Kids Understanding and Learning At Mount Zion

MISSION STATEMENT: “Kulam” means “everybody” in Hebrew. It is Mount Zion’s belief that all children should benefit from a quality Jewish education, inclusive of their individual abilities. It is our responsibility as a Religious/Hebrew school to include all children by making a philosophical commitment to creating an environment that nurtures all children in the development of their Jewish faith through appropriate modifications in their Jewish education.

PROGRAM LEADERSHIP: Deb Lehman works with Religious School Director, Alisha Sawyer, to ensure that the needs of all our Mount Zion students are met. They work with parents/guardians and teachers to plan and prepare accommodations and modifications as needed for each student. Alisha hires, trains and oversees our advocates and Deb serves as the parent/guardian liaison and coordinates advocacy with classroom teachers and youth group advisors. Please contact Deb or Alisha to let them know how they and the faculty can meet the needs of your child!

Deb Lehman, KULAM Program Coordinator

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Deb Lehman is an experienced Jewish educator with a Masters Degree in Deaf Education from the University of Minnesota. Her career began over 25 years ago at Anne Sullivan School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Minneapolis. She also has many years of experience in Early Childhood at multiple Jewish institutions in Minneapolis. She has continued her personal education journey by taking classes in Special Education and educational best practices with PACER, JFCS and others. Deb is committed to creating inclusive educational environments where all students can be successful. She is passionate about partnering with families to best support students.

Deb has been happily married to her husband Todd for 29 years and has 3 terrific adult children and a labradoodle named Frankie. In her spare time she enjoys spending time in the North Woods, shopping, yoga, and long bike rides with her husband and…more shopping! Deb is excited to join the Mount Zion community and continue her committment to Jewish education!