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Religious School Teachers

Kol Ami's Religious School Teachers for 2016-2017

Dan Sieger - Kindergarten Dan Sieger

My wife Joanna has been actively involved in Kol Ami for years. The events of last year made me realize how important our involvement is. I served on the Rabbinic Search Committee and Interview Subcommittee and currently serve the synagogue on the Transition Team and Board of Trustees. I was fortunate enough to travel to Cincinnati to see Rabbi Stratford’s ordination. I’ve spent twenty years in the corporate world. This is my first year teaching kindergarten and I am really looking forward to spending the time with our youngest religious school children.

Angela KearneyAngela Kearney - 1st/2nd Grade

My husband Mike and I live with our pets in Middletown. We have 3 wonderful daughters and a grandson. Our oldest works downtown as a stylist, our middle child is currently working towards a teaching degree and is currently working in Special Eduction. Our youngest is a sophomore at Towson University and majoring in International Relations. I own and operate a pet care business locally. My husband Mike is retired from Rockville City Police Dept. He is currently working for “I Drive Smart” and is coaching girls fastpitch softball at Frederick High School and coaches a travel team. My youngest daughter and I have been Kol Ami members for 13 years. I truly look forward to teaching the first and second graders this year and meeting you and your children!

Michaela Black – 3rd Grade Michaela Black

I am very excited to be teaching third 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.

Joanna Sieger – 4th GradeJoanna Sieger

This is my 8th year teaching 4th grade for the Kol Ami religious school. 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 groundwork 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.

Rachel Tuer – 4th Grade Rachel Tuer

We joined Kol Ami two years ago when we moved to Frederick from the Delaware area. I was raised in Hagerstown, where my family attended B’nai Abraham. My husband converted to Judaism 15 years ago, when we got married. I am a podiatrist and I graduated from University of Virginia and Temple University longer ago than I care to remember! My husband and I wanted to be closer to family, so we moved here and I joined a local orthopedic practice. Our youngest child, Eli, will be in the 5th grade at Kol Ami. This will be my first year teaching. I am looking forward to the challenge of keeping the kids excited and interested in their Jewish studies. I have the benefit of sharing the position with Joanna Sieger, who is an experienced teacher and the President of Kol Ami.

TBD - 5th/6th Grade


Samantha LiebermanSamantha Lieberman - 7th Grade


Jordan Schneider - 8th/9th GradeJordan Schneider

Jordan is the Vice President of Sales and Operations for a local restaurant group in the Bethesda area. He has a daughter, Mara, who is 16. Some of his favorite activities are spending time with his family and friends, anything sports related (especially Jets and Yankees) and relaxing while watching TV shows. He has served on Kol Ami’s Executive Board as President and now as Immediate Past President and has made the commitment to help Kol Ami grow – not just with membership but with programming, both religious and social. He will be teaching eighth grade twice a month and is looking forward to making classroom time enriching and exciting.

Molly Sieger - AideMolly Sieger

My family has been members of Kol Ami for many years. I am an honors student at Tuscarora High School and am entering my junior year. This year I am excited to be taking college classes. I am interested in a career as a pediatric surgeon. 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. I’m looking forward to working at the religious school this year.

Sabrina Nail - Education DirectorSabrina Nail

My family and I have been members of Congregation Kol Ami for over ten years. My husband Charlie and I have seen our three boys, Josh, Aaron, and Noah grow into amazing Jewish teens after their Bar Mitzvahs with Kol Ami. I have volunteered as a board and executive committee member, taught at CKAF religious school, and am employed part time as the Education Director. When I am not working full time for a local insurance company, I am supporting my boys at their respective sporting events. Our children’s Jewish education is built upon a partnership between parents, the Jewish community and the Religious School. I am committed to helping our teachers educate our children about their Jewish heritage and values. By building a strong Jewish identity in each child, we will ensure that Judaism is strengthened from generation to generation. 

Judy Simpson - Assistant Education DirectorJudy Goldstein

I am very excited to be the Assistant Director of Education for Congregation Kol Ami of Frederick. I have been a member for over six years and my son Matthew has been attending classes here as well. I am thankful for how supportive Kol Ami has been of me, and for the friends that Matt and I have made. I am looking forward to giving back and continuing to be a part of the community.


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