New Hires and Updates
Jen Rothman, our new PK teacher, comes to Lehrman from Suzy Fischer Early Childhood Academy in Aventura. Jen has her MA Degree in Childhood Education from NYU. She has worked as an early childhood teacher for over two decades and when not teaching young kids, she enjoys time with family and her pet cat.
Sara Grenald, a TT associate teacher, is joining Lehrman after concluding her first year as a Lehrman parent. Sara’s son Alexander is a rising 1st grader and this year her daughter Madeleine joins her as a student in our nursery program. Sara has her MA Degree from the University of Central Florida and we are excited to welcome her to our team.
Ayca Nihal, began her Lehrman career last year as a frequent substitute teacher in our Early Childhood. She had the opportunity to work in almost every Lehrman class where she began forming relationships with the children. We are excited to have her join us full time.
Updates: Merline “Mimi” Mamphete has been promoted to a lead Nursery teacher following the completion of her Bachelors Degree from FIU. Yolanda Mantilla has also been promoted to lead teacher and will remain with our Turning Twos students. Ingrid Jaehnig will be moving to the Pre-K division and is excited to move up with her former students. Edline Calixte rejoins the nursery team as an associate teacher. Jessica Leslie and Paula Tucci will return to Toddlers, delighted to work with this age group again. Lucia do Carmo will join the Turning Twos group and is excited to join Lehrman’s youngest students.
Gina Schwartzman will join our kindergarten team this year as a lead teacher. Gina earned her MA from Binghamton University in Educational Studies. Most recently, Gina taught first grade at the Miami Shores Presbyterian Church. She enjoys traveling and has been to many places around the world. Our kindergarten students have met her via our post card introductions and look forward to getting to know her more. Caryn Horvitz, who worked with Ms. T last year as a teaching associate, will now work with Ms. Schwartzman.
Meryl Rotenberg comes to Lehrman from the Hebrew Academy. Meryl earned a BA in Early Childhood Education from Yeshiva University in New York. Meryl taught at Hebrew Academy since 2009. If the Rotenberg name seems familiar, it may be because her daughter, Alexandra, spent many years as an associate teacher in Lehrman’s PK. Meryl will join up with Ms. Betsy as an associate teacher in our kindergarten.
Danielle Kirsner, an early childhood lead teacher for the past five years, joins our kindergarten virtual team as a teaching associate alongside Ms. T. Danielle earned her BA from the University of Florida.
Caroline Kapp is our newest lead teaching addition to 1st grade. Caroline has a BA from the University of Miami in Elementary Education, Exceptional Student Education, and Reading. Caroline has worked in classes with gifted students, those who are learning English as a Second Language, and students on the spectrum. Caroline welcomes Lehrman’s focus on differentiation and meeting and challenging each of our students. Lillian Karaguilla, who worked with Ms. Anett (who returned to Hungary) last year as her teaching associate, will now work with Ms. Kapp.
Natalie Bernard joins the elementary department as our second-grade general studies classroom teacher, teaming up with Ashleigh Muhlrad and Allison Shusterman. Ms. Bernard earned her MA from the University of Miami and is currently working towards her Doctorate at Barry University. A veteran teacher, she comes to us from The Gordon School of Beth David where she has taught for the last 12 years. Rebecca Walter, who worked with Ms. Simani last year as a teaching associate, will now work with Ms. Bernard.
Marija Surev is a veteran educator who comes to us most recently from North Beach Elementary. Marija also spent seven years teaching at Miami Country Day School and received her Bachelors Degree from her native Serbia and has lived in Miami for over 20 years. Marija will teach math as well as support 3rd-5th grade as an associate teacher. She is replacing Ms. Minick who like daughter Annie, ‘graduated’ and is moving on from Lehrman.
Updates: Jelena Matovic has been promoted to lead teacher and will remain on our kindergarten team. Jackie Revesz, who worked with Ms. Baron last year as her teaching associate, will now work with Ms. Jelena. Michele Baron has decided not to teach at Lehrman this year; we are so grateful for her many years at Lehrman and the impact she has made on our students. Melissa Simani is excited to join our 1st grade team. Rebecca Naierman, who worked with Ms. Faith last year as her teaching associate, will now work Ms. Raquel. Suzanne Faith will not be returning to Lehrman to pursue a career working as a specialist in the community. We wish her much success! Cintia Guinsburg joins our 4th grade team.