Caitlan Carroll


I'm Caitlan Carroll, known as Miss Caitlan to my students. With six years of experience at Emek, including three as a lead teacher, I'm thrilled to start my seventh year here. My educational background includes a Teaching Credential from the DeLet Program at Hebrew Union College and a Masters Degree in Education from American Jewish University, both of which drive my enthusiasm for refining teaching methods and staying current with the latest learning strategies. Beyond academics, I'm a proud LA local from West Hills, where I attended de Toledo High School and later majored in history at the University of Oregon. Family and friends remain an important part of my life. I also love football, especially college and professional football. My affinity for the Seattle Seahawks stems from my grandmother's Washington roots and personal love for the city of Seattle. Go Hawks!




Rabbi Dovid Junik 

Rabbi Dovid Junik grew up in London, England, on Shlichut helping spread Judaism around, and went on to graduate The Rabbinical College of America in New Jersey with ordination from Rabbi Israel Meir Lau and Rabbi Chaim Schapiro.Together with his wife Dina and 3 children they live in Encino.

To contact Rabbi Junik, email [email protected]



Morah Serach Botach 

Serach Botach was born and raised in Los Angeles, California in the Pico Robertson area.  After graduating from Shalhevet High School and completing her year in Israel, she attended Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women where she got her associate's degree in Judaic Studies and bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. Serach then moved to Las Vegas where she taught second grade for 3 years before moving to New York City where she also taught second grade for 3 years. Serach is so excited to now be a part of the Emek community! 

To contact Morah Botach, email [email protected]


Sherry Alter


When I started working at Emek, the school impressed me as more than just an educational facility. It’s a vibrant community, nurturing the next generation with care, creativity, and commitment. I was born in South Africa where I graduated from the Teacher’s Training College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. In 1992, after teaching third grade for 10 years, I immigrated to Los Angeles and have taught fifth and third grades in Jewish schools for over 30 years. I stay current with the latest teaching techniques by attending workshops and seminars on Education. I  live happily in Sherman Oaks with my daughter, Alexandra, and our two adorable dogs. I am very happy to be a member of the Emek community where I can nurture and motivate children.

To contact Sherry Alter, email [email protected]