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Ronit Amit

Meet Ronit Amit!

Ronit is excited to return to JCDSRI for her fifth year as a Hebrew teacher for our 4th and 5th graders. She holds a B.A. in Elementary Education from the University of Haifa where she also trained in special education.

Prior to working at JCDSRI, Ronit taught Hebrew at the Striar Hebrew Academy in Massachusetts, the Akiba Hebrew Academy in Pennsylvania, and was a Hebrew resource room teacher at Solomon Schechter in New York. Every year, Ronit looks forward to getting to know each of her students as individuals. She offers a unique learning experience by giving students strategies, not only to learn Hebrew, but also to become empowered and successful people. Ronit aims to teach to the specific needs and abilities of each child in her class.

In her free time, Ronit loves to hunt for unique, rustic items. She also enjoys home-designing, reading, traveling and cooking.

Donna Baer

Meet Donna Baer!

Donna is excited to begin her first year at JCDSRI as the Administrative Assistant. She holds an Associates Degree in Data Processing from Johnson & Wales University, and is also First-Aid and CPR certified. For the past five years, Donna has been working at local Montessori schools in different administrative and teaching assistant roles. Prior to that, she worked at The Wheeler School for fourteen years as Director of Outdoor Education.  Donna co-founded and operated a canoe/kayak business with her husband from 1986-1998.  In the beginning of her career, she was a Computer Programmer/Analyst. Donna looks forward to getting to know and love each and every child here at JCDSRI.

In her spare time, Donna is an avid kayaker, hiker and outdoor enthusiast.  She loves all animals, plants and children!

Rosemary Boucher

Meet Rosemary Boucher!

Rosemary began at JCDSRI in November 2020 as a substitute teacher, and then officially became part of the JCDSRI family this year as a teaching assistant and after school care provider. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Film/Media with a minor in English. Rosemary has worked in the food service industry, the West Warwick Public Library, and at Snapology, a Lego based engineering program for kids ages 5-13, where she continues to work during the summers. Rosemary loves the environment here at JCDSRI and looks forward to being around the kids and teachers everyday.

In her spare time, Rosemary enjoys video editing and building intricate models.

Kareesh Bour

Meet Kareesh Bour!

Kareesh is excited to return to JCDSRI for her seventh year, first as a 3rd grade teacher and now as a 1st-grade teacher. She holds a B.A. in Elementary Education from Rhode Island College. Prior to working at JCDSRI, Kareesh taught in Lincoln Public Schools, at the Learning Community Charter and Blackstone Valley Prep. Every year, Kareesh looks forward to sparking the love of learning in her students! She especially enjoys finding the perfect book for beginning readers and watching their excitement when they complete science experiments together in class.

In her free time, Kareesh loves gardening, visiting the beach and going on bike rides with her children. 

Adina Davies

Adina has spent the last 12 years building community and implementing innovative programs for all ages with Jewish and interfaith organizations in Greater Boston, Rhode Island, New York and Philadelphia. Since 2016, she has also been the Administrator and Engagement Coordinator at BJEP: Boston area- Jewish Education program. Before that Adina planned programs for families with young children for the Jewish Community Center of Greater Boston. She also previously worked at InterfaithFamily.com and the Union for Reform Judaism.

Adina has a Master’s Degree in Jewish communal service with a concentration in nonprofit management from Gratz College, which is outside of Philadelphia and also where she grew up. She loves meeting new people, traveling, and learning about different cultures. She also loves spending time with her husband, son and daughter. In her spare time you can find Adina taking pictures, hiking, bowling, cooking and baking (particularly Challah) and learning and playing games (especially Catan, Canasta & Taboo). She also enjoys teaching others how to make Challah from scratch so they can bring this tradition into their homes

Emily Dennen

Emily Dennen, a graduate of DeLeT education program at Brandeis University, originally joined us as a kindergarten aide and literacy instructor in 2014. Emily received her BA in Jewish Studies from Smith College in Northampton, MA. She spent four years working at Smith College’s child care center, where she realized her passion for education. Emily has worked with students in both private and public school settings and her scholarship in Jewish studies brought her to Jerusalem for intensive Hebrew study.

Kim Kimball

Kim grew up in Wakefield, RI and taught as both an elementary school teacher (grades 1-6) and a literacy specialist in the South Kingstown Schools. She retired after 30 years of teaching in South Kingstown and has been searching for an elementary school that encompasses progressive education, character development and a strong sense of community. Thankfully she has found it here at JCDSRI. Kim has a BA in Elementary Education/Psychology, an MA in Literacy Education and an MS in Special Education. Interests include reading, writing, spending time at the beach and history. Kim has five children, ages 12-21, and she loves spending time with her family.

Mike Murdock

Mike began his music career after graduating from Berklee College of Music in 2011. He then began performing, recording, and teaching private drum lessons throughout Rhode Island, while serving as the drum instructor at Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts in Providence. Later he started working with Providence CityArts for Youth as a teaching artist. There he created and taught classes such as bucket drumming, piano, world music, song writing and digital music. Mike became the music teacher at JCDSRI in January of 2015. He is looking forward to his first full school year, eager and excited to continue to share his passion with students.