Head of School
Morah Rivky Ross holds a B.A. in Jewish Studies and English Literature from Stern College, Yeshiva University, and completed the Bruriah Scholars fellowship in Talmud at Midreshet Lindenbaum in Jerusalem. She has worked in the field of alternative Jewish Education for 20 years through organizations including Melitz-Centers for Jewish Zionist Education, the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, and the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus. She began her Montessori journey as a parent, falling in love with the method while her children attended Montessori schools in Ithaca, NY. Convinced that Montessori could be applied to yeshiva day school curriculum for an optimal educational experience, she trained in Montessori elementary education at the Princeton Center for Teacher Education. Morah Rivky joined the staff of Yeshivat Netivot as Director in 2006 and became Head of School in 2009. She is both our chief executive and the director of curriculum development for the school. She is considered one of the world’s leading authorities on Jewish Montessori education and lectures widely on this topic.
Chief Operating Officer
Having recently relocated to New Jersey from Toronto, Alexandra brings over a decade of operations and managerial experience spanning the gamut from food sustainability to information technology. Early in her career, she worked with grassroots organizations and local food producers to sell their fresh produce in surrounding communities. More recent roles have included the development and deployment of VoIP cloud services and project support in life safety systems for the senior living industry. To round out our administrative team, Alexandra will be taking on aspects of school operations as well as focusing attention on the increasing demands of our facility purchase and building improvements.
Sara Dyckman holds a bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences from Excelsior College. In Israel, she attended attended Binas Bais Yaakov for one year.
Previously, Sara managed the customer service and order processing department for a large furniture company.
She has many years of experience in administration, customer service and staff management. She has been a part of the Netivot administration for four years and her three daughters attend the school.
Director of Admissions
Devora holds a BS in Psychology from Lander College for Women and has worked as the Administrative Coordinator and Executive Assistant to the CEO of SeniorCare EMS, one of the largest ambulance providers in New York State. In that role, she was responsible for project management, record keeping, inventory, event planning, and contributed to the development of marketing strategies. Devora recently returned to her hometown of Highland Park/Edison. As a parent invested in positive parenting and mindfulness of child development, she quickly fell in love with Netivot and is excited to be sending her two children to our school this year.
Lower Elementary Coordinator
Morah Raizi Feitman holds a BA in Behavioral Science and a Masters in Speech Language Pathology. She has worked in a variety of educational settings, including public school, Yeshivas Darchei Torah, and Kulanu Academy. Morah Raizi has trained extensively in the Developmental Individual-Differences Relationship-based (DIR) model and finds that it perfectly aligns with the Montessori method in treating each child as an individual. She received her Montessori training at the Princeton Center for Teacher Education and at the Jewish Montessori Training Center at Netivot. Before becoming the Lower Elementary Coordinator, Raizi was a teacher for three years in the Zmora classroom.