Meet our Amazing Teachers!
Our teachers are all experts in early childhood education, and most are parents as well. Our teachers have a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree, and all are certified with the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care. Many of our teachers have advanced degrees in other fields, and skill sets from a variety of backgrounds. We do many hours of professional development classes and training.
Rachel previously worked at Gan Elohim Preschool at Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley. Rachel graduated from Temple University and had a prior career as a Certified Public Accountant. Her love of Judaism and young children guided her to the Temple Emanuel Preschool and a fun partnership with Maria in the Red Room. Rachel is a certified preschool teacher and is working on her lead teacher certification at Mass Bay Community College.
Maria has over 20 years of experience in early childhood education. Starting in Hong Kong she helped pioneer the first child play program for children 6 months-5 years of age. She has taught E.S.L in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Shanghai to young children. She brings her background in studio art and graphic design into hands on creative projects in the classroom with the children.
Lee has lived in the Newton area since graduating from Auburn University with a degree in Opera Performance. While she is new to Temple Emanuel Preschool, she brings many years of early childhood care experience and enthusiasm to our program.
Lesley-Ann has been a teacher at Temple Emanuel Preschool for the past 15 years. She received her four-year degree in Early Childhood Education in Cape Town South Africa. There she taught at a Jewish preschool for two years before emigrating to Boston. Prior to starting a family, she taught at Kehilath Israel Nursery School in Brookline for nine years. She then helped facilitate the opening of Temple Israel Preschool in Boston. Together with her amazing co-teachers, Lesley-Ann brings her enthusiasm and passion for early childhood education to the Blue Room each day.
Ellen began working in the fashion industry in NYC and in Boston following that, she was a trust administrator in Boston for over a dozen years. After beginning her family, she decided on a career change, and began teaching preschool at Temple Emeth in Brookline where she worked for seven years. Ellen has been a teacher at the Temple Emanuel Preschool for the past eight years and together with her dynamic co-teachers, Ellen brings her love of children to the classroom every day.
Stacey has a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education and has been teaching for over 20 years. She is delighted to be teaching at Temple Emanuel Preschool and has a passion for early childhood education. Stacy is married with three children and currently resides in Natick.
Lisa has been teaching preschool for over twenty years. A native to the Boston area. Lisa received her BA from Mount Ida College and has a Lead Teacher certification from Mass Bay. Lisa’s goal as an early childhood educator is to build her student’s self-esteem and develop successful relationships between students, parents and teachers. This is Lisa’s second year in the Sagol (Purple) classroom. In her spare time, Lisa is an avid sports fan who loves to go to any and all games.
Maya grew up in Newton and attended Newton Public Schools. She received a BA in social psychology from UMass Boston. When she was just 9 years old, she began working as a mother’s helper and has worked with kids ever since. Most of her experience has been working in academic enrichment programs throughout Boston as well as many years of nannying in Newton. Last year she started working part-time as a floater and extended day teacher and returned this year as a teacher in our Pre-K room! Maya lives in Newton with her daughter.
Dorothy has a bachelor’s degree in Art History and a Masters in Elementary Education from Lesley University. This is her first-year teaching at the Temple Emanuel Preschool. Dorothy is a lead teacher with over 10 years of experience teaching in the classroom. She has a passion for working with toddlers and she believes it is such an important age and stage to build a bond with children while helping them grow and develop.
Marissa has been teaching preschool for twenty years. She was a permanent substitute last year at Temple Emanuel and is thrilled to be part of the teaching staff this year. She received both her undergrad and graduate degrees in Early Childhood Education from Lesley University. Marissa is a certified toddler and preschool lead teacher. She currently lives in Chestnut Hill with her husband and daughter.
Jamie comes to us from Long Island, New York. She relocated to the Boston area after graduating from Manhattan College where she earned a degree in Journalism. After working in the corporate world for a short period, she decided to switch gears and follow her passion and pursue a degree in Education. Jamie holds a Master’s degree in Special Education, and a license to teach Pre-K-8 as well as English as a Second Language. Jamie was a Special Education Teacher in the Boston Public Schools for several years before she decided to take a time out to focus on her young and growing family. Now that her children of school age, she has decided to step back into the classroom here at Temple Emanuel Preschool. Jamie currently lives in Newton with her husband and two daughters, Naomi and Madelyn.
Penina joined Temple Emanuel Preschool in 2013. She brings a love of Judaism and an enthusiasm for helping children to blossom to grow. She enjoys guiding children as they strive to be independent learners and to accomplish new milestones. Penina has a BA from the University of Maryland and a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Chicago. She lives in Newton with her husband and three children.
Esther is a long-time member of Temple Emanuel. She has been teaching preschool for 38 years. She receiver her B.S. in education at the University of Hartford and her Master of Library Science with a specialty in children’s librarianship from the University of Rhode Island. She lives in Newton with her husband and has 2 adult children-both of whom are alumni of our preschool. She loves to travel, put together jigsaw and crossword puzzles and read.