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Shari Churwin

Education Director

Shari has been a part of the Ohabei Shalom staff for over twenty years in many different educational positions including Education Administrator, Youth Educator, and Family Educator. She now serves as our Education Director helping to direct our vision of Jewish Education as we enter the 21st century.

Shari is a proud graduate of Indiana University, Bloomington (Go Hoosiers) with a bachelor’s degree in Jewish Studies and Sociology. She has a master’s degree in Jewish Education and also holds a Certificate in Jewish Family Education from Hebrew College. Shari is a member of the National Association of Temple Educators (NATE) the National Association Education of Young People (NAEYC) and the Early Childhood Educators of Reform Judaism (ECE-RJ).  In January of 2017, Shari was recognized with a prestigious Chai in the Hub award for young adults who are doing amazing things personally and professionally to better Greater Boston’s Jewish community!

Shari has worked at various synagogues in the Boston area as a formal and informal educator for both school-aged children and adults. She has worked in a variety of camp settings and has served as a part of the administration of several camps including Camp Micah and Camp Breakaway, a camp for underprivileged Jewish children. Shari and her husband, Mike, have three beautiful daughters, Hannah, Ashley and Julia.

Shari strives to connect with each child and family in our community to help them deepen their connections to the Ohabei Shalom community and explore ways in which Jewish values can be integrated into our daily lives. Shari is dedicated to creating a learning environment in which children (and their families) can grow to their fullest potential

Amelia Cochin

Amelia Cochin

Assistant Director
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Amelia has been a member of the Temple Ohabei Shalom community since 2001. After graduating from Boston University with a degree in Early Childhood Education, Amelia decided to return to her roots and join the teaching staff of the Trust Center for Early Education. Currently, Amelia is completing her MA in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Boston University. As the Assistant Director of TCEE, Amelia is excited to focus on parent engagement and staff and curriculum development. Amelia can also be found teaching in the Ansin Religious School on Tuesday afternoons. Amelia is excited to get to know all of the families at Temple Ohabei Shalom!.

Edye Katz

Learning Specialist and Toddler Coordinator

Edye has been an Early Childhood Educator for almost 20 years. She loves being a part of each child’s development and partnering with families in the growth of their child. Since becoming a new mom, she is excited to explore this part of education by working with at the Trust Center in each of the classrooms as the Learning Specialist.

Johanna Perlin

Judaics and Curriculum Coordinator

We are thrilled to welcome Johanna Perlin to the TCEE team. Johanna has been an educator in the field of Jewish early childhood education for over 30 years.  Johanna has been director of the Temple Shalom Preschool, Striar Hebrew Academy, and the JCC Nursery School in Sharon, Massachusetts. She holds a master’s degree from Wheelock College in early childhood education as well as a certificate from the Jewish Early Childhood Institute at Hebrew College. Johanna is a long time member of the early childhood professional organization NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) and an active member of the Union for Reform Judaism Early Childhood Educators Organization and a member of the Boston-Haifa Early Childhood Partnership. Connecting children and adults to nature is a passions of hers toward that end, she recently partnered with two colleagues to launch “Design Second Nature” a nature/outdoor consulting and training business.

Wendy Schwartz

Education Admissions Coordinator

Wendy Schwartz joined Temple Ohabei Shalom in June, 2017 as the Education Admissions Coordinator.  Wendy brings over 30 years of administrative experience with her, including 13 summers as Office Manager at Camp Pembroke and as a substitute teacher for the Framingham Public Schools.  Wendy lives in Framingham with her husband Howard, and has 2 adult children; Eric lives in Waltham and Alexandra is a senior at University of RI.  Wendy is an exercise enthusiast, is very active in her temple community, and loves to cook, bake and entertain in her free time.

Daniel Anderson

TCEE Programs Coordinator

In 2015, Daniel moved to the Boston area from San Diego, California and joined our staff. He has worked for 13 summers at Camp Micah, and proudly survived his first New England winters! He is a passionate educator with a heart for music and theater.  Daniel is excited to join the office team this school year.

Chelsea Barber

TK Teacher

Chelsea has been teaching preschool for 7 years and is excited to start her third school year at TCEE. For as long as she can remember she has wanted to teach young children and went to college with this ambition.  Chelsea completed her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education at The University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2008. In 2015 she completed a masters degree in Early Childhood Education at The University of Massachusetts, Boston. In the classroom she enjoys singing, reading aloud and is looking forward to Shabbat dance parties every Friday! When Chelsea is not at school she enjoys spending time with her husband Nick and young son Nicky.

Jill Berenson

PreK Teacher

Jill joined the TCEE team in 2013.  She has been teaching in the early childhood field for over 15 years, with toddlers, preschool & pre-K children.  She received her bachelor’s degree in Child & Family Studies from the University of New Hampshire and her master’s degree from Lesley University.  When not at school she likes to read, watch movies, and eat sushi (in no particular order).

Adrienne Brown

Afternoon Teacher - Red Group

Adrienne joined the TCEE staff in the fall of 2014. She is a Wheelock College graduate and has been working in both private and corporate childcare for 20 years. Adrienne lives with her family in West Roxbury.

Joshua Cohen

Music Educator

Joshua Cohen is beyond excited to join the Temple Ohabei Shalom family this year as the Music Educator! Josh grew up in Northern California going to Jewish camps and participating in youth group activities. Before he knew it he had fallen in love with Jewish music, playing guitar, and singing. 15 years later, he is excited to bring his love of spiritual music to TOS. The last 4 years he has been fortunate enough to be a Songleader for BBYO, which has allowed him to travel the country spreading ruach to Jewish young adults. He has been living in Boston for 6 years now and has been involved with a variety of Temples in the area, but now is very happy to finally find a home with TOS

Holly Darides

Preschool Teacher

Holly grew up in beautiful Vermont and attended college there as well. She has a bachelors degree in elementary education. In the summer of 1997 Holly  moved to Massachusetts and taught at a Jewish preschool in Newton for 12 years and then took time off to raise her children. In her spare time  Holly enjoys spending time with family and friends, barbecuing, taking walks and being in nature.

-A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind and touches a heart. Holly looks forward to getting to know each child and family this year.

Katie Dutton

Preschool Teacher

Katie joined the TCEE teaching staff in the fall 2016. She moved to Boston after spending the past decade working with children in the NYC metropolitan area. Prior to joining TCEE, she taught in a three-year-old classroom at Montclare Children’s School in Manhattan. Katie earned her BA in English Literature from Miami University, and is currently pursuing her Masters of Children’s Literature at Simmons College. She is passionate about instilling a love of reading in children, and loves nothing more than inspiring creativity and imagination to thrive. When Katie is not teaching or reading, she can be found working on various art projects, hosting trivia nights, playing in social sports leagues, exploring the city, and going on adventures.

Susan Fisher

Toddler Teacher

Susan truly enjoys working with children and watching them learn and grow. Susan is a certified lead teacher with over 15 years experience in the field of early education, having taught children ages 15 months through 5 years of age. She is a graduate from University of Massachusetts at Amherst.  After several years in sales and retail management, she developed a unique toddler program for children aged 15 months through 2.9 years of age which successfully ran for over 10 years. After that, she worked for various preschools in the area including Gan Shelanu and the Suzuki of Newton.  ,Susan loves to promote an inclusive and supportive environment where each child feels comfortable taking risks and honing new skills through their play and learning.

Anna Goodkind

TK Teacher

Anna has been teaching children of a variety of ages for many years. Prior to TCEE, she was most recently at the JCC Manhattan Nursery School in NYC. Anna grew up in Boston where she attended Boston public schools and graduated from Boston Latin School. She then moved to New York to attend Barnard College, and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Creative Writing. In 2015, Anna graduated from City College of New York with a Master’s of Fine Arts degree in English and Writing, with a focus on Children’s Literature. When she is not teaching, Anna is a writer, and is currently working on several children’s books and a young adult novel. She especially loves storytelling, fairytales, drama, reading and writing, yoga, and the arts, and is eager to share these interests with the children in her class. Anna, along with her teaching team at the JCC, was a 2015 recipient of the Regional Grinspoon Award for Excellence in Jewish Education, which “recognizes innovative local educators who make a lasting impact on the lives of Jewish children,” for that team’s innovative approach to involving students in the use of documentation technology throughout the school year.

Emma Kantrov

D'vorim Teacher

While Emma has experience working with youth of all ages (from preschool to college!), she is looking forward to teaching and learning with students during the most important time in their development: early childhood. She recently completed her EdM in Counseling at Boston University with a focus on Child and Adolescent Mental Health. She is also TEFL/TESOL certified and loves working with and learning alongside English language learners. Outside of school Emma enjoys playing soccer and cycling.

Debbie Kurtzman

Preschool Teacher

Debbie has always been interested in how children learn. She has found that the best combination for learning is to provide opportunities where the teachers and children can learn together. Debbie enjoys sharing her interests in science, gardening, cooking and literature with the children in her classroom. Debbie has a BS in Speech and Language Pathology from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. She has a MA in Special Education-Hearing Impaired from Eastern Michigan University. After moving to Massachusetts, she worked in early childhood programs at MIT’s Technology Children’s Center and at the Leventhal Sidman JCC in Newton. Debbie and her husband Jonathan live in Brookline with their two cats, Chester and Billy. They raised two daughters who graduated from Driscoll School and Brookline High School.

Jen Loew

Preschool Teacher

Jen graduated in 2015 from the University of Delaware where she received her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. She moved back to Massachusetts and worked as a preschool teacher at a local child care center for the past year. Jen loves being a preschool teacher and is passionate about creating a positive learning environment for children. In her spare time, she enjoys biking, going to the beach, and watching movies!

Rhona Maple

Toddler Teacher

Rhona  is a graduate of the University of Hartford, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. This fall she will be entering her twenty seventh year as a Jewish Preschool educator. Rhona worked for the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Boston for twenty years, teaching Toddlers, Preschool, and Kindergarten. Eight years ago, Rhona joined the inaugural staff of the Diane K. Trust Center for Early Education at Temple Ohabei Shalom , as the first TCEE teacher.   Since 2005, she has also taught Religious School at a South Shore Synagogue. Rhona loves visiting Los Angeles, where she spends time with her family — especially her three beautiful grandchildren.  In her spare time, she enjoys reading, cooking, shopping, and watching sports. Her favorite teams are the Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics, Bruins, and USC Trojans.

Rebecca McGhee

Red Group Lead Teacher

Becky graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor’s degree in early childhood education in 2012 and with a Master’s degree in human development and education in 2016. She has been teaching preschool and kindergarten in a variety of public and private schools around Boston since starting college. Becky enjoys sharing her love of reading and exploring art materials with children, and in her spare time she likes to run, hike, and bake.

Jillian O’Donnell

PreK Teacher

Jillian joined the TCEE staff in the fall of 2014. She has been working at early childhood centers since her time at Boston University. She is originally from Worcester, but moved to Boston to be closer to her favorite sports teams, including the Red Sox.

 

Deirdre O’Neill

Preschool Teacher

Deirdre has nearly fifteen years of experience educating young children. She began her teaching career working with Early Intervention as a Parent Educator. She taught at Kehillath Israel Nursery School for many years working primarily in the three-year-old classroom. Deirdre has an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College. She loves storytelling and in her free time is completing a children’s book series.

 

Izzy Schegolev

TK Teacher

Izzy grew up at Ohabei Shalom, and wants to give back what her teachers gave to her. Izzy recently graduated from Framingham State University where she majored in psychology. Last year, Izzy had the opportunity to volunteer at was a Boston Children’s’ Hospital where the children taught as many lessons as they learned.  Izzy is looking forward to the new school year and the excitement of building our new TK program.

Bret Wood

Bret joined the teaching staff in 2015. He is from a small mountain town in Pennsylvania where he went to Mansfield University and studied art education and worked with students from preschool to 12th grade. He has worked previously in preschools as an art and general education teacher. He looks forward to exploring the ideas of the world and our communities with students.