About Us

Senior Administration

List of 7 items.

  • Dr. Sarah Shulkind, Head of School

    Dr. Shulkind graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Pennsylvania, where she received a national award for her work in educational reform and research. Sarah earned her MEd in teaching and curriculum from Harvard University and her doctorate in educational leadership from University of California, Los Angeles. She received the National Association of Secondary Schools Dissertation Award for her research on Middle Level Advisory Programs. Sarah has presented on curricular integration, reading comprehension, student-led conferences, advisory programs, academic achievement, parent education, personalization, differentiation, and service learning in local and national conferences. She has published articles in Education Leadership, Principal Leadership, and The Middle School Journal.  
  • Shelley Lawrence, ECC-Lower School Director

    Shelley holds a Bachelor of Arts and a master's degree in education from UCLA. After ten years as an elementary classroom teacher at Alice and Nahum Lainer School, she took on the role of Lower School Director in 2002. Her role expanded to cover the ECC in 2016. Shelley's experience in the classroom enables her to work collaboratively with teachers. In addition, she is a former Alice and Nahum Lainer School parent, which gives her a unique perspective as an administrator. As a UCLA writing and literature projects fellow, Shelley has conducted many teacher training workshops throughout the city.
  • Geoff Agnor, Middle School Director

    A native Californian, Geoff Agnor joins us from the Berkeley Carroll School in Brooklyn, where he worked for eight years as a teacher, dean, coach and co-chair of the Middle School Humanities Department, which he helped establish. Geoff began his teaching career at Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences in Santa Monica, where he worked as a teacher, dean and coach from 1997-2007. Geoff earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology from UCLA and holds a master’s degree in anthropology and documentary film from NYU. As part of the TEAK Fellowship, Geoff mentored talented NYC students from low-income families. He has presented innovative curricula for the National Council for Social Studies (2013, 2015) and NAIS (2014) and is a fellow at The Academy for Teachers (New York). Geoff has led educational trips to Costa Rica, Wyoming, and Turkey. In 2015, Geoff studied indigenous cultures in Oaxaca, Mexico, through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Email
  • Irit Eliyahu, Judaic Studies Director

    Irit received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Tel Aviv University in Jewish history and geography and obtained her middle school credential and MAEd from the University of Judaism (now the American Jewish University). She was the Director of Judaic Studies at Temple Emanuel Community Day School for twelve years. In recent years, she has been part of the AJU's faculty for the Master of Education program, specializing in teacher training. She is a recipient of the Milken Exemplary Educator Award for her innovation in instruction and the field of education. Since our merge with the ECC, Irit's role has broadened to span grades ECC through eighth grade.
  • Rabbi Andrew Feig, School Rabbi

    Rabbi Andrew Feig, a native Chicagoan, has lived and worked in Los Angeles for the last fifteen years. He received his degree in Hebrew studies and political science from the University of Wisconsin and has a master’s in Jewish studies from the University of Chicago. Before finishing rabbinical school, Rabbi Feig worked at Milken Community High School, where he was Dean of Students and a Jewish studies teacher. Previous to Milken, he was an administrator and teacher at Stephen S. Wise Temple Elementary School. In 2007, he was ordained as rabbi at the Academy for Jewish Religion, California. Currently, he teaches at Hebrew Union College's teacher-preparation program, DeLeT, where he mentors student teachers both in and out of Alice and Nahum Lainer School.
  • Daniel Spiegel, Advancement Director

    Daniel Spiegel holds a Master of Science degree in sports business from New York University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley. With over eleven years of progressive leadership experience in marketing, fundraising, and administration in higher education, Daniel has built a tremendous track record of success. The former Director of Development for Athletics at California State University, Northridge, Daniel identified and attracted new donors, stewarded stakeholders, and created and managed volunteer leadership committees. In his previous leadership role at the Office of Sports Marketing at Columbia University, Daniel was recognized in 2008 by the NCAA with the Pack the House Night trophy and in 2009 for developing the best women’s basketball fan promotion in the Ivy League. Daniel hails from a family that is actively-involved in the Jewish community, and he is excited to bring his commitment to Jewish life and continuity, in addition to his visionary leadership and dedication to relationship-building, to our senior administrative team.                               
  • Jeanne Jacobs-Gaffney, Director of School Finance and Operations

    Jeanne graduated from La Salle University in Philadelphia with a Bachelor of Science degree in management and an MBA from California Lutheran University. She was a teacher for two years in Philadelphia and the US Virgin Islands (St. Croix) before she began a career in accounting. She worked at the Abraham Joshua Heschel Day School for thirteen years, serving as Director of Finance and Operations for the last four years.  
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