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.

 

They are chosen for their love and understanding of children, their ability to be joyful and their willingness to continue their own professional education.  Through their guidance and loving care, you and your child will experience an exciting learning journey together.  

 

  • 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

I have been a teacher at Temple Shalom Preschool since 2018.  I have lived in Naples since 2008, but my hometown is Port St. Lucie, Florida.    I have a Bachelors degree from Florida Gulf Coast University.  I love the relationships that we build with the children as we learn about their favorite things, and share in their excitement as they discover new ones. It is so much fun to watch their growth throughout the year.  In my free time, I like to go boating, camping, and visit Disney!

Jacky Lagnese

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Linda Leonard

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

Terri Levin

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.

Michelle Rosenberg

My hometown is Eden Prairie, Minnesota.  I have lived in Naples for since 2016 and  I have 4 years of teaching experience.  I attended The University of Wisconsin.  I work hard to earn the trust of the children I work with and to be  a positive influence in their lives.  I have lots of fun while learning and playing with them!  In my free time, I like to walk my dog, Nikki.  I also like going to the beach.  

Sheila Sager

Lions Teachers

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. 

Kim Durston

Maria Franco

I come from Cali, Colombia. I received a Bachelors degree from San Buenaventura University of Colombia.  My favorite thing about working with young children is that I can see how excited they get about learning new things.  It is very rewarding to know that we are shaping their minds. I like to spend time with my two boys and husband when I am not working. 

I was born and raised in Naples, Florida.  I received a Bachelors degree from Sarah Lawrence College and a Masters degree from Boston College.  My favorite thing about working with young children is watching the joy on their faces as they discover something new.  My hobbies are traveling, reading, and spending time with my family. 

Ashley Herbert

Rachel Hinchliffe

I grew up in Tallahassee, Florida and moved to Naples in 2006.  I have been working at Temple Shalom Preschool since 2014.  I graduated from Edison State College.  I love coming to work - kids give the best hugs!   Some days I can't believe how much they learn and grow throughout the year.  When I am not at school, I like to cheer on my 3 kids at their activities.  I also like to crochet. 

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. 

Kathleen Love

 My hometown is Galesburg, IL and I have lived in Naples since 1987.  I am currently working toward a Bachelors degree at Hodges University in Interdisciplinary Studies.  My favorite thing about working with young children is watching them grow so much throughout the year.  I love seeing their faces when they are happy!  I spend my free time hanging out with my children, my fiance, and my cats!

Missi Thome

I have been at Temple Shalom Preschool since January, 2019.  My home town is New York and I have lived in Naples for 2 years.  I have several years of teaching experience.  I have a Bachelors degree from Iona College.  My favorite thing about working with young children is making a difference and watching them learn and grow.  When I am not at school, I like to teach and practice yoga and spend time with my family.

Michelle Tortorella

I have been working at Temple Shalom Preschool since 1999.  My hometown is Haifa, Israel and I have lived in Naples since 1998.  I received my Bachelors degree from Oranim College of Education in Israel.  I am happy to come to work each day because I see how much the children love to come to school!  I enjoy spending time with my family and reading when I am not teaching or preparing activities for my students.  

Coki Yitzhak

Pre-K Teachers

Beatriz Bayter

My name is Beatriz Bayter and I am a Pre-K teacher in room #14.  This is my third year working at Temple Shalom Preschool.  I was born in Colombia and moved to Laguna Beach, California.  I have lived in Naples sine 1997.  I went to college at Saddle Back College and have completed many classes on working with preschool students.  My favorite thing about working with young children is making them feel safe and happy.  Teaching them and fulfilling what I wanted the children to learn is very rewarding to me.  Being able to help a child reach a goal is a great feeling.  What they are teaching me as an instructor is to ALWAYS have PATIENCE with love and respect.  When I am not at school, I love walking on the beach. 

I have been working at Temple Shalom Preschool for 6 years.  I am originally from Brooklyn, NY and I have lived in Naples since 1999.  I have a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hunter College of C.U.N.Y.  My favorite thing about working with children is their joy and innocence.  When I am not at school, I like to read, walk, and do gentle exercise. 

Catherine DiMieri

I have been working at Temple Shalom Preschool for 4 years.  My home town is San Jose, CA and  I have lived in Naples since 2015.  I have 4 years of teaching experience and a childcare certification.  I have a dental assistant degree from San Jose City Dental Assisting Program. My favorite thing about working with young children is guiding each of them in becoming the best version of themselves at a young age. I am dedicated to loving, teaching, and nurturing each individual child's needs.  When I am not at school, I like to spend all my time with my two amazing kids and husband.  I love spending time and going on outings with my family.  God has blessed me with a great family. 

Erica Espinoza

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. 

Aimee Fernandez

I have been working at Temple Shalom Preschool since 2016.  My home town is Shelton, CT, but I have lived in Naples since 2004.  I have over 7 years of teaching experience.  I have a Bachelors degree in child and youth studies and a Bachelors degree in psychology from Florida Gulf Coast University.  I find it very fulfilling to help my students develop skills based on their cognitive ability and strengthen their self-confidence at an early age.  When I am not at school, I like to spend quality time with my husband and run a children's program at my church. 

Mary Flores

I have worked at Temple Sharon Preschool for 30 years.  My home town is Ft. Myers, Florida and I have lived in Naples since 1987.  I have a Bachelors degree in Special Education from the University of South Florida.  My favorite things about working with children are their love for learning, getting many hugs, and seeing their excitement when achieving their goal.  When I am not at school, I like to go to the beach, work in my garden, and hang out with my children, grandchildren, and friends. 

Sharon Norgart

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

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. 

Hope Viani

Enrichment Teachers

I am excited to be the Creative Arts 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!  I will be collaborating with the teachers so that our monthly themes will be incorporated into the projects that we are working on in class and in conjunction with the Creative Curriculum. Here’s to a year of artwork made by little hands, but big minds!

Jennifer Avila

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. 

Jane Galler

I am the fitness and yoga teacher and I am so excited to be introducing this class to Temple Shalom Preschool!  My home town is Louisville, Colorado,  but I have lived in Naples since 2017.  I have 19 years of teaching experience and I have a Bachelors of Science degree in exercise science from Miami University of Ohio.  I am also a registered yoga teacher.  My favorite thing about working with young children is seeing their excitement about learning.  Young kids have so much energy and need to move, breathe, and learn to calm down with yoga.  When I am not at school, I like to go on adventures with my kids.  I also coach soccer and teach yoga to adults.  

Carey King

Melissa Mazur

I am thrilled to be the science and technology teacher at Temple Shalom Preschool! I have 6 years of teaching experience.  I am from Arlington Heights, Illinois and I have lived in Naples since 2018.  I have a Bachelors degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Illinois State University with specialized teaching endorsements in science, language arts, social studies, and middle school.  I also have a Masters degree in Educational Technology.  My favorite thing about working with young children is watching them make those connections from what we are learning in the classrooms to their everyday lives.  When I'm not at school, I own my own business creating and designing educational curriculum and resources that are used by teachers all over the world.  I also enjoy spending time traveling and experiencing new things with my family.  

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4630 Pine Ridge Rd,
Naples, FL 34119