A conservative, egalitarian synagogue

Meet our Nursery School Professionals

Our commitment to quality education is evident in the smiling faces of our children and our high teacher retention rate. All together the staff has been teaching for over 200 years! Throughout the school year, staff participate in continuing education to further their knowledge about child development, best practices in teaching and early childhood education.


Elise Cohen, 3s Teacher


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Elise Cohen has been working in our school for over 15 years. She and Barbara Marks are a wonderful team and have been teaching together all these years! Elise loves meeting each new student and their family, and she enjoys watching them blossom and develop throughout the year. She lives in Hartsdale with her husband, Rob and son, Andrew. She is a "Words with Friends" fanatic, loves to travel, and is a huge Yankees fan.




Ronnee Cohen, 2s Teacher

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Ronnee has been at Temple Israel Nursery School for more than 25 years, working in both 2s and 3s classes. She lives in Valhalla with her husband Stu and is a very involved and proud grandmother. Ronnee's energy is infectious and she can often be seen hugging children in the hallway, even those who have "graduated" from her class.




Carol Diamond, 2s Teacher

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Carol has been working at Temple Israel Center Nursery School for over 15 years. She lives in Scarsdale with her husband, Jeff, and has three children, two that attended Temple Israel Center Nursery School. She has a Masters Degree in Social Work and worked with children for a number of years before becoming a stay at home mom. She began teaching at Temple Israel Center when her youngest entered the 4s class. In her spare time, she likes collecting recipes and cooking for family and friends.





Jane Kendes, 4s Teacher


Jane has been at Temple Israel Center Nursery School for over 20 years. Jane has taught 2s, 3s, and 4s, as well as yoga and cooking. She has two grown sons, and her younger son is an alum of the Nursery School who had Lois and Claire as teachers. Jane lives in Hartsdale with her husband, Ken, and their two dogs. In her free time she loves to listen to live music, dance, hike, garden and practice yoga.




Wendy Kreisberg, 3s teacher

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Wendy has been teaching at Temple Israel Center Nursery School for over 20 years. She has a son, Jeremy, who is an alum of TIC Nursery School. Several years ago, when Jeremy was diagnosed with a degenerative eye disease, Wendy became involved with the Foundation for Fighting Blindness and has chaired their Annual VisionWalk for the past several years. Wendy loves dogs and uses real dog stories to illustrate lessons of sharing and kindness to others.




Sharon Lange, 3s Teacher

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Sharon Lange has been living in Scarsdale since she emigrated from South Africa 26 years ago. She has two children, Amanda and Andrew. She loves teaching and has been teaching the 3s at Temple Israel Center Nursery School for 19 years. She also enjoys exercising, going for walks, and especially likes to bake. 






Carol Meyers, Assistant Director of The Nursery School


Carol has a BA in Psychology from Clark University and an MA in education from Hunter College. For many years, she was a preschool teacher at Community Synagogue of Rye, a SEIT (Special Education Itinerant Teacher) with Theracare, as well as a Fundraising Coach/Recruiter for the American Cancer Society. Carol enjoys volunteering and has had leadership positions on the URJ Crane Lake and Eisner Camp Board, Community Synagogue, and The Rye Youth Council. Carol and her husband Bill live in Rye with their three children and their Cairn Terrier. In her free time, she enjoys walking, cooking, reading, swimming, and traveling. 




Georgia is a mother of two children and lives in Hastings-on-Hudson. Her background is in theater, and she is a graduate of The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theater in New York City. A native New Yorker, Georgia worked in the educational theater throughout the New York City Public Schools and owned a 70-seat non-profit theater in New York City. She started working as a teacher’s assistant when her youngest started school and worked with 3-5 year olds at the COOP Nursery School. Georgia was a Stay & Play teacher at TIC before beginning to teach in the 4s.





Ilana Saposh, 2s Teacher

Ilana SIlana was born in White Plains and currently lives there with her husband, Rob who led the Shabbat morning kids' services at TIC for many years. They are TIC members and have three daughters, each graduates of the Temple Israel Center Nursery School. Ilana was a 1st and 2nd grade teacher before she had her own children. She has been at Temple Israel Center Nursery School for over 5 years. She has worked with toddlers in our Parenting Center program and is currently a 2s teacher.




Jonina Steiner, 4s Teacher

Jo has been teaching since receiving her Master's degree in 1990. She has worked with children of all ages, from two to twelve years old. As a teacher, Jo feels there is no better way to spend a day. Children have an amazing honesty and innocence about them that she finds endearing. She also loves education's resurgence of nature in the classroom and the philosophy of child-centered teaching. Jo has two children of her own - a daughter named Tal Shachar and a son named Binyamin Meir (Ben). They have two adorable dogs - Bella, a miniature poodle, and Mister York, a Yorkshire terrier. Jo is very excited to join both TIC's nursery school and religious school!