3rd & 4th Grade

Third and fourth grade teachers impart their love of books, geography, science and Torah to their students. Trained at Teacher's College, Columbia University summer workshops in Readers and Writers Workshop, our general studies teachers have taken student writing to new heights.

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Ilena Marron, M.S., 3-5 Team Coordinator and Grade 4 General Studies Teacher, earned her B.A. in Art History from Brandeis University and her M.S. in Elementary Education from Fordham University. Ilena is currently Teacher Leadership Master's Candidate at Brandeis University. Ilena joined the Heilicher faculty in 2002 and brings to the school four prior years of teaching experience including teaching in New York City public schools. Ilena has a passion for teaching reading and writing workshop and has attended Columbia Teacher's College Writing Institute several times. Ilena is committed to creating a nurturing and caring environment to help students meet their potential. Beyond education, Ilena loves spending time with her family, watching movies, cooking, and attending cultural events.


BatSheva BermanHebrew Coordinator, Grade 5 Judaic Studies, and Grades 4, 6, 7, 8 Hebrew Teacher, was born and raised in Israel and served in an education unit of the Israeli Army. BatSheva teaches both Hebrew Language and Limudei Kodesh in Hebrew and has pioneered a Torah study track conducted entirely in Hebrew, for which she wrote the curriculum for grades 5-7. Before coming to Heilicher she taught Hebrew Language at Torah Academy in Minneapolis for 20 years and wrote all of the holiday programs for the school. She was also in charge of the summer Hebrew program at Camp Ramah in Wisconsin for 20 years. BatSheva continues her education by taking summer classes in teaching a second language at the Karla Institute at the University of Minnesota, and taking Torah study classes in at the Pardes and Herzog Institutes in Israel.


Sara Wolk Bernstein, MAEd, Hebrew Resource, Grades 4 and 5 Judaic Studies, and Grade 5 Hebrew, is a native of Minneapolis and has been on faculty at Heilicher since 1992. She earned a B.A. in Theater with a Minor in Hebrew from the University of Minnesota. She attended the University of Judaism in Los Angeles for graduate school (now called the American Jewish University) where she earned her Master's in Education and Administration, with additional credits equal to a second bachelor's degree in Jewish Studies. Before returning to the Twin Cities, Sara held positions with the Jewish Community Centers Association of Greater Los Angeles, LA Unified Public Schools, and worked at the LA Bureau of Jewish Education. She has traveled to Israel many times, including as a chaperone/leader for High School educational touring programs. During her years at Heilicher, she has continued her own learning in areas of Special Education, Multiple Intelligences, Curriculum Design, Instructional Differentiation, and held numerous positions including Assistant Principal, Director of Judaic Studies, Hebrew Resource Coordinator, and classroom teacher.


Dalia Davis, M.A., Grades 3 and 4 Judaic Studies TeacherDalia double majored in Jewish History and Dance at Barnard College, prior to studying at Israel’s Nishmat Center for Advanced Torah Study for Women. She has an M.A. in Jewish Education and a certificate in Talmud and Halacha from YU’s Graduate Program for Advanced Talmudic Studies for Women. Prior to joining the Heilicher faculty, Dalia taught at Heritage Academy in Springfield, MA and served on the chinuch (Jewish ed.) staff at Camp Ramah in New England. She also served as Rosh Beit Midrash for the Merkavah Women’s Torah Institute in Berkeley, CA and has taught several courses for the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning. Dalia is the creator of Beit Midrash in Motion, a fully embodied approach to Jewish text study. Dalia is blessed to be married to Rabbi Max Davis, and to have four amazing daughters, Revaya, Hodaya, Tifferet, and Kalaniya.


Michelle Etzion, Grades 3 - 8 Hebrew Teacher, joined the Heilicher faculty in 2006. She earned her B.S. at the University of West Los Angeles. Having grown up as a child in Israel, Michelle has a solid knowledge of the Hebrew Language as well as Judaic Studies. Her teaching experience includes working in the Los Angeles Unified School District, as well as teaching Hebrew at many supplemental Jewish schools in Connecticut. Michelle has also taught, and was the Director of Admissions, at Maimonides Academy of Western Connecticut. Michelle has completed the courses for the Tal Am Hebrew/Judaics Program for the second, third, and fourth grades. Michelle has also participated in the Minneapolis Federation Education Bridge program in Israel in the past. She has extensive knowledge teaching first through eighth grades. Michelle has two children who are both alumni of Heilicher. Michelle has traveled all over the country as well as around the world. During her spare time, she enjoys exercising, dancing, reading, and spending time with family and friends.


Polly HolzmanGrade 4 General Studies Teacher and Social Studies Coordinator, joined the Heilicher faculty in 2016. She holds a B.A. in communications and a certificate in Women's Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison as well as a certificate in Day School Teaching as part of the DeLeT Fellowship at Hebrew Union College. Previously she taught second and third grades at the Brawerman Elementary School in Los Angeles, CA, and first grade at Temple Isaiah Religious School. Polly is a native Minnesotan.



Ann Hunegs, Grade 3 General Studies Support, earned her B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Minnesota and has been involved in elementary education for over 35 years. Her teaching experience includes St. Louis Park classroom, Title One, early entrance assessment, private and ESL tutoring, and substitute teaching. Additionally, Ann has worked for a local nonprofit serving the Minneapolis public schools. In that role, she worked with at-risk elementary aged students supporting them in learning healthy and safe life skills. Ann sat on the National Young Women’s Leadership Cabinet of UJA. A former Tychman Leadership Award winner, Ann has sat on several organizational Boards of Directors. Ann joined the Heilicher faculty in 1999. She loves to read and is passionate about encouraging a lifelong enjoyment of reading for her young readers. Ann's family was one of the "pioneering" Heilicher families.


Alona Manore, B.Ed, Grades 3-8 Hebrew Teacher. Alona earned her B.Ed & teaching certificate in the English Language & English Literature in Tel-Aviv Israel and was employed by the Ministry of Education as a full time English teacher in high schools for 13 years. In addition she was employed at Beit-Berl, Academic College for Teachers, in Israel, as a mentor for students who were qualified to be English teachers. During her Sabbatical year, she took various academic courses in Academic Teacher Colleges such as; Art Therapy and Teaching Students with Learning Difficulties, Psychology & Psychotherapy and Neuropsychology. Prior to coming to Heilicher, Alona lived in London, UK and gained a UK Qualified Teacher Status by the General Council of England. She taught Modern Hebrew in Jewish high schools for the past 11 years. In addition, she was the Head of the Modern Hebrew Department in the Jewish Community Secondary School in Barnet, London. Alona joined Heilicher school in 2018. 



Rebecca (Becka) Steinberg, M.A.Ed., Grade 3 General Studies Teacher, earned her Certificate in Elementary Education from Grinnell College and her M.A.Ed. from Hamline University. Becka joined the Heilicher faculty in 2000. Outside of school, she enjoys spending time with her husband Dan, sons Andrew and Ryan (both current Heilicher students), and dog Snickers. Her other hobbies include music, reading, walking, watching Twins games, and traveling.