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Marjan Jahanfard - Middle and High School Math Teacher

Marjan JahanfardMarjan graduated cum laude from University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics and Psychology with a minor in French. She then earned her Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from University of Pittsburgh. After working in the corporate world for several years, she received her teaching credential in K-12 mathematics also from University of Pittsburgh.  For the past 6 years, Marjan has taught a variety mathematics classes at the Hebrew Academy ranging from general math to pre-calculus. This year, she is solely teaching in the middle school.


Raychel Lydon - Middle and High School History Teacher

Raychel LydonRaychel graduated cum laude from UCLA with a B.A. in History and earned her M.Ed from UCSB's Graduate School of Education. A fully credentialed teacher with more than ten years of teaching and tutoring experience, Raychel has worked successfully with a wide-range of students from a variety of different cultural, economic, linguistic and educational backgrounds. She has also taught English as a foreign language and worked as an instructional assistant for students with special needs, including those with ADD, ADHD, and other learning disabilities.


Shani Newman- Middle and High School Math Teacher

Shani NewmanBA - Mathematics for Teaching - San Francisco State University.

Teaching Credential- University of California, Irvine.

Masters in Education - University of California, Irvine.

A high school mathematics teacher who has taught a full range of class, including; Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Precalculus, and Consumer Mathematics.



Paul Sangha - Middle and High School Science Teacher

Yashpaul Sangha.jpgA STEM Science Teacher, Mr. Paul Sangha is an experienced and enthusiastic professional who is thrilled to join our community and prepared to provide students support, guidance, challenge, and engaged learning!  Mr. Sangha, joins us from Fresno where he has received outstanding training and mentorship as a Middle and High School science teacher. 


Jennifer Bledsoe - Middle and High School English Teacher

Jennifer BledsoeJennifer graduated cum laude from California State University, Long Beach with a B.A. in English, emphasis in education.  After teaching high school in the Torrance Unified School District for 6 years, she returned to earn a Master of Arts in Education at Azusa Pacific University, with an emphasis in curriculum and instruction.  She taught for 6 more years before devoting herself to raising her children.  Once they reached school age, she happily returned to education, and is in her third year of teaching at The Hebrew Academy.  Throughout her teaching career she has specialized in teaching students with learning disabilities and English Language Learners.  She teaches English to all of our high school students, and provides Academic Support to our upper school.




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