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Our teachers are specialists in early childhood education with unique talents and many years of experience. We have a low child/teacher ratio and a dedicated staff who are committed to the goals and philosophy of the ECC. We place a strong emphasis on staff development, which includes membership in professional organizations and participation in training seminars, workshops, and conferences. Members of our ECC staff have been recipients of the Lainer Distinguished Educator Awards for Early Childhood Educators and of the Smotrich Family Foundation Award for Innovative Curriculum and Excellence in Curriculum.

 

  Stacy

Stacy Kesner, M.A. has been with Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills since 1988 and has devoted her life to the service of the Jewish community, especially with the younger members of the community. Stacy earned a Bachelor's Degree in Child Development with a Child Mental Health Specialist option, and a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education. She holds two credentials from the Builders of Jewish Education in Early Childhood Education, in both teaching and administration. Stacy has been an active participant in her Jewish community for decades. It is her passion for Judaism that inspires her career in Jewish Early Childhood Education. In addition to her work as Temple Emanuel's Early Childhood Center Director, she participates in community research and gives presentations related to Early Childhood Development. Stacy is also a published author in the field, a member of multiple Early Childhood professional organizations, and sits on the boards of the Parent Education League and the Builders of Jewish Education's Early Childhood Director's Network. She believes "play is the primary source for understanding oneself, others, and the environment...play is the real work of childhood."

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  Carol

Carol Akiba has been with Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills' Early Childhood Center for almost a decade. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in Child Development, as awell as Administrative Credentials from Santa Monica College and University of California, Los Angeles. 

 

Carol has been an educator for 26 years, and was awarded the Builder's of Jewish Education - Lainer Distinguished Teaching Award in 2000. She believes that every class is a team of learners and she enjoys watching each child grow from a tiny seed in the beginning of the year, to a flourishing flower by the end. Carol is constantly amazed by her students' cognititive abilities, and their empathy for others.

 


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  Lilya

Lilya Aleksandrovskaya achieved her dream of becoming an Early Childhood Educator after graduating from Pedagogical College in Odessa, Ukraine. More than two decades after arriving in Los Angeles, she continues to do what she loves, and has been with the Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills' Early Childhood Center for more than 15 years. Lilya has continued her education in Early Childhood Development and is a recipient of the Builder's of Jewish Education (BJE)  - Lainer Distinguished Teaching Award, as well as other BJE awards and recognitions. 

 

Lilya loves listening to students' stories, and telling them her own stories. She values and respects every student that enters her class with all of their differences and diverse interests. 

 


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  Tere

Tere Cohen de Atri hails from Mexico and has been an Early Childhood Educator for more than 15 years. She has a degree in Early Childhood Education, and is proud to be using that experience to shape and grow Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills' Early Childhood Center.

 

Tere enjoys being in the classroom with her students, and helping them to learn and explore. She finds fulfillment and great pleasure seeing the children every day.

 


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Carlye De Haven comes to Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills with a Master of Arts Degree from Pacific Oaks College in Early Childhood Education, and also has a background in Psychology and Child Development from her time at the University of Arizona. Her favorite part of the school day is lunch time, when the children excitedly share with her their favorite activity of the day. Nothing makes her happier than the laughs and smiles of her students. 

 

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Stefani Langer is a Los Angeles native who has literally grown up with Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills. She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree from University of California, Santa Barbara, and has multiple-subject teaching credentials from California State University, Northridge. Before joining Temple Emanuel’s Early Childhood Education Center, Stefani taught 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade at Valley Beth Shalom Day School in Encino. Her favorite part of the school day is the look of extreme concentration and enthusiasm on a child's face when he or she learns something new.  What Stefani enjoys most about teaching is the amazing transformation of a student from the school year's beginning to end.  

 

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Akram Coroghli Makabi comes from Iran and has a background in Child Development. She has spent the majority of her 34-year career in Early Childhood Education with Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills' Early Childhood Education Center, and continues to enjoy her time with the children each and every day. She believes Temple Emanuel is a great community and loves seeing the children and teachers helping each other at all times. Every day. She believes Temple Emanuel is a great community and loves seeing the children and teachers helping one another. 

 

Every day, she looks forward to seeing her kids laugh, smile, and their faces light up when they learn something new. 


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Julie

 

Julie Ohana, originally from England, has spent most of her career in Early Childhood Education as a staff member of Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills' Early Childhood Education Center. She loves seeing the children's faces light up as they participate in learning, developing new skills, and the emjoyment they have each day in doing so. 

 


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Robin 

 

Robin Platt, alumna of the University of Arizona, has spent the last several years pursuing her love for Early Childhood Education. As a member of Temple Emanuel, as well as a Early Childhood Center (ECC) parent, she shares an important tie with congregants and other ECC families. Her favorite time of day is circle time, watching the kids jump up and down and sing the songs they learned (and love) here at Temple Emanuel.

 


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  Mojdeh

Mojdeh Soleymani earned her degree in Child Development with an Academic Minor in Music. She loves nature and always finds creative ways to bring the beauty of the outside, straight into the classroom curriculum. This allows children to experience nature through art and play. In April 2015, Mojdeh received the Builder's of Jewish Education - Lainer Distinguished Teaching Award for outstanding service in Early Education, as well as being recognized and awarded through the Grinspoon Awards for Excellence in Jewish Education. She has been a teacher at Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills' Early Childhood Center (ECC) for nine years, and has been working in the field of Early Childhood Education for 27 years. Mojdeh loves her role as a teacher in the ECC, particularly getting to spend one-on-one time with each of her students. 

 


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Raquel Pressberg earned her Bachelor's Degree from the University of Rhode Island, and completed her Child Development Certification at the University of California, Los Angeles. She has 10 years of diverse experience working with children. Raquel recently moved from Northern New Jersey (where she was a native) to Los Angeles, and got married in May of 2015. She loves her extended family at Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills' Early Childhood Center, and her favorite part of the week is celebrating Shabbat every Friday. 

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Heather Joseph joined Temple Emanuel’s ECC staff in 2013 , bringing with her a decade of experience in Early Childhood Education. She was born and raised in Los Angeles, and is passionate about enhancing the social and emotional development of the children she works with. Her favorite time of day is observing and participating in arts and outdoor fun with the kids.

                                     

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Ashley Gharibian continues her education in psychology and will be graduating this coming spring. She looks forward to getting her masters and doctorate degrees in psychology with an emphasis in child development. Ashley feels she makes a difference in a child’s life when she sees them connect and become influenced by what they learn.

                                                 

 

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Contact
Stacy Kesner, M.A., Director
310-276-9776
Stacy@tebh.org 

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First Friday of the Month
6:00PM, Belle Chapel
Songs, Stories, and Dancing

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First Friday of the Month
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Acoustic service in the round

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