While working for Brainchild Institute as the office manager, Ms. Marcial completed certification in MNRI®️Dynamic and Postural Reflex Integration and NeuroTactile Integration. Reaching out to families and providing support in any way possible has been her life’s passion. She currently resides in the Hollywood area and with over 30 years professional experience, we are happy to have her as part of our team.

Board of Directors

Mrs. Jennifer Chemtov,
Board Member

Mrs. Chemtov serves as Chief Financial Officer for HealthTrust Workforce Solutions, a leading provider of healthcare staffing and workforce solutions. She has 25 years of financial management and leadership experience in the staffing and consulting industries. Before joining HealthTrust, Mrs. Chemtov served as Director of Financial Planning & Analysis for Randstad Technology and Randstad Professionals, leading providers in professional services recruiting and staffing. She spent 15 years at Randstad in senior management roles in finance, pricing and accounting. Mrs. Chemtov began her career at Arthur Andersen LLP, with expanding leadership roles over 6 years in Audit and Business Advisory Services.

Rabbi Yaacov Laredo
Board Member

Rabbi Yaacov Laredo is a community leader in Florida and has inspired countless Jews through his engaging, warm and charismatic personality and teaching skills. Originally from Montreal Canada, Rabbi Laredo attended Yeshivat Mikdash Melech in Jerusalem Israel and is a rabbinical graduate of the Jerusalem Kollel, led by Rabbi Yitzchak Berkovitz. He is also a certified and experienced Mohel and Shochet, and is diligently conducting and assisting in Jewish lifecycle events such as baby naming’s, circumcisions, Bar & Bat Mitzvahs, weddings and end of life experiences. Rabbi Laredo founded the Miami Torah Center, which provides engaging learning opportunities for adults of all ages and backgrounds to expand themselves through the study of Torah. The Miami Torah Center organizes local consistent classes, special guest speakers and special events. Rabbi Laredo lectures internationally at schools, seminars, synagogues and various religious and social events, always leaving the attendees with feelings of inspiration and empowerment. His most interesting topics include; believing in yourself, marital harmony, parenting skills, living an ethical and moral life, Talmudic concepts and Halacha applications. Rabbi Laredo lives in Hollywood, Florida with his wife Sarah and three children.

Mrs. Susan Grossman Robin Board Member

Originally from Bluefield, West Virginia, Mrs. Robin has been a resident of Hollywood, Florida for the past 29 years. Mrs. Robin holds a bachelor’s degree from Florida International University in Vocational Industrial Education. For the past 18 years, Mrs. Robin has been the librarian and computer teacher at Toras Emes Academy in North Miami Beach, Florida. Previously, she was a member of the Board of Trustees for Brauser Maimonides Academy in Hollywood, Florida. Mrs. Robin previously worked in the corporate sector in the areas of training and development and was the owner and operator of SRM Consultants in Richmond, Virginia, servicing the food and beverage industry.

Our Educators

Rabbi Netanel Chait
Judaic Studies Teacher

Rabbi Netanel Chait teaches Judaic studies to our middle school and elementary boys and girls. He comes to MTA with many years of experience teaching in Boca Raton. Over the years, Rabbi Chait has developed a warm rapport with hundreds of students and instilled them with the skills and passion for learning Torah. He also spearheads the MTA Boys choir, which has performed at multiple community functions and events.
Rabbi Chait received his rabbinic ordination from Rabbinical Seminary of America, Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim of Queens. He earned his teaching certificate from the Mercaz Teachers Training by Rabbi Yoel Kramer. He is currently pursuing a Master’s in Education from the Azrieli School of Education at Yeshiva University. Rabbi Chait lives in Boca Raton with his wife and four children.

Mrs. Rochel Pink
Judaic Studies Teacher

Mrs. Rochel Pink graduated Bet Chana High School and three years of teaching seminary in Tzefat, Israel. She then spent a year in Vilna, Lithuania, strengthening the Jewish community through teaching and outreach work, after which she taught preschool for a year in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Mrs. Pink taught 4th grade in Crown Heights Yeshiva before moving to Florida. She taught 6th grade at Hebrew Academy Community School, and then co-directed Chabad of Plantation Hebrew School for 15 years. Along with her husband, Mrs. Pink co-directs the Chabad of East Plantation.

Mrs. Sarah Margolese
Judaic Studies Teacher

Morah Sarah was born and raised in North Miami Beach. Post high school, Morah Sarah, studied in Israel for a year, where she successfully completed an extensive teacher training course which included lesson planning, classroom management, and various teaching methods. She graduated from Excelsior College with a BA of Science with a focus in education. Morah Sarah is certified in first aid and CPR. During her summers she directed a summer camp for children 2-5 years of age. Morah Sarah also taught in Yeshiva Elementary school for a few years while she lived in North Miami Beach. She has recently moved to West Hollywood with her husband and 2 children.

Mrs. Cheli Rosenbaum
Judaic Studies Teacher

Mrs. Rosenbaum was born in South Florida and raised in Israel through middle school. After attending Tomer Devorah Seminary and Stern College, she graduated Florida International University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Before joining MTA, Mrs. Rosenbaum was the Hebrew director for the middle and high school at Ben Gamla of Hollywood Charter School. She also enjoys her Kiruv work with NCSY, bringing Jewish youth back to Yiddishkeit through a love of Torah. Mrs. Rosenbaum also volunteered with Yachad South Florida for over six years, and is currently a volunteer over the summer, leading Kiruv programs in Israel. Mrs. Rosenbaum has been working in the Judaics department at Mizrahi Torah Academy since it’s opening, and is beloved by each and every one of her students. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Educational Psychology.

Mrs. Judy Markell
General Studies Teacher

Mrs. Markell, known as “Morah Judy,” is a long-time educator in the South Florida Jewish community. She holds the nationally-recognized CDA (Child Development Associate) credential for VPK teaching and is certified in GOLD Teaching Strategies for development and learning. She has also acted as a mentor to other teacher’s, helping them develop their teaching strategies. Her goal has always been to listen carefully to each child (and their families), get to know who they are, and then help them develop their character within, allowing them to reach and discover their greatest potential through Torah and Yiras Shamayim. Recently, she has used the S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) method to teach children, bringing everyone’s talents together. She believes that teaching is a gift from Hashem and it is a privilege to teach each student. Among some of her favorite hobbies are puppetry, writing children’s books, woodworking, recycle art, animals, and nature exploration.

Mrs. Arell Gold
General Studies Teacher

Mrs. Arell Gold brings to MTA more than 17 years of teaching in varied settings and age groups, and with different types of learners. Arell has a Master’s in Education in Curriculum and Instruction and holds certifications in ESE and ESOL grades K-12, as well as English 6-12. She enjoys providing students with challenging, meaningful, authentic learning experiences, and helping students to think critically. Arell has a love of teaching based on the philosophy that students thrive on a foundation of trust, confidence, and genuine respect. She feels that the expectation of excellence in both process and product balanced with guidance helps students to achieve their very best. She is excited to be part of the MTA team.

Ms. Amanda Jaijairam
General Studies Teacher

Ms. Jaijairam earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and completed her Master of Science degree in Exceptional Student Education from Barry University. Through her work at Brainchild Institute, Ms. Jaijairam has worked with children of all ages on improving reading skills as well as honing their working memory and visual processing skills. She is certified to administer the Gibson Cognitive Test Battery, Processing and Cognitive Enhancement (PACE), Master The Code, Fast ForWord, and Lindamood-Bell Visualizing and Verbalizing and Seeing Stars reading programs. In addition to her education and experience, Ms. Jaijairam is pursuing additional training in the area of pediatric neurodevelopment. She has extensive experience with the Masgutova Method and the Bal-A-Vis-X (Balance/Auditory/Visual Exercises) program. She has worked with a variety of babies, children, and teens over the years and has made special connections with each of her clients through her warmth and kindness.

Rabbi David Azerad
Judaic Studies Teacher

Rabbi David Azerad recently made the move from New York where he was an Assistant Principal at Yeshiva Shaarei Zion in Queens. He brings his unique style and energy to MTA where we always put the emotional needs of our students above all. Rabbi Azerad received his rabbinic ordination from Rabbi Yechiel Malik. He earned his teaching certificate from the Mercaz Teachers Training by Rabbi Yoel Kramer. He is also certified as a School Mashgiach by Torah Umesorah through the Nefesh Chaya program. Rabbi Azerad is a graduate of the COJDS PTI cohort of 2019, as well as Harvard Business School’s “Leading Schools” and “Leading People” initiatives. He is also a professional Hazzan and his services are in demand throughout the United States. Rabbi Azerad lives in East Boca Raton with his wife and two daughters.

Ms. Jessica Robbins
Event Coordinator

Jessica Robbins, fondly known as Jessie, was raised in beautiful Broward County. She joined MTA working as a shadow for a special-needs child. Her love for Mizrahi Torah Academy prompted her to join MTA’s full-time staff, working alongside our teachers and the administrative team in the front office as our Executive Coordinator. She uses her organizational skills to coordinate all of the exciting programs and extra-curricular activities that take place at our school.

Mrs. Rivky Seewald
General Studies Teacher

Mrs. Rivky Seewald is a math teacher for 4th through 8th graders. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Mercy University, with a major in Psychology. Mrs. Seewald also has a Dual Masters in Education and Special Education from Mercy University. She is very excited and passionate about mathematics and she would like to help as many students as possible achieve their highest potential in their academic pursuits.

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