Meet Our Teachers

Younger Infant EducatorsClassroom Arnahvot (Bunnies)

Taryn Brown, Garnet Starr and Kyla Linnen

Older Infant Educators – Classroom Dageem (Fish)

Brenda Madyun, Fran Dun and Kallai Linen

Young Toddler EducatorsClassroom Nemaleem (Ants)

Hannah Petrone, Hanna Amanuel and Meghan Wrigley

Older Toddlers – Classroom Krisheem (Sharks)

Katie Rahuba, Kristen Schwalm, Tavia Moore and Lilian Martinez

 Young Twos EducatorsClassroom Arayoht (Lions)

Michelle Mark and NaTosha Green

Older Twos EducatorsClassroom Parparim (Butterflies)

Bryce Tallon, Lucia Petrone and Diane Dzurikanin

Young Threes EducatorsClassroom D’Voreem (Bees)

Norah Cauley and Maryann Runco

Older Threes Educators – Classroom Peeleem (Elephants)

Elana Raz and Bree Prioleau

Pre-K EducatorsClassroom Dolfeeneem (Dolphins)

Chen Kirshner and Holli Stegner

Early Learning Center Operations

Rosie Valdez

Art Specialist

Julie Lewinter

Julie has a Child Development Associates degree and has been working at Beth Shalom for over 10 years. Her favorite teaching moment was when she received the job of Studio Educator. Julie loves Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss. Outside of Beth Shalom she rides horses, goes fishing, enjoys outdoor cooking, and the Pittsburgh Penguins! Her favorite thing about Beth Shalom is that she has become like sisters with her other Beth Shalom educators.

Science Specialist

Elaine Catz 

Elaine has a BS in Applied Math, Engineering, and Physics, and a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering. After working in the industry, she spent four years teaching at a preschool. In the mid-1990s she mixed her former jobs together, found her true calling in science education, and has taught in a multitude of venues ever since. When she isn’t spending time with her husband and daughter, Elaine can often be found tending her garden and photographing insects.

Music Specialist

Debbey Altman-Diamant

Debbey has a BA in Psychology, a Master’s in Occupational Therapy, and certification as a Music Together teacher. Through college and grad school she taught Hebrew School music. After working for years in a variety of therapeutic settings, including Easter Seals, Head Start and the Center for Movement Therapy, she has spent over 10 years as an Early Intervention Home therapist and several years as a Music Together teacher. Debbey loves singing, moving, dancing and making music with the children and staff at Beth Shalom and sharing the joy it brings to everyone.  

Director

Hilary Yeckel

Hilary has a dual degree in Elementary and Special Education. She has worked in a variety of child care centers and after school programs, and spent a year teaching special education students in North Carolina. Her favorite teaching moment is story time. Interacting with the children by asking questions is also always enlightening. Hilary’s favorite children’s book is Oh the Places You’ll Go! Outside of Beth Shalom, she enjoys shopping, listening to music, working out, and anytime spent with friends is treasured. This is her sixth year at Beth Shalom and second as Director.

 Assistant Director 

Pamela Stasolla

Pam brings years of working with children of all ages along with a knowledge of Pittsburgh and Squirrel Hill. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Theater, a Master’s Degree in General Psychology, and a PA Certified Teaching License for grades Pre-K thru fourth. She has also completed coursework in infant/parent development and early intervention.  This is her second year as Assistant Director with Beth Shalom.


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