JMTC Lower Elementary Head Instructor:
Morah Melody Margolis holds a Bachelors degree in Religious Studies and English Literature from the University of Leeds and an MSW from Rutgers University. She has several years of experience in informal education through the youth movement Bnei Akiva. Morah Melody believes in making education accessible to children and, after observing at Netivot, came to believe that Montessori was a creative and joyful way to do that. First joining our faculty as an assistant, she became so enraptured with the method that she soon became a co-teacher and then head teacher and is currently the Director of Student Affairs. She has trained in the Montessori language curriculum at the Princeton Center for Teacher Education and now leads our curriculum development team, producing and replicating our materials and providing training for new Jewish Montessori schools.
JMTC Primary Head Instructor:
Morah Adi Yarmush grew up in Netanya, Israel, and moved to New Jersey in 2003. While fulfilling field work requirements at Netivot for her degree in Early Childhood Education, Morah Adi immediately recognized the beauty and importance of the Montessori method. Upon completing her Associates Degree in Liberal Arts Education at Middlesex County College, she continued her studies at the Princeton Center for Teacher Education, focusing on Montessori for Primary age children. Adi brings her warmth and innate respect for children to her role as the Director of Early Childhood. She is a leader in her ability to integrate the various areas of the classroom, inspiring the children to think about the world in a global, cosmic way.
Head of School and Instructor:
Morah Rivky Ross holds a B.A. in Jewish Studies and English Literature from Stern College, Yeshiva University, and completed the Bruriah Scholars fellowship in Talmud at Midreshet Lindenbaum in Jerusalem. She has worked in the field of alternative Jewish Education for 20 years through organizations including Melitz-Centers for Jewish Zionist Education, the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, and the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus. She began her Montessori journey as a parent, falling in love with the method while her children attended Montessori schools in Ithaca, NY. Convinced that Montessori could be applied to yeshiva day school curriculum for an optimal educational experience, she trained in Montessori elementary education at the Princeton Center for Teacher Education. Morah Rivky joined the staff of Yeshivat Netivot as Director in 2006 and became Head of School in 2009. She is considered one of the world’s leading authorities on Jewish Montessori education and lectures widely on this topic.