Wendy Falchuk, Preschool Director
Wendy Falchuk joined us as the Preschool Director of Temple Emanuel Preschool in August 2016. She brings both a passion for early childhood development and Judaism, as well as the ability to articulate a vision for the future of our school and lead us in our school’s evolution. “I’m really excited to honor the traditions and history of this amazing preschool and continue to grow the program in new and innovative ways, enriching the minds of young children,” explained Falchuk.
Wendy brings years of early childhood experience, has extensive involvement on multiple education-related and not-for-profit boards (including the Carroll School, Buckingham, Browne & Nichols and Newton West Little League), and has strong organizational and management skills. A consummate learner, Wendy has been engaged in on-going education in the early childhood arena.
“Having grown up and been bat mitzvahed at Temple Emanuel with Rabbi Chiel, I am really honored to be back here to cultivate an environment of Jewish learning for our youngest generation,” said Falchuk.
Wendy is very committed to early childhood education, and accessible learning for all, including Jewish learning. She has helped to enrich a Jewish curriculum at secular schools, volunteered in the Jewish community, coached Newton Soccer and been on the Board of Newton Little League. She currently resides in Newton with her husband Matt Sarrett and two children Zach, 15 and Cailey, 12.
“You never soar so high as when you stoop to help a child.” – Jewish proverb
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.
Jamie Gallagher 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 Masters 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 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.
Denise Zandman has spent her entire career working with young children, both in Israel where she lived for many years and in the USA. She holds advanced degrees in education from both countries. Denise comes from Wales and speaks some Welsh, as well as fluent Hebrew and English. She loves to travel and has lost count of the number of countries she has visited. She lives in newton with her family. Denise loves entertaining, gardening, and all animals, large and small.
Jane Breslau has been a teacher at Temple Emanuel Preschool for the past thirteen years. Before coming to the preschool Jane worked as a designer and production artist at Boston advertising and design agencies. After starting a family Jane turned her focus on early childhood education. She brings her artistic creative talent, warm smile and love for teaching and nurturing the children. When she is not in her classroom you can find her on her yoga mat. Jane and her family are long time Temple Emanuel members. She lives in Needham with her husband and has 2 college age boys who both attended the preschool.
Lesley-Ann Rozowsky has been a teacher at Temple Emanuel Preschool for the past 14 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 Kehillath 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 Rosenblatt has been a teacher at Temple Emanuel Preschool for the past seven years. Prior to that, she was a preschool teacher at Temple Emeth in Brookline for seven years. Prior to starting a family, Ellen spent several years in the fashion industry in NYC and in Boston. After that, she was a trust administrator in Boston for over a dozen years. Together with her dynamic co-teachers, Ellen brings her love of children to the Blue Room each day.
Lisa Miller has been teaching preschool for twenty years. A native to the Boston area. Lisa has 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 first 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.
Stacey Shulman 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.
Lois Madeson joined the staff of the Temple Emanuel Preschool in 2013 and brings with her a love of learning. She grew up in Newton and has degrees from Brandeis University and Boston College. Lois enjoys creating a safe and nurturing space for the preschool’s youngest children. She especially enjoys developing sensory and art experiences for the class. Lois takes pride, in partnership with their parents, in her student’s developing social and self-help skills. When not in the classroom, Lois’ passion is traveling with her, now young-adult, children.
Penina Scharf 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.
Andrea Shapiro is the Dor Chadash – Families with Young Children Program Coordinator. Andrea has a bachelor’s degree in early childhood and elementary education and is working on her Masters Degree in Jewish Education specializing in Early Childhood Education. She has spent the last 12 years working with young children and families in various education settings. She has a passion for working with young children and has spent most of her career as a preschool teacher, working with children 6 weeks-6 years old. Andrea spent most of her teen years at Temple Emanuel and is excited to be back and a 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 for children and their families