Rana Alshaer, Lower School Principal

Arik Saporta, Upper School Principal  

Arik is a long-time manager and educator. He is the former director of a community center in the low-income Jerusalem neighborhood of Kiryat Yovel, and went on to help start Etgarim, a nonprofit organization providing stimulating outdoor experiences to special-education teens. Later he entered the Mandel School for Educational Leadership and, working with a few other dynamic activists, created Jerusalem Venture Partners, an agency attempting to close educational gaps for underprivileged and struggling students. He is married with four kids, two of whom are students at Hand in Hand.


Manar Chiadri, Principal  

Rasmiya Sh'hada, Vice Principal 

Rasmiya has a BA in Middle Eastern studies, an MA in education management, and is a licensed dialogue facilitator. She joined the Galilee School in 2000 as an Arabic language and culture teacher, while she also worked for the Ministry of Education running workshops about gender equality in the Arab school system. She is currently still active in working to develop women’s leadership in the Arab population, as well as in other Jewish-Arab shared communal projects. Rasmiya was an integral part of building the unique integrated curriculum in the Galilee school. As Vice Principal, she continues to take a leadership role in the pedagogy and strategic planning for the school. She is married to Yosef, and they have three children: Majd, Muataz, and Amal. 


Masha Krasnitsky, Principal

Masha was born in Ukraine and immigrated to Israel over 20 years ago. She has a BA and a teaching certificate in early childhood education. For the past 13 years, Masha has been an educator in schools, summer camps, and Hebrew language programs for immigrants. In 2004 she came to the Wadi Ara school and found a place where she could grow and make an impact in an integrated, bilingual setting. Masha believes that the Bridge over the Wadi school is special not only because it brings Jews and Arabs together, but because it is an excellent school, that encourages learning, curiosity, and gives children the ability to influence their surroundings. Masha is married and has three sons, one of which is a graduate of the Wadi Ara school. 


Iris Giller-Klein, Elementary School Principal

Hala Khoury, Preschool Director

Hala has more than a decade of experience both as a preschool teacher and as a preschool principal under the auspices of the Ministry of Education. She has also recently worked for the Ministry of Education as an educational advisor to an Arab elementary school. She has a B.Ed in preschool education from the Arab College for Education in Haifa and an M.A. in educational counselling from Tel Aviv University.


Sigalit Givon-Fadida, Principal 


Yael Sadeh, Principal 
Yael has a B.Ed from the Gordon College and an M.Ed from Beit Berl College. Yael has many years of experience as an early childhood teacher, and has been in charge of a group of preschools where she worked closely with teachers, parents and children. Yael also has a private practice to help parents of young children deal with parental authority, setting boundaries and supporting a child’s positive self-image. She also lectures often on these topics.

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