7th Grade Lindsay Propper grew up in Jupiter, Florida, and first moved to Grand Rapids in 2008 to study Sustainable Business at Aquinas College. During this time she taught 4th and 5th grade at UJS, where her favorite lessons involved discussions and activities which encouraged students to find their own personal connection to Judaism. After a few years away from Grand Rapids, Lindsay is excited to be back and re-joining the UJS community. When she’s not at UJS, Lindsay works in the sustainability department at Steelcase, enjoys painting and calligraphy, and is on a never-ending quest to perfect her challah recipe.
8th Grade Ann Bermangrew up in West Michigan and is a member of Ahavas Israel. She works for Jewish Federation of Grand Rapids as the Director of Social Service Resources. When not working she is busy raising two teenagers and coaching chess at Lakeside Elementary school in East Grand Rapids. This will be her first year teaching at United Jewish School.
9th Grade Sheila Bates Sheila was raised in Houston, TX and attended Ithaca College in New York, where she received a BFA in Theatre arts. She has been teaching Religious School (a variety of grades) in some capacity for over 17 years. Her philosophy in the class room is to make it a fun and dynamic, positive environment that fosters friendships amongst the kids while they are learning and growing. She is currently serving on the Board of Directors for Temple Emmanuel, and has served on boards of temples in both the Seattle, Washington and Atlanta, Georgia areas. Her top reasons for getting involved at the Board level have always been to:
1. Help increase youth engagement in the temple and strengthen their identity to Judaism and
2. Find ways to get younger families involved within the temple community outside of the religious school arena.
Sheila works full time as a pharmaceutical sales representative, has two daughters ( Tori and Gabby) and a wonderfully supportive husband, Kevin. She loves to read, perform and direct in the theatre, and train for half marathons with the Grand Rapids running community.
10th/11th/12th Grade Rabbi Michael Schadickhas been rabbi of Temple Emanuel since July 2000. He was born in southern New Hampshire and received his Bachelor’s Degree from Connecticut College. He received his rabbinic ordination from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in May 1994. He has served congregations in Orlando, Florida and Plantation, Florida. Rabbi Schadick lives in Cascade Township with his wife Susan and his daughter Shira
Hebrew - Shoshana Jackson is delighted to be joining the team at UJS this year! She has taught both religious studies and Hebrew to students from Kindergarten through 6th Grade. She spent eleven years with Ann Arbor’s Temple Beth Emeth and four years with the Ann Arbor Reconstructionist Congregation. Shoshana loves music, sewing, recreating history, and being out-of-doors. She lives in Walker with her husband Ben and their three children.
Hebrew - Elisabeth Rosewall
Elisabeth is a native Californian with a BS in Design from the University of California at Davis, and has lived in Grand Rapids since 1985. She has taught both 4-7th grades and Hebrew since 1990 both at Temple and Ahavas as well as in South Haven. She currently focuses on Hebrew and tutors b'nei mitzvah students at Temple Emanuel. Elisabeth has a passion for learning and Jewish education, and loves teaching Hebrew classes for adults. She especially enjoys those who learn differently and tries to find the spark in each. She feels blessed by her two children, Emily and Eric, (and the presence of cats in their lives).
Hebrew - Emily Rosewall
Emily returned both to Grand Rapids and to teaching Hebrew in the Religious School in 2009, having lived in Milwaukee the three years prior. She and her mother Elisabeth were the first Jewish students to attend Cornerstone University, where they took Biblical Hebrew. She has been to CAJE twice, and Israel once.
Music - Marc Rossio Marc "The Marvelous Toy" Rossio, left his job to become a stay-at-home dad, he found that his passion for music andentertaining his children would lead to entertaining all children. He and his wife Lori have 2 talented children. Jack is in Middle School and is known for his comical stage presence. Hannah is in High School and has aspirations of Broadway and was nominated for Actress of the Year in Central Ohio at 14 years old. When Marc isn't performing he claims to be an awesome Stage Dad!
The first CD “Batteries Not Included” was secular children’s music and can be heard on XM Sirius Kids. Then, After several years of teaching kindergarten at his Temple, Marc noticed an unfulfilled niche in Jewish Children’s music. He began to write his Judaic children’s music CD “L’Chaim – To Life!” Most of this album has been played on XM Sirius Radio Chanukah since 2006 and has taken him across North America. Currently, Marc is performing Concerts, Festivals, Community Events and many other venues.
His Brother Evan lives in Grand Rapids. Marc travels from Columbus, Ohio each month to help create a musical curriculum filled with singing, interaction and humor.