Our Wonderful Staff!

  SEYLA COHEN- Preschool Director    Born in Izmir, Turkey, Seyla came to the USA in 1985. She began working as a teacher in the Temple Shalom Preschool in 1991, when her son was in the 2-year-old program, and became the Preschool Director in 2007.  Seyla has a degree in Business Administration. She also holds a    Florida Child Care Professional Credential  (FCCPC) and  Advanced Director’s Credential . She is passionate about Early Childhood Education and believes that self-confidence in children is the most important instrument to raise successful children.    

SEYLA COHEN- Preschool Director 

Born in Izmir, Turkey, Seyla came to the USA in 1985. She began working as a teacher in the Temple Shalom Preschool in 1991, when her son was in the 2-year-old program, and became the Preschool Director in 2007.

Seyla has a degree in Business Administration. She also holds a Florida Child Care Professional Credential (FCCPC) and Advanced Director’s Credential. She is passionate about Early Childhood Education and believes that self-confidence in children is the most important instrument to raise successful children. 

 

  GLORIA MELLMAN – Administrative Assistant   Gloria began her career at TSP in 2007 as assistant teacher in the Cubs and Lions classes. In 2010 she became Administrative Assistant. She is the mother of four children and is also a Jazzercise instructor.

GLORIA MELLMAN – Administrative Assistant
Gloria began her career at TSP in 2007 as assistant teacher in the Cubs and Lions classes. In 2010 she became Administrative Assistant. She is the mother of four children and is also a Jazzercise instructor.

PRE-K

  YVETTE MACAY- PreK Teacher  Yvette graduated from FAU in 2007 with a bachelors in Elementary Education with ESOL endorsement and a K-12 Exceptional Student Education Certificate. She has 5 years of teaching experience in Broward and Collier Counties. She has two children, and one of them currently attends TSP.

YVETTE MACAY- PreK Teacher
Yvette graduated from FAU in 2007 with a bachelors in Elementary Education with ESOL endorsement and a K-12 Exceptional Student Education Certificate. She has 5 years of teaching experience in Broward and Collier Counties. She has two children, and one of them currently attends TSP.

  HOPE VIANI – Teacher's Assistant  Hope has worked at TSP since 2006. She has her CDA certificate and is currently working in the Pre-K class. Hope is the mother of five children.

HOPE VIANI – Teacher's Assistant
Hope has worked at TSP since 2006. She has her CDA certificate and is currently working in the Pre-K class. Hope is the mother of five children.

  BETH LAMB – PreK Teacher  Beth began teaching at TSP in 2004. She earned her Child Development Associate degree and is the mother of two children.

BETH LAMB – PreK Teacher
Beth began teaching at TSP in 2004. She earned her Child Development Associate degree and is the mother of two children.

  BEA BAYTER -  Teacher's Assistant      Bea was born in Colombia, South America but moved to the United States at the age of six. At an early age, she realized being bilingual was an asset that could allow her to help others in unique ways, and when she was in high school, she discovered her passion for working with children. The first part of her career was spent working with students in the school system in Laguna Beach, California.  After pausing her career to raise her son for a bit, she reentered the educational system in 2001, working in Collier County.  Bea’s professional career has consisted of working as a bilingual coordinator; a special education professional in high school, elementary school and preschool; an ELL program coordinator, and a teacher’s assistant. She joined our Temple Shalom Preschool family in 2017.  Bea is grateful to serve the community and continue to work educating and serving the youth, and we are so happy to have her on our team!

BEA BAYTER -  Teacher's Assistant   

Bea was born in Colombia, South America but moved to the United States at the age of six. At an early age, she realized being bilingual was an asset that could allow her to help others in unique ways, and when she was in high school, she discovered her passion for working with children. The first part of her career was spent working with students in the school system in Laguna Beach, California.  After pausing her career to raise her son for a bit, she reentered the educational system in 2001, working in Collier County.  Bea’s professional career has consisted of working as a bilingual coordinator; a special education professional in high school, elementary school and preschool; an ELL program coordinator, and a teacher’s assistant. She joined our Temple Shalom Preschool family in 2017.  Bea is grateful to serve the community and continue to work educating and serving the youth, and we are so happy to have her on our team!

  CIERRA BEKICH - PreK Teacher   Cierra graduated from FGCU in 2016 with a Bachelor's degree in Education. She joined our TSP family in 2017 as one of our PreK teachers.

CIERRA BEKICH - PreK Teacher

Cierra graduated from FGCU in 2016 with a Bachelor's degree in Education. She joined our TSP family in 2017 as one of our PreK teachers.

  LORI BROWN- Teacher's Assistant  Lori has been educating Pre-K students since 2006. Prior to that she taught the two year olds. Previously she taught at Temple Beth Torah in Wellington, Florida. She has a Child Development Associate degree.

LORI BROWN- Teacher's Assistant
Lori has been educating Pre-K students since 2006. Prior to that she taught the two year olds. Previously she taught at Temple Beth Torah in Wellington, Florida. She has a Child Development Associate degree.

  SHARON NORGART – PreK Teacher  Sharon began her career at TSP in 1990 where she worked in both the Lions and Pre-K programs. In 2011, when the Science Lab was launched, she became the science teacher. She now teaches one of our Pre-K classes. Sharon received a BS in Special Education and, before working at TSP, she taught in Lee and Collier County public schools. Two of her three children are graduates of TSP.

SHARON NORGART – PreK Teacher
Sharon began her career at TSP in 1990 where she worked in both the Lions and Pre-K programs. In 2011, when the Science Lab was launched, she became the science teacher. She now teaches one of our Pre-K classes. Sharon received a BS in Special Education and, before working at TSP, she taught in Lee and Collier County public schools. Two of her three children are graduates of TSP.

LIONS

  LESLIE METSCH – Lions Teacher  Leslie began working at TSP in 2004 as a Lions teacher. She holds a degree in Early Education, Education, and Reading Specialist from SUNY at Buffalo State University. She has also earned a Florida Teaching certificate. Leslie has lived in Naples since 2000 and has three daughters, two of whom have graduated from TSP.

LESLIE METSCH – Lions Teacher
Leslie began working at TSP in 2004 as a Lions teacher. She holds a degree in Early Education, Education, and Reading Specialist from SUNY at Buffalo State University. She has also earned a Florida Teaching certificate. Leslie has lived in Naples since 2000 and has three daughters, two of whom have graduated from TSP.

  Erica Espinoza – Teacher's Assistant  Erica joined our TSP family  in 2017 assisting in one of the Lions classes.

Erica Espinoza – Teacher's Assistant
Erica joined our TSP family  in 2017 assisting in one of the Lions classes.

  CHRISTY BROWN – Lions Teacher  Christy graduated from UCF in 2007 with a BA in Psychology. She began teaching at TSP in 2013 in the Cubs program and has been working as a Lions teacher since 2014.

CHRISTY BROWN – Lions Teacher
Christy graduated from UCF in 2007 with a BA in Psychology. She began teaching at TSP in 2013 in the Cubs program and has been working as a Lions teacher since 2014.

  SAMANTHA BARRENECHE - Teacher's Assistant  Samantha graduated from Barron Collier High School a year early with the class of 2016 in hopes of pursuing a career in writing and entertainment. With a history of child care and a love for children, she couldn't wait to become a part of the TSP family and has been working in with the Lions group since 2016! 

SAMANTHA BARRENECHE - Teacher's Assistant
Samantha graduated from Barron Collier High School a year early with the class of 2016 in hopes of pursuing a career in writing and entertainment. With a history of child care and a love for children, she couldn't wait to become a part of the TSP family and has been working in with the Lions group since 2016! 

  MARY FLORES - Lions Teacher   Mary graduated in 2016 from Florida Gulf Coast University with bachelor’s degrees in Child & Youth Studies and Psychology. She worked as an administrative assistant for 20 years prior, but had wanted to teach since she was in kindergarten. She has worked with children of all ages for many years as a substitute teacher, a mentor and a Sabbath school teacher, and has been part of our TSP family and Lions group since 2016. She has a passion for children’s development and loves to use creative ways to make learning fun and to inspire.

MARY FLORES - Lions Teacher

Mary graduated in 2016 from Florida Gulf Coast University with bachelor’s degrees in Child & Youth Studies and Psychology. She worked as an administrative assistant for 20 years prior, but had wanted to teach since she was in kindergarten. She has worked with children of all ages for many years as a substitute teacher, a mentor and a Sabbath school teacher, and has been part of our TSP family and Lions group since 2016. She has a passion for children’s development and loves to use creative ways to make learning fun and to inspire.

  MEGAN TAYLOR - Teacher's Assistant   Megan graduated from FGCU in 2007 with a BA in Communication. After working for years in various positions at Fox News and The Walt Disney World, she settled back down in Naples in 2016 and has been thrilled to be a part of the TSP family! Megan began at TSP as our Storyland Teacher and is now an assistant in one of our Lions classes.

MEGAN TAYLOR - Teacher's Assistant

Megan graduated from FGCU in 2007 with a BA in Communication. After working for years in various positions at Fox News and The Walt Disney World, she settled back down in Naples in 2016 and has been thrilled to be a part of the TSP family! Megan began at TSP as our Storyland Teacher and is now an assistant in one of our Lions classes.

  LINDA GROVEMAN - Lions Teacher  Linda recently moved to Naples from Atlanta. She was a preschool teacher in Atlanta for 15 years and was a special needs teacher before teaching preschool children. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Maryland. When Linda joined our TSP family, she began as a teacher's assistant with the Cubs and is now one of the teachers in our Lions group.

LINDA GROVEMAN - Lions Teacher
Linda recently moved to Naples from Atlanta. She was a preschool teacher in Atlanta for 15 years and was a special needs teacher before teaching preschool children. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Maryland. When Linda joined our TSP family, she began as a teacher's assistant with the Cubs and is now one of the teachers in our Lions group.

  MONICA HUNTER - Lions Teacher  Monica joined our TSP staff in 2016. She had been a stay-at-home mom for a few years prior. She loved being home with her children and taking them to fun outings and creating wonderful arts and crafts at home. Her son started his first year at TSP in 2016, and she absolutely fell in love with the school, the teachers and the staff.  Her daughter is began her first year at TSP in 2017, and Monica is so happy to be able to work where her children are! She loves to work with children - to see them grow and evolve into the adorable little people that they are! 

MONICA HUNTER - Lions Teacher
Monica joined our TSP staff in 2016. She had been a stay-at-home mom for a few years prior. She loved being home with her children and taking them to fun outings and creating wonderful arts and crafts at home. Her son started his first year at TSP in 2016, and she absolutely fell in love with the school, the teachers and the staff.  Her daughter is began her first year at TSP in 2017, and Monica is so happy to be able to work where her children are! She loves to work with children - to see them grow and evolve into the adorable little people that they are! 

CUBS

  WALLIE LENCHNER – Cubs Teacher   Wallie's relationship with TSP began in 1993 when her son began his early childhood education here. She is the Cubs team leader and mother of two.

WALLIE LENCHNER – Cubs Teacher

Wallie's relationship with TSP began in 1993 when her son began his early childhood education here. She is the Cubs team leader and mother of two.

  SIMONE MARKS – Teacher's Assistant  Simone has been with TSP since 2002 when her son began his early childhood education.  She graduated from Rutgers College of Pharmacy with a B.S. degree.  She is the mother of two, both of whom attended preschool at TSP.

SIMONE MARKS – Teacher's Assistant
Simone has been with TSP since 2002 when her son began his early childhood education.  She graduated from Rutgers College of Pharmacy with a B.S. degree.  She is the mother of two, both of whom attended preschool at TSP.

  ANN MILLER – Teacher's Assistant  Ann began working at TSP in 2006 when she became certified to work with preschool children. Anne earned a B. A. degree in English from Tufts University and moved to Washington, DC where she taught English to 7 th  graders at a private school. From there she moved back to Rhode Island where she spent several years volunteering in schools when her children were growing up. She and her husband developed a children’s book distributing company that supplied books to schools, libraries and the Reading is Fundamental(RIF) program.

ANN MILLER – Teacher's Assistant
Ann began working at TSP in 2006 when she became certified to work with preschool children. Anne earned a B. A. degree in English from Tufts University and moved to Washington, DC where she taught English to 7th graders at a private school. From there she moved back to Rhode Island where she spent several years volunteering in schools when her children were growing up. She and her husband developed a children’s book distributing company that supplied books to schools, libraries and the Reading is Fundamental(RIF) program.

  COKI YITZHAK – Cubs Teacher  Coki was born in Israel and grew up in Haifa. She served three years in the IDF and received a Bachelor’s degree in Education from Oranim College where she majored in Drama and Psychology. In 1998 she moved to Naples where she lives with her husband and three sons. Coki works in the Cubs program.

COKI YITZHAK – Cubs Teacher
Coki was born in Israel and grew up in Haifa. She served three years in the IDF and received a Bachelor’s degree in Education from Oranim College where she majored in Drama and Psychology. In 1998 she moved to Naples where she lives with her husband and three sons. Coki works in the Cubs program.

  JACKIE ARDOLINE - Teacher's Assistant

JACKIE ARDOLINE - Teacher's Assistant

  ANJA BROWN - Teacher's Assistant   Anja joined our TSP family in 2016 and assists in the Cubs program.

ANJA BROWN - Teacher's Assistant

Anja joined our TSP family in 2016 and assists in the Cubs program.

  LYNN RYZENMAN- Cubs Teacher  Lynn has been a teacher at TSP for 15 years since her oldest son was a student. Prior to teaching she worked as an LPN in Tallahassee and Naples. She enjoys the high energy pace of our youngest children.

LYNN RYZENMAN- Cubs Teacher
Lynn has been a teacher at TSP for 15 years since her oldest son was a student. Prior to teaching she worked as an LPN in Tallahassee and Naples. She enjoys the high energy pace of our youngest children.

  RACHEL HINCHLIFFE - Teacher's Assistant

RACHEL HINCHLIFFE - Teacher's Assistant

  MISSY LAMB - Teacher's Assistant  Missy is an assistant teacher for our youngest Cubs. She is currently studying at Florida Gulf Coast University for a degree in Psychology, with plans to specialize in child psychology and behavioral studies. Missy is excited for the opportunity to pursue her passion of working with children and begin this journey with the students at Temple Shalom Preschool.

MISSY LAMB - Teacher's Assistant
Missy is an assistant teacher for our youngest Cubs. She is currently studying at Florida Gulf Coast University for a degree in Psychology, with plans to specialize in child psychology and behavioral studies. Missy is excited for the opportunity to pursue her passion of working with children and begin this journey with the students at Temple Shalom Preschool.

                                                               

Enrichment

  JANE GALLER – Music, Storyland, and Mommy, Me and More classes   Jane attended Northern Illinois University and has been teaching at TSP since 1999. She is also a cantorial soloist with Naples Jewish Congregation and the mother of six children.

JANE GALLER – Music, Storyland, and Mommy, Me and More classes
Jane attended Northern Illinois University and has been teaching at TSP since 1999. She is also a cantorial soloist with Naples Jewish Congregation and the mother of six children.

  LINDA GINSBERG- Art Teacher/ STEM   All three of her children have attended TSP, and they were very well prepared for Elementary School. Before she moved to Naples, she was the Executive Director of WIZO, a non-profit organization that raises money for social programs in Israel. Even though her background is in non-profit organization and fundraising, her love is art. At TSP she can share this love with the students and watch their imaginations grow.

LINDA GINSBERG- Art Teacher/ STEM

All three of her children have attended TSP, and they were very well prepared for Elementary School. Before she moved to Naples, she was the Executive Director of WIZO, a non-profit organization that raises money for social programs in Israel. Even though her background is in non-profit organization and fundraising, her love is art. At TSP she can share this love with the students and watch their imaginations grow.

  JUDY GOODWICH - Science Lab Specialist

JUDY GOODWICH - Science Lab Specialist