Rabbi Dov Nimchinsky – Head of School
Rabbi Nimchinsky joined TASA from Pittsburgh, PA where he served as Assistant Principal for grades K-8 at Hillel Academy of Pittsburgh from 2010 – 2016. Prior to that, Rabbi Nimchinsky was the Director of Curriculum & Instruction at the Robert M. Beren Academy in Houston, where he also taught middle and high school Judaic Studies.
He has been awarded the Irving L. Samuels Outstanding Teacher Award for Judaic Studies, the Grinspoon-Steinhardt Award for Excellence in Jewish Education, as well as a grant from the AviChai Foundation to develop technological tools to assist in the teaching of Judaic Studies. Rabbi Nimchinsky has developed a strong national reputation among Jewish Day School educators as an excellent school leader.
Rabbi Nim (as he is affectionately called) holds a Masters Degree in education and has been teaching adults, children, and teens for over 28 years.
He and his wife Rivkey (a technical writer, publications specialist, and educator) have been blessed with 9 wonderful children ranging in age from seven to twenty-six, to go along with two grandchildren. They and their children are very excited to join the TASA family.
Rabbi Yossi Marrus – Director of Judaic Studies; 5th-8th Grade Judaic Studies Teacher
Rabbi Yossi Marrus brings two decades of educational, administrative, and rabbinic knowledge and experiences to our school.
Rabbi Marrus began teaching Judaic Studies at the Oholei Torah Day School in Brooklyn, NY and upon his arrival to San Antonio began teaching at the former JNA Day school. In 2009 Rabbi Marrus became the Judaic Studies Director and part of the administrative team at the former Eleanor Kolitz Academy. Since the founding of the Shmuel Bass Academy of San Antonio (TASA) in 2013, Rabbi Marrus has been part of the administrative team and tasked with establishing and directing the Judaic and Hebrew studies department.
Rabbi Marrus has been active in Jewish education in many positions including; director of Camp Gan Israel, Chai High instructor, founder and director of Torah Teens, C-Teen advisor, and has served on multiple national educational and youth education boards. He currently also serves in the capacity as the Associate Rabbi and Administrator of the Chabad Center for Jewish Life and Learning.
Rabbi Marrus received his BA of Religious Studies from the Rabbinical College of America and after studying abroad in Israel, received his Rabbinical Ordination from Central Yeshiva Tomchei Tmimim Lubavitch, as well as the Yeshivat Chabad of Safed, Israel. He and his wife Malkie have raised their six children in San Antonio, and have been dedicated to providing their children with a proper Jewish Day School education. Rabbi Marrus is passionate about imparting the rich and uniquely Jewish experience that TASA has to offer, and is committed to creating a feeling of Ahavat Yisrael and Derech Eretz throughout the halls of our school.
Rabbi Marrus has had remarkable success in connecting with many children, teens and young adults. In his own words “I am blessed to be a part of the lives of so many young Jews, and it gives me great Nachas and joy to watch them grow up into proud, engaged, and vibrant Jewish adults”.
Mrs. Samantha Price – Office Manager
Mrs. Samantha Price, a native of San Antonio, has been TASA’s Office Manager since Sept 2016. In 1999, she met her husband, David, while he was visiting the US. Mrs. Price received her degree in Network Engineering and Security Administration. Soon after graduation, she moved to England with her husband in his native country. After twelve years in Birmingham, England, working as an advertising designer, Mrs. Price returned to the USA. As a cancer survivor, Mrs. Price has developed a balanced outlook on life. Her calm demeanor is especially helpful when addressing students who come to the office with bumps, bruises or other ailments.
Jessica graduated from the University of Central Arkansas in 2009 with her degree in Early Childhood Education. She is a certified Texas teacher in Core Subjects from Pre-K to 6th as well as English as a Second Language.She has substituted from Pre-K up to 5th grade and was a part time teacher in a 5th and 6th grade special education room in Honolulu. She has taught Kindergarten for 3 years. Her first year was in Panama City, Florida and the other 2 in Ewa Beach, Hawaii with a brief time in 2nd grade as well with ESL experience.
She is also an Air Force wife with 2 young boys, Liam, age 4, and Asher, age 9. She has been recently stationed in Hawaii for 3 1/2 years until moving to San Antonio. She enjoys crafting, reading, and running in her spare time.
She is very happy to be in San Antonio and excited to be teaching Kindergarten again this upcoming year!
Mrs. Endzweig (Mrs. E) graduated from Touro College in Brooklyn, New York, with a degree in Psychology with a focus on Special Education. Her experience teaching 4th grade at Hebrew Academy of Margate gave her a lot of insight into teaching children with different types of learning styles. She was very involved in spelling bees, and coached children who competed in regional spelling competitions. She is always looking for fun educational contests for kids to enter to challenge themselves.
Jessica Diric began her teaching career in 2001. She has dedicated those years teaching grades pre-k up through third grade, in Killeen ISD, Harlandale ISD, and here at TASA. Jessica is a 2001 University of Montana-Western graduate, with her degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education. In 2009, she graduated with her Master’s of Education in Curriculum and Instruction. Her teaching certifications include General Studies Prek-8th, Special Education K-12, and English as a Second Language (ESL).
Once again serving as TASA’s kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Diric looks forward to this upcoming and exciting 2015-16 school year, where she will also be the lead teacher. Jessica looks forward to being an active liaison between the teaching staff, administration and the parents.
Aside from her love of teaching young children, she is a wife and mother of two daughters, Elena who is 15, and Amaia who is 3 1/2 . Jessica spends her spare time with her family, gardening, running outdoors, and traveling.
Margaret Melvin began her teaching career in 2000. She is a certified Texas Biology teacher in grades 1-8, as well as a Self-Contained educator with experience in grades 2, 3, 4, and 5. Ms. Melvin received her Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with a minor in Biology from Southwest Texas State University (Texas State). She is completing her Masters of Education in Integrated Science at Our Lady of the Lake University. Her passion is science, and she thrives on the challenges of improving and building upon the ways children think.
Ms. Melvin’s science training and background include active involvement in curriculum writing at the school, district, and state levels. She has presented science and integrated professional development workshops for schools, districts, Region 20 Education Service Center, and with the Texas Regional Collaborative (TRC), and OLLU. Ms. Melvin has successfully built framework for science education from the ground up as a school science facilitator and mentor to other teachers.
Ms. Melvin is an enthusiastic, committed educator with an innate ability to understand and motivate our students. She is skilled in adapting to students’ diverse learning styles with differentiating instruction to meet individual student needs that make her a wonderful addition to our TASA family.
Aside from her passion to educate children, Ms. Melvin is a mother of two children, ages 11 and 13. She devotes her time to reading, volunteering animal rescues, supporting her children in sports, and enjoying time at her parents’ farm with her family.
6th, 7th, and 8th grades are taught jointly by the faculty of TASA.
JUDAIC & HEBREW STUDIES
Rabbi Levi Grossbaum – 1st-8th Grade Judaic Studies Teacher
Rabbi Grossbaum is a native of Stony Brook, Long Island where he grew up attending the local community Jewish day school and in a rabbinical home. He studied at the Tomchei Temimim Rabbinical Academy in Brunoy, France and at the Oholei Torah Academy in Brooklyn New York and spent a year abroad as a student rabbi in the Jewish community of Caracas, Venezuela.
Rabbi Grossbaum received his rabbinical ordination and B.A. Of Religious Studies from the Rabbinical College of America. He has been teaching Judaic Studies in Hebrew Schools and summer programs for many years and has taught as a full-time teacher for the last three years in ULY Yeshivah – Ocean Parkway and in the Gan Yisroel Day School in Brooklyn, NY.
Rabbi Grossbaum’s enthusiasm, attention to detail and passion for education as well as his experience working in communal positions are sure to make him a wonderful addition to the TASA team. Rabbi Grossbaum and his wife Naomi are the proud parents of four children.
Ms. Michal Hadar – K-8th Grade Hebrew Language Teacher
Geveret Hadar comes to us from the mountainous region of Ashland Oregon. Geveret Hadar graduated from the Ohalo Katzerin institution in Israel in 2002. with a degree in Education. She has taught Hebrew Language and Judaics in Israel, California and Oregon. She has also taught Yoga, dance and art. She also holds Early Childhood certification in the state of California. Geveret Hadar enjoys yoga, hiking and reading.
Geveret Hadar hit the ground running by attending the intensive TalAm training program in New Jersey in July 2017. She has been actively looking for new tools and approaches to develop and fortify our students Hebrew language skills. Geveret Hadar is excited about her move to San Antonio and by the opportunity to teach at TASA.
Art – Mrs. Henderson
Mrs. Henderson graduated Cum Laude with a BA in Art from UTSA. Art and working with children have been her dual passions in life. She’s taught Art to children on a variety of levels and is the founder of “Art With My Babysitter”. Her art has been displayed in galleries in San Antonio and New Orleans. As a teacher she believes that it is important for students to learn new techniques and enjoy the process of making art. She loves to see students’ progression and believes that Art is one of our best outlets for self expression.
Originally from Louisiana she’s lived in San Antonio for 7 years. She loves creating new art, engaging in outdoor sports, and spending time with her husband, friends, and family.
In addition to teaching Art, Mrs Henderson runs TASA’s after school Art clubs, as well as serving as a creative resource for the rest of the faculty.
Computers & Physical Education – Mrs. Rivkey Nimchinsky
Mrs. Nimchinsky received her BS in Computer Science from Brooklyn College. While beginning her work on a Master’s degree, she authored a Computer Science solutions guide, and served as an adjunct lecturer in Brooklyn College’s Computer Science Department. She remained in New York City for several more years, during which time she was a programmer analyst in the corporate world and received her teacher training. After getting married and moving to Rochester, NY she worked as a programmer for the General Electric Corporation. She left the corporate world after having her first child and began teaching remedial math, English and social studies. While living in Houston and Pittsburgh, she worked as a long term PE sub, taught High School computer science, built websites, and worked as a publication designer. Mrs. Nimchinsky has 9 children and 4 grandchildren.
Music – Mr. Juan Peña