Religious School Staff
CJ Burka (Kitot Hey/Vav) spent all of high school working as a madricha at Etz Hayim before leaving the area to go to New York. She studied Geography, Political Science and Global Studies. Four years, a BA and an ever-growing distaste for New York traffic brought her back home, where she brings creative ideas and fun activities to our 6th Grade students on Sundays and our 4th & 5th Grade students on Wednesdays.
Nick May (Songleader) is currently a teacher at Gesher Jewish Day School and student in Gratz College’s Master of Education program. Originally from New Orleans, Nick fell in love with Jewish music at a young age through his experiences at Jewish summer camp. Over the past decade, Nick has served as songleader for camps and youth groups across North America, written and recorded original Jewish music, and has been featured as an Emerging Artist on Jewish Rock Radio. When he is not songleading or playing music, Nick loves to cook, watch sports (especially his New Orleans Saints and LSU Tigers), and play with his cat, Lola.
Laura Naide is the Director of Religious Education at Congregation Etz Hayim in Arlington, Virginia, where she is responsible for the Religious School, the B’nei Mitzvah and Adult Education programs. Laura has taught Hebrew and Jewish Studies for over 30 years to students ranging in age from pre-K to adult. She also has written curriculum for and taught online Jewish Studies courses. Laura especially enjoys family programming and celebrating the Jewish holidays.
Robyn Norrbom (Kitah Aleph & Kitah Gimmel) has taught in our Religious School for 4 years. She teaches Kitah Gan (Kindergarten) on Sundays and Kitot Gimmel (3rd Grade) and Dalet (4th Grade) on Wednesdays. Robyn also teaches in our congregation’s preschool. Her favorite Jewish holiday is Tu B’Shevat because “trees are awesome!” Her favorite Hebrew letter is “yud.”
Sheryl Schneider (Kitot Bet/Gimmel) is currently a Behavior Intervention Teacher for Fairfax County Public Schools. She has been part of FCPS since 2014 when she moved to Virginia to be with her now husband. Originally from New Jersey, Sheryl has been a special education teacher in Virginia and New Jersey as well as a department chair for a Comprehensive Services Site within FCPS. Sheryl has an adorable 4 year old son. Sheryl looks forward to working at Etz Hayim in a teacher capacity this year.
Amanda Sky (Kitah Zayin) has been teaching at CEH for 5 years. She currently works at an environmental nonprofit and graduated from American University in 2020. In her spare time, Amanda likes baking and cooking. She is always on the lookout for new restaurants to try. Her favorite Jewish holiday is Rosh Hashanah.
Jackie Subar (Kitah Gan) is Assistant Director for Political Outreach for the American Jewish Committee. She has many years of experience teaching in Religious Schools. She believes that the Gan experience should be silly, fun, and creative!
Nate C. is a Hebrew tutor at Congregation Etz Hayim. He has been a member of CEH since preschool. He is a 9th grader at Yorktown High School. Nate has read torah for the synagogue several times throughout the past year. In his free time, he does dive and competitive dance.
Dina H. is a Hebrew tutor at Congregation Etz Hayim.
Ilana N. is a madricha for Kitot Aleph & Bet.
Cory P. is a madrich for Kitot Gimmel & Vav.
Ellie R. is a madricha for Kitah Gan.
Jacob S. is a Hebrew tutor at Congregation Etz Hayim and a madrich for Kitot Hey & Vav.