Upper Division (Middle School 6-8)

Mr. Snyder has spent nearly two decades in education and joined Denver JDS in 2004. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Delaware and his master’s from the University of Denver. He does volunteer work with Jefferson County Mediation Services, Arapahoe Youth League, and Gold Crown Foundation. When not teaching, Mr. Snyder loves spending time with his family, playing basketball, and kayaking.

My favorite thing about being principal of our Upper Division is watching girls and boys traverse the journey of adolescence to become women and men.

— Jason Snyder, Upper Division Principal

Welcome to the Upper Division!

Denver Jewish Day School students are curious, joyful, and enthusiastic learners — respected and celebrated for the unique contribution they bring to their class and to our school. Our teachers, administrators, and staff take the time to get to know each and every one of our students. Differentiated instruction and inquiry-based learning ensure that our students are met at their appropriate instructional level, and they are encouraged to explore questions and learning that ignite their curiosity. Our strong focus on our school’s Divrei Chaim (Words to Live By or core values) as well as our Tzedek (service learning) program instill respect, kindness, and a sense of efficacy in all our students.

Our school community includes students, parents, and educators who come together from different backgrounds and Judaic observance to share in the goal of creating and fostering an inclusive and pluralistic school community in which our children grow and thrive as learners and people.

I welcome you to explore this warm and wonderful learning community — our mishpachah (family) — in which all of our students are encouraged to reach their greatest potential.

Jason Snyder
Principal, Upper Division


Dean of Technology and Programs

Meet Josh Lake

With a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from Colorado State University, Mr. Lake has been working at Denver JDS for 20 years. Some of his favorite moments here include Shabbatonim (Shabbat retreats), Color War, and building community. Josh also runs the Denver JDS Summer Camp. Josh enjoys yoga, meditation, sports, and superheroes.

Dean of Judaic Studies

Meet Benjamin Levy

Mr. Levy is the Upper Division dean of Judaic Studies, teaching courses covering the breadth of Judaic Studies, as well as Computer Science courses focusing on web design and JavaScript programming. In addition to being a teacher and administrator at Denver JDS, Mr. Levy is also a school parent with two of his three children currently in the Lower Division. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Judaic Studies from the George Washington University, a master’s in Jewish Education from Hebrew College via the Pardes Educators Program, and was in the first cohorts of the Legacy Heritage Teacher Leader Fellowship, and Legacy Heritage Teacher Maker Institute for Educational Technology. He has been a part of the Denver JDS team since 2009.

Dean of Students/Faculty Affairs

Meet Peta Miller

Mrs. Miller has more than 20 years of experience teaching social studies at the secondary school level and taught at the prestigious Hammond School in Columbia South Carolina from 2003-2015. A native Australian, Mrs. Miller has a BA (Honors History) from the University of Queensland and a graduate diploma in secondary education from the University of Canberra. Prior to becoming an educator, she spent three years in the Royal Australian Air Force.