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Faculty and Staff

Mrs. Rivka Fenton
Preschool and Music
Mrs. Fenton joined the faculty of SCHA in September 2016.  She has taught Judaic Studies to students in preschool through high school, as well as serving as the Arts and Afterschool Program Director in a Chabad School.


Mrs. Pessy Malachowski

Kindergarten Judaic Studies
Mrs. Malachowski joined the SCHA faculty in August 2014.  She attended Beth Rivkah Division of Higher Learning and Bnos Chabad High School.  Mrs. Malachowski previously worked as a paraprofessional in a preschool, working one-on-one with a student; as a summer camp counselor, and a winter camp counselor with the Friendship Circle; and as a Direct Care Worker for adults with special needs.

Mrs. Rachael Scheff
First Grade Judaic Studies
Mrs. Scheff joined the SCHA faculty in August 2016.  She graduated Summa cum Laude with a BS in Behavioral Science from Mercy College, where she also earned an MS in Early Childhood Education.  Prior to coming to SCHA, Mrs. Scheff worked for five years from 2011-2016 as a Special Education Teacher in Sinai Schools in New Jersey, and for two years from 2009-2011 as an Instructional Aide at the Essex Regional Education Services Commission in Passaic, New Jersey.  She holds multiple Education Certifications in topics ranging from Social Skills Training to Digital Teacher Certification. 

Ms. Sarah Hartwell

First & Third Grade Secular Studies
Ms. Hartwell began teaching at SCHA in September 2008. She received her BA in Psychology from Rutgers University, and her MS in Education from Metropolitan College of New York. Prior to joining the faculty at SCHA, Ms. Hartwell was an Intern in New York City Public Schools 110, 19, and 134; and teacher with TeacherCare Home School for Early Education Children.

 Rabbi Menachem Barrocas
Third Grade Judaic Studies & Middle School Talmud
Rabbi Barrocas joined the SCHA faculty in August 2017.  He studied and received his rabbinical ordination from the Rabbinical College of America in Morristown New Jersey. Prior to coming to SCHA, Rabbi Barrocas worked as an assistant teacher at the Cheder Chabad in Monsey New York.

Rabbi Baruch Kaplan

Principal and Fourth Grade Judaic Studies
Rabbi Kaplan began teaching at Southern Connecticut Hebrew Academy in the fall of 2005. He teaches Tefillah, Chumash, Navi, Halacha, and Chagim 4th grade. Rabbi Kaplan received his Bachelor of Arts in Talmudic Studies from Yeshiva Gedolah of Greater Miami in Miami, Florida. He received his Rabbinical Ordination from the Rabbinical College of America in Morristown, New Jersey. Rabbi Kaplan is the Director of the Chabad Jewish Center in Wallingford, Connecticut and the Coordinator for the Chinuch Office's Summer Educational Conferences. Prior to joining the faculty of SCHA, Rabbi Kaplan taught at Bris Avraham Hebrew School in Fairlawn, New Jersey, and was the Head Counselor at Gan Israel Overnight Camp in Parksville, New York.

Mrs. Kay Pacileo

Principal and Fifth Grade Secular Studies
Mrs. Pacileo began teaching at SCHA in August 2000. She received both her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Math, and Master of Arts in Classroom Teaching from West Virginia University. Mrs. Pacileo taught second and third grade in West Virginia and served as a substitute in grades kindergarten through ninth grade in various schools in West Virginia. Mrs. Pacileo also worked for five years in the library at Beecher Road School in Woodbridge, CT, including a period as interim librarian.

Rabbi Yonah Fenton
5th – 8th Grade Judaic Studies
Rabbi Fenton joined the SCHA faculty in September 2016.  He received his BA in Talmudic Law and his ordination from United Lubavitch Yeshiva.  Rabbi Denton has several years of teaching experience in Judaic Studies, and served as the Educational Director of Chabad of the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts.


Rabbi Josef Hartmann
Middle School Judaic Studies
Rabbi Hartmann began teaching at Southern Connecticut Hebrew Academy in the early 1980's when it was still New Haven Hebrew Day School. He has developed a highly successful curriculum that integrates cutting-edge technology into the teaching of Talmudic wisdom. His unique ability to connect with students has made him a beloved teacher at SCHA.