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

Leadership: West

Nadine Zysman

Nadine Zysman

Associate Head of School, Principal at BES East
Andrea Weinstein

Andrea Weinstein

Principal at BES West
Michelle Handzo

Michelle Handzo

Assistant Principal at BES West
Gillian Feldman

Gillian Feldman

Assistant Principal at BES West
Elissa Ben-Naim

Elissa Ben-Naim

Director of Jewish Life & Learning at Brawerman Elementary
Lindy Goldberg

Lindy Goldberg

Director of Admissions at BES West
Rebecca Spain

Rebecca Spain

Director of Advancement, Brawerman Elementary

Faculty & Staff

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Lida Abramov

Hebrew Specialist

Alexander Aguiar

Irmas Security

Tess Arca

Accountant

Ada Arita

Administrative Assistant

Jose Arita

Irmas Safety and Security Supervisor

Kevin Ayala

Grade 5 Teacher

Emily Barnett

Grade 6 Teacher

Julia Barrett

Grade 2 Teacher

Carlos Briseno

Irmas Maintenance

Justine Buckley

Senior Manager of Marketing and Communications

Hillary Chesler

Grade 3 Teacher

Adrienne Coffield

Technology Specialist

Alejandra Contreras

IT Supervisor & Project Coordinator

Jose Contreras

Irmas Maintenance

Lourdes Cornejo

Irmas Maintenance

Jose Cortes

Irmas Security

Jesus Cruz

Irmas Security

Luis Cruz

Irmas Maintenance

Joseph Dacorsi

Irmas Maintenance

Chloe Director

Grade 2 Teacher

Antonio Dominguez

Irmas Maintenance

Courtney Edson

Grade 5 Teacher

Rozita Farahdel

Grade 4 Teacher

Christine Flynn

Grade 2 Teacher
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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.