Meet our Amazing Teachers!
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.
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.
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.
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.