Our Staff


Number of years as a preschool teacher: Two

Favorite children’s book: All of the Llama llama books

Favorite things about teaching: “Seeing a lot of the developmental firsts and watching the children become little social beings.”

Allison

Classroom: Osher (12 – 24 mo.)


Number of years as a preschool teacher: 25

Favorite children’s book: The Little Red Hen

Favorite things about teaching: “Mary Ellen pretending to call her Mom, and while talking she put the phone behind her back and yelled, “I’m on the phone!”


Number of years as a preschool teacher: 20

Favorite children’s book: The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka

Favorite things about teaching: “My favorite thing about teaching children is seeing them learn something new. Like mixing two colors together to make a new one, or understanding a pattern and trying to make a pattern with all their activities.”

Amy

Preschool Coordinator and Lead Teacher Classroom: Lev (4 – 5 y/o)



Number of years as a preschool teacher: Over the past 5 years I have had experience as a Hebrew school teacher and a nanny from infants to 3rd graders.

Favorite Children’s Book: My favorite book as a child was “If You Give A Mouse A Cookie”. Now my favorites children’s book is “The Giving Tree”.

Favorite thing about teaching: “My favorite thing about teaching is seeing children learn and grow.”

 

Bari

Classroom: Hebrew Teacher/Floater (1-5 yr)


Number of years as a preschool teacher: One (not as a teacher; but experience with preschool aged children)

Favorite Children’s Book: Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus

Favorite thing about teaching: I love learning with the children, because they can teach you so much. I also love watching them reach their milestones and, being
able to see their personalities develop over time.

 

 

Brenda

Classroom: floater (1 – 3 y/o)

Jacqueline

Classroom: Floater (1 – 5 y/o)

Charnita

Classroom: Gilah (infants)


Number of years as a preschool teacher: Two

Favorite children’s book: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Favorite things about teaching: “Being in the infant room is very exciting because you get to see all the firsts. Every time someone walks it’s very exciting, whether they do it gradually or just randomly get up and walk, those are my favorite moments.”

Dana

Classroom: Gilah (infants)


Number of years as a preschool teacher: One

Favorite children’s book: Olivia series

Favorite things about teaching: “My favorite thing about teaching is watching children be curious and amazed by the world and all the new things around them, and I love answering their questions. It reminds me to appreciate the small things.”

Emily

Classroom: floater (12mo – 4 y/o)


Number of years as a preschool teacher: 23

Favorite children’s book: The Rainbow Fish

Favorite things about teaching: “As I work with children, I witness them using their imaginations and creativity. This is very fascinating to me and a learning experience for me as well.”

Endia

Classroom: Shalom (4 – 5 y/o)


Number of years as a preschool teacher: I have been a preschool teacher for almost three years.

Favorite Children’s Book: My favorite children’s book is “Corduroy”.

Favorite thing about teaching: “My favorite thing about teaching is having students share what they learned at school with their parents. I love watching students correlate classroom lessons and activities to the outside world.”

Mari

Classroom: Tikvah (24 – 36 mo.)


Number of years as a preschool teacher: Two

Favorite children’s book: Llama Llama and the Bully Goat

Favorite things about teaching: “The innocent way they think and communicate. For example, I was supervising my 2 year olds in the bathroom one morning and as I was standing beside one child,she looked at me and asked, ‘Can I have some privacy, Ms. Keja?’ I couldn’t help but laugh.”

Keja

Classroom: Tikvah (24 – 36 mo.)


Number of years as a preschool teacher: 25+

Favorite children’s book: Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

Favorite things about teaching: “Having relationships with a lot of children I taught when they were in preschool, and seeing them grow into young adults (and getting invited to High School graduations).”

Krystal

Director


Number of years as a preschool teacher: Six

Favorite children’s book: No, David!

Favorite things about teaching: “My favorite question to this day: “What does the sun eat?”, asked by a two-year-old. My answer was: “What do you think?”, and then we did a lot of brainstorming with other children. We came up with a hilarious list ofmenu items!”

Luiza

Classroom: Osher (12 – 24 mo.)


Number of years as a preschool teacher: Six

Favorite children’s book: Llama -llama stories

Favorite things about teaching: “When some parents refer to theirchild’s teacher as their ‘school mom’. ‘”

Markita

Classroom: Osher (12 – 24 mo.)


Number of years as a preschool teacher: Nine

Favorite children’s book: Mr. Brown Can Moo Can You by Dr. Seuss

Favorite things about teaching: “One of my favorite things about teaching is the bond that forms between teachers and students. For me, I am personally moved when a child is so happy to see me when they arrive at school.”

Michaela

Classroom: Gilah (infants)


Number of years as a preschool teacher: This is my first year being a preschool teacher. 

Favorite Children’s Book: My favorite book to read when I was younger was “If You Give A Mouse A Cookie” by Laura Numeroff. 

Favorite thing about teaching: My favorite thing about teaching is being able to play a positive role in the students lives and seeing how much they grow overtime.

Charlie

Classroom: Chaverim (36 – 48 mo.)


Number of years as a preschool teacher: This is my first year of being a preschool teacher.  

Favorite Children’s Book: As a kid, my favorite children’s book was “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt”

Favorite thing about teaching: My favorite things about teaching is to see kids being happy, comfortable, and to see them explore new things within their environment. 

 
 

Mueh

Classroom: Gilah (infants) 


Number of years as a preschool teacher: This is my first time being a preschool teacher!

Favorite Children’s Book: My favorite children’s book is The Velveteen Rabbit.

Favorite thing about teaching: The best part about teaching little ones is having conversations with them and
seeing the world through their eyes for a moment.

 

Grace

Classroom:


Number of years as a preschool teacher: 15+

Favorite children’s book: Rainbow Fish and I Love You Mommy

Favorite things about teaching: “I have so many cherished memories that it is hard to choose just one. Here is one that does stand out. A little boy was in my 2 and 3 year olds class. He wasn’t listening very well so I asked him if he had his listening ears on. He said, “No, Ms. Susan. They are in my pocket asleep”. Where do 3 year olds come up with stuff like this? I had to turn my head to laugh.”

Susan

Classroom: Gilah (infants)


Number of years as a preschool teacher: My number of years as a preschool teacher is 19 years. 

Favorite Children’s Book:My favorite Childrens book is The Cat in the Hat!

Favorite thing about teaching:”My favorite thing about teaching is watching the childrens eyes sparkle when they have learned or discovered something new! Being there to protect, provide, and participate in their lives gives me assurance that I’m doing the right job being a Early Childhood Educator.

 

Chaka

Classroom: Chaverim (36 – 48 mo)


Number of years as a preschool teacher: This is my first year being a preschool teacher. I have been a volunteer and floater in day cares and other child care facilities for ten years. 

Favorite Children’s Book: My favorite children’s book is There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly. 

Favorite thing about teaching: My favorite thing about teaching is being able to be just another positive influence in each child’s life. Nothing in the world is more beautiful than watching a child’s growth

 

Nia

Classroom: Gilah (infants)


Number of years as a preschool teacher: >1 years!

Favorite Children’s Book: You are Special by Max Lucado

Favorite thing about teaching: “My favorite thing about teaching is the joy that comes with it for so many reasons- love getting to watch kids learn something, I love getting to be silly with them, and I love getting to see how quickly they grow.”

Nat

Classroom: Osher (12 – 24 mo.)


Number of years as a preschool teacher: 14 years

Favorite Children’s Book: Joseph had a Little Coat

Favorite thing about teaching: Getting to know the children through interactions and play

 

Evan

Classroom: Floater (1- 5  y/o)