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Faculty and Staff

Ms. Christine Battle
BCA Forensic Science
Ms. Battle joined the BCA Faculty in September 2016.  She is working towards her Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science and Biology at the University of New Haven, where she has worked as a Biology, Chemistry, and Forensic Science tutor of undergraduate students, and a Chemistry Teaching Assistant. 

Rabbi Shlomo Bogart
BCA Chassidus and Parshah
Rabbi Bogart joined the BCA faculty in September 2015.  In addition to teaching here, Rabbi Bogart is also on the faculty of Yeshiva Beis Dovid Shlomo in New Haven, CT.

Señora Adriana Castillo
11th and 12th Grade Spanish
Señora Castillo joined the BCA faculty in September 2016.  She earned her BA in Education with a Minor in Spanish from Southern Connecticut State University.  She also serves as Spanish Teacher at the Independent Day School in Middlefield, CT, and at the Cold Spring School in New Haven, CT.

Mrs. Basya Deitsch
BCA Chumash
Mrs. Deitsch has taught in both the SCHA Middle School, and Beth Chana Academy High School for Girls since 2011.  She studied at Ohel Chana Academy, and earned her Diploma and Certification from the Refuah Institute, and the William Glasser Institute.  She is a member of the American Association of Professional Coaches.  In addition to her teaching career, Mrs. Deitsch has a private practice in Life Coaching.

Ms. Mushky Goldshmid
BCA Judaic Studies
Ms. Goldshmid joined the faculty of Beth Chana Academy in September 2016.  She attended Seminary in Montreal and Moscow, where she also led extra-curricular activities, and is currently working towards her Bachelor’s Degree from Touro College.

Ms. Shterny Levitin
BCA Program Coordinator and 7th and 8th Grade Parsha
Ms. Levitin, who is an alumna of both Southern Connecticut Hebrew Academy and Beth Chana Academy, has served as Program Coordinator of Beth Chana Academy since September 2014, and joined the Faculty of SCHA’s Middle School in November 2016.

Ms. Shainy Lieder
BCA Dorm Counselor and Pre-Kindergarten Assistant
Ms. Lieder joined the Preschool and High School staff in September 2016.  She received her diploma in Advanced Jewish Studies from Ohel Khana Seminary, and is working towards her Teaching Certification from Bet Chana Seminary in Tzfat, Israel.  Prior to coming to SCHA, she served as a Teacher’s Assistant in Beth Rivkah Elementary School in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Ms. Chany Markovitch
BCA Dorm Counselor
The BCA dorm students are very grateful that Ms. Markovitch joined the BCA staff in September 2016.

Ms. Anita Patel
BCA Biology and Physics
Ms. Patel began teaching at BCA in September 2016.  She holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of New Haven and a Master of Science from University of Bridgeport.  Prior to joining the BCA faculty, Ms. Patel was the 9th Grade Academic Advisor of the Yale Bridgeport GEAR-UP Partnership; the 9th and 10th Grade College Advisor at the Higher Heights Youth Program; and as a Biology Teacher at the Fairchild Wheeler Multi-Magnet High School.

Rabbi Levi Schechtman
BCA Halacha and Likutei Sichos 
Rabbi Shechtman has been teaching at BCA since September 2012.  He studied at Yeshiva Elchanan Chabad and received his ordination from Ohelei Torah Talmudical Seminary.  Rabbi Shechtman also serves as the Director of Chabad at Wesleyan University. 

Dr. Theresa Vara-Dannen
BCA Curriculum Coordinator; English, History, and Holocaust Studies Teacher
Dr. Vara-Dannen joined the BCA faculty in August 2016.  She earned her BA from Manhattan College; a PhD in English from Swansea University; a JD from New York Law School, and a Certificate of Advanced Study from Wesleyan University.  Her previous experience includes teaching English at Darien High School; English and American Studies at University High School of Science and Engineering; and English and French at Chase Collegiate School.

Mr. John Sastri
BCA Algebra 1 and 2
Mr. Sastri joined the BCA faculty in February 2017. He earned his BA in Mathematics from Cortland College and his MAT from Sacred Heart University. Prior to taking his position at BCA, Mr. Sastri taught math at Sacred Heart Academy.