Our staff is a fantastic group of dedicated individuals who together make up the awesome team that is Atideinu. Atideinu is transcendent. And it is our staff members, who give so much of themselves to create a wonderful program, who make that happen.
The children of Atideinu learn and develop so well thanks to our amazing staff. Meet our staff:
Chana Perel has worked at Bellefaire Jewish Children’s Bureau for several years, both as a therapist and as a cottage supervisor in one of their Intensive Treatment Units. Her experience working with young people in need of support and guidance is beyond compare. She brings all of her clinical experience, plus her innate sense of what a child needs emotionally, to Atideinu.
“Although I have worked in other environments, my reason for becoming a social worker has always has been to work with Jewish people. Atideinu gives me the opportunity to use all of my skills working in the community I love.”
Ahuva received her Bachelor’s in Science and is currently in a Master’s program for her Clinical Counseling degree. Ahuva has years of experience running summer camps and most recently was a Head Counselor for Camp STEP, which has over 75 participants.
In addition to Ahuva’s programmatic and organizational skills, she has experience working as a teacher for elementary age students. Ahuva has a tremendous amount of energy and passion which she puts into making the Atideinu program rich and rewarding.
Ahuva’s experience, combined with her love of helping children become the best version of themselves, makes her the ideal candidate for Atideinu’s Program Director.
Mrs. Schwarzmer has worked as an Intervention Specialist for Segula (a special education program designed to assist students in need of support in their academic environment) and has also taught 6th-grade General Studies for a number of years.
She has a love of music and art, and has taught music both privately and in a classroom setting. Her summer art camp for upper-elementary-school girls is in its third successful year.
We are very pleased that Mrs. Schwarzmer is sharing her experience and her desire to help young people fulfill their potential with Atideinu’s children.
Tova has Masters in Social Work and many years of experience working in the education and mental health fields. She loves being a part of the growth and development of children of all ages. Having worked extensively with teenagers for several years, Tova particularly values early intervention. When Tova first heard about Atideinu, she was enthralled with the idea of empowering young children. We are so happy that she joined our team as she’s already brought immeasurable value to Atideinu, with her multi-dimensional experiences and clinical perspective.
Devorah’s passion for working with children, combined with her experience in many diverse social and educational venues, make her an invaluable Atideinu staff member. Devorah has experience working at the Hebrew Academy of Cleveland, Yeshiva Darchei Torah of Far Rockaway, Torah Academy for Girls (TAG) and The Friendship Circle.
Her warm and understanding manner enables her to create strong and nurturing relationships with everyone around her. Devorah is currently pursuing an advanced degree in the field of Behavioral Health and states:
“I’m excited about being a team member at Atideinu and helping them fulfill their crucial mission”.
Shaina spent the last two years in Israel, finishing up her BA in Liberal Arts and working as a Madricha in a seminary.
Shaina has several years of experience working as a Counselor and Head Counselor in summer camps and has a passion for helping children learn in a fun and stimulating environment. Shaina also has experience working in high pressured office management and has excellent administrative skills.
Shaina brings her experience managing camps and running offices to help Atideinu continue to grow and flourish. We are so excited to welcome her to the team!
A biography of Nikki is forthcoming.
A biography of Brochy is forthcoming.
Daniel has over 10 years of experience working with families and children in a wide variety of settings. Daniel has worked in residential treatment, foster care, schools, homes and outpatient settings.
In addition to his Team Leader position in Atideinu, Daniel works at a private practice and is a supervisor in a non-profit Social Services agency in Cleveland. When Daniel joined Atideinu in 2015, he brought a spark and energy to the group that instantly made him a loved and valued team member. We are grateful and happy to welcome him back to Atideinu!
Yehoshua is completing his Bachelor’s Degree in Behavioral Science and has over 3 years of experience working with parents and educators to help children thrive in a classroom setting. Yehoshua has also mentored many children over the years and currently doubles as an Alumni Advisor to an Atideinu graduate.
Yehoshua’s insightful perspective assists Atidienu’s children with their social and emotional development.
“Being able to offer insight and advice to the kids is more than a perk of my job, it’s a privilege and I love every moment of it.”
I applaud Atideinu for its positive affect on my fourth grade students. Through guided discussions and honest group activities, plus loads of fun, the girls are taught to nurture their strengths, build social connections, and thus acquire self-esteem.
I believe ages 10-12 are the optimal time to build these skills so that the girls will be able to confidently navigate the teenage years. Atideinu’s proactive approach is the preventive measure that is 100% better than trying to seek a cure for more complicated problems that could arise.
-Selma Hellman, teacher in Hebrew Academy of Cleveland