Nursery School Staff

The Nursery School teaching staff is comprised of 35 teachers, including specialists for music, movement, and Hebrew, as well as a social worker. All of our classrooms have three teachers with at least one head teacher and two assistant teachers. Our head teachers all have master's degrees in early childhood education, as do some of our assistant teachers. Several of the head teachers have combined degrees in early childhood and special education. We also have members of our staff who have the roles of support staff or floater teachers to help facilitate the day or fill in during a teacher absence. The Nursery School also benefits from the close connection with the Temple. The rabbis and cantors join us throughout the year to lead the children in songs and stories, especially in conjunction with Shabbat and the holidays. For more information about the Nursery School, please call 212-535-2146.

Contact our Staff:

Bonnie Blanco- Director

Bonnie Blanco is in her fourteenth year at Shaaray Tefila where she enjoys working with teachers, parents and, of course, all of the children. She has a Master's Degree in Early Childhood. Before coming here, she was a nursery school teacher for many years. Now that her four children are grown, she enjoys traveling with her husband, spending time with her grandchildren, and spending holidays with the family. She spends many hours cooking and loves to go out with her staff, especially to the theater.

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Ethel Alhale- Operations Coordinator

Ethel Alhale has been the Operations Coordinator in the Nursery School since the fall of 2007 and was also part of the TST community as a member for several years as a child. Ethel has a Master's Degree in Educational Psychology and is appreciative for all the hands on experience this position has afforded her. She is more than happy to help in any way she can and answer your questions about the school!

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The Nursery School is also happy to have the following specialists working with us:

Isabel Schein- Social Worker

Tonya Mossey- Atelier Art Room

Paige Hamer- Hebrew Specialist

Paige Borden- Music Specialist

Maddie Hoak- Movement

Stephanie Weiss- Camp