Hausner Blog

Lindsey Talley
Azriella Friedman

Lindsey Talley joined Hausner as a lead Kindergarten teacher at the start of this academic year, and was immediately embraced by the Hausner community. Read more to learn about Lindsey's academic endeavor this past summer, and her current artistic endeavor that will play a significant role in her upcoming wedding! 

Amy Watenmaker
Azriella Friedman

First grade teacher, Amy Watenmaker, is not only a fantastic teacher but is also a reader extraordinaire. It’s safe to say if you need a book recommendation, she is the right person to ask. Keep reading to learn about her exciting fun fact (hint: you may have seen her on the big screen), and her favorite Hebrew word which is something quite delicious.

Candace Droutsas
Azriella Friedman


Candace Droutsas is a Hausner veteran, teaching fourth grade for 18 years. Read all about her various roles, and the unique career path she would have chosen if she was not a teacher! 

Anna Leemon
Nathalie Gee

In the fall of her freshman year of college in 2018, Hausner alumna Nathalie Gee heard about a need for a bone marrow donation in the Bay Area Jewish community, leading to her joining the registry and ultimately donating bone marrow to a leukemia patient.

Read Nathalie’s story about the donation process, getting to know her recipient (with whom she now shares 99.7% DNA!), and how her time at Hausner shaped her views on the importance of tikkun olam and tzedakah.

Mount Arbel
Ben Smietana

It was our last day in Israel. We hiked down Mount Arbel, visited the holy city of Safed, and ate a farewell dinner in Tel Aviv, before heading to the airport and returning home. 

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