CDS Faculty 

Behind the success of Community Day School is the commitment of our award-winning faculty. With nearly 65% of the faculty holding advanced degrees, CDS teachers demonstrate that high expectations and a passion for learning are not just what they teach, but values they live.


Eve Arden 

Appointed 2017

Lower School and Intermediate School Science

BS in Physiology and Biochemistry, University of Central Lancashire

MS in Education, University of Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania certification in secondary school biology, middle school science, and elementary K-6


Susan Basinski

Appointed 2006


BS in Elementary and Special Education, Duquesne University

MS in Reading and Language Arts, Duquesne University

Kelanit Baxter

Appointed 2013

Grade 3 Hebrew and Jewish Studies

BS in Education and Biology, Carlow University


Elke Cedarholm

Appointed 2015

Grade 3

B.A. in Early Childhood Education (Pre-K-Grade 4), Chatham University

Certification in music education 


Lauren Dunn

Appointed 2011


BS in Psychology, University of Pittsburgh

Pennsylvania Certification in Instructional/Elementary Education, University of Pittsburgh


Eileen Freedman

Appointed 2005

General Music

BS Exercise Physiology, University of Pittsburgh

BS Music Therapy, Duquesne University


Leslie Frischman

Appointed 2010

Intermediate and Middle School Math

BA in Elementary Education, Point Park University

BA in Rhetoric and Communication Studies, University of Virginia

Coursework towards M.B.A. in Finance and Investments and MA in special education

Board member of the Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of Mathematics as National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Representative


Sarah M. Glascom Morris

Appointed 2016 
Early Childhood Co-Director, Lead Teacher for 3-Year-Olds
Post-Baccalaureate Degree, Early Childhood Educator, Point Park University

PA Department of Education Instructional Certification, Grades N-3, Early Childhood Education
BA in English Writing, Film Studies certification, University of Pittsburgh


Nancy Glick

Appointed 1990

Grade 2, 3 and 4 Hebrew and Jewish Studies

MSW, University of Pittsburgh

Master Teacher Certificate, David Yellin Teachers College, Jerusalem


Jackie Goldblum

Appointed 1999

Middle School Hebrew and Jewish Studies/Human Behavior and Holocaust Studies

Beit Berl Teaching College, Israel

Point Park University


Elizabeth Halfhill

Appointed 2009

Grade 1

BS in Early Childhood Education, Ball State University


David Harris-Gershon

Appointed 2010

Intermediate School Jewish Studies

BA English Literature, University of Georgia

MA in Jewish Education, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel

Certificate of Advanced Textual Studies, Pardes Educators Program, Jerusalem, Israel

MA in Fine Arts, Creative Writing, University of North Carolina, Wilmington


Bob Helfer

Appointed 1997

Athletic Director/Physical Education

BS in Health and Physical Education, Penn State University

MS in Exercise Physiology, University of Pittsburgh


Angela Herz

Appointed 2017

Building Substitute

CDA, Nova University


Tekla Hilton 

Appointed 2015

Intermediate School Math

BA in Economics and Mathematics, Denison University

MAT in Elementary Education, Chatham University

2012 Michael J. Farrell Award: Recognizing Innovative Educators


Kyle Ison

Appointed 2013

Middle School Science

BA in Education and Biology, Glenville State College

MA in Education and Biology, University of North Alabama


Jeremy Lerner

Appointed 2014


BFA, Longwood College


Nicole Lewis

Appointed 2013

Intermediate School Language Arts and Social Studies

BA in Dance with a minor in Communications and Journalism, Mercyhurst University

MA in Teaching, Chatham University


Anne Linder

Appointed 1994


BS in Education, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

M.Ed., University of Pittsburgh


Amy Matthews

Appointed 2007

Grade 1

BA in Leadership and Professional Advancement, Duquesne University

M.Ed. Elementary Education, Duquesne University


Anna Mikolay

Appointed 2013


BA in Fine Arts, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

Teacher Certificate in Elementary Education, Master Equivalency Program, University of Pittsburgh


Lisa Naveh

Appointed 2012

Grade 2

BA in Elementary Education, Pennsylvania State University


Kristen Nock

Appointed 2017

Grade 3

BS in Early Level Education (Pre-K-6), Duquesne University

Certification in instructional technology


Ronit Pasternak

Appointed 1997

Middle School Hebrew

BA in Child Development, University of Pittsburgh

Teaching Languages Certificate, University of Pittsburgh


Tal Perel

Appointed in 2015

Hebrew and Jewish Studies

BA in Computer Science and Bioinformatics, The College of Management, Rishon Lezion, Israel

Teaching Diploma in Computer Usage and Hebrew Instruction, Levinsky College of Education, Tel Aviv

Tal Am Course Certificate 


Vanessa Pfendler

Appointed 1996

Computer Science and Robotics

BS in Elementary Education, Pennsylvania State University

M.Ed. in Instructional Technology, Duquesne University


Whitney Philipps

Appointed 2015


BA in Art, English Literature, Goshen College

MS in Library and Information Science, University of Pittsburgh


Jessica Pindzola

Appointed 2013

Early Childhood Educator

BS in Biology and Psychology, Allegheny College


Charlotte Rakaczky

Appointed 2013

4th and 5th Grade Language Arts and 5th Grade Social Studies

BS and MS in Early Childhood Education and K-12 Reading Specialist Certificate, University of Dayton


Sharon Reinherz

Appointed 2014

Early Childhood Jewish Life and Learning

BS, Oakland University

M.Ed./Reading Specialist, Marquette University


Oriyah Sandefur

Appointed 2017

Early Childhood Educator

BA in French, Chatham College

MA in Visual and Media Arts, Emerson College


Michal Schachter

Appointed 2011

Kindergarten, Hebrew & Jewish Studies

Child Development Associate certification, Community College of Allegheny County


Ronit Schulman

Appointed 1996

Intermediate School Hebrew

Mekorot, Jewish Education Institute


Alison Seaman

Appointed 2016

Early Childhood Educator

BA in Psychology, Chatham University


Lindsey Shope 

Appointed 2015

Early Childhood Co-Director, Pre-K Lead Teacher

BA in Psychology with a minor in Religious Studies, Allegheny College


Cara Shuckett

Appointed 2012

Middle School Language Arts

BA in English, McGill University

MA in Learning Disabilities, Teachers College, Columbia University


Chaim Steinberg

Appointed 2013

Middle School Social Studies and 5th Grade Language Arts

BA in History, Penn State University

MAT in Secondary Social Studies, University of Pittsburgh


David Thyberg

Appointed 2012

Middle School Spanish and ESL

BA in Communications and Political Science, University of Pittsburgh Honors College

International Studies certificate in Latin American Studies/Advanced Language from University of Pittsburgh


Lindsey Venditti

Appointed 2007

ESL Specialist, LA and Math support

BS in Elementary Education, Duquesne University

Rebecca Williams

Appointed 2015

Middle School LA, Math, Learning Support

BA in Education, Longwood University

MS in Special Education, Longwood University


Nancy Wilson

Appointed 1996

Grade 2

BA in English, St. Lawrence University

MAT, Chatham College




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