Jodi Green, MSW, MAJS is excited to be the Principal of the Ottawa Modern Jewish School. She brings a decade of community experience with an emphasis on outreach via her work at various JCCs. Past positions include program director, department head and Associate Executive Director. Her social work has focused on families in transition and has made her a good listener and problem solver. Whether it’s the arrival of a new baby, the start of Kindergarten, or an upcoming Bar or Bat Mitzvah, Jodi wants to help the family make informed and appropriate choices that follow the family’s Jewish vision. She is passionate about making the school welcoming and relevant to modern Jews. Jodi is a New York Native married to a Canadian. They have three boys and are thrilled to be making Ottawa their home.
Ortal Cohen Nahmias– Kindergarten
Ortal was born and raised in Israel and moved to Canada 5 years ago with her husband andher daughter. Her educational background includes an Honors bachelor in Business Management and Communication from Bar Ilan University and Human Resources Management post graduate certificate from Algonquin College. Ortal has rich experience working with children of all ages, building educational and development plans for all subjects based on different learning styles Ortal is fluent in both Hebrew and English and her passion is to teach the young generation all about the Jewish culture and language in order for the kids to develop their own Jewish identity using different learning strategies.
Sara Dolansky – Grade 1
Sara first joined OMJS for the 2014-15 school year as a Kindergarten-Gr.1 teaching assistant (T.A.), and for the 2017-18 school year she acted as an educational assistant (E.A.) for the K-Gr.1 class, assisting with lesson prep. and gaining experience teaching. Since September 2018 Sara has been a Hebrew school teacher in the Gr.1 classroom. Originally from the Kingston area, Ottawa has been home to Sara since completing an undergraduate degree at McMaster University, Hamilton. Sara’s background is in applied Psychology (usability research). Sara has segued her interest in applied psychology into education: She’s been a full-time nanny to a busy Jewish family of five and a substitute teacher at a Jewish Montessori pre-school. Since autumn 2017 Sara’s been nurturing (and learning from!) preschoolers at two Ottawa home daycares. Sara cherishes the richness of her Jewish heritage and is actively involved in her local synagogue and in an Ottawa Jewish women’s choir. Sara hopes she can help plant the seeds at OMJS for life-long journeys of discovery, learning and connecting positively with the Jewish people, with the Hebrew language, and with Israel, the Jewish homeland. We matzah keep learning; there’s lox to Noah ’bout being Jewish!
Evan Bury– Grades 2-3 and 4-3
Entering his second year as an OMJS teacher, Evan is thrilled to explore and reconstruct Jewish history in the classroom. Before completing his Bachelor of Education at the University of Ottawa, Evan developed a wide repertoire of approaches for analyzing and interpreting culture, historical experience and social structures. He offers his students the occasion to assemble their own understandings of Jewish history. Evan opens the classroom to projects for students to personally invest in the ways they come to grasp the significant of events and rituals, whether through research or through more creative enterprises.
Evan has over 10 years of experience in working with children of all ages and the full gamut of ability. He prides himself on integrating physical education into success across other fields, and champions every student’s leadership as an agent of learning. He looks forward to a year of new experiences at the OMJS. Evan is an Ontario Certified Teacher (OCT).
Daniel Fellus – Grade 2/3 Hebrew
Daniel was born and raised in Israel, and later moved to Canada. He has lived in Ottawa for more than 10 years. He is currently working on finishing an honours psychology degree with a minor in neuroscience, and will be applying for a Master’s degree in the fall. He has experience teaching English and Hebrew privately, and volunteers with the Ottawa Art Therapy Centre, working with children with developmental disabilities. He was also a lifeguard for 6 years and gave private swimming lessons.
Daniel is fluent in both Hebrew and English, and has a passion for teaching, equal to his passion for learning. His lesson plans include nurturing reading and conversational skills, social interactions, singing, physical activities, and incorporation of play into skill development in a way that accommodates learners of all levels and personalities.
Danny Shalom – Hebrew grades 4-7
Danny’s educational background includes an Honors Bachelors in Classical Linguistics and Philosophy from the University of Ottawa and he is currently pursuing a Bachelors in Education. He is currently a teacher with the Ottawa Carleton District School Board, and has several years of experience as an ESL and Hebrew language tutor. Danny’s passion for education stems from his own love of learning, striving to cultivate that passion in his students, and creating unique learning experience that inspire and resonate with his pupils. Danny prides himself in his ability to create a safe and inclusive learning community, which supports and represents each individual learner. Danny is an Ontario Certified Teacher (OCT).
Kami Francis – Grades 4-7
Kami has been teaching at OMJS since 2008. She completed an undergraduate degree in History with a minor in religious studies before continuing on to teacher’s college. She has a passion for teaching Jewish history as well as world history. When Kami is not at OMJS, she is a teacher in the Ottawa Carleton District School Board. She has an interest in non-Western world history, mythology, and archaeology; much of which she builds into her lessons with your children. Kami has also developed the Being Jewish program and each year looks for interesting new approaches and field trips to share the Jewish experience with her students.
Education and Teaching Assistants
Jacob has been with OMJS since 2013 and is a former graduate with a longstanding history of family involvement at our school. He enjoys working with youth and has worked summers in day camps as a counsellor.