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Religious School Teachers

At Rodeph Sholom Religious School, we believe that our staff are the secret to our success. Our teachers are passionate educators who want to bring Judaism to life for our students and families. 

Take a moment to get to know our incredible teachers for the 2021-2022 school year:

Maria Sallerson-Joyner
Pre-K- 2nd Grade

Morah Maria is excited for her 4th year teaching at Rodeph Sholom. She has 4 children in the school, and has a passion for teaching young children about Judaism. Morah Maria and her family enjoy spending time with her family, going to the beach, or traveling.

Jesse Davidson

Mr. Jesse grew up in Tampa and has been involved in the Jewish Community his whole life. As a child, Mr. Jesse has taken on roles in Kadima and USY, and during his time at USF he joined Alpha Epsilon Pi, where he served as President, served a term as Senator and fought against BDS resolutions, led student leaders several times to Washington DC to the AIPAC Policy Conference, and as an executive Board member, helped revitalize the Hillel and Chabad at USF. Jesse made Aliyah after graduating and served as a special op sniper in Sayeret Haruv Battalion in the IDF, receiving commendations for his outstanding dedication and service.

Since returning home, Jesse has been involved in the JCRC, Tampa Jewish Family Services, JCC after school and camp program. Mr Jesse also has worked at the New Jersey Y Camps, as an archery and chess instructor, Hillel Academy as a substitute teacher and is an Eagle Scout. He brings a wealth of experience, energy, and a deep love of Judaism and Zionism to the team.

Ben Sheikhet

Mr. Ben was born and raised in South Tampa and has attended Rodeph since he was in Kindergarten. Mr. Ben is now honored to give back to the community that gave him so much. He says that it is a privilege to teach at Rodeph as it is the icing on the cake and the cake is teaching. Mr Ben is already in the  field of teaching and during the week I teach at a high school in Valrico. He is a graduate of USF and a proud Bull to this day.
Mr. Ben is thrilled he can continue to make a positive impact in Tampa and the Rodeph community.

Jordan Goldberg

Jordan Goldberg is a graduate from the University of Florida and a new resident of the Tampa/St. Petersburg area. Originally born on Long Island, New York, Jordan has spent time living in Connecticut, Ohio, Minnesota, Georgia, and South Carolina. However, he grew up for 11 years in Jacksonville, Florida. Jordan has experience working with children at summer camps and served in the Madrachim program at Congregation Ahavath Chesed in Jacksonville. Jordan is excited for his second year at Rodeph Sholom and hopes to instill within his students a strong connection to the Jewish faith in both a cultural and spiritual way.

Jennifer Velt
Hebrew Resource Teacher

Miss Jennifer, as the students refer to her, is entering her 8th year at Rodeph.  She is a well versed teacher in both Judaics and Hebrew for our Wednesday students.  In her spare time she is a Kindergarten through 2nd grade Special Education teacher for Hillsborough County Public Schools, enjoys reading, genealogy researching, needlepointing, and baking.

Nancy Berman
Hebrew Resource Teacher

"Dr. B" has been a teacher at the religious school for 11 years.  Nancy will be working with students on Hebrew reading skills and prayer on Wednesdays. Nancy has a total of over 20 years of religious school teaching experience, as well as a Masters Degree in Jewish Studies, Advanced Certificate in Jewish Education and a Doctorate in Education.

Mon, September 27 2021 21 Tishrei 5782