Meet the Admin Team


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Bathea James


Interim Head of School
Bathea James is our interim head of school. Bathea has numerous degrees in political studies, social work, educational leadership, and business. Bathea has lectured at the University of Witwatersrand, was a clinical therapist and administrator at King David School in Johannesberg, South Africa. Since emigrating to America in 1992, Bathea was head of school at two Blue Ribbon schools, Tucson Hebrew Academy in Arizona and Tehiyah Day School in El Cerrito. Most recently, she has worked as a coach for the Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education’s Atidenu program in Boston. Bathea spends her free time playing with her grandchildren, reading and taking the occasional Zumba class.

What I love about being an educator: “The excitement of the children as a skilled teacher awakens in them a lifelong love of learning. The opportunity to teach children not only how to count, but rather to teach them what counts in life.”

Educational philosophy: “To teach a child’s mind, a teacher must capture his heart. Only if a child feels right can he think right.” –Haim Ginnott

 

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Bat Sheva Miller


Director of Judaic Studies; 8th Grade, Jewish History
Bat Sheva Miller has recently finished the Day School Leadership Training Institute (DSLTI), a 15-month professional development program committed to training leaders for Jewish day schools across North America. Bat Sheva was born in Beer Sheva, Israel and grew up in Sao Paulo, Brazil. In 1989, Bat Sheva returned to Israel to work as a journalist for several Brazilian newspapers. Bat Sheva met her husband David in Jerusalem and it was in Jerusalem that their first son, Netzach, was born. Netzach has made aliyah and today serves in the Israeli Defense Forces. While thinking about educational options for her son, Bat Sheva’s search became a dream that prompted her to pursue a career in education in the United States. Bat Sheva’s second son, Tzvi is a freshman at Brandeis University; her third and fourth children, Hodayah and Meir, attend OHDS (grades 7 and 5). Bat Sheva’s commitment to education in general, and to Jewish education in particular prompted her to spend a sabbatical year in Israel with her family, where she joined eleven Jewish educators from around the world in the Senior Educators’ Program, held at the Melton School of Jewish Education at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Bat Sheva has a BA in Journalism, has completed her coursework in Bilingual (Spanish) Education and holds an MA in Special Education.
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Tania Schweig


Director, General Studies
Tania Schweig first joined OHDS in 2000 as a Special Education teacher, helping to develop and grow the school’s Resource Program. During her 11 years as OHDS’ Resource Specialist, Tania worked closely with students, teachers and parents to support student learning in everything from early literacy to pre-algebra. In 2011 Tania was asked to take on a new leadership role as the Director of General Studies for K-5. Tania is thrilled to continue working closely with teachers to support and develop the OHDS General Studies curriculum. Prior to coming to OHDS, Tania taught in the local public schools as a Special Day Class teacher. Tania holds a BA in Sociology from UC Berkeley, and a teaching credential and M.Ed. from the University of San Francisco. Tania attended a post graduate year of study at PARDES Institute in Jerusalem in 1996 and continues her Jewish learning at home where she and her husband host a weekly study session on the writings of Jewish philosopher Emmanuel Levinas. Tania also continues to learn and grow through the experience of being a parent of OHDS students. It has been a delight for her to witness her fellow teachers inspiring and nurturing her own children!

 

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Philippa Lichterman


Admissions Director
Philippa Lichterman is OHDS’s Admissions Director. Before taking on the roll of admission’s director, Philippa taught at OHDS, which gave her a deep understanding of our children, our families and our community. Previously, she taught at the San Francisco campus of Brandeis Hillel Day School and was a social worker with Jewish Family and Children Services, also in the city. Philippa obtained a masters degree in education from Notre Dame de Namur University. She earned a Certificate in Jewish Day School Education through the Leadership Teaching program at Hebrew Union College. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Cape Town in South Africa. Philippa herself is the product of Jewish day school education. She attended Jewish day schools from Kindergarten through high school and graduated from Herzlia High School in South Africa. Philippa and her family live in Oakland and attend Beth Jacob Congregation. She is married to Justin Lichterman and they have two children, Jakub and Eitan, who both attend OHDS. She is a past co-chair of Gan Mah Tov preschool. Philippa enjoys hiking, ballet, and African safaris.
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Betsy Ringrose


Development Director
Betsy brings 20 years of development experience in educational settings — at U.C. Berkeley, Head Royce and the Carondelet High School in Concord — to OHDS, running campaigns that built vigorous annual funds, lasting endowment campaigns, and large capital campaigns to create essential new spaces for teaching and learning. Betsy has her undergraduate and master’s degree in anthropology, and professional graduate certificate in museum studies from John F. Kennedy University. Betsy’s favorite pastimes include knitting, botany and landscape architecture, visiting museums, hiking, biking and spending time with her husband, Ed, her dog and two parrots.
“Fundraising for education is enormously rewarding, as it provides critical resources for today’s faculty and students, ensuring our next generation of leaders and innovators. Watching kids grow, and seeing them bloom over the years as they learn and develop is both exciting and extraordinary. Being a part of that growth, and helping secure the resources to make it happen, is truly special.”

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Andy Wasserman


Chief Financial Officer
Andy Wasserman is OHDS’ chief financial officer. He comes to OHDS with a bachelor’s degree in computer science, and an MBA, both from MIT, and more than 30 years as the CFO for both profit and nonprofit organizations, including four years at the Jewish Community Foundation-Federation of the East Bay. Andy gardens, cooks (often with the harvest from his garden) and plays in bridge tournaments. What I love about working in education: “I love walking through the halls and hearing the children saying birkat hamazon, the Amidah, and the many prayer they learn. It brings a huge smile to my face.” Educational Philosophy: “We are doing the most important work possible: turning out the next generation of education, committed, pro-Israel Jews.”

What People Say

  • The essence of the education OHDS provides is brilliantly reflected in the character and values of its students and graduates. I can't imagine a better foundation from which to grow and succeed.

    Rochelle Shapell, Parent of two OHDS graduates and OHDS Founding Board Member

  • The OHDS dream unfolds daily through the lives of the school's students and teachers. Every moment at the school is an opportunity to connect, learn, and grow.

    Rabbi Yonatan Cohen, OHDS parent and Spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Israel

  • OHDS has become more than a school, it’s our community and neighborhood. The focus on educating the whole child carries over to an investment in the health and welfare of each child, family and staff member.

    Catherine Shachat, OHDS alumni parent and former OHDS Board of Directors President

  • I love the fact that my children begin each day with prayer, engage in deep Torah study, speak Hebrew like an Israeli, and receive an excellent secular education. We appreciate how OHDS embraces every child.

    Elissa Kittner, OHDS parent and President of the Board

  • More than just a school, OHDS is a family, where each student is seen as our crown jewel - each cultivating a personal, passionate and serious Jewish identity and a commitment to join the Jewish journey as life long learners.

    Rabbi Yonatan Cohen, OHDS parent and Spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Israel

  • Our children are learning their Judaism from the ground up. There is no ambivalence.

    Judy Chun, OHDS Parent

  • OHDS has already given my children a strong sense of themselves as Jews living Jewish lives. This is no small thing in the modern world.

    Jodi Tharan, former OHDS Parent

  • OHDS students are constantly exposed to the new ways of approaching a variety of subject matters. They are encouraged to think critically and really explore and understand the material that they are learning and the world around them.

    Leslie Edelman, Past President and current Board Member, OHDS parent

  • It's not just about love of Israel and learning Hebrew. Our Kindergartner now sings "G-d bless America" with the same enthusiasm as she does songs about "Apples and Honey" and is recognizing letters and words in both languages.

    Dan Cohen, Former President of the Board of Directors and parent of two OHDS students

  • OHDS is more than a school and more than a community to me. It is really a family. The teachers are so loving and caring. They want each child to succeed with a deep thought of benefiting the whole Jewish community.

    Adi Yaron Schaker, former OHDS Parent

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