Religious School Teachers

Kol Ami’s Religious School Teachers for 2020-2021

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. 

David Bass, 7th Grade

David grew up in Bayside, Queens with his mom and younger brother. He had his Bar Mitzvah and Confirmation at Temple Beth Sholom, a Reform Temple in Queens, and was active in BBYO throughout high school. David has a bachelor’s degree in History and Africana Studies and a master’s degree in Special Education and Public Administration (MPA). David currently serves as the Hillel Director at Gettysburg College and as an Academic Tutor for College Living Experience. David is a member of the Kol Ami Board of Trustees.

Tom Brancato, 7th Grade

Tom grew up with his parents and twin sisters on Long Island, NY. After high school, Tom attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) where he received his bachelor’s degree in computer science and math. Upon graduating, Tom began his career as a software engineer working for Lockheed Martin. Tom holds master’s degrees in systems engineering from Cornell University and economics from Binghamton University. After about a year of study, and almost a decade of living a Jewish life, Tom converted to Judaism last year. Tom enjoys bike riding, tennis, baseball, theater, and eating out at the great restaurants Frederick has to offer.

Joanna Sieger, Director of Education

After teaching school for eight years in Kol Ami’s Religious School, Joanna became the Director of Education in 2018. She is also the director of the Beth Sholom Early Childhood Center in Frederick, where she teaches the two-year-old class. Additionally, she serves on the Executive Committee of Kol Ami as the Immediate Past President, having served as the President from 2016 – 2018. She is the mother of three children: Molly, Zachary, and Sarah. She feels that our children’s religious school education is incredibly important because it is where our youth gain their sense of community.