Rabbi Shlomo Goldberg
Head of School/Menahel
Rabbi Shlomo Goldberg has served for the last twenty-one years, as Menahel (Head of School) of Yeshiva Aharon Yaakov/Ohr Eliyahu a leading and innovative Yeshiva Preschool, Elementary and Junior High in the Los Angeles area. He holds Rabbinic Ordination from the Chief Rabbis of Shaarei Chesed and Jerusalem. Before moving to Los Angeles, Rabbi Goldberg served as the Rabbi of Congregation Torah BaMidbar in Santa Fe, New Mexico and the Pacific Jewish Center in Venice, California.
In addition to his administrative and rabbinic activities, Rabbi Goldberg lectures world-wide on the topics of education, leadership, personal growth, marriage enrichment, and parenting. He is a facilitator for the “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” program, attended the Harvard University Summer Leadership Institute, completed a three-year fellowship as a Senior Leadership Fellow for the Yesud Maalah Program of Torah Umesorah, the National Council for Jewish Day Schools, (program for which he is now a senior lecturer), was a winner of the 2003 Distinguished Educator Award given by the Milken Family Foundation, and winner of the 2005 Outstanding Educator Award from Torah Umesorah.
In addition, Rabbi Goldberg authors a weekly article on education and leadership, and his writings have appeared in the Klal Perspective Journal and the “Jewish Action,” “Jewish Observer,” and “Homodia” magazines.
Rabbi Goldberg and his wife Robin are the parents of 8 children and many grandchildren.
Rabbi Eliezer Eidlitz
Rabbi Eidlitz is a native of Los Angeles and a student of Reb Simcha Wasserman, ztz”l. He resided in Bnei Brak, Israel for a number of years where he was a Talmid of Rav Shteinman, ztz”l in the Ponevezh Yeshiva.
Rabbi Eidlitz received smicha from Rabbi Ruderman at Ner Israel in Baltimore, Maryland where he was a Rebbe at the Ner Israel Yeshiva High School for 5 years. Since 1976 Rabbi Eidlitz has served as a school administrator and educator in California.
In addition Rabbi Eidlitz is the Rov of Bais Medrash Mordechai Yaakov; he is the author of “Is It Kosher?” and the founder of the Kosher Information Bureau a national clearing house and web site for all things kosher in the United States. Rabbi Eidlitz receives tens of thousands of emails from around the world inquiring about the verification of kashrus symbols and products.
Rabbi Eidlitz and his wife Debbie are the parents of 5 married children, many grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Malca Schwarzmer
Torah Studies Principal
Mrs. Shayna Goldmann
Director of Graff-Rand Early Childhood Center
Mrs. Marty Fox
Director of Music and Fine Arts
Mrs. Marty Fox is the Music and Enrichment Director at YAYOE. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice and Music Education and is Orff Shulwerk Level III certified. She is also completed a 3 year program in Jewish Music from where? She has coached voice for Kol Neshama Girls’ Performing Arts Conservatory, Ohel Chana High School and taught music for Crossroads Community Foundation (currently PS Arts). In partnership with the Milwaukee based Ruach Foundation she recently wrote RECORDERS PLAY JEWISH MUSIC, a teaching manual based on her experience teaching recorder at YAYOE.
Mrs. Fox has been teaching music, producing and directing plays, and developing special arts programs for YAYOE for 21 years.
Mrs. Clarisse Schlesinger
Mrs. Schlesinger has been at YAYOE for 20+ years as a teacher of multiple grades and subjects and as an administrator and technology consultant. She earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees at New York University as well as her lifetime teaching credentials. Mrs. Schlesinger authored the report that resulted in our school achieving WASC accreditation in 2002, at that time one of only two schools who had applied for candidacy and was granted immediate accreditation. Mrs. Schlesinger developed a hobby of loving computers and technology into a passion; she enjoys updating the YAYOE web site and working with web site developers. In addition, Mrs. Schlesinger heads the Admissions department of the yeshiva, working closely with the Early Childhood Department, the Menahel, and the prospective parents to facilitate the process of new families joining the YAYOE family. Mrs. Schlesinger and her husband Fred are proud parents of three adult daughters, one teenage son (a YAYOE alumnus) and bli eyin hara, 10 grandchildren.
Ms. Shannon Starvel
Director of Lower Elementary General Studies
Shannon Starvel is the General Studies Director of the Lower Elementary School. She earned her undergraduate degree in early childhood education and psychology from Vanderbilt University. She has her masters in curriculum and instruction. Additionally, she has only her dissertation to finish to obtain her doctorate in educational leadership, policy and administration from University of Saint Thomas.
Ms. Starvel has more than 20 years of experience as a primary grade teacher and academic interventionist. She headed professional development for her large district in Minnesota as well as coordinated cultural proficiency and new teacher services in the same district. Ms. Starvel was an adjunct professor at St. Thomas for graduate students seeking a teaching certification. She taught mathematics methods courses, literacy methods courses, and classroom management. Ms. Starvel has presented at national and regional conferences for the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. She has presented for the Bureau of Educational Research on best practice, with an emphasis in the role of formative assessment.
Ms. Starvel feels she has found a home at Yeshiva Aharon Yaacov/Ohr Eliyahu. Educating the whole child, involving all stakeholders in each child’s education, developmentally appropriate practice, and helping each student work at his cutting edge while receiving appropriate supports are areas of great importance to her. She feels honored, humbled and privileged to be part of such an amazing community.
Mrs. Ashley Scotti
Director of Upper Elementary General Studies
Ashley Scotti has been teaching at Ohr Eliyahu since 2010, and is proud to call this her teaching home. Mrs Scotti’s involvement in the Ohr Eliyahu Administrative team grew last year, taking on more responsibility in overseeing the elementary school. This year, she is currently overseeing the upper elementary school (grades 3-5), and continues her role as lead teacher in the 4th grade boys’ class.
Mrs. Scotti attended San Francisco State University where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies. She continued on at the University to complete her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. She spent years volunteering in classrooms and working as a teaching assistant until she was ready for a classroom of her own. She credits this time in school and in other teachers’ classrooms to her creative and well-rounded teaching style.
Mrs. Scotti has a specific and driven interest in creating a curriculum that works best for the classes at Ohr Eliyahu. Each year, she is excited to update and make her 4th grade curriculum better than the year before. She loves including meaningful projects and field trips to allow learners in her classroom work to their highest potential. She may be best known for creating an Annual 2nd and 4th Grade Field Day, at which the boys celebrate a wonderful year, and develop leadership and teambuilding skills.
She is excited to continue to develop the curriculum for the elementary school, and looks forward to many more wonderful years teaching at Ohr Eliyahu.
Mrs. Gita Hirsch
Director of Middle School General Studies
Hirsch has been in the field of education for over 20 years. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from UCLA and a Master’s degree in Special Education from California State University, Northridge. The combination of her education and professional experience has allowed Mrs. Hirsch to develop and hone the use of many educational tools and strategies to promote engaged student learning.
Mrs. Hirsch’s greatest strengths include collaborative leadership and strategic planning which she has applied while evaluating, updating, and creating curriculums across all general studies content areas. Through teacher mentoring and curriculum development, she has helped promote rich, integrated, activity based classroom instruction to meet the needs of a diverse learning population.
Mrs. Hirsch truly enjoys the challenges of education, working with teachers, parents, and students, and the opportunities to help each child meet his or her learning potential. She feels privileged to be a member of the YAYOE administrative team.
Mrs. Hirsch and her husband Haim have six children, present and former students of YAYOE.
Mrs. Stefanie Gangl
Director of Middle School Math
Mrs. Stefanie Gangl has been working at Ohr Eliyahu since 2007. She began working in the elementary grades, and later transitioned to middle school math. She has overseen the middle school math department for the last five years. Through her leadership, a cohesive curriculum and pacing guide have been developed to meet the school-wide needs and align to the Common Core standards.
Mrs. Gangl attended the University of California, Los Angeles and received her Bachelor’s of Arts in Sociology. While interning at a public school as a senior at UCLA, she found her passion working with students and supporting them both academically and emotionally. She continued her pursuit of education by attending graduate school at Azusa Pacific University and earned her Master’s of Arts in Educational Counseling.
Mrs. Gangl is devoted to making learning math engaging and fun for every child. She places a strong emphasis on interactive activities and making real-life connections through hands-on projects. Popular activities she is known for include: 3D surface area animals, unit price smoothie shop, and coordinate plane battleship.
She has found a home here at Ohr Eliyahu and looks forward to many more years to come!
Mrs. Robin Goldberg
Director of Learning Potential Program
Mrs. Leora Ganchrow
Director of Student Development