A preschool-8th grade co-educational Jewish day school in northshore Chicago
Faculty and Staff

Faculty and Staff

Faculty and Staff


Rabbi Shimon Zehnwirth
Founder & Head of School

Rabbi Shimon Zehnwirth is the founder and dean of Torah Academy. A lifelong learner and educator, he has taught and guided students for over 25 years. Read more here.

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Morah Elisa Zehnwirth

Morah Elisa Zehnwirth earned her Bachelors in Judaic Studies and Masters in Education from Yeshiva University.  With over 30 years of teaching experience, she has taught students from early childhood to college level.  Read more here

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Mrs. Carrie Kaz
Administrative Team Consultant

Mrs. Carrie Kaz holds a Masters Degree in Education from DePaul University, with a major in Early Childhood and a concentration in  Pre-K Curriculum Development. Her professional skills and positive and supportive personality have endeared her to our staff and students.  Read more here

Mrs. Miriam Schiller
Educational Consultant
Ms. Tammie Roth
Reggio Consultant

Faculty & Staff

Mrs. Stacey Panner
Office Administrator

Stacey's friendly voice is likely the first you'll hear when you contact te Torah Academy office. As our office administrator, Stacey joins us with a background in health care finance, collections, and office administration.  Read more here

Mrs. Ann Collins
ELA Teacher

Mrs. Collins joins Torah Academy with over thirty years of teaching experience with District 102 in Buffalo Grove.  She graduated from Loyola University with a Bachelor of Science in Education, and again from University of North Carolina with a Masters in Early Childhood Education. Read more here.

Morah Shiri Goldstein
ELC & Ivrit

Morah Shiri leads our ELC with love and warmth, giving students an invaluable Hebrew-immersion experience. Her Ivrit classes with our upper grades equip students with tools and skills to use in both modern Israeli Hebrew and in their Torah studies. Read more here

Rabbi Yitzchok Kolsky
Judaic Studies

Rabbi Kolsky, a graduate of the Rabbinical Seminary of America and an educator par excellence, masterfully relates millenia-old Talmudic concepts to today's middle schoolers. Read more here.

Mrs. Mila Finklestein
Chess Specialist

Morah Mila expertly guides Torah Academy students of all ages to challenge themselves to concentrate, focus, and use all the brainpower they've got!

Morah Aviva Chertok
Music Teacher

Our students are lucky to enjoy music classes with Morah Aviva, a master musician and international performer! Read more here

Rabbi Elkin

Rabbi Menashe Elkin joins Torah Academy with a rich background in business and education and degrees from DePaul University and Long Island University. Read more here.

Morah Esti
ELC Teacher

Morah Esti joined Torah Academy's faculty in 2019 straight off the plane from Eretz Yisrael!  Read more here.

Mrs. Naomi Homnick
Judaic Studies - Elementary

Mrs. Homnick joined Torah Academy in 2019 with many years of experience in Jewish education, having taught Judaic studies for over 25 years and worked in administration for 10. Read more here

Dr. Joseph Gleyzer
Ms. Miriam S. Bernstein
ELA, Humanities
Morah Hindy Mermelstein
Judaic Studies
Miss Nechama Bracha Zehnwirth
Judaic Studies

Miss Zehnwirth is currently pursuing her Masters of Education in Digital Learning Design and Leadership from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Her enthusiasm, creativity, and dedication to her students are evident in her impactful lessons. Read more here

Mr. Steve Wachtler
Resource & Tutoring