Our Faculty


    Rabbi Yerachmiel Garfield

    Head of School

    In 2010, Rabbi Yerachmiel Garfield moved to Houston to lead SG/TE. Having grown up in Pennsylvania, Rabbi Garfield continued his rabbinic studies after high school. He studied for four years in Jerusalem, under the tutelage of Rabbi Zvi Kushelevsky.  After, he relocated to Baltimore, MD, where he earned a Bachelor of Talmudic Law from Ner Israel Rabbinical College.  He received Smicha from Rabbi Berel Wein, which completed his Rabbinic Ordination.

    In 2001, Rabbi Garfield moved with his young family to Atlanta. He began teaching ninth grade in the newly founded Yeshiva Ohr Yisrael, where he would eventually become the assistant principal. Rabbi Garfield received the Jewish Federation’s "Educator of the Year" award in 2006, representing all Jewish day schools in Atlanta. Concurrent to his teaching, Rabbi Garfield served for six years as the school counselor at the Torah Day School of Atlanta and as youth director at Congregation Ariel.

    Rabbi Garfield holds a M.S. in Counseling and a Post-Masters Certificate in Supervision and Administration from Johns Hopkins University. He is also a Georgia state certified principal and has completed the Torah Umesorah National Fellowship for Principals program. Rabbi Garfield writes a column for Hamodia, a national Jewish newspaper, and during the summer, returns to Baltimore where he serves as adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University, School of Education.

    Mrs. Esti Littman
    Early Childhood Director

    Mrs. Esti Littman joined the staff of SG/TE in 2011 as a teacher, and now serves as director of the early childhood program. Since 1997, Mrs. Littman has taught children with varying learning styles and abilities in integrated preschool classrooms, dedicated resource rooms, and traditional environments.  She also served as an administrator at the renowned School for Children with Hidden Intelligence (SCHI) in Lakewood, NJ.  Mrs. Littman’s diverse educational experience reaching children on a wide range of developmental levels enriches her work at SG/TE.

    Mrs. Littman graduated from Thomas Edison State College with a B.A. in Psychology and earned her M.S. in Special Education in 2001 from Adelphi University.

    Rabbi Chaim Helprin
    Assistant Principal Upper School and Limudei Kodesh Curriculum Coordinator
    Rabbi Chaim Helprin has worked in the field of education as a rebbe/teacher, student activities coordinator, and middle school coordinator since 2003.  Rabbi Helprin learned in Yeshivas Chofetz Chaim for 10 years and received Smicha from Rabbi Zalman Nechemia Goldberg, Av Beth Din, Jerusalem. Rabbi Helprin holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Thomas Edison State College, Trenton NJ and a M.A. in Educational Administration from Grand Canyon University.

    Mrs. Faige Grossman
    General Studies Curriculum and Student Support Coordinator, Upper School Math
    Mrs. Faige Grossman moved to Houston in 1998 and has been teaching in Houston ever since. After receiving a teaching certificate from Bais Yaakov Jerusalem (BJJ), Mrs. Grossman attended Staten Island University where she graduated with a B.A. in Psychology and a M.S. in Special Education.

    Mrs. Grossman has served in a number of educational capacities in private schools in Houston prior to joining SGTE full time as coordinator of both general studies curriculum, and student support.  Mrs. Grossman is currently enrolled in Torah Umesorah's national principals fellowship program, an extensive training program for principals.

    Mrs. Rachel Yaghobian
    Ivrit Curriculum Coordinator and Special Projects

    Support Staff

    Mrs. Rivka Nathan
    Business Manager

    Mrs. Malka Finman

    Administrative Assistant


    Mrs. Risi Alexander
    3rd and 4th Grade General Studies

    Mrs. Mary Louise Balsis
    Upper School Math

    Mrs. Maria Barkhausen
    Kindergarten and 2nd Grade General Studies

    Mrs. Yaffa Behar
    Early Childhood – Nursery

    Ms. Miri Brookhim
    Early Childhood - Tiny Toddlers

    Mrs. Orly Fuerst
    Upper School Language Arts and Social Studies

    Rabbi Gavi Gordon
    4th and 8th Grade Boys Limudei Kodesh

    Mrs. Efrat Hazan

    Mrs. Shoshana Issacson
    Early Childhood – PreK

    Mrs. Elisheva Kenzer
    Early Childhood – Nursery

    Rabbi Eliezer Kessler
    3rd and 5th Grade Boys Limudei Kodesh

    Mrs. Riva Korn
    Kindergarten Limudei Kodesh

    Mrs. Lynda Mixon
    Upper School Social Studies

    Mrs. Carol Ann Muskiet
    1st Grade General Studies

    Mrs. Fayga Trepp
    8th Grade Girls Limudei Kodesh 

    Mrs. Cathy Tucker

    Early Childhood – Toddlers

    Mr. Tyrone Tyson
    Upper School General Studies

    Mrs. Chana Weisman
    5th Grade Girls Limudei Kodesh

    Mrs. Fraydee Wender
    1st Grade Limudei Kodesh