Faculty & Staff



Intro to American Law

Ed Cheng holds a B.S.E. from Princeton University, a M.Sc. from the London School of Economics and Political Science, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and a Ph.D. in statistics from Columbia University.

He is the Hess Chair in Law at Vanderbilt University Law School where he teaches Evidence, Life of the Law, and Torts. He has won the Hall-Hartman Award for excellence in teaching seven times.

Ed Cheng



Talmud / String Ensemble

Zachary Ebin holds a B.A. in Music and M.A. in Musicology from Brandeis University, an M.M .from the Boston Conservatory in Violin Performance, and a Ph.D. in Musicology from York University.

He is the Director of the Suzuki Program at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music, the founder of the Silent Voices Project, and the founder of Arco Violini.

Zachary Ebin




Shaul Kelner holds a dual B.A. in Political Communication and Judaic Studies from George Washington University, and a M. Phil. and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the City University of New York, which he attended as a Wexner Graduate Fellow.

He is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University and the author of Tours That Bind: Diaspora, Pilgrimage and Israeli Birthright Tourism which was awarded the 2010 Jordan Schnitzer Book Award.

Shaul Kelner



AP Calculus

Andrew Speiker holds a B.S in Mathematics from Northeastern University, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Biostatistics from the University of Washington. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania, while also an Associate Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics.

He is an Assistant Professor of Biostatistics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Andrew Spieker



AP Government

Jenny Cheng holds a B.A. in philosophy from Swarthmore College, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Michigan.

She is a lecturer in law at Vanderbilt University Law School where she teaches Education and Family Law. She received a Hall-Hartman Outstanding Professor Award for excellence in teaching in 2019.

Jenny Cheng



Curriculum Consultant

Ron Heady is a veteran high school and middle school lead teacher, with over 40 years experience in Nashville and beyond, and is a sought after educator in the field of PBL (project based-learning), diffirentiated learning, progessive assessment, and English language arts.

Ron helped launch the Jewish Middle School of Nashville in 2015. In his spare time, he volunteers with Common Ground Nashville, Nashville Organized for Action and Hope, and the national organization, Braver Angels.

Ron Heady



Lead Math and Science Teacher

Shira Sackett holds a B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.Ed. in Learning & Design from Peabody College at Vanderbilt University. 

She has six years of experience working in education, including three years teaching high school math and computer science in Atlanta, Georgia.

Shira Sackett




Saul Strosberg holds a Bachelor's from Yeshiva University and received his ordination from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, following studies at Hebrew University and Yeshivat Ateret Kohanim, in Jerusalem.

He is the founder of Jewish Middle School of Nashville, president and member of the steering committee of the International Rabbinic Fellowship, a board member of Yeshivat Maharat, an AIPAC rabbinic mentor. director of the Nashville Kosher Commission, and the rabbinic coordinator for the Nashville eruv.

Saul Strosberg


DeLeo Christian


Stefanie DeLeo Christian holds a Bachelor's in Theatre and History from Eastern Nazarene College and a Master's in Educational Theatre from New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. 

She is a playright with the New England Entertainment Digest and has served as an educational specialist for the Peace Corps. She has taught grades 6-12 history and drama for more than 10 years.

Stefanie DeLeo Christian



Athletic Director

Jack Holloway holds a B.A.S. in Psycology from The University of the South (Sewanee). He is an Eagle Scout and was named to the Southern Athletic Association's (SAA) Academic Honor Roll as a member of the Sewanee Men's Basketball Team. He was also selected to represent Sewanee as a member of the SAA's All-Sportsmanship Team, an honor that places special emphasis on good sportsmanship, great character, and fair play among all competitors. 

He is the basketball coach for the Jewish Middle School of Nashville.



Human Geography

Michael Shulman holds a Bachelor's in History from Georgetown University, a M.Ed. from Xavier University, and completed his rabbinic studies at Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati.

He is the Director of Education and Next Generation Programming at the Temple Congregation Ohabai Shalom. He has written numerous curricula for religious school, taught adult education classes, and collaborated on the creation of the prayer book, Avodat Ha-Lev.

Michael Shulman