1st Grade

Mona Riss


Mona Riss is the proud mother of two Emek Alumni and the grandmother of two current Emek students. She received a BA and MA from the City College of New York and a Hebrew Teacher's credential from the Teacher's Institute for Women. She has been rewarded for her excellence in the field of education with the Jim Joseph National Prize for Outstanding Curriculum as well as the Milken Family Foundation Jewish Educator Award.

To contact Mona Riss, email mriss@emek.org.

The teacher's assistant is Mahnaz Gholian. 




Jaimie Salonga


Jaimie Salonga was born in Oxnard and attended University of California Irvine where she graduated with a multiple subject teaching credential and a Masters in Teaching Elementary Education. Her previous teaching experience includes 3rd grade for a year and Kindergarten for four years. She has a passion for reading and hopes to instill those feelings so that her students love reading as much as she does! She is so excited to be a part of the Emek family!

 To contact Jaimie, email jsalonga@emek.org.

 The teacher's assistant is Aliza Nazinski.



Rabbi Moshe Tropper- 1st Grade Boys/Director of Family Programming



Rabbi Tropper, originally from the East Coast, moved to LA in 1988. Upon his graduation from Valley Torah High School, he went to Jerusalem, where he spent 10 years in Yeshiva as well as at the Ner L'elef Teachers' Seminary. He received his smicha from the Chief Rabbinate and Harav Ovadya Yosef at the age of 22. Rabbi Tropper is our Director of Family Programming. He and his wife, Sorah, have 4 children; all of their children are Emek alumni. 

To contact Rabbi Moshe Tropper, email mtropper@emek.org.






Karley Cacibauda- 1st Grade Boys Secular Studies


Miss C. recently moved to L.A. from D.C., but she is originally from the Mississippi Gulf Coast. She graduated from the University of Virginia with a BA in English, and received her Masters of Education from George Washington University. She taught first grade in D.C. for two years. She particularly enjoys teaching writing and science. She enjoys the outdoors, swimming, reading, and coffee. 

To contact Miss C, email kcacibauda@emek.org.

The teacher's assistant is Caitlan Carroll.



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