Gila has fallen in love with the Temple Israel community. She loves leading Tot Shabbats and practicing Tfillot with 5th grade. Gila works as a nanny and has worked as office manager at Ohabei Shalom in Brookline. She was also lucky enough to work for Cornerstone four years in a row (Foundation for Jewish Camp's leadership conference). Gila's goal is to infuse love and enthusiasm for Judaism into each of her students while showing them how to use their passions for Tikun Olam (repairing the world) and spreading joy.
My name is Karen Binder and I am excited to be teaching first grade this year! This will be my first year teaching at Temple Israel Religious School, but my 4th year at Hertz Nursery School at Temple Israel. I graduated UMass in 2000 with a degree in Early Childhood and Sociology. I received my Masters in Early Childhood Education from Bridgewater State in 2002. I was a first grade teacher in Franklin before deciding to stay home with my children. I live in Sharon with my husband Adam, and sons Josh who is 9 and Evan who is 7.
Batya Foreman is beginning at Temple Israel in the role of Director of Student Support. In this role, Batya ensures that our school provides a challenging and appropriate educational experience for our diverse learners. Batya received her BA in Elementary Education from Boston University and her M.Ed in Special Education from Lesley University. Batya is beginning her fifth year at Striar Hebrew Academy. She first began her teaching career over 20 years ago at Solomon Schechter Day School, where she held numerous roles including teaching, coaching and student support. Batya lives in Sharon with her three children, two dogs and seven chickens.
Elaine S. Glick has enjoyed working in bilingual settings and educational administration in the Greater Boston area. With a Masters from Simmons College in Education and Foreign Languages, she taught in Attleboro Public School's Spanish immersion/ESL program. At Temple Emanuel in Newton, she began teaching part-time as a young mom, then gradually rose to the leadership roles of Primary Coordinator and Educational Director. Returning to Sharon, she's excited to be back in the classroom, assisting in local Hebrew Day Schools and learning with enthusiastic students at Temple Israel. Elaine was chosen as a CJP "Renaissance Educator," but her greatest reward has been raising three daughters and one son with her supportive husband, Herb, and seeing Judaic values being transmitted to the next generation.
Elah Grandel was born in Boston. Her parents brought her to Israel when she was 2 years old, and since her father is an American and her mom Israeli, she basically grew up in a bilingual home. Elah grew up in Jerusalem and started playing the bassoon when she went to study at the Rubin Academy High School. Following that, she joined the Israeli Army and served there for two years in the program for distinguished musicians. During her Army service she was able to study at the Rubin Academy for higher education, where she received her Bachelor's degree in music performance. Elah came to Boston with her husband, Misha Grandel (a fantastic trumpet player), in 1999 and graduated with a Master's in music performance from Boston University. Since coming to the States, Elah has led a dual life of both an active musician and a Hebrew teacher. Elah taught for 12 year at Mishkan Tefilah's Hebrew school. She also taught at The Israeli Complementary School in Brookline for 5 years and then served as the director of the school for 3 years. Elah is a strong advocate for languages, whether it's music or Hebrew, and believes we should offer our children as many opportunities as possible for acquiring languages, as they are a real gift!
My name is Lauren Middleman and I am very excited to teach 5th Grade this year! I am new to the community but have already felt warmly welcomed. I graduated from Simmons College in 2014 with my Bachelor's in History and in 2015 with my Master's in Teaching. I have been completing Long-Term Substitute positions in Franklin and Norwood, and have been subbing daily in several districts such as Providence, Westwood, and North Attleboro. I am looking forward to getting to know parents and students and working with everyone to make this not just a learning experience for the children but also for myself.
Joan Waldman is an experienced teacher of children with special needs, having taught students in pre-K to 8th grade in the public schools for over 30 years. She enjoyed both teaching the students and working with their families toward common goals. She is a long-time Temple Israel member, with a strong and enduring interest in Jewish studies, including a major in Judaic Studies at Brandeis University. Joan studied and taught in Israel for 3 years and speaks Hebrew. Joan reads Torah regularly at Temple Israel and has tutored T.I. students as part of their Bar and Bat Mitzvah training. This past year, she also taught a class familiarizing pre-Bar/Bat Mitzvah students with the structure of the Torah and studying selected weekly portions. In addition, she worked on a project to improve the Hebrew reading of our school’s students. She is looking forward to working with the new team of educators and to getting to know her new group of students and their families.