5th Grade

Michelle Binder


Michelle Binder is so happy to be a part of the Emek family this year.  She received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Florida.  Go Gators!  She then received her master’s degree in Educational Leadership.  She has been teaching for 18 years, most of which was spent in Jewish day schools in Los Angeles.  A part of her career was spent back in Miami, teaching in the same Jewish day school she attended as a child.  Now, back in Los Angeles, she is where she is supposed to be!  It is an honor for her to nurture and educate the hearts and minds of your children.

To contact Michelle Binder, email mbinder@emek.org. 

The teacher's assistant is Karen Giron. 




Rabbi Dovid Morris


Rabbi Dovid Morris is entering his 13th year at Emek. He graduated from Brandeis University cum laude with departmental honors and a joint degree in Philosophy and Near Eastern Judaic Studies. He also studied six years in yeshivot in Israel, where he received smicha. In addition to being our history and Torah studies teacher, Rabbi Morris is also our senior trip/student council advisor.

To contact Rabbi Dovid Morris, email rdmorris@emek.org.





Sherry Alter

Sherry Alter was born in South Africa where she graduated from a Teachers Training College with a Bachelor Degree in Education. After teaching in Johannesburg for 10 years, she immigrated to L.A. in 1992 and has taught fifth and third grades in Jewish Day Schools for 20 years. Ms. Alter stays current with the latest teaching techniques by attending workshops and seminars on Education. She lives happily in Sherman Oaks with her 15 year old daughter, Alexandra, and their three loving dogs. Sherry is very excited to become a member of the Emek community.

To contact Sherry Alter, email salter@emek.org. 

The teacher's assistant is Karen Giron.  


Sapir Yehezkelof


Sapir Yehezkelof, an Emek alumni, was born and raised in Sherman Oaks, California. She received her teaching certificate from Bnos Chava Teachers Seminary in Israel and from Excelsior College, Sapir received her BA in Liberal Arts with a focus on Judaic Studies. Sapir stays current with the latest teaching techniques by attending workshops and seminars on Education. After working as a TA for two years, Sapir is excited to now be teaching 5th grade girls for the third year.  

To contact Sapir Yehezkelof, email syehezkelof@emek.org.


Michelle Andron- Math


Michelle Andron is our Elementary School Vice Principal. The three words that best describe Michelle as an educator are passionate, committed, and innovative. She currently hold a Master’s Degree in Special Education with a specialization in Gifted Education and Technology Integration, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. She began her educational career at Sinai Akiba Academy in Los Angeles, and stayed there for 12 years. In addition to teaching grades two through five, she became a teacher mentor/coach, and gifted coordinator. She has conducted workshops and coached teachers in schools all over Los Angeles and Miami in the areas of differentiated instruction, gifted education and curriculum development. Seven years ago, she began working at Emek as curriculum coordinator and differentiated instruction specialist. Two years ago, she had the opportunity to become the elementary vice principal. In addition to being an educator, she feels fortunate to have a wonderful husband and four children who inspire her on a daily basis. 

To contact Michelle Andron, email mandron@emek.org.



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15365 Magnolia Blvd. Sherman Oaks, CA 91403      12732 Chandler Blvd. North Hollywood, CA 91607
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