Mrs. Caitlyn Cameron

Caitlyn Cameron is an experienced educator and director.  She has spent the last 7 years working as a teacher at Menorah Academy in Edmonton Alberta. This past year she was trusted as a lead teacher in charge of teacher mentorship, professional growth plans, coworker collaboration, and yearly plans. 

Caitlyn has a bachelor of Education degree from the University of Alberta and recently completed her Master in Educational Studies from the same university. She has experience teaching grades 2 through 9, all core subjects and has a passion for incorporating hands-on, real world projects into her classroom.

Caitlyn is originally from Calgary and is looking forward to returning to the city to be a part of the Halpern Akiva Academy family.

Administrative Assistant

Ms. Laurie Brinton

Bio coming soon

Daycare Director

Mrs. Vendekkan

Kizhakke Vendekkan is the daycare director at Halpern Akiva academy. She earned her Bachelor of Education degree and Masters in Mathematics from India in 2008. Kizhakke moved to Canada in 2009 with her family and started her career as a teacher assistant. She holds a child development supervisor and a Montessori certificate from Canada and has worked at various preschools and daycares. She loves teaching all ages, but most of her experience involves the three to six age groups.

Her goals are to continue growing professionally as well as sharing her love for teaching and guiding children while providing a fun and creative environment. Kizhakke is a passionate educator who is always looking to perform at the highest standards. She respects children’s rights at all levels and is a committed team member of Halpern Akiva’s philosophy. As Director of the Centre, Kizhakke take great pride in knowing that our Centre is one that strives for excellence and quality in child care while promoting our Co-operative spirit. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, reading, biking and hiking etc.


Mrs. Marina Kaufman

This school year marks Mrs. Kaufman’s 23rd year at Halpern Akiva Academy. She received a Masters in Mathematics with Honors in the Soviet Union, where she taught advanced mathematics to junior and high school students. After her and her family immigrated to Israel, she continued to teach mathematics to grades seven through twelve, and participated in many teaching initiatives such as adult learning and working with new Olim from Ethiopia. In Israel, Mrs. Kaufman received multiple accreditations including a Certificate in Teaching Jewish Subjects, a Permanent Teaching License, and a status of The State Employee. Mrs. Kaufman is happy to take all the experience she has gained and use it in her role as a Hebrew Language Teacher. To further extend my knowledge and become familiar with a unique curriculum of Hebrew Language and Jewish Studies, she attended ten TaL AM Training Institutes in Canada and the United States. Mrs. Kaufman is committed to enriching the realm of Jewish education in the Hebrew language, and to using the latest educational technologies and modern teaching methods. The learning environment in our classroom promotes critical thinking, growth, a sense of family and a welcoming atmosphere.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, baking and reading. Mrs. Kaufman and her husband have lived in Canada for 22 years, and have two daughters who both reside in Calgary and work in the home building industry.  

Nursery and Pre-K Teacher

Mrs. Trott

Since 1985, teaching 3 and 4 year olds has been an integral part of Mrs. Trott’s life. For the last 15 years, she has been teaching Early Childhood Education at Halpern Akiva Academy. Playing and learning alongside her Nursery and Pre-Kindergarten children has continuously impacted on her how unique each child’s emotional, intellectual, physical, social and creative developments are.

Outside the classroom, you will find Mrs. Trott going for walks, reading, cooking and visiting with friends. She also enjoys researching creative projects for young children. Most of all, she enjoys home time with her family of seven.

Daycare Assistant

Ms. Clarke

Ms. Clarke has been employed at Halpern Akiva Academy since May 2018 as a Daycare Assistant. She migrated from Jamaica in 2005 with her husband. Ms. Clarke attended the Academy of Business College in Toronto, where she obtained her Diploma as a Medical Receptionist in 2008. Although certified in this field, she prefers working with children. I pursued a career in Early Childhood Development and obtained certification as Child Care Development Assistant in 2013. She has over 9 years experience working in Child Care, including working as a Room Leader in different age groups, ranging from infants to kindergarten.

Prior to working in Child Care, Ms. Clarke worked in Tourism for more than 10 years. She believes that working with children requires patience, sincerity and openness. Her goal is to ensure that each child in her care feels loved and valued. Ms. Clarke is excited to contribute to the Halpern Akiva Academy family.

In her free time she enjoys reading, listening to music, going to the gym, watching movies and sports.


Mr. Habot

Mr. Habot was born and raised in Israel. He attended the University of Lethbridge where he received his BSc and MSc degrees in Physics. He met his wife Tammy at the University of Waterloo. Mr. Habot and his wife moved to Calgary from San Diego and they have two sons ages 18 and 14. Mr. Habot received his BEd degree from the University of Calgary. He is passionate about cultivating critical thinking and life-long learning in children through science and math. Mr. Habot enjoys cycling, drawing, Origami, and computer programming.


Ms. Delaney

Ms. Delaney is a Kindergarten teacher at Halpern Akiva Academy. She also teaches English Language Arts and Social Studies to both Grade 2 and Grade 4. Ms. Delaney received her Bachelor of Arts from Saint Thomas University and her Bachelor of Education, specializing in Elementary Education, from the University of New Brunswick. She possess her Alberta Permanent Professional Teaching Certification in addition to her New Brunswick Teaching Certification.

Ms. Delaney is from Fredericton, New Brunswick, and devoted much of her youth training to become a competitive figure skater. From the time she was a teenager, she taught children to learn-to-skate and this is where her life-long passion to teach children began. She enjoys attending Calgary Flames hockey games and concerts. Ms. Delaney also enjoys camping, hiking and walking her three-and-a-half-pound Chihuahua, Baxter.


Ms. Filewich

Hello, I’m Ms. Filewich. Teaching is in my blood. My grandmother was a teacher, my sister was a teacher, and I have three cousins who are teachers. Having taught children from pre-school to junior high, every subject, at almost every grade level, I like to think I can tackle any classroom challenge put in front of me–if not, I’ll give it everything I’ve got. I am currently enjoying my third year at Halpern Akiva Academy, and have been blessed to teach a variety of General Studies classes at many grade levels.

I have always been a reader, a writer, and a creator, but after 20 years in the classroom, I have developed a passion for teaching math so that children can understand it and build critical thinking skills.  I love my job, my students, and being part of the Halpern Akiva family.  

I mentioned that I am also a creator. I dabble in many art forms, but my passion is playing with fire. Melting glass, turning it into beads, and creating sparkly jewelry is something I wish I had more time for. In my spare time, you can usually find me hanging out with my hubby, Doug, enjoying everything our community has to offer.

I continue to look forward to working with the Halpern Akiva family as we travel our learning journey together!

Kindergarten Judaic Teacher

Mrs. Groner

Bio coming soon

Judaic Teacher

Mrs. Halpern

Bio coming soon


Mrs. Jarret

Mrs. Jarret teaches nursery and pre-kindergarten Judaics. She has completed a year of Judaic study in Israel and is currently a student at the University of Calgary. Being born and raised in Calgary and Akiva alumna, she’s very happy to be back! 


Mrs. Lindren

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Mrs. Palyga

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Junior High Judaic Teacher

Mr. Rose

Bio coming soon

Teacher Assistant

Morah Mickaela

Morah Mickaela is a teaching assistant at Halpern Akiva Academy.
She was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta. She is a proud Halpern Akiva Academy alumna.
Morah Mickaela graduated from Beth Jacob High in Denver, Colorado.
She has her PSW certification and Level 1 certification. One of her first work experiences was a sales person at B Gifted that was once located at our Calgary JCC.
She has also worked as a companion for seniors in their home or nursing home. While living in Toronto for 3 years, she gained more experience working with seniors in health care settings.
Morah Mickaela has been employed at Halpern Akiva Academy for over 11 years. She learns something new every day from our wonderful students.
Morah Mickaela is fortunate to have been able to travel to many places around the world. She has a great love for the land and state of Israel and has been very fortunate to have visited there numerous times.
In her spare time, she enjoys photography and walking around different places in the city.
Morah Mickaela loves animals, especially dogs. She also enjoys meeting up with friends and family for coffee.

Teacher Assistant

Ms. Josie Lugada

Ms. Lugada joined Halpern Akiva Academy in March 2019 as a Teacher Assistant. Before joining Halpern Akiva Academy, she worked as a Child Development Worker at Global Kids Academy from 2015 to 2018.

She was a Registered Nurse in the Philippines, worked several years in a Special Unit (Nursery Neonates) at Makati Medical Center. In 1991, she worked at ARAMCO Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as a Nurse until 1994. She moved back to the Philippines to start her own family. She is married to a loving husband and was gifted with four wonderful children, three boys and a daughter. She enjoyed rearing her children full-time and it was at this time where she developed to be more patient, understanding, caring, committed which are very useful in her work as a Child Care Professional.

Her family moved to Canada in 2007 as immigrants and chose Calgary as their permanent residence. She continued to be a fulltime housewife and mother until her youngest child was in his elementary school. As she took care of her family, she also used her spare time to Volunteer at a Senior Home in Shawnessy. She took some small courses at Bow Valley College, finished a Computer Literacy Program and took her Child Development Worker (Level 2) Certificate.

She feels satisfaction in her profession as a Child Care Professional as she can contribute in rearing children and making them enjoy life and be ready for the future ahead of them.

Mr. Alvarez

Bio coming soon