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Administration

Tammie Rapps
Head of School

Mrs Rapps is a native of Los Angeles, CA, and earned degrees from Princeton University (B.A. graduating cum laude), Columbia University (M.A.) and is currently working toward her Education Specialist Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from George Washington University. A Jewish day school graduate, Mrs. Rapps spent a year in Israel on Bnei Akiba's Hachshara program combining work on Kibbutz maale Gilboa with study at Michlelet Orot before pursuing her career in education. Most recently, she served as Assistant Principal at the Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy in Maryland, where she also taught Chumash. Mrs. Rapps chaired the upper school English department and taught English for several years. She spent more than seven years at BabagaNewz as the Teachers' Guide Editor and was a teacher and grade advisor at Yeshiva University High School for Girls. Throughout her career, Mrs. Rapps has demonstrated the professional agility necessary to lead across all areas of school life. Her unique experience is coupled with her belief that leaders of academic institutions are uniquely poised to create lifelong learners. She is passionate about providing students with a safe and nurturing environment to develop this foundation while increasing the intellectual, social and spiritual skills of our children.

Jordana Bernstein
Director of Early Childhood Education

Jordana Bernstein, Akiba Academy Class of '88, started working as a teacher at Akiba Academy in 1996, after the obtention of her undergraduate degree in psychology. Starting in 1998, she successively became Director of the Summer Camp program for preschoolers, initiated a "Mommy and Me" program, and became Assistant Director of Early Childhood and Recruitment/ Retention. In 2003, Jordana obtained her Master's degree in Early Childhood Education and she has been the Director of Early Childhood Education since 2006.

Jennifer LeVine
Lower School Principal 

Meet Jennifer LeVine, our new Lower School Principal. Previously, she served as assistant principal for K-8 at Kadima Day School since 2009. She managed curriculum development, faculty and student testing. As a humanities teacher at Kadima, she integrated technology and writing. LeVine holds a master’s degree in education from Pepperdine University. She and her husband, Joel, are parents of new Akiba students Alexander and Amelia.

Rabbi Avi Spodek
Middle School Principal

Meet Rabbi Avi Spodek, our new Middle School Principal. Before Akiba, he was head of Judaics and curriculum coordinator for Jewish Studies at Scheck Hillel Community High School. He served as chair of the Jewish History Department at Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community High School, and taught Jewish history at Kehillah Jewish High School. He attended the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, and pursued his orthodox rabbinic ordination in Jerusalem. He and his wife, Tikvah, are parents to new Akiba students Elana, Ariella and Noah.

Andi Bonner
Director of Admissions

Andi Bonner attended a Jewish Day school in South Africa from K-12 in Pretoria, South Africa. She received her degree in organizational behavior and Hebrew and masters in Personnel Management from the University of the Witwatersrand and moved to the United States in 1997 with her family. Andi is married with 2 children, both graduates of day schools in Dallas. Prior to her role at Akiba, Andi’s work experience includes management roles in an employment consultancy, a school of advertising and design, as well as account management in sales. Andi has been with Akiba for 5 years involved in admissions and education operations. She continues to remain active in Dallas Jewish day school initiatives and community wide projects.