Our Staff


Number of years as a preschool teacher: 2

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 Wolfe

Classroom: Osher (12 – 24 mo.)


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 Lindsay

Classroom: Lev (4-5 y/o)


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!”

Brenda Johnson

Classroom: floater (1-3 y/o)


Number of years as a preschool teacher:2

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 Shemer

Classroom: Gilah (infants)


Number of years as a preschool teacher:1

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 Adcock

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 Mangum

Classroom: Shalom (4-5 y/o)


Number of years as a preschool teacher:6

Favorite children’s book:The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

Favorite things about teaching:“My favorite thing about teaching is the individual connections I make with the child. It is rewarding to watch the child learn and grow.”

Jacklyn Faiola

Classroom: Tikvah (2 y/o)


Number of years as a preschool teacher:2

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 Stevens

Classroom: Osher (12 – 24 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 Glass

Director


Number of years as a preschool teacher:6

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 Raspopa

Classroom: Osher (12-24 mo)


Number of years as a preschool teacher:6

Favorite children’s book:Llama -llama stories

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

Markita Tapp

Classroom: Osher (12-24 mo)


Number of years as a preschool teacher: 9

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 Moore

Classroom: Gilah (infants)


Number of years as a preschool teacher:9

Favorite children’s book:The Snowy Day, Amelia Bedelia, and Corduroy

Favorite things about teaching: “I had a little boy that was adopted from India. He had never been in school before and was afraid. I loved him and showed him how much I cared about him. He also had a skin condition and he wouldn’t let anyone care for him but me. His mom would text me and tell me how much he would talk about me.I am very happy and blessed to have made several positive impacts on my students over the years that will stay in my heart forever.”

Shiniqua Agnello

Classroom: Chaverim (3-4 y/o)


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 Garner

Classroom: Gilah (infants)


Number of years as a preschool teacher:4

Favorite children’s book:The Missing Piece by Shel Silverstein

Favorite things about teaching: “I love watching the child walk for the first time. I’ve seen this here at Kehillah and in the public school setting where I worked with children with special needs.”

Tara Guzman

Classroom: Floater (infants – 5 y/o)