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Alex Brill
General Studies


             ​I teach math, reading, writing, and social studies to fifth grade students. Guiding students through self-discovery and independence in their learning is one of my many goals as an educator. Throughout my education at the University of Oregon, my focus and passion has always been in elementary education. I later perused a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Denver. This is my second school year here at Soille Hebrew Day and could not be more excited for the major milestones that 5th graders will be accomplishing from now until June!





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Rabbi Soncino
Judaic Studies



I am thrilled and excited to have the honor and opportunity to be your children’s’ fifth grade Judaic teacher!  Born and raised in Jerusalem, Israel, I grew up absorbing the passion to learn and teach from my exceptional teachers and Rabbis. Following the path of education, I obtained my Rabbinical ordination before joining three years of service in the Israeli Air Force as a Rabbi. Upon immigrating to the United States, I pursued a Master of Science degree in educational leadership. For almost three decades, I held a variety of Teaching and Administration positions in Jewish and secular education settings. As a fellow Soille Hebrew Day parent, I deeply appreciate your commitment to our Jewish heritage. I am positively thrilled to be focusing strictly on education this year, as that has always been my passion! I intend, with G-d’s help, to nurture and deepen the connection and understanding of our children to Hashem and His Torah.


J. Rivard Julie Rivard

This is my 19th year teaching at Soille. Over the years I've taught both math and science to upper elementary and middle school students. This year I'm teaching 4th and 5th grade science, and I'm assisting Mr. Bessler with 8th grade science fair. I'm also helping out in the 4th and 5th grade math classes and running an enrichment STEM program for 4th and 5th graders. I'm looking forward to another exciting year!