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Intown Jewish Preschool

Staff

Our Team

The adult’s role in children’s journey is to support and facilitate their growth and development. To assume this role, to teach young children, is a great privilege and responsibility. Teaching is a mission – a valued and time-honored Jewish tradition.

 

We look for teachers who are passionate and will offer a nurturing experience for the children.


Our teachers have a deep understanding of children and the way they think, and have the desire to create meaningful relationships with the children. All our teachers believe in the importance of seeing each child as an individual. Our teachers plan and adapt the curriculum and the environment to meet the needs of each child.


In the Reggio Emelia approach, the teacher sees herself as a learner – alongside the children – open to new thoughts and ideas. The teacher listens carefully to the children, observes and documents their work, and provokes and stimulates their thinking. As teachers, we are committed to strengthening and enriching our knowledge of young children by continuing our own education.

Our teachers encourage our children to reflect, to be independent, to explore, to cooperate, to negotiate, to wonder, to love and to laugh.

Dena Schusterman
Executive Director

Education and children are my passion. I have been involved in early childhood education for 15 years. I am continually curious and interested in how young children learn, and then work hard to implement these best practices into our school fabric. It is my pleasure to be part of a school that is based on this value of being a life long learner and creating an environment where we love to learn. “I have learned a lot from my teachers but it is my students who have taught me the most” (Ethics). As the founding director, it is a privilege to spend my time around our young friends. They consistently inspire me. I look forward to a year of living and learning with all the staff, children and parents at IJP.

Elie Estrin
Director

“In the early years of development, children form who they are as individuals and learn respect, responsibility, and community through exploration and discovery in a supportive and enriching environment based on their interests.” I feel fortunate to have found a warm, nurturing environment where children are encouraged to discover the world around them through a variety of experiences. Having directed a Jewish Preschool for 7 years and been involved in early childhood for 10 years my passion for early childhood education is focused on supporting each child to reach his/her potential. IJP is an exemplary preschool that meets the needs of each individual child.

Rena Gray
Office Administrator

What I love most about young children is learning from them every day and being a part of their exponential growth. I have a Master's degree in Early Childhood education and taught preschool-aged children for 11 years. Now working in the office, I aim to support the staff and administration in doing what they do best: providing a warm, nurturing environment in which to bring out each student's highest potential.

Chaya Steinberg
Lead Teacher Kitah Alef

Hi! My name is Chaya Steinberg and I’m starting my 7th year at IJP. I have two children at IJP and I am excited to be returning to the classroom. I am originally from Las Vegas, Nevada and I speak fluent Hebrew. What I love most about working with young children is learning from them every day and being a part of their growth. I do my best to tap into each child's strengths and to create the most conducive environment for him or her to learn and grow. My team and I look forward to tapping into your child's potential and providing them with positive Jewish values and lots of love.

Yafit Galay
Assistant Teacher Kitah Alef

I was born and raised in Israel. I speak four languages, Hebrew, English, Spanish and Amharic. I have been working In child care for 5 years now and have experience with private child care as well. I consider my profession a true calling and a blessing. I love working with young children, watching them grow and to help them achieve their own personal goals while supporting them with much care and love.

Adi Feen
Co-Teacher Kitah Bet

I have my degree in Social Work, but discovered my motivation for teaching through it instead. I spent many years in Jewish formal and informal teaching in preschool through late childhood educational settings--in the classroom, in extra-curricular activities, in youth groups, and artistically-based programs. I have a passion for gardening—I’m a children's docent at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens! I look forward to getting to know each child through how they play, how they interact with others, how they express themselves in their favorite activities, and how they respond to what is shared in class.

Lindsey Glass-Deshmukh
Co-Teacher Kitah Bet

Lindsey has a background in sociology and a Master’s degree in Urban Planning. She’s worked in many fields, including child care and studio art. Her desire is to help each student feel safe, valued, and open to developing spiritual, intellectual, and emotional depth. Lindsey aims to provide a structured, fun, and loving classroom.

Yael Perez
Lead Teacher Kitah Gimmel

I have been teaching for over 18 years. I was born in Morocco, but grew up in Paris. I made Aliyah later in my life and started my family in Israel. I realized I wanted to work in Early Childhood Education when my family and I moved to Atlanta. I started working in the preschool to help my kids transition to a new life (language, culture, people etc). I quickly learned that I loved teaching preschool children. Preschool is such an exciting, yet challenging time in life. I wanted to understand them and connect with them. Every day is a new and exciting day. I love that IJP focuses on the beauty of the world. IJP guides the children through sensory, fine and gross motor skills, creativity, critical thinking and more. In my spare time I enjoy baking, gardening, crocheting, organizing events and spending time with my family.

Amanda Rosenfield
Assistant Teacher Kitah Gimmel

My name is Amanda Rosenfield, and this is my first year at IJP. I recently moved to Atlanta with my husband and our two cats. I am passionate about working with children and seeing them grow and learn. I have a degree in music therapy and am looking forward to expanding upon the skills I have developed as a clinician in the school setting. I am excited for this school year with Kitah gimmel!

Lindley Hornsby
Co-Teacher Kitah Daled

I am excited to be included in this special, nurturing community. I am a graduate of both Kennesaw State University and Nirvana School of Classical Yoga, holding a B.S. in Psychology and 200hr Yoga Teacher certification. After working in the medical and clinical research setting, I decided to step into teaching, as I felt it was the right time to honor my life-long calling to lead in the classroom and follow the footsteps of my mother, a well-revered public school science teacher. With experience as a tutor for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and as a nanny, I feel my myriad of trainings and life experiences have prepared me for this journey. An ever-curious spirit with a heart full of loving kindness, I practice methods I learned from Positive Discipline and relish in opportunities to learn from (and play alongside) my students. In my spare time, I enjoy taking solo international trips, continuing my French studies, and hanging out with my beloved cat, MoMo.

Mussy Groner
Co-Teacher Kitah Daled

I have been working in the education field for 13 years and enjoy engaging and learning with children. I am also the Director of the Chabad Intown Hebrew School and am a current and alumni parent of IJP, mother of four. I will be teaching Parsha, Jewish Holidays, Hebrew immersion and letter recognition as well as leading daily Tefilah.

Jessica McBee
Atelierista & Lead Teacher Extended Day

I am originally from Sarasota, FL where I received a BFA from Ringling College of Art and Design. I have been an educator in both Montessori and Reggio Emilia environments. In my role as Atelierista, I will be supporting the other educators in providing engaging art experiences, creating long-term art projects with the children, and using those art pieces to beautify our school. I am so excited to be starting my fifth year at IJP!

ALL FAMILIES ARE WELCOME!

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