Scott BarkerScience 8, History 8, Biology & Health, Head Coach JH Girls Basketball, Head Coach Varsity Girls Basketball, Head Coach Varsity Boys Volleyball
Mr. Barker Received his BA in Biology from Concordia University in 1989. For the last 27 years he has taught sciences and history at a variety of schools. He has also coached many different sports at both the Jr. and Sr. High level. He is thrilled to join the AEA staff this year as both teacher and coach. In his spare time he enjoys family and playing/watching sports and old movies.
Richard BinSpanish 1, Spanish 2, Assistant Coach Varsity Softball
Mike BlischkeSecurity Officer Physical Education Instuctor, Head Coach JH Flag Football, Head Coach JH Girls Softball, Head Coach Varsity Girls Softball
Mindy CabralBand 1, Band 2
At age 16, Mindy was selected as a Discovery Artist with the New West Symphony and performed as a guest soloist. Mindy attended The Juilliard School and the University of Southern California (USC) earning a degree in Trumpet Performance. She has completed Orff Schulwerk Levels I, II, III from the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) and her Masters Level from Memphis University (MU) under Jos Wuytack (protege of Carl Orff). Mindy has performed with artists such as: Michael Bolton, Kanye West, The Four Tops, The Temptations, the American Youth Symphony, and the New West Symphony. She has traveled throughout the United States and overseas performing on tour with various artists. Mindy has performed on the stage of Carnegie Hall in New York and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. In addition to live performance, she has recorded for David Hughs “Foreign Shores”, Brian King “The Godfather Works”, Bear McCreary “Band Camp”, among other albums and independent films.
Recent highlights include performing in the Malibu Stage Company production of Cabaret produced by Dick Van Dyke, Musical dramaturg for the Minimalist Jukebox: Toyota Symphonies for Youth: Finding Patterns in Music with The LA Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall, Professional Development creator and facilitator for the Los Angeles Philharmonic Toyota Symohonies for Youth Activities Team, YOLA Neighborhood Project 2016 “French Impressionist Music” Research, Development and Co-Writer, and Toyota Symphonies For Youth Concert Program Booklet Activities 2014-current.
Mindy has shared her passion and love of music through teaching private lessons and group classes from babies to adults for 20 years. She includes the The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program Trumpet/Piano Curriculum in her teaching. Mindy’s students have been recognized by The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program for earning top scores (above 90) in the State of California and have participated in the California Festival of Excellence Honors Recitals. Her students have also earned The Music Development Program National Gold Medal, for achieving the highest assessment scores in the Nation.
Professional memberships include: Musicians Local 47, American Orff Schulwerk Association, Music Teachers National Association, Royal Conservatory of Music Certified Music Teacher, and the Music Teachers’ Association of California (MTAC). Mindy served as Branch President of the MTAC Santa Clarita Valley Branch Board, and is currently serving as Branch Director (2014- current)
Mrs. Lilach CaryScience Department Chair Science 7, Earth Science, STEM 8
Mrs Cary received her B.A. in Literature/Writing with a minor in Theatre from the University of California, San Diego and her Masters degree in Education from California State University, Northridge. She has been in the classroom for 6 years, teaching both at the elementary and secondary levels. Mrs Cary is excited to return to AEA this year, teaching both science and Hebrew.
She is also very proud to have been one of the coaches of the champion AEA junior high girls volleyball team.
In her spare time, Mrs Cary loves baking, playing kickball, and going to Disneyland.
Barbara CharashUS History, Economics, Government, AP US Government
Joy CoeSenior Honors Project Coordinator Algebra 2, Pre Calculus, Geometry,
Colleen CohenEnglish Dept. Chair, Business Academy Chair English 9, English 10
Colleen Cohen earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Education with an Academic Specialization in English from Arizona State University. Currently, Colleen is pursuing her Master’s Degree in Creative Writing and hopes to one day publish her first book.
After graduating college, Colleen began a nine year career teaching English in the middle and high school levels.Colleen combines her strong passion for English and writing expertise to motivate and inspire students, creating a fun and challenging learning environment.
Some of her professional accolades include implementing and evaluating the School-to-Career Curriculum, serving on the WASC committee, training in Content Area Reading and developing curriculum for Character Counts.
As a high school student, Colleen piloted the renowned World of Difference program, a school-wide multiculturalism workshop which focused on cultural diversity in the classroom environment. As a teacher, Colleen continued her mission of promoting world peace by developing and presenting the Teaching Tolerance seminars in addition to training facilitators.
As a dedicated educator, Colleen has always been involved in supporting her students through extracurricular activities. She served as a mentor for the esteemed Business Academy, Class Advisor and ASB Director.
Heather CoxAP Biology, Biology, Anatomy
Heather Cox began her lifelong love of science in High School, where she drew inspiration from an exceptional Biology teacher. Heather received her Bachelor of Science degree in Genetics from the University of California at Davis in 2004, working her way through college in multiple science labs. Upon graduating Heather ventured into the science community by joining the Hillblom Research Center at UCLA, where she took part in research projects related to the treatment and future cure of Diabetes. During her five year tenure at UCLA Heather thrived and advanced quickly, but realized that training the other researchers was what she enjoyed the most. This was Heather’s impetus to seek a career as an educator.
After five years at UCLA, Heather enrolled at Loyola Marymount University, where she received both her teaching credential and a Masters Degree in Education, graduating with Honors and as a member of Kappa Delta Pi, the International Education Honors Society. Heather expanded her expertise by becoming credentialed to teach multiple science subjects and is pursuing additional credentials in her field.
Heather’s passion for teaching is only surpassed by her love for family, and this attitude permeates into her classroom. Heather completely devotes herself to the welfare and academic success of every student, using her experience in professional scientific research coupled with her top tier training from Davis and Loyola to create challenging, unique teaching methods to excite and engage her students. Heather is anxious and excited to share both her experience and love of the scientific world with The Albert Einstein Academy community.
Lawrence DouglassMath Dept Chair AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Statistics, Pre Calculus
Larry Douglass comes to AEA with 14 years of experience in mathematics education, teaching and tutoring students at the middle and high school levels.
Mr. Douglass received his bachelor’s degree from San Jose State University, and he currently holds teaching credentials in both mathematics and multiple subjects. Mr. Douglass strongly believes that mathematics should not be taught as a bunch of disconnected rules that students have to memorize but as a set of core ideas from which everything else is logically reasoned. “I encourage my students to approach math creatively and realize that all problems can be solved in multiple ways.”
Mr. Douglass has also coached cross country, track and field, and girls’ basketball. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, skiing, traveling, and spending time with his wife and family.
Ken ErenbergAthletic Director, Physical Education Instructor, Health, Speech & Debate, Head Coach: Girls Varsity Volleyball, Boys Varsity Soccer, JH Soccer
Coach Ken Erenberg has worked with kids and athletics for most of his professional career and has coached middle and C.I.F. high school programs in Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball, Football for over fourteen years. He is justly proud of having won over 300 games and of the 5 titles he has garnered (to date!).
A man of many talents, Mr. Erenberg has taught both English and History and also worked as a producer and running the Sports Desk at KABC News from 1991-1994. He has initiated and created sports programs at four different Jewish Community Centers and is the proud father of two boys (Joshua 9, and Jacob 7).
Coach Erenberg would like to mention that his eldest son is an actor and will be in the up coming Green Hornet film. What a plug!
During his free time, of which he will soon have very little, he loves to run around with his wife and two boys. The entire AEA community extends a heartfelt “Rah-Rah” to our Athletic Director and Coach, Mr. Ken Erenberg.
Todd FarrisNational Honors Society Coordinator Science 8, AP Psychology, AP Physicis,
Kerry FickettMentorship & Tutoring Coordinator English 10, English 11, AP English Language & Composition
Back in the early nineties Kerry Fickett received a BA in English and began sharing with High School Juniors the wonders of American Literature and encouraging them to write effectively using strong structure and compelling vocabulary. For the past twenty years she has taught students of many ages in various environments. She is happy to return to teaching Juniors.
Mr. Michael FishlerAssistant Principal Albert Einstein AcademyAdministration
Jorge GuillenCalifornia Scholastic Federation Spanish 3, Spanish 4, AP Spanish Language, Leadership (ASB)
Rick KaufmanFacilities Manager Physical Education Instructor, Head Coach Varsity Cross Country & Head Coach Varsity Track and Field
Mr. Rick Kaufman (a.k.a. Coach K.) wears multiple hats at EALAS. In addition to his role as Transportation Supervisor, Coach K. makes sure the Einstein Academy facility continues to run smoothly and that the students are safe and secure. He also assists Coach Erenberg in P.E.as well as serving as an assistant coach on various teams. One can find Rick overseeing many other activities throughout the day.
Rick says he got his passion for sports from his father who played football for UCLA under Red Sanders in the 50′s. He played Pop Warner football and then High School football until an injury forced him to redirect his athletic talents to Track and Field which earned him a scholarship to Cal State University, Northridge. During his college career, Rick was an All American in the Javelin, and was ranked nationally. He earned his B.S. degree in Business with a minor in management. Since his college days, Rick has been driven to “give back” by encouraging other youngsters to develop confidence and character through sports.
For 15 years Coach K. was the Head Throws Coach for College of the Canyons and coached numerous athletes in field events (Javelin, Shot Put, Hammer and Discus, Heptathalon and Decathalon) to the State Level. As a business owner, he aided High School athletes by helping them obtain college scholarships.
When Coach K. isn’t at the school, he enjoys spending time with his wife, and watching/coaching his kids (Zack, 13, and Alek, 9) play baseball and soccer.
We are truly fortunate to have “Coach K” be a part of our AEA family.
Jared KruppVisual & Performing Arts Chair Studio Art 1, Advance Studio Art
Mr. Krupp studied art at Cal State Long Beach, and graduated from CSUN with a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art. He also completed the Masters in Drawing course at Associates in Art in Los Angeles.
Jared Krupp believes in continual professional and artistic development as is evidenced by the numerous drawing and life drawing classes he has taken at the American Animation Institute in Los Angeles.
For the past ten years, Mr. Krupp has been the Art department chairperson at MontclairPrep school in Van Nuys, teaching drawing and painting classes at the high school level. Mr. Krupp is a classically trained artist and his passion lies in teaching the fundamentals of drawing and painting, while encouraging and convincing students that anyone can learn to draw.
Prior to embarking on his teaching career, Jared was in the food and beverage business, managing restaurants in Monterey, CA. and Lake Tahoe. His hobbies include cooking, surfing, playing guitar, skiing, and spending time with his wife and 8 month-old daughter, Jayden.
In Mr. Krupp’s own words: “I am very excited about my future at AEA, and I feel we all have a very special opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of our students here; I can’t wait for the school year to begin!”
Welcome to the Albert Einstein Academy, Mr. Jared Krupp. We all look forward to the wonderful creativity and artistry that will issue from the portal of your art studio.
Janna LargentSpecial Education Coordinator, College Counselor, State Wide Testing Coordinator Math 8, Leadership (ASB)
Janna Largent graduated with a BA degree in Liberal Studies and has a Multiple and Single Subject Teaching Credential from California State University Bakersfield. She has completed a Master’s Degree in Education Organizational Leadership from Grand Canyon University and has 8 years of teaching in both the public and private sectors to her credit. Her teaching experience includes 5th grade, 8th grade science, and Pre-Algebra and Algebra.
Miss Largent has a passion for sports. She began playing basketball in the 4th grade and continued through her high school years. After graduating from high school she coached both basketball (middle school, junior varsity and varsity) and softball (junior varsity). Miss Largent currently coaches cross country and track for AEA. Outside of AEA Miss Largent enjoys reading, spending time with friends, and volunteer work at her church.
Jeremy LevineHistory Dept. Chair, College Counselor, Dean of Boys AP Human Geography, AP US History
Jeremy Levine graduated from the University of Michigan in 2008 where he majored in Political Science, and he recently received his Masters in Education and Teaching Credential from Pepperdine University. Since 2002, Mr. Levine has been affiliated with a residential camp where he counseled and advised campers ranging from first to twelfth grade. Additionally, Mr. Levine worked as a volunteer program advisor for the Los Angeles delegation of March of the Living, an event uniting Jewish high school Seniors from all over the world in Poland and Israel to witness and commemorate the Holocaust. It is these experiences which influence Mr. Levine in his drive to educate students in History.
Mr. Levine is a passionate fan of the Michigan Wolverines and Los Angeles Kings. He enjoys running, playing hockey, and hanging out with his two older brothers. He is excited and enthusiastic to join the Albert Einstein Academy community.
Dr. Mike McDonnellPrincipal Photography
Dr. McDonnell has been intensely involved with education for the last twenty years. Having received his Baccalaureate Degree and Ed.D from UCLA, Dr. McDonnell served in the capacity of Science Instructor, Vice-Principal and, ultimately, Principal of Montclair College Preparatory School.
Dr. McDonnell brings a wealth of experience and expertise to his role of AEA Vice-Principal. Dr. McDonnell is an avid sports fan, music enthusiast, computer wizard, and worldwide educational traveler.
Nehama MegedWorld Language Chair, Dean of Girls Hebrew 1, Hebrew 2, Hebrew 3, Hebrew 4, Advance Hebrew 2
Nehama brings a wealth of experience, ability, humor, and passion to her position as Director of Hebrew Studies at AEA.
Born and raised in Jerusalem, Israel, Nehama attended the highly gifted Boyer School. After a two- year tour of duty in the Israeli military, Ms. Meged attended Hebrew University in Jerusalem where she earned her B.A. in Biblical Studies and Jewish History. Nehama went on to earn her M.A. from Hebrew Union College in Judaic Studies.
Nehama is just shy of receiving her NETA Program Master Teacher certificate and is one of the first Hebrew language teachers to apply for credentialing in this recently created credential program. Nehama Meged has been teaching for close to twenty years, taking some time out to raise a family of three and a husband of one. Nehama is a world traveler, a Master teacher, a passionate individual, and an incredible asset to our school.
The entire Albert Einstein Academy community welcomes our Hebrew Director, Nehama Meged.
Jessica MilasichEarth Science, Chemistry
Jessica Milasich grew up in Oregon and Ventura County, where she developed a deep appreciation for geology. She studied Geoscience and Religious studies at the University of Puget Sound, and then worked for USGS until entering Graduate School at Claremont School of Theology where she earned her MA in Theological Studies.
Mrs. Milasich is very excited about being able to teach chemistry and earth science this year. Both are subjects she loves to study and teach, and she hopes to share her enthusiasm with her students.
Mrs. Milasich enjoys pointing out interesting geological features of the area to her husband, and getting silly pictures of him with these features. She is also an avid knitter and a dog lover.
Cathy O’NeillMath 7, Algebra A, Algebra B, Algebra AB
Kristin OlsenYearbook Coordinator, Assistant Special Education Coordinator Office Hours: 7am – 4pmEnglish 7
Kristin creates a classroom environment that is safe, supportive, respectful and fun. Her lessons are filled with hands-on, student-centered activities and group and peer discussions. In addition, she provides students with opportunities to discover and practice skills in authentic situations to help them develop respect and create unique, critical thinkers.
In her free time, Kristin enjoys reading, walking, yoga, watching BBC, traveling and taking photographs.
“To succeed in life you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone, and a funny bone.” ~Reba
Office hours: 7am – 4pm
Dakotah RainsResource Specialist Learning Strategies
Barnaby ShepherdEnglish 8, Film, Humanities
I am really excited to be joining the Albert Einstein faculty. My story is a strange one! I was trained as a professional actor in London, and have toured all over the USA, the UK, and acting in theatre even took me to Africa. My life’s journey brought me to Los Angeles where I began my life as an educator. Through my acting experience I learned to teach Drama and English. Teaching has become a fulfilling career, and the challenges of working in an urban school has led me develop many diverse skills. Every day the job demands me to collaborate, plan enriching curriculum, and motivate large groups.
I have faced educational challenges as a child. Learning did not come easily to me, but luckily I was able to access literature through theatre, imaginative writing and reading. I like to use my diverse talents to help my students access core literature in a rigorous and profound manner in the classroom.
Marlowe WeismanDrama, Creative Writing, JH Film, Journalism
Marlowe Weisman – Theatre Arts, Film, Journalism & Creative Writing Instructor
Marlowe Weisman received his BFA in TV and Film from the University of Arizona. After brief study at The Lee Strasberg Theater Institute, Marlowe landed on staff at Walt Disney TV Animation, writing for “Disney’s Aladdin.” Over the years he’s written for such cartoons as “Ed, Edd ‘n’ Eddy,” “Animaniacs” and “Baby Looney Tunes” (for which he earned an Emmy nomination). He recently served as head writer on the upcoming 2017 episodes of “Mia and Me,” a girl’s action-fantasy now airing weekends on Nick Jr. He also co-wrote the German movie based on the “Letters From Felix” first-grader books, as well as the online video game “Cloudberry Kingdom.”
In 2007, Marlowe returned to theater to direct well-received after school theater programs at his daughters’ schools in the Saugus Union and Hart districts, then assisted the writing and drama programs at SCV’s Huckleberry Creative Learning Center. He joined the AEA family in 2012, staging with his students such varied productions as “Alice in Wonderland,” “The Mouse That Roared,” an original readers theater commemoration of the JFK presidency and, most recently, “The Little Mermaid” and “Monty Python’s Spamalot.”
As a local director, Marlowe staged the raucous “Jewtopia” and “Woody Allen’s ‘Play It Again, Sam’.” As an A.D., character actor and dramaturg, he has contributed to such productions as “A Few Good Men,” “Of Mice and Men,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “The Producers,” “The Graduate” and “M*A*S*H.”
Marlowe enjoys working with students to discover the emotional and physical nuances of their stage characters. He considers theater performance essential in building the confidence, discipline and focus that young people can carry into any profession, while opening their eyes to the myriad of human behavior that shapes the world around them.
Donna WoodAssistant Athletic Director Physical Education Instructor, Head Coach Girls JV Volleyball,Head Coach Girls Varsity Soccer, Head Coach JH Volleyball
Emily YacoobianPre Algebra, Algebra AB, Algebra 2
Emily Yacoobian earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics and her Single Subject Teaching Credential from California State University, Northridge. Ms. Yacoobian has always had a passion for math and teaching and is thrilled to share her enthusiasm with her students. Her favorite part of being a teacher is when students have an “Aha!” moment and are able to overcome their struggles and make their own connections with the material. Ms. Yacoobian also loves making math fun and accessible for her students. Drawing graph pictures, choreographing angle dances, and planning road trips using distances on maps are some of the exciting activities Ms. Yacoobian’s students enjoy. There is never a dull moment in Ms. Yacoobian’s math class!
Ms. Yacoobian’s biggest passion outside the classroom is cheering for her beloved UCLA Bruins. She attends every home football game and goes to as many basketball games as possible. Ms. Yacoobian is also an honorary member of the UCLA Alumni Band as a cowbell and tambourine player. If you are ever at a UCLA football game, stop by the band’s tailgate concert and say, “Hi!” She may even let you play the tambourine! Ms. Yacoobian’s other hobbies include traveling, hiking, spending time with friends and family, and watching The Voice.