Administration & Staff

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Our school is fully licensed and accredited by the New Jersey Department of Youth and Family Services and the State Department of Education.

All teachers hold New Jersey State teaching certification or a current CDA

All staff is certified in infant/child CPR and First Aid.

All teachers are required to continue their professional education by attending classes, workshops and conferences. They also participate in inter-school visitation, specialized in-service training and JCC Association sponsored programs. Consultant services are provided by a licensed social worker, child psychologist, speech language professionals and consulting pediatricians.

The school is affiliated with the New York Board of Jewish Education and the UJA-Federation of Bergen and North Hudson Counties Jewish Educational Services.

Admin Team

Adyna Rosen, Program Supervisor - Infants, Toddlers , Full Day 2's, After Care and Camp Katan
Adyna began her career in the JCC Early Childhood program as a head teacher in the Toddler program and is now coordinating the Toddler, Aftercare and Vacation programs. With earlier roots at the JCC, Adyna has also worked as a counselor in Camp Katan and Camp Tikvah. She attended William Paterson University and Georgia State University, earning her BA degree in Special Education and Counseling. After teaching at Voorhees Pediatric Facility and a private day school, Adyna returned to the JCC as a teacher in the Therapeutic Nursery. She also taught at Temple Emeth in its Early Childhood Center for 12 years as a teacher in its 2 year old program. Her varied experience has helped her develop a unique understanding of child development and a highly individualized approach to teaching.

Jill Rosalimsky - Program Supervisor Half Day 2's
Jill comes to us with many years of experience as a Jewish early childhood educator. She holds a Masters degree in early childhood and special education and includes teaching toddlers through kindergarten and special needs students. She directed a preschool summer camp, and was educational director of a Synagogue based supplementary Hebrew school. She has led workshops in music and movement, phonemic awareness, language and literacy, math games, classroom/behavioral management and dramatic play. She has done research and written papers on sensory integration and learning styles. Jill's greatest pleasure is seeing the smile and glow on a child's face as they explore and learn new things as well making time to enjoy her thirteen grandchildren.

Aliza Cinamon, Three and Four Year Old Program Supervisor
Aliza Cinamon joins us from Park Avenue Synagogue in Manhattan, where she worked as an Assistant Early Childhood Director, Camp Director and Teacher. In addition to overseeing our four-year-old and Kindergarten programs, Aliza will be working on Special Events within Early Childhood. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Yeshiva University and a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Bank Street College.

Nanette Greenberg, Parent & Community Ambassador
Nanette works in the Parenting Center where she helps to develop and implement engaging classes and events for parents and babies. Nanette has a strong interest in maternal wellness, parent-baby attachment/bonding, and child development. She has a BA in Psychology from the University of Maryland-College Park and a Masters in Social Work from Columbia University. In addition, Nanette has completed post graduate work in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy from the Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy. Prior to her work at the JCC, Nanette worked as a child therapist at a school for children with speech and language challenges and/or on the Autism Spectrum. She also had a psychotherapy practice primarily focused on young adults. In her free time, Nanette enjoys reading, baking, yoga, and running.

Lindsey Kelly, JCC Nurse
Lindsey was raised in Demarest and grew up coming to the JCC as a child. After graduating from Northern Valley Regional High School, in Demarest, Lindsey went on to pursue her bachelor's degree at Northeastern University. Lindsey has worked in the acute care hospital setting since 2005. After graduating, her nursing career led her to specialize in Cardiac Care at Hackensack University Medical Center. Since joining the JCC community in 2014, Lindsey has had the pleasure of getting to know the Early Childhood Center children as well as the staff. She looks forward to being able to serve her community in this new role.

Educators

Shira Adar, Assistant Teacher
Shira joined the JCC in March 2015 as a certified Kindergarten and nursery teacher who completed her studies and worked in Israel for ten years. She holds a BA in Sociology and Multi-disciplinary Art from Tel Aviv University and a teaching certificate from Kibbutzim College of Education, Israel.

Jackie Broida, Head Teacher
Jackie holds an MS in Early Elementary Education from Long Island University. She has taught nursery school for over 30 years, most of which has been with 3 year olds. Jackie has been at the JCC since September 2014.

Ilene Conroy, Head Teacher
Ilene has been a teacher at the JCC since 1993 and has also worked as a unit head camp counselor and a cooking teacher. She attended Glassboro State College where she received a BS in Elementary and Early Childhood Education.

Maricel DeGuia, Assistant Teacher
Maricel joined the JCC in 2009, inspired to work with children as she came from a large family, where she is one of sixteen children!

Maria Diamantis, Assistant Teacher
Maria has worked with two, three, and four year old children as a full time assistant teacher at the JCC for fifteen years. Maria has also been an assistant head counselor at Neil Klatskin Day Camp for seven years. She has participated in the JCC’s professional development courses, taken classes at Bergen Technical Academy and she has holds a Child Development Associate credential (CDA) from the Council for Professional Recognition since 2013.

Shani Finn, Head Teacher
Shani Finn holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Yeshiva University and a Master's degree in Early Childhood special and general education from Bankstreet College. She has experience teaching toddlers through kindergarten in various educational settings. Shani believes in creating a warm and caring environment and a fun approach to learning, while taking each child's needs and personalities into consideration.

Carrie Foglio, Assistant Teacher
Carrie began working at the JCC more than a decade ago as a substitute teacher, and after one year, was offered a full-time position as a Pre-K4 teacher’s assistant. She also takes pride in providing two year olds their first camping experiences at the JCC.

Luz Angelica Germes, Assistant Teacher
Angelica was born in Santa Rosa de Cabal, Colombia. She earned a degree in Environmental Engineering from the University Libre of Colombia and began working as a substitute teacher in the JCC Early Childhood Center in early 2016. She is now a full time assistant teacher with the toddlers, encouraging their development.

Maria Guzman, Head Teacher
Maria was born in Armenia Quindio, a small, beautiful town in the Colombian countryside. After moving to the US, Maria worked a flower designer for 5 years, then started working as a teacher’s assistant. She took the CDA course and earned her certification and joined the JCC family.

Yamileth Leon, Assistant Teacher
Yamileth came to the USA as a young adult with a Bachelors in Business Administration from her native Colombia. Always enthusiastic and full of energy she started working helping families with their children's education as a very dedicated babysitter. Yamileth is part of the JCC family since the summer of 2018 and is currently pursuing an Associates degree in Early Childhood Education from Bergen Community College.

Michele Lopes, Head Teacher
Michele is an assistant teacher in the 2’s program, with 10 years of experience in the JCC Early Childhood Department. Michele is CDA certified in pre-school education. She is a member of the Planning Committee and Publicity Chair for Autism Speaks Northern New Jersey Walk at Met Life Stadium.

Morgan Pine, Head Teacher
Morgan joined the JCC in 2010 and has worked in the twos, threes, and extended day programs. She is experienced in the Reggio curriculum, which looks to broadening the learning experience through dramatic play, art, and science.

Carol Poltorak, Head Teacher
Carol graduated from the University of Bridgeport with a degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education. She began working at the JCC in 1985. After a brief break to be home with her own children, Carol returned to the early childhood center teaching 2, 3, and 4 year olds, and is presently teaching in the JCC Kindergarten. She has also spent several summers as an assistant program director for Kadima at NKDC.

Ivonne Ramirez, Assistant Teacher
A native of Columbia, Ivonne has been studying and working with children in the US for over 15 years. She has a degree in Child Development as a Child Development Associate. Prior to joining Early Childhood at the JCC, she worked at the YMCA, Turrel School, and Bergen Family Center. She owns a child entertainment company and loves to bring the joy of clowning to her teaching. She is extremely creative and has a bright imagination which she imparts to all her students.

Annie Rubinstein, Head Teacher
Annie holds a BA in Sociology from University of Maryland. Before joining the JCC she was an elementary school teacher for more than 10 years, most recently in Englewood NJ public schools. Annie has broad teaching expertise from educating high risk students in an inclusive (special education) classroom setting, to gifted and talented students. She is excited to start down a new path at the JCC Early Childhood Center, where her son was once a student.

Nathalie Sanchez, Assistant Teacher
Nathalie has her BS from Rutgers university in exercise science and sport studies. She started substitute teaching at the JCC and really loved working with our children. Before joining Early Childhood, Nathalie worked for a couple of sports teams where she got to interact with their youth teams and encourage their passion for sports and learning.

Shaleni Sankar, Assistant Teacher
Born in Guyana, Shaleni came to the United States in 1995. Her first job was working here at the JCC and she has now been here for 19 years as an assistant teacher.

Aliza Schwartz, Head Teacher
Aliza Schwartz is a head teacher in the JCC toddler program. She spent the last nine years as an early childhood teacher in New York City, where she developed many skills to enhance the classroom environment. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Kean University in New Jersey and is currently back at Kean, earning a Master’s in Early Childhood Education and Family Studies.

Sherilyn Sonenshine, Head Teacher
A head teacher for a three year old class, Sherilyn holds a BA from Western Governors University in Early Childhood Education. She began her teaching career at the JCC while her children were students here in 1995. She has taught in both Jewish nursery schools and public school and has had many mentors along the way that have helped her learn and thrive as a teacher.

Zahava Streit, Head Teacher
With close to 40 years of experience in Early Childhood Education, Zahava was raised in Israel and began her career in education by teaching children (pre k-6 grade) on a kibbutzim during her service in the IDF. She also taught senior citizens and young children who recently immigrated to Israel. She has been working at the JCC as a teacher for 29 years. Zahava also teaches Hebrew in different schools and provides private Hebrew lessons.

Susan Suchoff, Assistant Teacher
Susan has been a Teacher at the Kaplen JCC Early Childhood Center since 2010. Her teaching experience spans ages 2 through Pre-K. Susan has also taught in the many JCC summer camp programs including, Camp Katan and the Neil Klatskin Day Camps Art department. She is currently a summer Program Resource Manager in the Kadima division of the NKDC. Her love for Early Childhood Education and teaching led to a career change from the corporate world to Early Childhood Education. Prior to becoming an Educator, she was the Personnel Coordinator to the Speaker of the NYC Council; a Human Resource specialist in the Hotel industry and a Project Manager for a Non-Profit organization. Susan also developed and owned an Executive Recruiting firm in NYC for many years. Susan received her Bachelor's of Science degree from Boston University in Political Science. She continues to teach and pursue her passion for Early Childhood Education; enjoying the world through the curious eyes of developing children.

Fazida Walcott, Assistant Teacher
Born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago, Fazida moved to the United States in 1986 with her family. After living here for several years, she joined the JCC as an assistant teacher and she has been working here for 20 years.

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