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Religious School Teachers

Kol Ami's Religious School Teachers for 2016-2017

Colt BlackColt Black - Kindergarten/1st

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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/Tom Brancato – 5th Grade

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Dana Holman/Molly Sieger - 6th Grade

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Molly SiegerMolly 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

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Rabbi Simon StratfordRabbi Stratford - 9th Grade

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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.

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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