We are proud of our faculty and staff who are passionate about our School and our mission. Every day, they strive to ensure the highest standards of excellence in all areas.
Rabbi Avrohom Drandoff
Head of School
With CTA Since 2012
Master of Arts in School Counseling from Johns Hopkins University; Master Degree in Talmudic law and semicha (rabbinical ordination) from Ner Israel Rabbinical College; Successfully completed: YU Lead: Yeshiva University’s school leadership training program; YU Teach: Legacy Heritage Foundation fellowship; worked as Director of Community Programs for the Columbus Community Kollel.
Mrs. Eliza Delman
Upper School Principal/School Counselor
With CTA Since 2005
Mrs. Delman graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in Psychology from University of Maryland and earned Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Northwestern University.
Mrs. Nicole Miller
Lower School Principal
First Year at CTA
Nicole Miller holds a Masters of Arts in Educational Leadership from the University of Arizona, a Master of Arts in Education from UCLA, and a Bachelor of Arts in Multicultural Child Advocacy from The College of Wooster. Mrs. Miller is certified with a Professional Principal’s License from the State of Ohio. She began her teaching career as a Personal and Living Skills Coordinator in an after school program and was inspired to become an educator. After earning her Masters in Education she taught elementary school followed by a stint as a middle school English Language Arts and History teacher. Mrs. Miller has worked as an instructional leader, coaching teachers and leading staff in district-wide professional development. She most recently comes from a position as a data and instructional coach at a Project Based Learning school in Tucson, AZ.
Mrs. Shirly Benatar
Chair of Hebrew Language Department, Grades 2-12
With CTA Since 2015
Masters of Science in Educational Leadership from University of Dayton; Masters of Science in Entomology from The Ohio State University; Bachelor of Science in Biology (Molecular Genetics) from The Ohio State University; graduate of USCJ The New Director Institute leadership training program; worked as Education Director for Congregation Tifereth Israel; Florence Melton Adult Mini School instructor; CJDS Hebrew Teacher; Judaic Team Leader at Columbus JCC preschool; Biology instructor at OSU; member of the National Executive Board of the Jewish Educators Assembly; recipient of the Columbus Jewish Federation Fellowship grant, and multiple community awards.
Mr. Dror Karavani
Lower School Judaic Curriculum Coordinator
With CTA Since 2010
Moreh Dror holds a Master of Arts from Lander College (Israel) and a Bachelor of Arts from Herzog Institute. He attended a hesder yeshiva and has worked with the Jewish Agency to develop a Partnership 2000 program. Moreh Dror taught and worked as an administrator in a Jewish day school in Charleston, SC.
Rabbi Zacharia Weitz
Upper School Judaics Curriculum Coordinator
With CTA Since 2008
Rabbi Weitz holds a Masters degree in School Counseling from The Johns Hopkins University and a Masters degree in Talmudic Law from Ner Israel Rabbinical College. He has an Educator’s Certificate from Torah U’Mesorah and the Principal’s Training Institute from Consortium of Jewish Day Schools. Rabbi Weitz is a former faculty member at Columbus Community Kollel and Baltimore Community Kollel. He has worked as a school counselor in Baltimore, MD.
Alphabetical list of faculty
and staff – updated as of 8/25/17
|Ahern||Ann||4th/6th General Studiesemail@example.com|
|Bailey||Matthew||Phys Ed/Athletic Directorfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Bar Asher||Esther||US Hebrewemail@example.com|
|Bar Asher||Mordechai||LS/US Hebrewfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Barch||Angela||3rd General Studies Aideemail@example.com|
|Benatar||Shirly||Hebrew Dept. Chairfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Bindell||Jamie||Kg Judaic Studiesemail@example.com|
|Buster||Mary Lynn||2nd General Studiesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Chaykin||Eva||3rd Judaic Studies Teacher’s Aideemail@example.com|
|D’Angelo-Wolff||Diana||US LC/Garden Clubfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Degeo||Rachel||Kg General Studiesemail@example.com|
|Delman||Eliza||Upper School Principal/ Guidance Counselor||220||Edelman@torahacademy.org|
|Drandoff||Rabbi Avrohom||Head of Schoolfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Greenfeld||Rabbi Yaakov||US Judaicsemail@example.com|
|Guinan||Steve||US English/Social Studies/Film Studiesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Hartstein||Agi||Kg General Studies Aideemail@example.com|
|Herszage||Shari||Dir of Adm/ Development
& Marketing Coord.
|Karavani||Dror||3rd Judaic Studies/LS Judaic Curriculum Coordinatorfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Karavani||Irit||1st Judaic Studiesemail@example.com|
|Katz||Elana||5th/6th Judaic Studiesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Kimche||Rabbi Dovid||US Judaic Studiesemail@example.com|
|Kimche||Yona||US Judaic Studiesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Leist||Norm||Chief Financial Officeremail@example.com|
|Lerner||Tamalynn||5th General Studies/STEM Coordinatorfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Litchman||Naomi||Kind. Judaic Studies Teacher’s Aideemail@example.com|
|Makias||Malca||Judaic Studies Teacher’s Aide|
|Miller||Nicole||Lower School Principalfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Morris||Chaya||US Judaic Studiesemail@example.com|
|Neuman||Shira||3rd Judaic Studiesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Rahav||Amy||3rd General Studiesemail@example.com|
|Savage||Leah||2nd Judaic Studiesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Savage||Rabbi John||US Judaic Studiesemail@example.com|
|Smith||Christy||Math, Ed Tech & Standard. Testing Support
|Tanenbaum||Deena||1st General Studiesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|VanGundy||Kristen||US Eng Lang/Soc Studemail@example.com|
|Weitz||Rabbi Zecharia||US Judaic Studies Coord.||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Zuckerman||Tzivia||US Judaic Studiesemail@example.com|