Our Staff all have exceptional qualifications and experience.
Ayelet “Ellie” Lichtash, Executive Director, Founder
Teachers & Support Staff
Christine Parson, Music Teacher
Amanda Hess, Elementary Montessori Teacher
Daniel Moses, Elementary Montessori Teacher (In training) Rabbi Moses has been a teacher since 2004. He holds a Master degrees (MA) in Education from George Washington University and Advanced Talmudic Studies from Yeshiva Gedolah of Greater Washington. He graduated his BA in Talmudic Letters in Yeshivat Beit Israel in Jerusalem, Israel. Rabbi Moses has enjoyed teaching in the DC area; most recently, he taught at the Hebrew Academy and Yeshiva of Greater Washington (Boys and Girls Divisions). Rabbi Moses will be taking an AMI Elementary training this summer in Connecticut and is expected to complete his training by Fall 2015. We are proud that Rabbi Moses has been a teacher at Alef Bet since Fall 2013. He is eager about Montessori education and contributes his vast knowledge to development of Montessori materials for our Judaic and Hebrew programs.
Kate Zierke, Toddler Teacher (In Training) Kate joined our school in the fall of 2013. She has been teaching toddlers and infants for several years. She graduated Nabraska University in Early Childhood Education. Over the next few summer Kate is pursuing her full AMI training for an Aid to Infancy Directeress (the AMI rigorous training for Infants and Toddlers). Kate is passionate about early childhood learning and is a dedicated and loving member of our staff.
Ester Bar. Toddler Teacher Ester has 35 years of experience working in early childhood programs. She joined us on November 2013. Prior to working with our school, Ester was the owner and operator of Gan Gani, a Hebrew speaking home day care provider. She was the teacher for some of the older children in our school today. Ester is expected to complete her Montessori training this summer.
Jordon Grubic, Support Staff in the Primary ClassJordon joined our school for the year of 2012, as a support staff member in the Primary Class. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Special Education as well as an Associate Degree in Teaching, Early Childhood Education. Jordon has previous experience in both, assistant teaching and special education. He comes highly recommended and we are thrilled to have him join our staff.
Efrat Goldstein, Support Staff and Hebrew Coordinator Primary Class
Efrat joined our school in the Spring of 2014 as support staff and Hebrew Coordinator. Efrat has had wonderful experience as with children and is compassionate about children and education. She holds a JD from Hebrew University in Israel and has practice law for several years before moving to the US. Her gentle and calm disposition is a quality treasured in our school.
Rachel Sharon, Support Staff in the Elementary and Primary Class - Hebrew
Rachel joined our school for the fall of 2013. A skilled and enthusiastic assistant, Rachel is also a fluent Hebrew speaker. Rachel has a Teaching Certificate as well as a BA from Seminar Hakibuzim in Israel. Rachel is also very accomplished in the field of teaching on individual basis and small groups. Rachel is excited to work both in Primary and Elementary classrooms.
Hila Jacoby, Support Staff and Hebrew Coordinator Toddler Class
Hila joined our school in the fall of 2014 as support staff and Hebrew Coordinator. Hila has had wonderful experience with children and is compassionate about children and education. She is a Midwife and a Nurse in Israel and practiced in Israel for several years before moving to the US. Her gentle and calm disposition is treasured in our school.
Janel Herman, Business Manager
Janel joined our staff in 2007 and handles bookkeeping, accounts and financial information for the school. Prior to joining us, she was the treasurer of Beth El Preschool for many years. In addition to her BS in Secondary Mathematics Education from the University of Maryland, Janel also holds an MBA from the University of Maryland. A pleasant and genial staff member, Janel will be able to assist in any questions parents might have concerning the accounts and enrollment at the school.
Amanda Boltax, Assistant Director of Communications
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