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 [email protected] 







Sherry Alter


Sherry Alter Sherry Alter was born in South Africa where she graduated from the Teachers Training College with a Bachelor's Degree in Education. In 1992, after teaching in Johannesburg for 10 years, she immigrated to L.A. and has taught third and fifth grades in Jewish Day Schools for over 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 daughter, Alexandra, and their two adorable dogs. Sherry is happy to be a member of the Emek community where she can nurture and motivate children.

To contact Sherry Alter, email [email protected] 

The teacher's assistant is Karen Giron.  



Maya Saadi


Maya Saadi grew up In Israel, served in the IDF, and worked for El-Al Israel airlines. Maya studied Middle Eastern studies and Arabic language at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She moved to Los Angeles and continued her education at AJU in Jewish education. Maya has taught at Temple Israel of Hollywood as a Judaic and Hebrew teacher, and Yavneh Hebrew Academy as an Ivrit teacher for 11 years. Maya attended a lot of Hebrew programs and workshops for teaching Hebrew as a second language. Recent ones were, בשביל העברית and Italam. Maya feels fortunate to work with children and to instill a love for Ivrit and Israel in the hearts of children. 

To contact Maya Saadi, email [email protected]





Michelle Andron- Math


Michelle Andron is our Elementary School General Education 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. Eight years ago, she began working at Emek as curriculum coordinator and differentiated instruction specialist. 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 [email protected]