Meet the Brawerman West Team

Head of School

Brandon Cohen began his role as Brawerman Elementary School’s Head of School in 2016. A California native, he, like many of Brawerman’s alumni, attended Harvard-Westlake School, eventually moving on to receive his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania. After a brief stint as an airline pilot, Brandon’s passion for educational leadership led him to pursue his graduate degree at the University of California, Los Angeles from the Principal Leadership Institute. His dedication and passion for educating children led him to serve as a teacher and school administrator for 19 years, including principal of the highly regarded Los Angeles Unified School District Downtown Magnets High School.

Brandon Cohen

Brandon Cohen

Head of School at Brawerman Elementary

Leadership: West

Nadine Zysman

Nadine Zysman

Associate Head of School, Principal at BES East
Gillian Feldman

Gillian Feldman

Principal at BES West
Elissa Ben-Naim

Elissa Ben-Naim

Director of Jewish Life & Learning at Brawerman Elementary
Michelle Handzo

Michelle Handzo

Assistant Principal at BES West
Jennifer Palmer

Jennifer Palmer

Assistant Principal at BES West
Gilad Weisner

Gilad Weisner

Director of Special Programming, BES West
Lindy Goldberg

Lindy Goldberg

Director of Admissions at BES West
Andrea Weinstein

Andrea Weinstein

Chief of Staff at BES West
Rebecca Spain

Rebecca Spain

Director of Advancement, Brawerman Elementary
Noa Grant

Noa Grant

Director of Schools Communications
Erin Jacobs

Erin Jacobs

Director of Operations at Brawerman Elementary

Faculty & Staff

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Lida Abramov

Hebrew Teacher

Shavana Afework

Innovation and Technology Lab Assistant

Ada Arita

Administrative Assistant

Lindsay Astor-Grant

Occupational Therapist

Samantha Auerbach

Student Support Specialist

Lauren Bailey

Library Specialist/Judaic Support

Jeny Bannon

Co-Teacher Assistant

Sam Bannon

Co-Teacher Assistant

Elissa Ben-Naim

Director of Jewish Life & Learning at Brawerman Elementary

Aaron Blasband

HUC Intern

Fiona Breslin

Co-Teacher Assistant

Hillary Chesler

Teacher

Adrienne Coffield

Director of Innovation and Academic Technology

Brandon Cohen

Head of School at Brawerman Elementary

Maya Cooperman

Chesley Cunningham

Educational Technology Coordinator

Lily Danziger

Co-Teacher Assistant

Courtney Edson

Teacher

Rozita Farahdel

Co-Teacher Associate

Gillian Feldman

Principal at BES West

Christine Flynn

Learning Support Specialist
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We provide an unparalleled educational experience rooted in Jewish values – inspiring innovative thinking, empowering responsible leadership, and honoring individuality within a nurturing community.

About Us

Brawerman West is an intimate environment with small class sizes where teachers get to know and truly care about the children. Students flourish in the loving, supportive community that is a hallmark of our school.

We are a tight-knit community with a high level of collaboration among the faculty and an active parent body, committed to learning and using innovative pedagogy.