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Rene Alfaro - Custodian
Mira Atiya - Teacher's Assistant
Melissa Bard - 1st Grade Teacher

Melissa comes to our community from Charlottesville, Virginia where she received her B.A. in Anthropology and her Master’s Degree in Teaching in Elementary Education from the University of Virginia.  She loves to read, teach, and has a passion for inspiring children to learn and grow. She is originally from Vail, Colorado and enjoys the mountains, snowboarding, and hiking. She has family living in the Los Angeles area and is excited to join them and the KCA community. 
Yael Benaim - Administrative Assistant
Stephanie BillmanAdmissions Coordinator, HR Generalist, & Financials
Stephanie Billman serves as KCA’s human resources generalist, accountant, and admissions coordinator.  With over a decade of human resources experience, Stephanie most recently worked at UCLA’s Facilities Management.  She has a Bachelor of Arts in History from California Baptist University, and she is currently pursuing a Master’s in Business Administration and a Master’s in Human Resources from Claremont Graduate University.  She is heavily involved in the philanthropic organization Beta Sigma Phi, and she serves on the Board of Directors for the Riverside Dickens Festival.
Victoria Densham - 3rd Grade Teacher
Benjamin Farnoosh - Judaic Teacher
Heber Flores - Lead Custodian
Ronit Gohary - 2nd Grade Teacher
Leyla Goldfinger - Director of Curriculum and Learning
Leyla Goldfinger
Uria Goldfinger - Physical Education and Wellness
Uriah Goldfinger
Uriah was born and raised in Miami, Florida. He became a Physical Education teacher and coach at the University of Central Florida, and received his Master’s in Education with emphasis in Positive Athletic Coaching from the University of Missouri. His passion for teaching and coaching fitness and sports for the past 12 years, has allowed him to travel to places all over the world such as: Miami, New York, New Mexico, and Turkey. He believes that Physical Education should motivate students towards a lifetime of health, fitness, and fun.
Esther Hakakian - Kindergarten Hebrew & Judaic Teacher
Shanaz Hoorfar - Caterpillars Teacher
Kimberly Jones - 4th Grade Teacher
Kevin Kassebaum - Interim Administrator
Melissa Katchen - School Counselor
Angela Kazanjian - Administrative Assistant
After graduating from University of California San Diego with a B.S. in World Literature and a minor in Spanish, Angela later attended California State University Los Angeles where she earned her Master’s Degree in English Literature. She has worked in the Education field for several years as a Substitute Teacher, Tutor, and in Administration. Angela was raised by a private school Principal and a Middle/High School teacher, so she is well-versed in all aspects of school organization. She is enjoying being a part of the Kabbalah Children’s Academy community!
Danyel Kilgore - Pre Kindergarten Teacher
Danyel Kilgore
Julia Love - Pre Kindergarten Teacher
Julia Love
Edra Pantazes - 6th Grade Teacher
Esther Pantazes
Edra attended William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey where she received her B.S. in Students with Disabilities. She later earned her Master's Degree in Political Science from Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. After working several years in the fundraising and development industry, Edra made a career shift to education. Here she pursed her passion for teaching as a Special Education teacher, and in the middle and high school grades. She comes to Kabbalah Children’s Academy with a strong drive and desire to see students succeed.
Martha Ramirez - Teacher's Assistant
Martha Ramirez
Ora Sery - Art Teacher
Ora Sery
Luna Shalom - Hebrew and Judaic Teacher
Luna Shalom
Edna Soleimani - Teacher's Assistant
Edna Soleimani
Danna Snir - Butterflies Teacher
Danna Snir
Elizabeth VanBronkhorst - Kindergarten Teacher
Aaron Vanek - Gaming Teacher
Aaron Vanek
Janinne Villatoro - Caterpillars Teacher 
Janinne Villatoro
Katie Wirth - 2nd Grade Long Term Substitute Teacher
Katie Wirth is a second grade teacher at KCA. She comes from Madison, Wisconsin. She graduated from the University of Milwaukee Wisconsin with a degree in education in 2007. Katie taught for the past 10 years in Milwaukee Public Schools. She spent the last five years teaching first grade. Her passion is teaching reading, with a focus on foundational reading skills. She was awarded MMABSE Teacher of the Year while teaching in Milwaukee. Katie moved to California in the summer of 2017 joining the KCA team at the start of the 2017/2018 school year. She has a daughter named Claire who attends the KCA at the Early Childhood Center. 
Miriam Zadeh - Kabbalah Teacher