Melanie Smith


Morah Melanie is super excited to be back at her alma mater.  She has been in the classroom for over 25 years in a variety of grades spanning from Kindergarten through 5th grade in Yeshivas, LAUSD, and NYC public schools.  Morah Melanie attended Bnos Rochel Seminary in Yerushalayim where she received her teaching certificate and then earned her Bachelor’s in Education and Judaic Studies from The Blitstein Institute in Chicago, followed by a Master’s in Educational Leadership from CSUN. During her free time, she can be found reading, creating, drawing, and spending time with her family. Morah Melanie is looking forward to fostering a warm, nurturing classroom atmosphere and building lifelong relationships with her students and their families. She is so excited to be rejoining the Emek family.

To contact Melanie Smith, email [email protected]




Patricia Evans 


Pati Evans joined the Emek teaching staff in August of 2018. She was drawn to Emek because of its caring people and strong sense of community. She holds an Associates of Arts degree in Child Development, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Arts, and a Master’s of Arts degree in Child and Early Adolescent Reading and Literacy.

To contact Patricia Evans, email [email protected] 





Danielle Lototsky

Danielle Lototsky is a dedicated member of the Emek community. She's a proud parent of two Emek graduates and currently has two children enrolled at the school. Danielle holds a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts from Excelsior College and has honed her teaching skills through extensive training at Teachers College, Columbia University, with a focus on reading, writing, and phonics instruction.
Danielle is a strong advocate for the Science of Reading approach and has completed rigorous training through the Orton Gillingham Academy, specializing in teaching reading to children with dyslexia. With over a decade of teaching experience, she believes in personalized education, tailoring her teaching to each student's unique learning style and needs.
Danielle finds immense joy in working with her Pre-First girls in the classroom, creating a nurturing, engaging learning space. Beyond her professional life, Danielle cherishes every precious moment she can spend with her beloved family during her free time.


To contact Danielle Lototsky, email [email protected]






Ariella Rosenblatt

My name is Morah Ariella Rosenblatt. I grew up right here in North Hollywood and went to school at Emek. We lived in Israel for a number of years and returned to Los Angeles where I attended YULA girls high school. I received my B.A. from California State University, Northridge and an M.A. in Education with a focus on Differentiated Curriculum and Education from California State University, Bakersfield.

To contact Ariella Rosenblatt, email [email protected]