Kim Subrin - Chanen Preschool Director
Kim was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania but grew up in Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley. She spent much of her childhood involved in the Jewish Community, through her synagogue and Jewish summer camps. After completing high school, Kim moved to Illinois where she attended Illinois State University and completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development and Human Relations and her Master’s degree in Human Services Counseling. After some time as a social worker, Kim realized her true passion was to work with the Jewish Community. After many summers of working at a JCC day camp and resident camp, Kim began working at the JCC in Skokie, Illinois before moving to Phoenix in 2000 to work at the Valley of the Sun JCC. Kim spent almost 10 years as the JCC at the Youth and Camping Director, creating all of their youth programs as well as starting Shemesh Day Camp and then the Program Director where she worked with JCC wide programs and all departments.
In 2009, Kim took a little break from work while she and her husband, Brian, started their family with the birth of their son Brayden. Kim started as the Director at Chanen Preschool in August of 2009. In 2011, Kim and Brian welcomed their son Parker. She feels so lucky to be part of such a wonderful community and have the opportunity to see the Chanen student’s smiling faces and hear their giggles up and down the hallways every day! It doesn’t hurt that she gets to share her school experience with her sons either!
Susan Atkins - Office Manager at Chanen Preschool
She is the face of the Front Desk and handles attendance, billing and all parent and staff questions about the preschool and more things too numerous to list. This is Susan’s fourth year at Congregation Beth Israel, and she loves the interaction with all the students and their families. Susan is married and has three children, two in college, and one a recent college graduate. She has worked in the Phoenix Jewish community for the past 24 years.
Lindsay Jacobson - Lead Teacher/Pre-K-Bumblebees
I completed my elementary education degree at the University of Arizona and participated in the bilingual field methods program in Tucson. I have also received an endorsement in Early Childhood Education. I student taught in a 4th grade classroom back in Chicago, my hometown. After working with many young children for a year after graduation, I taught as a lead teacher in the 3-year-old program at North Shore School. I moved back to Arizona in 2006 and began working at CBI's Chanen Preschool. I am currently in my 8th year of teaching here as a Lead Teacher in the Pre-K Bumblebee Room, and I love what I do!
Chloe Suskauer - Lead Teacher/Pre-K-Bumblebees
Although I have been working at Chanen's Camp Simcha for the past four summers, this is my first full year as a teacher in Pre-K. I graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor's in Early Childhood Education from the University of Arizona. (Go Cats!) Student teaching in 1st grade and Pre-K for a year in Tucson was such a great experience. I love interacting with all ages of children, and watching learning happen. When I am not busy working or babysitting, I enjoy playing with my puppies and reading and baking.
Jordan Reynolds - Lead Teacher/Pre-K-Butterflies
This is my 3rd year working as a part of the Chanen team. I graduated from ASU in 2008 with my Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education. I taught 1st grade for 3 years in Mesa and learned a great deal. I love to impact and enrich children's lives and watch them grow. When I am not teaching, I love to travel, scrapbook, watch movies, and plan for my upcoming wedding!
Heather Glovinsky - Lead Teacher/Pre K-Butterflies
This is my third year at Chanen. My education is a BS in Special Education from UNLV. I love seeing how the children interpret information and enjoy coming up with fun, new ways to do projects. I have previously taught 1st - 3rd graders for 2 years, and tutored junior high and high school students for 5 years. This is my third year teaching 4th & 5th graders at the Haberkorn Religious School. Teaching Art & Ceramics to grades 2-10 at Camp Harry & Daisy Stein is how I spend my summers. I really enjoy the staff and families at Chanen and enjoy crafts & hiking.
Courtney Haworth - Lead Teacher/3’s-Alligators
I am a Lead Teacher in the 3-year-old Alligator class, after starting as an assistant teacher in the older two’s class during the 2010-2011 school year. I have my Bachelors Degree in Education, specializing in Elementary Education. I am an Arizona State Certified teacher for ages kindergarten through eighth grade. I love watching kids learn and become little humans. I enjoy working with the staff and families of Congregation Beth Israel and Chanen Preschool. This year I have the added responsibilities of After Care Coordinator & Camp Simcha Director.
Cheryl Klein - Assistant Teacher/3's-Alligators
I come from an eclectric background ranging from traveling with the international performing group "Up With People", to working as a meeting planner in Chicago and a Benefits Manager/Trainer for Bar-S Foods here in Phoenix. We have 2 incredible daughters ages 15 and 11 and a 4 year old Schnoodle named Ollie. My experience with children comes from being a very hands on stay home mom. This is my second year at Chanen and am enjoying the Alligator room. I love the warmth and positive energy of everyone here and look forward to spending a lot more time getting to know your children.
Ari Moffitt - Lead Teacher/3's-Fish & Director of Curriculum
I have a Bachelor's in Elementary Education from U of A, and a Master's in Administrative Leadership from NAU. I have taught for over 20 years from preschool to Community College, and loved each experience. This is my 12th year at Chanen. From very early on, I knew my passion was to teach children and become part of their foundational experience. What I love about teaching is the ability to engage children in learning through play. I love to become a part of each of my students family and they in mine. I have 2 children, my son is a senior, and my daughter is a freshman, both at Pinnacle High School. When I am not teaching children, I enjoy watching football & gymnastics.
Amy Steinman-Gavartin - Assistant Teacher/3's-Fish
This is my second year at Chanen as the Assistant Teacher, and I am enjoying each day with the Fish (3 day 3's). I was born and raised in Birmingham, MI. After graduating from Butler University in 2007, I moved to Arizona to pursue a graduate degree in Nonprofit Studies. Since relocating from the Mid West, working with children has become my passion. I have been teaching Sunday school at a conservative synagogue in Scottsdale for five years. Besides spending time in the classroom, I love to row (I was on the Crew team in college), spend time with my husband Al, my new son, Archer, and our two dogs: Stella and Marlo.
Abby Oliver - Lead Teacher/3's-Frogs
This is my first year at Chanen, and I am so excited to be back in the preschool setting! After receiving my Bachelor's of Art in Education, I worked in a preschool for 7 years, then moved to Elementary School and taught 1st, 2nd & 3rd grades. I love spending my days interacting with children each day, & watching them learn new things is amazing. When I am not teaching, I am happiest spending time with my husband Matt & our son will just turned 2!
Dawn Wasserman - Assistant Teacher/3's-Frogs
I was born and raised in Philadelphia where I attended Temple University. My husband, Gregg, and I moved to Phoenix in 1996. We have two children, Sarah and Alex, both of whom attended Chanen preschool. From 2002 to 2006, I worked as an assistant teacher with the 1, 2, and 3 year old classes. After three years of pursuing special education for my son, I happily returned to Chanen in 2009. It has been wonderful to be back and to see my students' smiling faces every morning. I feel so fortunate to be a part of our preschoolers' formative years. Watching them learn and grow throughout the year is truly rewarding.
Joni Miller - LeadTeacher/Young 2's-Bunnies
Lisa Cantor - Assistant Teacher/Young 2's-Bunnies
Erica Sussman - Assistant Teacher/Young 2's-Bunnies
I recently graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Science in Family Studies & Human Development. This is my first year at Chanen, and it is amazing! I love kids and love helping them learn and play. Traveling, reading and swimming keep me busy when I have free time.
Marcy Lewis - Lead Teacher/2’s-Monkeys
I am the Lead Teacher for the Monkeys, the Older 2's classroom. This is my 7th year teaching the 2's at Chanen. I have taught the 2's for 18 years and LOVE this age group!! It's so much fun watching them develop. I grew up and had my Bat Mitzvah at the CBI on Osborn. I love sitting in the Chapel with the old pews looking at the stained glass windows that I loved seeing as a child. I have been married for 15 years and have two sons, Justin age 13 and Noah age 9. Watching my boys play sports keeps me very busy when I am not at Chanen.
Candi Cantin - Assistant Teacher/2's-Monkeys
I have been teaching PE at Chanen in January 2012, and also as a floater & assistant in the Monkey Room. This year I am working with the Monkeys every day, and I love them! Prior to having my children, I have taught at preschools, tutoring centers, and even kindergarten for 10+ years. I'm originally from Chicago, where I received my degree in Elementary Education at Northeastern Illinois University. I have been married for almost 17 years and have been living here ever since. We have 2 children; a daughter who is 15, and a son who is 10. Now that they're getting older, it was nice to get back with the little ones and seeing their happy faces all the time!
Brenda Fox - Assistant Teacher/2's-Monkeys
I am so excited to join the Chanen staff this year. I have a Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education, and I have taught for 10 1/2 years at Har Zion, with the 2's, 3's & PreK. I also taught 3rd grade in the late 1990's. My husband Steve & I have been married for almost 20 years. We have 3 children, Dylan, Morgan & Julie. I love working with children and helping them learn new things. I enjoy riding my excersie bike and participating in the Susan G. Komen 3 Day for the Cure.
Dvora Rodich - Lead Teacher/1's-Turtles
I came from Israel almost 15 years ago. I have a bachelor degree in Special Education from David Yalin Teachers Collage in Jerusalem. I have 15 years teaching experience in Israel with Pre-K children to Jr. High, from teaching children with Physical and Emotional Disabilities, to children with autism, cerebral palsy as well as deaf children with learning disabilities. I have been teaching at Chanen Pre-School for the past 14 years. In all my years of teaching, the thing that brings me the most joy, is seeing the growth and learning of each individual child. To see their smile when they succeed in achieving something new, can warm my heart. Most of all, the ability to give and get so much love to each child, is so wonderful. I love art, traveling and listening to music. I am married and have 3 children, ages 19, 17 & 15 (all Chanen graduates!)
Erez Kessler - Assistant Teacher/1’s-Turtles
This is my 3rd year here at Chanen and I love every minute of it. I am Assistant Teacher in room 8. I am also the Music Specialist. I was born in Israel and I have 2 brothers. One of them opened a preschool 3 years ago and it's very successful. When I was 16 I started working with kids in Israel. I was a Counselor at camp, a clown at birthday parties, and performed on the stage as an entertainer or as a Master Of Ceremonies. In the summer of 2003, I started my journey in the U.S. as a Music Specialist at various Jewish summer camps. In May 2008, I met my wife and fell in love and moved to AZ. We got married in September 2009 and we have a son, Evan, who is almost one. Chanen is a second home to me. I love coming to work and seeing the kids smiling and hearing their laughter and their voices while they are singing with me. Thank You Kim and Thank You parents for letting me work with kids that I really love it.
Nancy Abrams - Assistant Teacher/1's-Turtles
Although this is my first year at Chanen, I have worked with ages birth through age 5 at preschools in Los Angeles, California. I have a BA in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College. I love working with children, and especially my little Turtles! I enjoy reading and jigsaw puzzles when I am relaxing at home.
Susan Goodman - Lead Teacher/1’s-Ladybugs
The Arizona heat is obviously not too hot for me, as I was born, raised and still live in this great state! I left Phoenix for a year to attend school in Israel and then continued in Tucson to receive my Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Arizona - GO WILDCATS! Growing up I always loved the Chanen Preschool Program - so much that my two children attended the program and I am proud to say graduated with honors. My daughter and son learned from each age group and still practice the Jewish traditions gained through the Chanen Preschool curriculum. I'm thrilled to be part of the outstanding staff of Chanen Preschool. I am so happy to be a lead teacher in the Toddler Room and be able to teach all these wonderful boys and girls. The smiles of children are the best! I look forward to another great school year!
Gail Kehr - Assistant Teacher/1's-Ladybugs
I grew up in the Valley and raised my family here. I've had my own business in the private sector most of my working life. About 13 years ago, I started doing volunteer work with infant-preschool age children and found a passion for it. This has been an unexpected delightful new journey for me. This is my 8th year at Chanen in the Ladybug room. It is so rewarding to watch the childeren develop and to see their personalities emerge. I enjoy reading and watching movies.
Lisa Kline - Assistant Teacher/1's-Ladybugs
I started at Chanen in February 2011, but being a publicist & working with A-list actors is very similar to teaching and teaches you to have great patience! I love seing children learn new concepts and enjoy making learning fun. Everyone here is super nice! I enjoy coming to work every single day! I love to hangout with my family and friends, going to Zumba and Pilates. And of course, watching the AZ Wildcats! Also, I do a ton of charity work especially for kidney cancer research. I have a Bachelors of Science from the University of Arizona, and am currently working for my CDA.
Kim Burns - Lead Teacher/Infants-Puppies
Before coming to Chanen, I worked for 3 years as a Para Pro/Parent Liaison with a school district and then I did in-home childcare for 18 years. My husband and I have four children ages 21, 19, 15 and 14. We have been living in Arizona for 19 years since moving here from Maryland. This is my 2nd year at Chanen this year and enjoy every minute of my time here with the Puppies. I love being with my family when I am not cuddling with the babies at Chanen.
Tsovik Kabaki - Assistant Teacher/Infants-Puppies
I have been at Chanen for 15 years, working with the 3year olds before moving to the Infant Room this year. I love the Puppies! I have been teaching young children for 25 years after receiving a 4 year degree. I am married and have twin sons who are 19. I love coming to work each day to spend time loving these babies. I enjoy reading books when I have time.
Viviana Mankita - Hebrew & Spanish Language
The eldest of four, my father immigrated from a 'shtetl' in Europe to Mexico City, where my siblings and I were born and raised. Growing up I attended a Jewish school in Mexico, where I learned Yiddish, Hebrew and English. After high school, I earned my teaching certificate and began to teach kindergarten in a Jewish day school. In 1981 my husband and I decided to move with our four children to Los Angeles, Ca., and fifteen years later we moved to the Valley of the Sun. I have been involved in Jewish education for a very long time. I am trilingual and tricultural and I love to share my knowledge and experiences with the children. I love to cook matzo ball soup and kugel for the holidays, and tacos and tostadas for 5 de Mayo. In my spare time I like to play cards, and spend time with my grandchildren.
Jennifer Henry - Art Specialist in Austin's Art Studio
This is my second year at Chanen. I could not wish for a more exciting opportunity than being the Art Specialist in Austin's Art Studio. Over twenty years of professional experiences as an Early Childhood Educator, Visual Arts and elementary teacher and librarian are culminated in this position. More than 26 years ago, I emigrated from South Africa with my husband, Robin and 3 children, Allan, Laura and Gail who all live in Arizona. The very best days (apart from working with Chanen's little people) are to play with my grandsons, Cooper, aged 5 and Max, aged 3 (whose parents are Allan and Jen Henry.) Robin and I love to explore Arizona and all that this beautiful state has to offer.