Religious School Teachers

Kol Ami’s Religious School Teachers for 2021-2022

Angela Kearney, Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd 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.

Michaela Black, 3rd Grade

Michaela is happy to be teaching the 3rd grade class once again. It is her third-year teaching for Congregation Kol Ami of Frederick. She has three children, 2 cats, one dog and a bunch of chickens. Michaela lives in the mountains between Camp Airy and Camp Louise. During the week she helps her husband Colt run their funeral home. Michaela loves to read outside and decorate cakes.

Colt Black, 4th & 5th Grade

Colt Black has been a member of Congregation Kol Ami for over 3 years. He graduated from American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Services in New York, NY in 2009 with an Associate’s Degree in Funeral Service. Colt is a licensed Maryland Mortician, Pennsylvania Funeral Director and Maryland Life Insurance Producer. Colt also holds multiple emergency services credentials issued by the University of Maryland Fire/Rescue Institute. He is the owner of Black’s Funeral Home in Thurmont, MD. Colt is married to his loving wife Micheala and is the proud father of his children Denver, Atlas and Liberty. When not working Colt enjoys spending time with family, and outdoor sports. Colt is looking forward to another successful year teaching.

Joe Anderson, 6th 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. 

7th Grade (TBD)

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.