Meet the Admissions Staff

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Linda K. Schaffzin, PhD

Linda’s destiny as a Jewish day school educator began at the age of 11, when she entered Akiba Hebrew Academy (now Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy) in suburban Philadelphia.

After receiving her BA in English from the University of Pennsylvania, Linda returned to teach middle school at Akiba. Eventually, her four children progressed through synagogue nursery school, Solomon Schechter Day School, and finally Akiba, from which they all graduated—a culmination of continuous involvement in Jewish education of 27 years. In the midst of this activity, Linda was named a Jerusalem Fellow, a fellowship for senior Jewish educators, and the family spent three years in Israel. This followed six years at the Board of Jewish Education of Greater New York where she and husband, Stephen, co-edited World Over Magazine, a national children’s publication. On their return to the US in 1986, Linda and Stephen founded a Jewish educational publishing business, working closely with The Jewish Agency and its Israel youth trips.

In 2000, Linda was asked to head a new Reform middle school in Atlanta; that was followed by an appointment as Solomon Schechter Day School Middle School principal in Chicago. In 2007 Linda joined Lehrman as Director of Admissions. She received her MA from The Jewish Theological Seminary in 2003, and her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from Barry University in 2016.

e-mail Linda or call 305.866.2771.


Ruth Quintana

Born in Barcelona, Ruth left at the age of six and lived in the Caribbean, Long Island, and Boca Raton before coming to Miami Beach in 1992. Ruth graduated from Hofstra University with a degree in Psychology. At Lehrman since 2005, she feels she has found her dream job. In her free time, Ruth can be found at the beach, snorkeling or bike riding. She likes to read mysteries and history and wishes she had the time to read even more. 

Ruth is fluent in English, Spanish, and Catalan, the language of Barcelona where she travels often.

e-mail Ruth


Amy Siama

Lehrman is fortunate that Brooklyn born Amy followed future husband, Dror, to Miami.

After bringing her three children to Lehrman, Amy loved it so much that she became PA president, is now an administrative assistant, and also teaches after school dance classes.

Amy, who started dancing at the age of three and continued into her 20’s, performed and taught dance for 15 years. Her current favorite is hip hop. Besides time spent with her family or on the dance floor, Amy likes to travel.

e-mail Amy


Renee Steinman

Brooklyn born and bred, Renee, who moved to Miami to escape the cold, has worked at Lehrman for 37 years. One of her prior jobs was for a private defense plant, but shhhh, she won’t tell you anything! When it comes to Lehrman, however, Renee is the one to ask!

Renee and husband Ed have two children, both Lehrman alumni,and four grandchildren. The Steinmans are frequent Disney World visitors, with or without the kids. They have a living reef in the salt water aquarium in their house, and Floydette, a cockatiel.
Renee has played Mah Jongg for 52 years and still plays it weekly.

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