Margaux Preschool Faculty

002.20140409 untitled_0027YULISA ALCANTARA was born in Peru. She has an Associate degree in Child Development and has been teaching at Temple Judea since 2002. She is married and both her children Amy and Andres have attended and graduated from The Margaux Early Childhood School at Temple Judea. Ms. Yuli loves teaching young children and feels like as if it is the most rewarding job in the world. Ms. Yuli feels blessed and grateful to be a teacher. She loves swimming, reading, music and going to the beach with her family.

 

012.20140409 teachersjudea 0202 EditYULIETTE ANTUNEZ was born in Havana, Cuba and moved to the United States when she was three years old. She earned her Bachelor’s in Psychology at Florida International University and is pursuing her Master’s in Early Childhood Education. She has been part of the Temple Judea family since 2006, wonderful, and adventurous years. Ms. Yuliette comes from a very close knit family. She is the oldest of three siblings. Her younger sister, Thaisy, is also a teacher at Temple Judea. Ms. Yuliette is married to her best friend, Laz! She enjoys watching football with her husband and their two fur-babies (dogs), Lexy and Nina. It is obvious that Ms. Yuliette loves her job and she says she has a passion for teaching young children and helping them grow not only intellectually, but also socially, and emotionally each day. Her favorite place in the whole world is Disney World. She loves to read books, watch movies, and take pictures!

 

014.20140409 teachersjudea_0268-EditALISSA BODDEN was born in Miami, Florida. She has worked at Temple Judea for a few years as a substitute and volunteer, but 2011 was her first full year as a member of the preschool staff.  Prior to Temple Judea, she worked with many children at Shake-A-Leg. She is a huge sports fan.  She loves playing and watching all kinds of sports. She really enjoys working with children because they provide her with a different outlook on life and funny perceptions on many things.  Their laughs and smiles keep her motivated every day.  She is so thrilled to be a part of the enthusiasm that exists at The Margaux Early Childhood School.

 

IMG 0823 copySTEPHANIE CAMPO was born and raised in Miami, Florida. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and her Master’s degree in Environmental Policy and Management at Florida International University. She has been a part of The Margaux School family since 2010 when she began working  as a substitute teacher while pursuing her degrees and gaining experience in the realm of Environmental Science. She has always had a passion for animals and nature. Her first time visiting The Everglades at the age of 7 only reinforced this passion. As years went by she began learning more about the environment, the issues it faces, and how important it is to conserve and preserve it. Thanks to her time with the Margaux Early Childhood School and the Zoological Society of Florida she has focused her drive for protecting our natural surroundings through the use of education. Her focus on environmental education is aimed towards those that count most, our children. During the past 6 years she has spent her time expanding her skills and knowledge. From working in a fresh water biogeochemistry lab and an environmental research center, to conducting field work, and working for the City of Miami’s Environmental Resource Division, Stephanie has prepared herself with an all encompassing understanding of the environment as a means of being able to educate people at all levels while simultaneously focusing on early childhood education. She is excited to have gained the opportunity to once again work with the Margaux School which will help to further develop her skills as an educator at the preschool level.

LisbethLISBETH DI GENARO is an enthusiastic educator who comes to the Margaux School with experience working in early childhood settings throughout Miami. Lisbeth was born in Venezuela and holds an Associate in Arts degree from Miami Dade College. She takes pride in her ability to establish learning environments that foster academic, social, and emotional growth.  

 

 

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IRMA DRESNER was born and raised in Mexico.  She received her bachelor’s degree of science in primary education.  Ms. Irma taught preschool and elementary school for 10 years before moving to the United States. Her playful nature and knack for creative and energetic learning has enabled her to become well-loved amongst Miami Jewish Religious day schools for over 20 years. She began teaching at Temple Judea in 2009. She loves playing, singing, dancing, special projects and doing  arts and crafts with her students.   When she is not teaching, Ms. Irma is an avid botanist who specializes in orchids and lignum vitae trees (the tree of life), and her hobbies include fishing, scuba diving, biking, and canoeing with her husband.   

005.20140409 teachersjudea_0112-EditCARINA FERIA was born in Cuba and came to the United States when she was 4. She is currently pursuing a degree in Psychology, and plans on entering graduate school to become a Speech Therapist. She loves to laugh, dance and enjoys outings with family and friends.

 

 

 

 

Sue 006.20140409 teachersjudea 0121 Edit 1500SUE FERNANDEZ has been an early childhood educator in Miami for over a decade. She worked at Bet Breira prior to joining the faculty of the Margaux School in 2008. Sue holds an Associate in Arts degree from Miami-Dade College. Sue is exceptionally proud of her two sons and in her free time can be found shopping for a good deal.

 

 

 

013.20140409 teachersjudea_0243-EditANNA KARELL was born in Lima, Peru where she earned an Associate’s degree in Psychology at Rico Palma University. She has taken several courses at Miami-Dade College towards her Child Development Associate certification. Ms. Anna has been part of the Temple Judea family since 2002 where she has taught all ages of preschoolers. She feels blessed to have had the opportunity to watch her “kids” grow. Ms. Anna lives in Doral with her husband Broderick, her two sons Carlos and Mariano and her three cats. She loves to travel with her family including Machu Picchu and Nazca Lines (both in Peru). In her spare time she loves keeping in touch with her family via Skype.

001.20140409 teachersjudea_0012-EditMELISSA MARTINEZ was born in Miami, Florida. She has a bachelors in Elementary Education from Florida International University. She also teaches in our Religious school and her hope is that she can instill a passion for Judaism in each of her students. Melissa has been a preschool teacher at the Margaux School since the summer of 2008 she also works at the. When she is not teaching she sings for the Temple’s choir. She is married and has two daughters Mia and Andrea. 

 

 

Yesenia Miranda 1500YESENIA MIRANDA was born and raised in Miami, FL. She is currently working on her Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education. Yesenia comes from a big family and enjoys baking and going to the beach. She has always enjoyed working with children and is looking forward to getting to know the Temple Judea and Margaux School community and helping the children grow and learn.

 

 

 

007.20140409 untitled 0036NANCY QUEREAU was born and raised in Miami. She has a Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Florida, as well as a C.D.A. and teaching certification in birth-4 years old. Ms.Nancy grew up at Temple Judea where she attended religious and Hebrew school, as well as singing in the temple choir.Although she moved on from Judea many years ago,she is thrilled to have come full circle and be back where she started her Jewish education. Ms.Nancy has worked as a preschool teacher in the Miami Jewish community for the past 14 years. She has 2 children, Bradley who lives in Orlando and Chelsea who attends college in Orlando. She enjoys visiting them as often as possible. She is also an avid Gator, Knights and Dolphins fan!

020.20140409 untitled_0035YOHANDRA ROSALES was born in Havana, Cuba. She came to the United States when she was 5 years old. Ms. Yohandra grew up in New Jersey and moved to Miami after high school. Ms. Yohandra attended the MDCC and that is where her passion for early childhood education began. She has been part of the Tempe Judea since 2004. Ms. Yohandra has been married to her wonderful husband Damian and they have 3 children, Max, Luna and Nina. all 3 have graduated from Temple Judea. Ms. Yohandra is very happy to be part of such an amazing preschool and feels very fortunate to be able to say that she loves her job and loves waking up each day to come to “work.”

003.20140409 teachersjudea 0049-EditMAYA SLAVIN was born in Argentina, in a small city with a very small community. When she finished her High School studies she went to live in Israel in the south of the country, near Beer Sheva in a kibbutz. She studied teaching with a major in science at Key College in Beer Sheva, Israel. She has been part of the Temple Judea family since 2005. Ms. Maya became a teacher because she enjoys helping others find success. Ms. Maya is passionate about teaching and she loves spending time with children. Ms. Maya balances theory with practice in a way that allows the children to begin acquiring knowledge, skills, and a positive attitude. Ms. Maya has worked at both preschools and elementary schools on two continents; she also completed her education in three languages! Working in Jewish education has been the only way for her to combine two fundamental parts of herself. Ms. Maya says that being a teacher is her life choice and educating a new generation by showing them a love of Israel, the Jewish traditions and the Hebrew language is her passion. Temple Judea has given her the opportunity to teach about all the things that mean so much to her.    

loriLORI SLUSS was born and raised on Long Island, New York.  She received her Bachelor’s in Education from the University of South Florida.  She has been teaching Pre-K for more than 25 years and has taught art education K-5 in a private Day School.  She is married to her husband Gene (whom she met in college) and has a daughter Jenna, a son-in –law Matt, and a granddaughter Saylor.  She thoroughly enjoys teaching and considers it the best job in the world.  In her spare time she loves all crafts and enjoys painting  “anything”.  She also loves baking, gardening, shopping and spending time with her family, who all live in Lake Mary, Florida.

Andi Weintraub 1500ANDI WEINTRAUB is excited to join the Margaux School Faculty. A longtime member of Temple Judea, both of her children attended the Margaux School and have been counselors-in-training at Discovery Camp. Andi holds a Bachelors in Human Development and Child Psychology from Syracuse University in New York. She spent much of her career serving as a case coordinator for physically and sexually abused children through the University of Miami Child Protection Team. Andi also worked in the state attorney’s office and was a substitute teacher in the Miami-Dade Public School System.

carol Yidi 225CAROL YIDI was born and raised in Barranquilla, Colombia where her passion for studying Early Childhood Education began. She continued to pursue her interest to work with children when she moved to Miami, Florida. She first gained experience when she took the responsibility to start as a substitute teacher at Temple Judea in 1999. Her enthusiastic energy and love for children reflected into the classroom setting. Carol’s dedication continued throughout her many years working at Temple Judea.

 

 

 

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