Meet the Teachers

Our teachers are positive, enthusiastic, lifelong learners who bring something new to the classroom every day. Our teachers complete 20+ hours of continuing education every year, evidence of how committed we are to excellence, innovation and creativity. They are caring, creative and love working with young children. To ensure an excellent student-teacher ratio, each classroom is staffed with at least two teachers.

  • All staff undergo criminal screenings and background checks before being hired.  

  • 100% certified in first aid and CPR

  • Majority of lead teachers hold college degrees

Cubs Teachers

I love being a cubs teacher!  I have been teaching at Temple Shalom Preschool since 2011.  I have a paralegal degree from Luzerne College and am nearing completion of my Child Development Associate Certification.  My favorite things about working with young children are their excitement, joy, and eagerness to try new things.  They make me smile every day that I am with them!  When I am not at school, I like to spend time with my family, walk on the beach, and cook. 

Jackie Ardoline

I was born and raised in Naples.  I am earning a B.S. in Early Childhood Education.  I enjoy working with young children because it allows me to be creative each day and share my love of learning with them.  My favorite activity is hanging out with my 2 year old son, Elijah. 

Johanna Dervilles

Lions Teachers

I moved from Marmora, New Jersey to Naples in 2016.  I earned a Bachelors of Elementary Education degree from Stockton University in Pomona, New Jersey.  It is so much fun to work with young children because  they are so happy everyday and love coming to school!   I like to go to the beach when I can find the time. 

Terri Levin

Kim Durston

My hometown is Arlington Heights, Illinois.  I have lived in Naples since 2012.  I hold a Bachelors of Science degree from Southern Illinois University.  Working in a preschool is so rewarding and fun; the children surprise me every day!  When I am not at school, I like to spend time with my husband and two children. 

Michelle Rosenberg

Coki Yitzhak

I have been a teacher for over 22 years and have worked  at Temple Shalom Preschool since 1999. My hometown is Haifa, Israel. I received my Bachelor's Degree and a minor from Oranim College of Education in Israel. My favorite part of working as a teacher is being surrounded by loving kids and seeing the positive impact of our education. I especially enjoy helping my students reach their unique individual goals. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and traveling, and I always like to learn new things.

Sheila Sager

I love working at Temple Shalom Preschool because we are always learning new ways to engage the children and use our new curriculum.  I I was born, raised and went to college in Ecuador. I have lived in Naples for 8 years.  Working with young children is a treat, because they are the most honest and fun people; I  always learn new things from them.  I like to go to the beach with my kids whenever we can. 

Janeth Novoa

Kathleen Love

I have lived in Naples since I was 3 years old.  I have a Child Development Associate certification and I have been working with children for 21 years.  I enjoy teaching because I love to see how children grow and develop.  In my spare time, I like to be with my husband and two kids. 

Rebecca Gabay

I am so excited to join the Lions Team at Temple Shalom Preschool. Originally from NJ, I have been down in Naples since 2009.  I received my bachelor’s degree in psychology from Rutgers University and then my masters in counseling and behavior analysis from Nova Southeastern University. I currently have a child attending the preschool and have a son that has graduated. Becoming part of a team that strives in excellence to keep our children socially and emotionally growing while in such a happy environment is beyond rewarding for both the children and myself.  When not working, I love to garden and go to the beach with my boys. 

Pre-K Teachers

Michelle Rosenberg

I recently moved to Naples from Springfield, New Jersey.   I was awarded a Bachelors degree from Ithaca College and worked toward a Masters degree at George Washington University.  My favorite things about young children are their sense of wonder and their zest for life.   I like to read, explore, and spend time with friends.

I am excited to be a Pre-K teacher at Temple Shalom Preschool! I have nine years of teaching experience in preschool and in other private school settings. I have a passion for all things creative and I cannot wait to share with your children the fun of using your imagination and what we can create with our hands!  

Jennifer Avila

Aimee Fernandez

I moved to Naples from Puerto Rico five years ago.   I have lived in Naples for 5 years and have been teaching for 30 years.  I taught school in Puerto Rico for 8 years.  I was a preschool director in Pennsylvania for 9 years and I have a VPK endorsement Level II in Florida.  I also worked in the Hillsborough County School system for two years.  Children never stop surprising me; they express themselves with such honesty and sincerity!  When I am not at school, I like to go shopping and get together with my friends. 

Hope Viani

I have been working at Temple Shalom Preschool since 2006.  I was born in Caribou, Maine, but at 4 years old I moved to Hialeah, Florida.  I have lived in Naples since 1984 and have 13 years of teaching experience.  The children in our school make me smile every day.  I also love knowing I am making a difference in the children's lives.  I have five children and when I can find a little quiet time, I like to make art projects at home. 

Enrichment 

Jane Galler

The kids call me "Miss Jane" and I am the music teacher here at Temple Shalom Preschool.  I have been working at Temple Shalom since 1999.  My home town is Park Ridge, IL and I moved to Naples in 1995.  I have 20 years of teaching experience.  My favorite things about working with young children are watching them sing, dance, and use their imaginations.  When I am not at school, I like to play music and work in my yard. 

I was born and raised in Myrtle Beach SC, I moved to Florida on my own 3 years ago, and I absolutely love the sunshine state! I am currently in my 3rd year of college and my major is early childhood education. I absolutely love working with children, they’re the best part of my day! I love when they come into school with a big smile on their face ready to take on the day. When I have free time I love going to the beach and spending time with my little family. 

Ryan Yakoel

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Address

4630 Pine Ridge Rd,
Naples, FL 34119