Faculty and Staff
Instructional excellence is a foundational pillar of the Azrieli Schools Talmud Torah | Herzliah experience. Our trilingual curriculum incorporates science, mathematics, engineering, literature, writing, art, music, physical education, technology and more. As a team of educators, our goal is to ensure a positive and well-rounded learning experience and ignite each student’s passion for learning through superior teaching. We get to know and appreciate each student’s unique interests, strengths, goals, and learning styles, and provide expanded enrichment opportunities and student support as needed.
In addition to our nurturing and accomplished faculty, we benefit from the expertise of experienced administrators and department heads.
HEAD OF SCHOOL
Michelle Toledano is the Head of School at Azrieli Schools Talmud Torah | Herzliah since July 2020.
Michelle Toledano has been involved in Jewish Education for the past 29 years. She has a BA in Psychology and a Bachelor and Masters in Education. She taught English and Math for 17 years before joining our school in 2006. As an administrator at Herzliah, Mrs. Toledano worked with Secondary I and II students. She later became Principal of the Beutel Talmud Torah Campus located in Ville St. Laurent. During her tenure, she oversaw the successful consolidation of the two elementary schools unifying all under one roof on the Snowdon Campus.
Her vision and leadership continues to bring together families and staff, creating the beautiful and unique mosaic that makes up Azrieli Schools Talmud Torah|Herzliah.
DIRECTOR OF STUDENTS - TALMUD TORAH
Osnat Bitton has been an integral part of the Azrieli-Talmud Torah family for over 20 years.
Her passion for education drew her to our Shorashim program where she worked with children with special needs. She later took on the role of Assistant Principal, continuing her work with children and helping guide them through their social and emotional development.
In her current role as Director of Students, Osnat continues to devote her time and passion to the Talmud Torah School community, ensuring the well-being and success of all students.
DIRECTOR OF STUDIES - TALMUD TORAH
Ms. Medalsy has been at Talmud Torah for the past five years and holds a Bachelors of Education. In her role as the Director of Studies, Arielle Medalsy ensures that our Talmud Torah students are proficient in French and ready to graduate from elementary school with their French Langue Maternelle certificate. Beyond the classroom, Mme Arielle has a strong commitment to promoting and supporting student academic achievement through the arts and co-curricular involvement. Her strong commitment coupled with her incredible energy are the perfect combination to ensure that our students not only learn, but also have fun in the process.
Mme Arielle brings all of creativity and enthusiasm to the highly anticipated Grade 5 musical that she co-directs with English coordinator, Ryan Issenman. Over the past few years, the duo has brought Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, Fiddler on the Roof and Beauty and The Beast to centre stage with a Broadway-like quality.
DIRECTOR OF THE ENGLISH SCHOOL - HERZLIAH
Lorne Grintuch has been part of our school community for 12 years. “Mr.G”, as he is affectionately called by the students, began his career at Herzliah as a mathematics and science teacher before taking on the role of coordinator and then Assistant Principal. He brings much enthusiasm, energy, and experience to all that he does for our students, our faculty, and our school.
Before Herzliah, Mr. Grintuch gained valuable experience working in the public school sector and with various youth programs. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in psychology and education.
DIRECTOR OF THE FRENCH SCHOOL - HERZLIAH
Claudine Habre has a Bachelor’s degree in communication psychosociology and in teaching in French at the secondary level. Mme. Habre has taught French and univers social at Herzliah since 2007. With her educational background and rich cultural experiences, she has been able to inspire students while teaching them effective learning strategies.
Mme. Habre coordinated the French program for several years in our primary and secondary schools, always emphasizing the importance of public speaking.
Dr. Karen Gazith has served as the Dean of Academics at Les écoles Azrieli Schools for the past six years. Dr. Gazith has worked with our teachers to deliver a curriculum based upon a revolutionary Challenge-Based Learning model of teaching.
Prior to her time at our schools, Dr. Gazith worked at Federation CJA as the Interim Executive Director of the Bronfman Jewish Education Center and Director of Education for over 18 years. Her career began at Hebrew Academy where she worked for 13 years as the director of their resource program. She is a Faculty Lecturer at McGill University’s Department of Education and Counselling Psychology. Dr. Gazith’s is the author of The Mindful and Purposeful Teacher.
DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS AND STUDENT LIFE - HERZLIAH
Elad has been part of the Herzliah community for the past 15 years. He has a Bachelors in Human Relations and a Masters in Educational Leadership. Elad has been coaching for over 20 years and is heavily invested in our students and the continuity of our Jewish Community. He expanded and enhanced the Herzliah athletics program which boasts awards in basketball, ice and floor hockey, track and field, swimming and more. His focus is on sportsmanship, often modelling tenacity, resilience and passion for sports and for developing student community experience opportunities.
During Elad’s tenure at Herzliah, he inspired students to create the new logo for our Herzliah Lions. He and the students have also designed our sports uniform, spirit wear and were responsible for the “birth” of our very energetic and charismatic mascot “Leo”.
DIRECTOR OF JUDAIC STUDIES - HERZLIAH
After graduating from Herzliah, David Azerad went on to Yeshiva University where he majored in Jewish Education and minored in Psychology. Upon returning to Montreal, Mr. Azerad used his musical talents to start the Kol Simcha band.
Mr. Azerad has been Director of Jewish Studies since 2007 and was part of the team that introduced the Lookstein program to our elementary and high school. Mr. Azerad works to ensure that each student has the opportunity to engage in the many experiential programs that are defining moments in our school.
JEWISH STUDIES COORDINATOR - TALMUD TORAH
Zehavit Meltzer has over 20 years of experience working in Jewish Day Schools and seven years in overnight Jewish camp. She has been part of the Talmud Torah family for the past five years.
Zehavit completed a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership at McGill University and is currently pursuing the iCenter’s Graduate Certificate in Israel Education at George Washington University. Zehavit is the recipient of the Grinspoon-Steinhardt Award for Excellence in Jewish Education in 2013 and the Dr. Mildred Burns Award for Leadership in Education in 2017. Zehavit believes in bringing the spirit of camp to our school by incorporating Jewish experiential learning in the daily lives of the students. She is committed to providing students of all ages with opportunities to connect to their Jewish identity, Eretz Israel and Am Israel through Formal and Informal Jewish Education.
Sarah Suissa Wolf
RESOURCE SERVICES COORDINATOR - TALMUD TORAH
Sarah Suissa Wolf is a Talmud Torah and Herzliah alumna and has been on staff at Talmud Torah since 2014. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education at Concordia University in 2015 and is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Orthopédagogie at Université du Québec à Montréal.
Mme. Sarah focuses on student success, ensuring that those students who need it can benefit from reinforcement and enrichment in various subjects, She prioritizes students’ success, helping them become confident learners as they continue their education. Her generous and compassionate nature allows ensures an instant connection with students and community. Mme. Sarah is very creative and quick to join in school life activities – her Purim costumes are eagerly awaited each year.
STUDENT SERVICES COORDINATOR - TALMUD TORAH
Frederique has been part of the Azrieli-Talmud Torah school community since 2012. She first joined the ATT team as a school worker, and in 2015 she became the Student Services Coordinator. Holding a BFA in Art Education and an MA in Creative Arts Therapy, Frederique brings creativity and a holistic approach to her collaborative work with students and their families.
With over 15 years experience leading workshops and socialization groups, as well as offering individualized support to children and adults in schools, hospitals and community centres throughout the city, Frederique is dedicated to helping ATT students achieve their full potential.