Elaine Kaplan has served as Rockwern’s Assistant Principal for the past three years and has taught here for the past nineteen years. In her first year as Assistant Principal, she chaired the Steering Committee for the ISACS Accreditation process. She has been responsible for General Studies in our K-8 program and in that capacity has overseen curriculum, discipline, standardized testing, and technology integration, while also teaching Language Arts in the upper grades and acting as the faculty advisor for our Student Council. Mrs. Kaplan graduated summa cum laude from Amherst College, where she majored in American Studies. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Mrs. Kaplan has taught fifth through ninth grade Language Arts and Social Studies for twenty-three years, the last nineteen at Yavneh/Rockwern. In 2011, Mrs.Kaplan was one of three teachers receiving the Joyce Heiman Education Excellence Award. Recently, she completed a Certificate in Jewish Leadership program through Northwestern University and the Spertus Institute.
Judy Diekmeyer, Title
Judy Diekmeyer has been at Rockwern for the past 17 year. During this time she served as an administrator/teacher for the first 9 years and then served exclusively in the classroom for the past 8 years teaching both math and Language Arts to students in grades 4-8. This year she will once again be serving as the Assistant Principal and teacher for 4th and 6th grade students.
She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the University of Cincinnati and did her master work in reading and remedial education at Miami University. Mrs. Diekmeyer came to Rockwern in 2000 from Cincinnati Hebrew Day School where she served as an administrator/teacher for 20 years. Before CHDS she worked for the Princeton School District for 6 years before leaving to raise a family.
Toni Brownell, Early Childhood Education Center Director
Toni Brownell grew up in Cincinnati and graduated from Indian Hill High School. After graduating from college, she moved to Chicago where she met her husband. They came back to Cincinnati to raise their two children, Morgan and Peter. Toni graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in early childhood development. While in Chicago she worked as a teacher and director for a preschool/day care. She has taught 3 and 4 year olds for over fifteen years and currently teaches one of our Pre-K classes on top of her role as the Early Childhood Education Center Director.
Jenny earned a bachelor’s degree from Indiana Wesleyan University in Business Administration and over the years has acquired a diverse background in various business functions including: Accounting, Office Management, Real Estate, and Marketing. Most recently Ms. Wethington worked in the railroad industry where she spent over a decade in various roles at Genesee & Wyoming. EMAIL