Allouche, Rabbi
Rabbi Pinchas Allouche Teacher
Allouche, Rabbi
Teacher
Bio:

Rabbi Pinchas G. Allouche teaches seventh and eighth grade Jewish Studies. Additionally, he is the spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Tefillah. Rabbi Allouche is a sought-after lecturer and popular author of many essays and writings on the Jewish faith, mysticism, and social analysis. Rabbi Allouche was born in Toulouse, France and grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa and Jerusalem, Israel. His travels have also taken him to Geneva, Switzerland where he provided Jewish Learning Opportunities and activities to adults and youth alike, and to Milano, Italy where he received his rabbinic ordination. Besides his academic pedigree, Rabbi Allouche is highly respected and tremendously involved in the Jewish community of Greater Phoenix. He is a member of the Think Tank Committee of the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix. Additionally, Rabbi Allouche is a member of AIPAC’s National Council, and here locally, he is also a member of the Vaad Harabanim, the Orthodox Rabbinic Council – Arizona’s Committee of Orthodox Rabbis.

HS_Anderson, Altreana
Altreana Anderson Principal
HS_Anderson, Altreana
Principal
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HS_Berko,Melinda
Melinda Berko Teacher
HS_Berko,Melinda
Teacher
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Melinda Berko is in her thirteenth year teaching fourth grade at Pardes Jewish Day School. Before coming to teach at Pardes, Mrs. Berko taught fourth grade for eleven years at another Jewish Day School in Scottsdale in addition to first grade in public school. Mrs. Berko graduated with a Bachelors of Art degree in Psychology from Stetson University in Deland, Florida and a Post Baccalaureate in Elementary Education from Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. She is certified to teach Kindergarten through sixth grade. She also has experience developing training materials and computer based training from her time working at a Fortune 500 company in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. 

HS_Burckhardt,Laurie
Laurie Burckhardt Coordinator, Learning Support
HS_Burckhardt,Laurie
Coordinator, Learning Support
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Laurie Burckhardt is excited to start her 11th year as part of the Pardes family and her 20th year in Jewish day schools. She’s been a professional educator for over 25 years. Mrs. Burckhardt coordinates learning support for grades K-8 and works directly with middle school students and teachers. Previously, she taught math, science, language arts, and general studies in public schools, private schools, Jewish day schools, and tutoring centers in Illinois, Colorado, and Arizona. In addition, she has run resource and gifted enrichment programs and served as a tutor and academic coach. Mrs. Burckhardt’s undergraduate degree is from the University of Arizona. She has a master’s degree in teaching and holds an Arizona highly qualified teaching license with gifted education and structured English immersion endorsements. Her passion is teaching all types of learners and helping each child build knowledge and self-confidence while increasing their skills and developing a love of learning. Mrs. Burckhardt is a proud alumni parent, too. Her son is a graduate of Pardes.

 

HS_Carter,Hannah
Hannah Carter Teacher
HS_Carter,Hannah
Teacher
Bio:

It is with so much excitement that Hannah Carter returns to the Pardes mishpacha for her fourth year as an Art Educator! Over her 16-year teaching career, she has had the privilege of teaching students from infants through fourth grade in a variety of traditional and not so traditional settings. Mrs. Carter received her Bachelor’s in Fine Art from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 2010 before moving back to Phoenix, where she grew up. She is passionate about art education and the role that it has in educating the whole child. Mrs. Carter finds a deep sense of pride when students step out of their comfort zones and explore the world around them with an open mind and a creative spirit. She is honored to be able to bring her unique style of teaching to the Pardes students.

 

HS_Castillo,Roberto
Roberto Castillo Technologist; IT Support
HS_Castillo,Roberto
Technologist; IT Support
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HS_Castle, Jenny
Jenny Castle School Counselor
HS_Castle, Jenny
School Counselor
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HS_Clark,Allison
Allison Clark Teacher
HS_Clark,Allison
Teacher
Bio:

Allison Clark, a middle school math teacher, is excited to join the Pardes Middle School team. This is Miss Clark’s sixth year at Pardes and 16th year teaching. Miss Clark graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Elon University. She also earned a Masters of Art in Elementary Education from the University of Phoenix. In addition to her degrees, she holds an endorsement for middle school math. She furthers her education by participating in Stanford’s YouCubed courses. Recently, she completed the Teacher Leadership course through Brandeis University. When Miss Clark isn’t inspiring her students to love math, she enjoys watching hockey, playing card games, eating out, and going to the movies.

HS_De Palma,Nicole
Nicole De Palma Teacher
HS_De Palma,Nicole
Teacher
Bio:

During her 13 year career in education, Nicole DePalma has taught a wide range of subjects including science, history, technology, and art to grades K-12. Ms DePalma graduated with a Bachelor of Art degree in History from UC Riverside and has a Masters degree in Cross-Cultural Education from National University. Last year, she went through the ISTE certification process and earned her certificate for demonstrating mastery of the ISTE Standards for Educators. This year, Nicole will be attending the Legacy Heritage Teacher Leadership Institute. Before joining Pardes, she was the manager and lead educator of an intergenerational STEM Studio located in San Diego where she developed curriculum, led classes, and ran their summer camp program for kindergarten through eighth grades. Her work history also includes working at the San Diego Natural History Museum as the lead educator for their School in the Park program where she taught science classes to grades 4 – 8. The 2023 – 2024 school year will be Nicole’s fourth year at Pardes, where she teaches Makerspace classes and sixth grade science. Nicole believes in educating the whole child and strives to create a learning environment that fosters creativity, confidence, and enthusiasm for learning. Nicole is a life-long learner who loves anything hands-on and spends a good deal of time crafting and experimenting with new ideas and materials. When not at school she spends her time with her family, out in nature, reading, crafting, practicing photography, and traveling.

HS_Donnelly, Brittany
Brittany Donnelly Ast. Principal
HS_Donnelly, Brittany
Ast. Principal
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HS_Felix,Richard
Richard Felix Maintenance Technician
HS_Felix,Richard
Maintenance Technician
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HS_Gross,Tali
Tali Gross Teacher
HS_Gross,Tali
Teacher
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Avital (Tali) Gross, also known as Morah Tali, is a Hebrew teacher for first and second grade. Morah Tali has been teaching at Pardes for twenty years. Prior to Pardes, she taught Hebrew in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to kindergartners through seventh graders. Morah Tali was born and raised in Israel and served in the Israeli Defense Forces as a paramedic. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts and Hebrew and Comparative Literature from University of Haifa and her Master’s Degree, with distinction, in Educational Psychology from Northern Arizona University. She has over thirty years of experience in education. In addition, she is also a certified life coach, which arms her with tools for assisting students and parents, both inside and outside the classroom. Morah Tali has three daughters, two of whom graduated from Pardes.

 

HS_Grossman,Naomi
Naomi Grossman Nurse
HS_Grossman,Naomi
Nurse
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Bio coming soon.

HS_Herzog,Kerry
Kerry Herzog Office Assistant
HS_Herzog,Kerry
Office Assistant
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Bio coming soon.

HS_Ibarra, Jaime
Jaime Ibarra Maintenance Technician
HS_Ibarra, Jaime
Maintenance Technician
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HS_Joseph,Ruthie
Ruthie Joseph Teacher
HS_Joseph,Ruthie
Teacher
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Ruthie Joseph grew up in Phoenix and attended Jewish day school from preschool through high school. She is passionate about Jewish education and is happy to be part of the Pardes faculty where she teaches Jewish Studies for kindergarten through second grade. Additionally, she has taught kindergarten and first grade. Morah Ruthie earned her Bachelor of Arts in History from Bryn Mawr College. She spent the following year teaching at a Jewish day school in Berlin, Germany. It was in Berlin that Morah Ruthie decided to pursue a career in education. She received her master’s degree in Elementary Education from Mary Lou Fulton Teacher’s College at Arizona State University. She completed her student teaching at Pardes in first grade.