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Religious School Teachers

Kol Ami's Religious School Teachers for 2018-2019

Colt BlackColt Black - Kindergarten/1st

Colt Black has been a member of Congregation Kol Ami for a little over 2 years. He is a licensed Maryland Mortician and Pennsylvania Funeral Director, and he holds multiple emergency services credentials issued. He is the owner of Black’s Funeral Home in Thurmont, MD. Colt is married to his loving wife Micheala and is the proud father of his children Denver, Atlas and Liberty. When not working, Colt enjoys spending time with family and doing outdoor sports. This is Colt’s first time teaching at Hebrew School, and he is looking forward to the challenge.

Angela KearneyAngela Kearney - 2nd/3rd Grade

Hi there! My husband, Mike and I live with our pets in Middletown and we own a few local business. Mike retired from Rockville City Police Department and is currently working for “I Drive Smart” teaching teens to drive safely, he is also coaching girls softball at Frederick High School.  We have three daughters and a grandson. Our oldest daughter, Amanda, works downtown as a stylist, our middle daughter, Morghan, is currently working towards a teaching degree. Our youngest daughter, Samantha, is a Junior at Towson University. We have been Kol Ami members for 14 years. I truly look forward to teaching the second grade this year!

Michaela Black – 4th Grade Michaela Black

I am very excited to be teaching fourth grade this year! My family and I live in the mountains between Camp Airy and Camp Louise. When I am not volunteering at my son’s elementary school or my daughter’s preschool, I help my husband Colt run our funeral home. I love to read, write and be outdoors.

David Bass -  5th Grade

David grew up in Bayside Queens where his family were members of Temple Beth Sholom. He was active in the BBYO.  He attended Binghamton University as an undergraduate, studying history and Africana studies, and continued on to earn his master’s degree in student affairs and public administration. David worked several years for the Handicapped Children’s Association, serving as Assistant Manager of a group home for people with developmental disabilities and then as a habilitation specialist. He was active in Temple Concord Reform Congregation in Binghamton, serving on the Board and as the membership chair. New job opportunities brought David and Tom Brancato to Frederick last year. David is currently the Hillel Director at  Gettysburg College.


Tom Brancato - 5th Grade

Tom moved to Frederick over a year ago with his husband David from Binghamton, NY. Tom grew up with his parents and twin sisters on Long Island. After high school, Tom attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and Mathematics. Upon graduating, Tom began his 17-year career as a software engineer working for Lockheed Martin in New York, the UK, and currently Manassas, VA. Tom holds Master’s Degrees in Systems Engineering from Cornell University and Economics from Binghamton University. Tom enjoys bike riding, tennis, baseball, theater, and  eating out at the great restaurants Frederick has to offer.

Dana Holman - 6th Grade

While this is Dana’s first year teaching religious school, it marks her 24th year as a teacher with Montgomery County Public Schools. She is looking forward to a fun-filled year learning about Jewish history with the great group of 6th graders. Dana lives in Urbana with her husband Scott, and her two boys, Michael, a senior at Urbana High School, and Jason, a 6th grader at Urbana Middle School.  In her spare time, Dana can be found working out, shopping, or watching  
the Redskins.

Molly Sieger - 6th GradeMolly Sieger

My family has been members of Kol Ami for many years. I am an honors student at Brunswick High School and am entering my senior year. I am interested in a career as a pediatric surgeon. Being among Jewish people is important to me and I was excited to find the Hillel on a recent college visit. I have been in a Jewish school program since I was two years old. I have really enjoyed my religious school experience at Kol Ami and helped out last year as a Hebrew aide.

Samantha LiebermanSamantha Lieberman - 7th Grade

I am excited to begin my seventh year of teaching at Kol Ami!  This will be my second year teaching seventh grade!  It is a privilege to get to work with students and their families as they are reaching their b’nai mitzvot!  In addition to teaching religios school, I also serve on the board of Kol Ami and work at the pre-school at Beth Sholom.  I live in Urbana with my husband Mike and our three children, Grant, in ninth grade, Brooke, in sixth grade, and Hunter, in first grade!  I am looking forward to a fun and successful year!

Ali Lazorchak - 8th Grade

A native Baltimorean, Ali is married to Rob and lives in Point of Rocks with their son Hayden. Ali has degrees in English education, special education, and educational leadership. She has taught at Frederick High School for 22 years. The Lazorchak family runs a non-profit, Hayden’s Heart Heroes, which was established to honor her son. In her spare time, Ali maintains a blog, cooks, travels, is social director for her family, goes on date nights with Rob, and spends time with friends. The Lazorchaks have been members of Kol Ami for nine  years, where Ali serves as a trustee, a member of the social action and education committees, and a teacher  
in religious school.

Joanna SiegerJoanna Sieger – Education Director

My daughter Sarah is in the 5th grade and my daughter Molly is joining our teaching staff. In addition to being a pre-school teacher at Beth Sholom, I am also their new Early Childhood Center director. I am also on the Executive Board of Kol Ami and serve as President. I enjoy teaching for Kol Ami because our religious school lays the groudwork for the children of our congregation to feel their sense of community. I encourage all families to attend religious school, services, and events regularly. The more your children attend, the more children they will know, and the more comfortable they will feel.

Mary Kat Lasko - Assistant Education Director

Mary Cat has been married to Jeff for 18 years and lives in Walkersville. They have three children; Mitch, 14, Caelyn, 12, and Eliana, 9. Mary Cat works full-time as a medical coder for a local billing company. The Laskos have been members of Kol Ami since 2012. Mary Cat is on the congregation’s Board of Trustees and also keeps busy volunteering for Boy Scouts as the Troop Committee Chair. She is excited to be the Assistant Director of Education for the religious school this year.


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