Our Faculty and Staff


id000051Ms. Beth Cohen, Head of School

Beth Cohen has served as our Head of School since March of 2015.  Ms. Cohen has a degree in Elementary Education from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.  For over 25 years, she has served the Omaha Jewish community in a variety of positions – BBYO Director (2 years), JCC Youth & Camping Director (6 years), Beth Israel Synagogue Executive Director (12 years), Center for Jewish Life Executive Director (3 years).  She brings a wealth of experience in nonprofit management, out-of-the box education, and creating community collaborations.   She  can be reached in the school office at 402-334-0517 or email to bcohen@fjaomaha.com.


General Studies Teachers

Ms. Diana Zeman, Kindergarten

Mrs. Angie Gormley, 1st & 2nd grade

Mr. Paul Maudlin, 3rd & 4th grade

Mrs. Denise Bennett, 5th & 6th grade

Jewish Studies Teachers

Hamorah Arela Odeya, Kindergarten, 1st grade, and 4th grade

Hamorah Hodaya Abramovich, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and combined 5th & 6th grades


Mrs. Ashley Barrow, Innovation Specialist

Mrs. Helen Epstein, Teacher for English Language Learners

Ms. Mercedes Obora, Administrative Assistant

Mrs. Sindie Katskee, Resource Teacher

Mrs. Anne Twedt, Art Teacher

Ms. Julie Sandene, Music Teacher

Physical Education instructors are staff of the JCC’s Youth Sports and Aquatics Departments.