Lisa Kampner Hebrew Academy


Faculty and Staff

Our faculty and staff bring a wealth of knowledge, experience, and diversity to our students. The twenty five full-time and part-time teachers represent a spectrum of nationalities and backgrounds; American, Israeli, Columbian, Canadian, and Rumanian.

Teachers form a close mentoring bonds with the students. One of our major strengths is the close, often one-on-one interaction between teacher and student. Our faculty willingly gives the extra time and effort needed to ensure that every student engages in the highest quality learning.

Katheryn Schopp

Katheryn SchoppSecular Principal

Murray Cahen

Murray CahenWorld History, U.S. History

Mr. Cahen received his B.A. in American History at the University of British Columbia. He then attended The University of San Francisco where he attained his California State Teaching Credential. After teaching for 15 years in the San Francisco Public Schools, he came to the Lisa Kampner Hebrew Academy and has been teaching 7th, 8th, and 9th grade History since 2007. In addition to working with his students on the core academic subjects, he likes discussing with them the history of San Francisco, political events in the United States and Israel and our great local sports teams, especially The Giants! Last year, he won the Herbst Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Isabel Lipner

Isabel LipnerJudaic Coordinator

Stern College (Yeshiva University)

Timothy Poirier

Timothy PoirierEnglish, Drama Coach, College Counselor

Mr. Poirier possesses both a California Teaching Credential in English Instruction and a Lifetime Teaching Credential in Secondary Education from British Columbia, Canada. As the high school's English teacher, he has developed a rigorous, college-preparatory curriculum that has led to a pass rate of over 80% on both Advanced Placement English Exams. (This is more impressive when one considers that most of our students have been raised in households headed by non-native English speakers.)

As our College Counselor, he is proud of the 100% college acceptance rate for graduating seniors, many of whom have attended the best undergraduate and graduate schools in the world. Comprehensive one-on-one mentoring is tailored to meet the specific needs of all college applicants and their families.

As the Drama Coach, he is currently rehearsing the 26th annual theatrical presentation: "I Never Saw Another Butterfly". The Drama Club has performed at Marin Theater Company's professional theater and been featured on KRON television. Past productions include "Fiddler on the Roof", "West Side Story", "The Taming of the Shrew", "A Shayna Maidel", "Kindertransport", "The Good Doctor", and "Fools".

Miriam Real

Miriam RealEuropean History, U.S. History, Economics, U.S. Government, Grant Facilitator, and Special Projects

Miriam Real earned her B.A. from Swarthmore College, and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in American history from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. After working for ten years as an interviewer and editor for the Regional Oral History Office of The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, she founded her own firm, Oral History Associates, which prepared histories - both written and oral - for corporations and individuals. She is the author of six books and numerous articles, and has been featured in the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Oakland Tribune, and the San Francisco Business Journal.

Mrs. Real has taught U.S. history, European history, and oral history at the college and high school levels for over ten years. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she is researching and writing the definitive history of the Lisa Kampner Hebrew Academy.

Her son attended LKHA from Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade and is now a student at The University of Chicago's Law School. Rounding out the family involvement with LKHA, her husband, Bob, is president of the school's board of directors.

Marietess Rivers

Marietess Rivers

Administrative Assistant I

Heald College

Raj Mangewala

Raj MangewalaMathematics, Director of Educational Technology

Mr. Mangewala was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of California Santa Barbara and spent over 10 years working in Silicon Valley as both a hardware and software engineer. His passion for education has brought him to his second career in teaching mathematics. He is still interested in technology, specifically in finding ways to integrate technology into the classroom.

Rose Kleiner

Rose Kleiner7th Grade and 8th Grade English

Michelle Luke

Michelle LukeGirls' P.E.

Jamison Meurer

Jamison MeurerHistory

Lillian Gordon

Lillian GordonScience

Tatiana Mak

Tatiana MakArt

Therese Devine

Therese Devine2nd and 3rd Grade

Ryder VanderHeyDen

Ryder VanderHeyDenPhysical Education

Reema Chitalia

Reema ChitaliaMathematics

Michelle Weiss

Michelle Weiss4th and 5th Grade

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