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 Iris in the Red Room. Rachel is a certified preschool teacher and is working on her lead teacher certification at Mass Bay Community College.
Iris has worked as a Hebrew and religious studies teacher for twenty years. Over the last 6 years she was a preschool teacher in the Jewish Preschool of Lexington. Iris acquired her bachelor’s degree in education from Tel Aviv University and Masters degree from Polytechnic NY in Business, Human Resources. Iris particularly enjoys working with children and watch that magical moment when they grasp a new concept. Iris lives in Lexington with her husband, three daughters and her dog. Iris loves dancing and singing with her family, friends and students, playing the piano, reading and traveling. Iris is grateful and excited at the opportunity to work with your children at Temple Emanuel!
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.
Dor was born in Jerusalem, Israel and moved to California when I was 13. At the age of 18, I volunteered for a full service in the Israeli Defense Force. Currently, I am an Early Childhood Education and Children Youth and Family studies major at Lesley University. I believe children should always have someone in their lives who believe in them and pushes them to be who they are in this world. Children have always been a big part of my life, I love interacting with them and getting a glimpse of their sense of this world. I have worked at a preschool before with children between the ages of zero to five as a floating teacher. I worked as a nanny twice for infants with two different families. Working with children has been my life’s passion and I want to play an instrumental role in motivating children to embrace hard work and appreciate the values that can be found in both succeeding and failing.
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.
Jonathan is a recent graduate of Muhlenberg College where he studied psychology and music. While this is his first year at Temple Emanuel Preschool, he has always enjoyed working with kids, volunteering on campus on a near weekly basis as an undergraduate with local elementary school students. He is also an alumnus of Solomon Schechter Day School and Gann Academy. As a lifelong musician, Jonathan loves spreading joy through music and incorporating it into the curriculum.
Dorothy has a bachelor’s degree in Art History and a Masters in Elementary Education from Lesley University. This is her second-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.
Talia joined Temple Emanuel Preschool in September 2020. She worked at the JCC for 8 years as a toddler and Hebrew teacher. She loves working with children and sharing her passion for her culture and unique personalities through her teachings. Before Talia moved to the United States, she worked in grades 1-6 IDF (Israeli Army). Talia earned her Infant/Toddler/Preschool certificate through MassBay Community College and continues to further her career by taking child development classes.
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 received 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.
Interim Director of Early Childhood
Andrea Shapiro is Temple Emanuel’s Interim Director of Early Childhood and Director of Young Family Engagement. Andrea has a bachelor’s degree in early childhood and elementary education from Hofstra University and a Master’s Degree in Jewish Education with a specialization in early childhood from Hebrew College. She has spent the past 14 years working with children and families in various educational settings and has a passion for working with families with young children. She spent the first ten years of her career as a preschool/elementary school teacher, working with children 6 weeks-6 years old. Andrea spent many of her teenage years growing up at Temple Emanuel and is excited to be back and part of the community once again. Andrea is committed to educating families with young children about Jewish life and experiences and looks forward to creating enriching experiences and opportunities for TE’s children and families in the preschool as well as the wider community.
Stacey has a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education and has been teaching for over 20 years. She is delighted to be in the office helping in the preschool at Temple Emanuel. Stacey has a passion for early childhood education. Stacey is married with three children and currently resides in Natick.