Religious School Teachers

Kol Ami’s Religious School Teachers for 2021-2022

Angela Kearney, Kindergarten and 1st Grades

Angela Kearney and her husband, Mike, live with their dog “Maggie” in Middletown. They have 3 daughters, Amanda who owns a local salon studio, our middle daughter Morghan, who works as a dispatcher in Washington county and our youngest who is attending Towson University. They also have two grandsons. Angela and Mike own a few local businesses. Happy Paws, Inc. and Strike Zone batting cages. Angela is currently working with MSquared Dog Training. Mike retired from Rockville City Police Department and now works for “I Drive Smart”, teaching teens to drive safely. The Kearneys have been Kol Ami members for 6 years.

Todd Rubinstein & Substitutes 2nd & 3rd Grade

Grew up and currently reside in Montgomery County, Maryland.  He was a member of Har Shalom congregation where he performed his Bar Mitzvah in 1995.  He attended the University of Maryland, College Park where he received degrees in Secondary Education Social Studies and History.  Upon completion of my degrees he taught in the Montgomery County Public School system for 16 years.  Recently he made a career switch and now work at the National Institutes of Health in the Small Business, Education, and Entrepreneurial Development office.  He has two daughters, ages 9 and 3.

Andie Sante, 4th & 5th Grade

Andie and her children have lived in Frederick for 15 years and I am a life long Marylander. She is the Operations Manager for the Maryland Music Educators Association. This is her 9th year as a member of Kol Ami and, with the exception of the year of virtual learning, have been volunteering as the “cafeteria mom” since her older started at religious school.  She is also a co-leader for my daughter’s Girl Scout Troop and volunteer with my son’s Cub Scout Troop.

Joe Anderson, 6th & 7th Grade

Joe is a Virginia native who relocated from Richmond to Frederick in 2013 with his wife, Michelle, and daughter, Anna, a third grader at Oakdale Elementary. He is a data scientist for the Army, and he has taught high school and college students Bioinformatics and Internet of Things Engineering. This is Joe’s second year teaching religious school, and he is excited for a great year of learning. He is looking forward to meeting the students and parents. He also builds motorcycles, welds, does woodworking, and has two lazy girl pit bulls that show up on camera from time to time. Joe wants everyone to have a great year and do some mitzvot. 

Katelyn Vaughan, Director of Education

Katelyn is a long-time Frederick resident. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in History and two Masters of Arts in Humanities from Hood College, with concentrations in Medieval and Renaissance studies. Katelyn and her 3 sons have been members of Kol Ami for the past several years. Starting the 2021 school year, Katelyn will be Kol Ami’s new Director of Education. Additionally, Katelyn is also the Office Manager at Beth Sholom Congregation. Katelyn and her children enjoy Frederick’s thriving Jewish community and hope to keep contributing to its growth and success.