Our faculty is comprised of an exceptionally devoted group of professionals who are well-qualified and experienced. Each staff member is a model of the excitement of lifelong learning, and each year teachers dedicate many hours to continuing education in order to stay abreast of research-based best practice to bring to their teaching repertoire. 

The commitment of MJDS teachers to each child and family does not stop at the classroom door; teachers maintain ongoing communication with parents and welcome family participation. 


Who We Are


Rabbi Shneur Wilhelm, Principal. A graduate of the Rabbinical College of America and Menachem Education Foundation, Rabbi Wilhelm taught at the Rabbinical College of Australia and New Zealand, Mesivta Menachem of Staten Island and The Shluchim Online School. "Educating is connecting" says Rabbi Wilhelm, "working with each student at his/her level and using their talents and abilities to maximize student growth."



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Shelley Sanders, General Studies Director: For the last six and a half years Shelley worked with the Washington County Community Action as a Program Area Supervisor for the Head Start Program. Prior to that, she served for ten years as the Early Childhood Education Director at Congregation Beth Israel. Shelley believes childhood is a time for exploration and experimentation and that parents are their child's first and best teacher. As an educator she is committed to providing quality educational support by building a strong foundation for learning, setting clear boundaries, and establishing achievable goals for all students at all ages and stages. Through developmentally appropriate practices, along with the teaching staff and leaders she respects the dignity, value and uniqueness of each individual.




Joanie Krug, Behavioral Coach. Joanie has had a rich and diverse background as a special educator, including roles as administrator, consultant, facilitator, diagnostician, teacher, mentor and advocate for children, families, educational staff and administrators. Over the past thirty years, she has used her expertise in many challenging circumstances in the attempt to insure positive learning opportunities for both students and staff. Having served as the director of Student Support for Le Monde Immersion School, a Portland Public School charter program and Special Education Facilitator in the Beaverton School District her role has frequently required problem solving with teachers, parents and administrators to develop responsive and effective programming to provide a continuum of special education services. Other significant positions that she has held included Autism Specialist at Columbia Regional Programs and Program Chair for the PPS classrooms serving residential and day treatment children at the Parry Center for Children and Adolescents. Her ongoing mantra is that all children want to succeed, that behavior is communication and it is essential that we support the development of a child’s positive identity as a learner and a student.


Leah Wenger, General Studies: Leah Wegner is a recent graduate of Portland State University where she earned a Masters of Elementary Education in 2015.  She spent the last year as a substitute teacher for Portland Public School District, Parkrose School District, and others. Coming from a background in computer science, she has always loved mathematics and is excited to join Maimonides Jewish Day School. Her hobbies include computer programming, knitting, drawing, and playing the piano. Leah believes that every student has tremendous potential and strives to work with individuals to push them to do their very best.


tammy.jpg Tammy Schwartz, General Studies: Tammy Schwartz holds an Oregon elementary teaching credential with an early childhood endorsement. She has been a classroom teacher for fifteen years, and has worked directly with children in other capacities for over twenty five years in such activities as scouting and Shakespearean drama. She has a BA in Communication, and minors in Sociology and German Literature. Twelve years ago, she took ten years off from classroom teaching in order to home school her own children. She still home directs the education of her youngest, despite having returned to classroom teaching two years ago. Her own children have been very successful academically, and MrsSchwartz brings her homeschooling expertise back into the classroom. Having taught in public school, in private school, and in home education, MrsSchwartz has a well-rounded and unique perspective. This allows her to creatively differentiate instruction, and successfully manage a classroom, while providing interesting, integrated, and hands-on lessons. MrsSchwartz strongly believes that all children can learn, and teaches with the goal that learning should be an enjoyable, life-long activity.  MrsSchwartz has been happily married for over 30 years, and has three children: two sons and a daughter.


P1250637.jpgMorah Simi Mishulovin, Judaic Studies. Morah Simi has been an educator for 18 years, educating children from Sydney to Michigan. She received her teaching credential from Beth Chana in Tzefat, Israel.She teaches the Kindergarten & first grade with her signature love & energy. Morah Simi feels very blessed to be a part of children's education. helping each child gain the tools to succeed in fulfilling his/her potential. Continuous learning and being up to date is a passion of hers.



P1250566.jpgChaya Wilhelm, Judaic Studies. Teaching Judaic Studies is a passion of Morah Chaya's. She previously taught at the Chabad Academy in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and Mazel Day School in Brighton Beach, New York. Through class centers and hands on activities she brings Judaism alive and active in her classroom.




P1250689.jpegMirit Vered, Hebrew Language. Mirit was born in Israel and has a background in education. She comes into our K-1 classroom and engages the children in song and conversation in Hebrew. She especially enjoys using a variety of techniques to keep the children activity involved in their Judaic learning, and especially enjoys sharing stories. 



Jullen Johnson, General Studies. Born in Seoul, South Korea, she spent her formative years in Valdez, Alaska. She earned two Bachelors degrees in Visual and Public Art and Humanities and Communication from California State University in Monterey Bay. In 2010, Mrs. Johnson moved to Portland, OR where she earned her MFA in Visual Studies from PNCA.