Our Staff

Our school is proud of its trained educators whose caring approach is coupled with a standard of excellence. Each member of our faculty is sensitive to the needs of the students and their families and has a strong commitment to quality education. The faculty meets weekly to discuss curriculum , plan programs and share and exchange ideas. In order to uphold the high standards of our program, staff development is ongoing throughout the year. This ensures that our teachers remain aware to the ever-changing needs of today's families and to the findings of current research.

Our director, principal and teachers are an unusually dedicated group of professionals whose level of commitment to each child does not stop at the classroom door, and whose commitment to education is truly a vocation. As a result, they bring to their jobs a unique and special blend of professional skills, and personal experience.


Mrs. Lazaroff Mrs. Chiena Lazaroff
Director and Principal of Judaic Studies

Mrs. Chiena Lazaroff was born in Tashkent, Russia. She lived in Paris France before her family moved to America where they lived in Cleveland, Ohio. She attended The Hebrew Academy of Cleveland and graduated from Yavne High-School for girls. She received her seminary teachers training at the Bais Yaakov Teachers Seminary in Brooklyn, New York. She has taught for forty-five plus years in New York, Detroit and Houston in Elementary Schools, High Schools and Adult Education classes. She obtained an Administrative License from the Department of Protective and Family Services, she is a member of the Professional Administrators National Credentialing, and attended the Principal’s Center at the Harvard Graduates School of Education. Chiena Lazaroff has served on the board of the National Conference of the Central Organization for Jewish Education, spearheading the educational teacher training division. She lectures, nationally and internationally, on a broad range of subjects including the structure of the Hebrew Language. She co-founded Chabad Lubavitch of Texas in Houston, Torah Day School of Houston and Camp Gan Israel of Houston. She has served as our Judaic Principal, curriculum developer and Judaic studies teacher since 1977. Mrs. Chiena Lazaroff says “When we came to Houston people asked us what was our goal, our plan. We were there to create greater Jewish awareness and observances. How this was to be done, we had no idea. As needs arose, we rose to the occasion. It’s not the work of our hands, but the blessings of Hashem, conveyed to us through the Lubavitcher Rebbe and his love for each and every Jew. So many lives have been touched; it’s gratifying to see the second and third generation availing themselves of the Jewish education we provided and in turn, contributing to the community, as well. The Rebbe made us leaders, always urging us to greater heights. I feel privileged to have earned his confidence.”Her children have graduated from Torah Day School and have gone on to become Rabbis, degreed professionals, project managers and one has served in the Elite Forces for the Israeli Defense Force, and several of her grandchildren are current students of TDS.

001.JPG Mrs. Arlene Lassin
Principal of Secular Studies

Arlene Lassin, a longtime educator and administrator holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in education earned from Temple University in her native city of Philadelphia. Lassin began her career in education at Houston Independent School District in 1997. She quickly demonstrated leadership skills and was promoted to a lead teacher, a mentor teacher and finally a reading specialist. Next promoted into HISD’s administrative ranks, she spent seven years both at HISD and La Marque ISD in central administration management guiding principals in selecting and developing great teams of educators and assisting them in leading their schools. In 2010, Lassin was selected as a fellow at the Rice University, Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business for school leaders. There she completed her principal certification along with an additional 36 hours in instructional leadership development, graduating in May 2012. With that additional education and a desire to be back among students and educators, Lassin is excited to return to a school setting as a campus-based leader, especially at Torah Day School which has a long history of excellence and success.

Rabbi Enan Francis
Head of School 


IMG_2200.JPGMrs. Eileen Kaplan
Early Childhood Coordinator
Kindergarten Secular Teacher

Eileen Kaplan has been in Early Childhood education for the past 30 years. She has been a teacher, a director, a mentor, speaker and author. She is passionate about the role that early childhood education has on the success of a child throughout his/her school progress. The early childhood educator lays down the foundation for the child to then grow and thrive. These days, young children are expected to know so much before they even enter kindergarten. Eileen believes that children are able to learn through hands on experiences and literature. The focus will be emergent reading and math skills but the method will make the child want to achieve through doing. Through her position as both Torah Day School’s PreK teacher and Early Childhood Coordinator, she aims to build a strong sense of community with the students, parents and teachers.