en·cour·age [in-ˈkər-ij]
  1. to make someone more determined, hopeful, or confident
  2. to make something more appealing or more likely to happen
  3. to make someone more likely to do something


Shara Peters

Head of School

 B.A.- Modern Jewish History, CSULB, CA Multi-Subject Credential, Certificate in Day School Teaching- DeLeT Fellowship at HUC-JIR, M.A.- Education, American Jewish University
I love ADAT because we embody everything I believe in about what education should be for today’s children. Our curriculum is progressive, authentic, and applicable to the real-world – keeping our students at the center, and shaping them into being the change our world needs. 


Sari Beth Goodman

Dean of Students/Director of Parent Education

B.A. – Psychology, UCLA; M.A. – Education, CSULA; CA Multi-subject Credential, UCLA-Life; CA Learning Handicapped Credential, CSULA – Life; CA Severely Handicapped Credential, CSULA – Life; Parent Education and Training Certificate-UCLA

I love Adat because I grew up here. My roots drew me back to this warm community. I love witnessing children growing these same roots.


Lauren Quient

Academic Director


Jodi Lasker

Director of Judaic Life and Learning

 B.A. – Sociology, UCSB; M.A.Ed. –  University of Judaism; MBA in Not for Profit Orgs – University of Judaism

I am grateful to Adat Ari Day School and my parents for working together many years ago to raise me with values, knowledge, and a sense of the overlap of home and shul. I am honored to have the opportunity to help shape the vision and reality for this generation of ADAT families. 


Sarah Schultz

Director of Admission & Community Relations

B.A. – Communications, California State University, Northridge
As a lifelong member of this community, it is my greatest privilege to have the opportunity to get to know, and ultimately welcome, the newest families to ADAT!


Eric Nicastro

Executive Director, Adat Ari El



Hava Gabay

Hebrew Subject Head

B.A. – Political Science/Sociology, Bar Ilan University; M.A. – Special Education, Haifa University
I love Adat because of the openness to the world of academic and technological development. 


Annemarie Raizman

Language Arts Subject Head/4th Grade General Studies Teacher

B.A. – Liberal Studies, CSUN; M.A. – Education, UCLA; Multiple Subject Credential, UCLA; Supplemental Credential in Mathematics, UCLA
I love Adat because we are a family. I love Adat because we are open to new ideas.


Randy Cucco

Mathematics Subject Head

B.A. – Education, Queens College; M.A. – Education (Reading Specialist), CUNY; Lifetime Credential: New York and California
I love Adat because when I get big smiles and huge hugs from former students, I know that we made a difference in their lives.

Jonathan Wise

Social Studies Subject Head/6th Grade General Studies Teacher

B.A. – History, UCLA
M.A. – History, CSUN
I love working with children and having the opportunity to positively influence their growth. My favorite parts of teaching are getting to know the students, helping them embrace who they are, and planning lessons that engage them using multiple learning styles.


Debra Peterkofsky

Office Administrator

B.A. – Liberal Studies, San Diego State University I love Adat because of the amazing community! We have the best parents in the world!


Zoe Glassenberg

Office Assistant

 BS in Child Development (in progress) – University of La Verne; Certificate of Achievement in Child Development Associate Teacher I love ADAT because the community is so close and welcoming!