Faculty & Staff

Rabbi Y. Marrus

Dean of Students & Director of Judaic Studies

Rabbi Yossi Marrus brings over two decades of educational, administrative, and rabbinic knowledge and experiences to our school since our founding in 2013.

Jessica L. Diric, M.Ed.

Principal & Director of General Studies

Jessica Diric began her teaching career in 2001. She has dedicated those years teaching grades pre-k up through third grade, in Killeen ISD, Harlandale ISD, and here at TASA.


Sarah Endzweig

Lead Teacher, General & Judaic Studies Teacher

Mrs. Sarah Endzweig (Mrs. E) graduated from Touro College in Brooklyn, New York, with a degree in Psychology with a focus on Special Education.

Morah Keren Ashkenazi

Ivrit and Art Teacher

Morah Keren Ashkenazi is an Israel native, originally from Holon, Israel. She is excited to be back in the classroom teaching the beauty of the Hebrew language to our students.

Rabbi L. Grossbaum

Elementary Judaic Studies

Rabbi Grossbaum is a native of Stony Brook, Long Island where he grew up attending the local community Jewish day school and in a rabbinical home.

Rabbi Rosenwasser

Middle School Judaic Studies

Rabbi Moshe Rosenwasser studied at the Mirr Yeshivah in Jeruslaem, Israel and received his Semicha-Rabbinical Ordination from The Jerusalem Kollel and the Ner Le’elef Kiruv.

Stefanie Nelson

General Studies Teacher

Mrs. Stefanie Nelson is a San Antonio native who graduated from The University of Texas at San Antonio and received her B.A in psychology.

Maria Karp

Office Manager

During her 15 years in the Texas Army National Guard, Maria held positions from Budget Analyst to managing the Student Loan Repayment Program for the Texas Army National Guard.

Sarah Cantu

Kindergarten General Studies

Sarah Cantu comes to TASA from San Antonio ISD where she was a Dual Language (Spanish) Kindergarten teacher. Sarah is excited to join the TASA family!

Morah Malkie Marrus

Elementary Judaic Studies

Morah Malkie Marrus is a veteran educator with more than twenty five years of classroom and educational experience.

Gavy Shapiro


Gavy Shapiro graduated from Gratz College with a BA in Jewish Studies and a Certificate in Jewish Early Childhood Education.

Heftziva Vakanin

P.E. Teacher

Coach Heftziva Vakanin is the new P.E. Coach (M'amenet in Hebrew) for The Starr Family JDS.

Kristin Verzwyvelt

General Studies Teacher

Ms. Verzwyvelt is a certified Texas teacher in English grades 4-8, with the STR (Science of Teaching Reading), and Art EC-12.

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