Rabbi Yossi Rapoport - Judaic Upper School Administrator

Patrick Crowley - Dean of Students 

Mr. Crowley is passionate about supporting a community that provides all of its members with opportunities for personal and intellectual growth. He believes that all great schools are rooted in strong communities.

Patrick received his BA in Cultural Anthropology from Columbia University. Concurrently he completed the Barnard Education Program. He also earned an Masters Degree in Sociology from Brooklyn College. After five years of teaching he was accepted into the SAM program, which allowed him to earn a Masters Degree in School Leadership from Baruch College and a School Leader Certification while apprenticing under the current Deputy Chancellor of New York City Public Schools.

Patrick has a diverse range of teaching and administrative experiences. He worked in a Brooklyn public high school for ten years as a teacher, a curriculum designer, and a teacher trainer. He worked as the Dean of Academics at the prestigious Johns Hopkins University CTY summer program and was the Lead Education Coordinator in a school for at-risk youth in Portland, Oregon. For the past four years he has been a Clerk, teacher, and coach in Bucks County, PA.

Patrick was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  He lived and worked in New York City for 15 years. He and his wife have a 6-month old daughter they look forward to raising in Orange County.


Rochel Leah Stillerman - Director of Student Life

Mrs. Stillerman, her husband Rabbi Tzali, and their children, serve as the Chabad Shluchim in Aliso Viejo, California.

I have been the leading teacher and Mashpia in the Upper School for the past decade and I served as special advisor to the Administration. I have a vibrant approach to teaching and enjoy weaving life lessons into each class. I have a scholarly approach to Judaic learning and I am devoted to the well-being of the students, I am excited to be joining the administrative staff of the Upper school.

I will be working in developing Judaic curriculum as well as working with the B’nos youth directors as a supervisor, helping them plan engaging and meaningful programs for the students.  I will be advising students in religious values, life goals, and general emotional growth. I will also be available daily to meet with students to oversee their progress.

Shani Newman- High School Math Teacher

My name is Shani Newman and I am honored to be teaching at the Hebrew Academy for the fifth year in a row. I lived in Israel for seven years, and spent first through seventh grade there. After I moved back to the states I graduating from University High School in Irvine.  I got my BA in Mathematics for teaching at San Francisco State University. After getting that degree I went to the University of California, Irvine, where I got my Master in Education. I have taught 6th grade math all the way up to Calculus. Teaching is my passion and I hope to inspire my students to love Math as much as I do. 

Dr. Mary Greer - x-stream Lab Coordinator/High School Science Teacher

I was born and raised in Southern California, graduated from UC Irvine in biology and was a Clinical Nutritionist before starting a family. My husband and I are blessed with four fantastic daughters and 13 grandchildren!

I began teaching at the Hebrew Academy in 1981. It was my very first time teaching young people.  I loved it so much I went back to Irvine and earned my Teaching Credential. I have continued teaching and learning ever since.  I earned a Ph.D. in molecular biology in Utah and I have taught math and science in Middle School, High School, and college.

I love to read, particularly science books and I am an avid and Master gardener.  I love children and believe time spent with and for them is the most honorable time spent for the future of humanity.  They bring beauty, growth, love, and awe to my life and I am most grateful for them and the opportunities I have had to participate in the lives of many, many young people. I am so happy to be able to come back to where it all began and be part of this wonderful community again. 

Lisa Lopez - US History/Curriculum Specialist/Special Student Services

I have an extensive background in education as a Teacher, Academic Coach, and Curriculum Specialist. I hold a Bachelor’s of Art Degree in History, Liberal Studies and Teaching Credential from California State University, Long Beach in California.  I also have a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction and I am currently a doctorate student of Education with Concordia University. 

My personal interests include spending with time my family, including my husband and two highly energetic sons.  We enjoy traveling, musicals, museums, and spending time in nature.  


Lauren Adler - High School ELA Teacher


I have always been passionate about educating our future leaders, and I knew from an early age that I would become a teacher. As a result, I have been in the field of education for over twenty years. I have taught Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies in elementary and middle school, up to grade 8, as well as high-school English and History. Born and raised in L.A, I have my degree from UCLA, having studied Communications, Education, and Liberal Arts. In addition, I earned my certification in supervision and administration. I also had the unique opportunity to study English and Education at the University of Essex in Britain. I then was assistant head of school and teacher at a pre-preparatory Montessori school.

One of my greatest accomplishments in my teaching career  was receiving the National Beth A. Lake Award for my Writers' Workshop program and receiving a grant for my class. 


Erin Rainey - High School PE Teacher

My name is Erin Rainey and I’m thrilled to be a part of the Hebrew Academy team!  I am a southern California native, and a CSULB graduate (Go Beach!). I worked for the Huntington Beach City School District for 10 years.  When I’m not teaching I love spending time at home with my family and friends. I’m an avid reader, and also love cooking, crocheting, and running (I’ve run 2 full marathons so far!) While I love my hobbies, spending time with my husband and kids is my favorite activity.

My husband and I have twin boys. We are an active family and can often be found at the beach surfing, at baseball and soccer practice, or having Sunday night dinners with our families. We love camping, swimming, playing, and working together at home.