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Preschool Staff

Preschool Staff

Meet the staff

of the Robert J. Wilf Preschool & Kindergarten @ the  

 

 

 

The Directors

Natalie O'Brien and Amy Foster

Amy Foster, Director

I can say without hesitation that the Robert J. Preschool and Kindergarten is the very best place to learn, grow and play. The teachers are dedicated and committed to offering children the best possible experiences. Natalie and I work together to support this program in every way possible. We have an amazing team of outstanding educators!

I have over 30 years of experience in Early Childhood Education, Special Education and Early Intervention, with many of those years in Jewish institutions. I earned my bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Temple University and my master’s degree in Special Education from Saint Joseph's University. I am married to my wonderful husband Steve. Together we have 3 children, 1 grandson named Bodhi (who is the light of my life) and an adorable Yellow Lab named Harley. My daughter Emily is 27 and she works right her at the Kaiserman JCC as our Graphic Designer. My son Jeremy is 21 and he is a Junior at PITT.  My stepson Ben is 19 and he is a Freshman at the University of the Sciences.  I have an open-door policy and can be reached by phone, email or feel free to just stop by. I am looking forward to another year of fun, learning, and happiness.

Natalie O’Brien, Assistant Director

Hi, my name is Natalie O’Brien. I have been working at the JCC for almost 23 years! It’s definitely my home away from home! There is truly a family atmosphere here with all of our staff. We care about one another, our families and our program. Amy and I work really hard behind the scenes to make this school the best we can and care deeply about the results of our efforts! I married my high school sweetheart Jason and we live in Havertown where we first met. We have three children who all attended school here at the JCC Preschool and Kindergarten. Our daughter Emily is 12, in 7th grade at Haverford Middle School. Taylor is 15, in 10th grade at Haverford High School and our son Trevor is 20 and works for Haverford Township. I don’t have much free time but if I could choose my most relaxing thing to do, it would be sitting in a chair by the water’s edge on the beach!! I’m looking forward to another great school year!

 

 The Teaching Staff

Nursery

Lihi Moskow Alex D'Antonio

Lihi Moskow, Lead Teacher

My name is Lihi Moskow. I’m the mother of two wonderful kids.  I have 10 years of experience working with children at nurseries, preschools and as a private nanny. I’m a certified sleep consultant and a parental guide through “Idan Ha’horoot” college In collaboration with ״Tel- Hai״ Academic College in Israel. This is my 3rd year, working in the preschool and my 2nd year as the teacher’s assistant in the Nursery.I love working with babies and watching them grow every day. Winnie the Pooh said: “Sometimes the smallest things take up the most space in your heart”.I’m excited to make space in my heart for all the little ones who will join us.I wish all of us a great year!

Alex D'Antonio, Assistant Teacher

My name is Alex DAntonio and I have been working with children for the last 15 years. I am the mother of a very energetic 4 year old and come from a big family! This is my second year in the nursery at the JCC and I am so excited to watch your children grow! I have studied early childhood education and psychology, and also worked in preschools and in home daycares over the years.

“The Very Hungry Caterpillar story is about hope. You, like the little caterpillar, will grow up, unfold your wings and fly off into the future” - Eric Carl

  

Toddlers

Brittney Lombardi  Brittany Kirschner  Natasa Kovacevic

Brittney Lombardi, Lead Teacher

Hi my name is Brittney Lombardi. I am so excited for my second year as a lead teacher for the young toddlers. I was the assistant teacher in the nursery 3 years ago. I also have been a substitute for the preschool, a Camp KEF counselor for the past 5 years and worked for JCC's Kids Time afterschool program for 2 years. I love working with children of all ages and have been doing so since I was 14. I have a 5-year-old son of my own and a very large family, with many nieces and nephews. Being a music and art lover, I hope to integrate that into my classroom. I am looking forward to a wonderful year with all of your children in the young toddlers class!

Brittany Kirschner, Assistant Teacher

Hi! My name is Brittany Kirschner. I have been working with children for the past 10 years. I have been a Preschool Teacher for the past 5 years. The children inspire me to come to work each day. This coming year is going to be very exciting for me both professionally and personally. I am getting married on November 13th, 2021.    Also, I am thrilled for my 2nd year here at the JCC!  I look forward to a wonderful year.

Natasa Kovecevic, Assistant Teacher

Hi!  My name is Natasa Kovacevic. This is my first year at the JCC and I am so excited to be here! I have a Bachelor's degree in Sociology and I am currently attending  graduate school at Temple University pursuing a Master's degree in Early Childhood Education. I have worked for many years with children of different ages, first as an Au Pair and later as a nanny. I am a mother of a wonderful nine-year-old boy named Maksim who loves to play the accordion. 

 

 

 

Toddlers

Zanna Yoshida Alex Shragis  Rosa Calle
 

Zanna Yoshida, Lead Teacher

I am so glad to be returning for my third year here at the Robert J. Wilf Preschool. I graduated from Muhlenberg College with a degree in Music and Theater in 2016.  I’ve worked as a nanny, a Camp Specialist and as a Counselor for many years. I’m looking forward to the school year!

Alex Shragis, Assistant Teacher

Hi! My name is Alex Shragis. I majored in History and Math at the University of Connecticut. I have spent the past few years working for the Kaiserman JCC in the Preschool, Kidstime afterschool program and Camp Kef! Since moving to Philadelphia in the summer of 2015, I have also worked for Main Line Synagogues as a USY Advisor, an Ultimate Frisbee Instructor and a Teacher for Sunday school and High Holiday classes. I also spent many summers working at Camp Ramah in New England as a Camp Counselor.  When I'm not teaching, I'm usually playing Ultimate Frisbee or curled up with a good book and some strangely flavored seltzer. I have moved acress the hall to Room 205 and I’m very excited for an amazing new year!

Rosa Calle, Assistant Teacher

Hi! My name is Rosa Calle. I am from Cuenca, Ecuador. I have been married to my wonderful husband, Aldo for 38 years. Together we have four beautiful daughters and four amazing grandchildren that I adore with all my heart. I have experience working with children of all different ages and absolutely love working with kids! I am the happiest when I can get a smile on a child’s face. This is my second year working at JCC and I am very excited for this school year!

 

Two-Year-Olds

Bonnie Widger Faye Warsavage  
 

Bonnie Widger, Lead Teacher

Hi!!! My name is Bonnie. I have an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education from Neumann University and a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education from Springfield College. I have been working with children for over 15 years. In my spare time I enjoy crocheting and shopping for yarn. I also love to bake and have fun trying out new recipes. I'm so excited to be the Two’s Teacher again this year and to watch your children learn and grow. It's going to be such a fun school year!!!

Faye Warsavage, Assistant Teacher

Hi!  My name is Faye and I am so excited to be an assistant teacher this year. This will be my second year at the JCC preschool.

I will be starting my associate’s degree in early childhood education this spring. I grew up in South Africa in a large family with seven amazing siblings that I love and care for deeply. My mom was a social worker and foster care parent, so I have grown up taking care of children of all ages. I was also blessed to work as a therapeutic support staff for a boy with special needs for four years and I gained so much from that experience. I also spent four years traveling South Africa and other neighboring countries doing volunteer work for children in underdeveloped communities. I can’t wait to spend the next year learning and growing with all of you!!

 

Two-Year-Olds

Dori Langer  Karen Rosenfeld  
 

Dori Langer, Lead Teacher

Hello! My name is Dori Eitan Langer. I moved from Israel to Philadelphia 7 years ago with my family. I have 2 daughters; Shay is 9 years old and is entering 4th grade at Penn Wynne Elementary. Danielle is almost 7 years old and starting first grade at Penn Wynne Elementary. 

I have a BPS degree in Culinary Art Management. I have worked at the JCC for 4 years. I am very excited to be the Lead Teacher in the Two-Year-Old class this year.  I am looking forward to seeing how much the kids have grown and developed over the summer. I love being part of the JCC Staff!


Karen Rosenfeld, Assistant Teacher
Hi, I am Miss Karen.  This school year will be my 22nd year at the Robert J Wilf Preschool and Kindergarten. I have been married for 42 years and I have two grown children and two adorable grandchildren. In my spare time I enjoy reading and traveling. I’m looking forward to another memorable year and consider it an honor to be with your children.


  

Three-Year-Olds

Marianne Shiber Jen Graboyes  
 

Marianne Shiber, Lead Teacher

Hello! My name is Marianne Shiber.  I am one of the three-year-old teachers this year with Jen Graboyes.  This is our 10th year working together!  We are a great team.   This September will mark my 30th year teaching at the JCC.  The JCC is my home away from home. I have an associate degree in Early Childhood Education and Private School Certification.  I am married with three grown children who have all gone through our Preschool program. Our family also welcomed a new puppy, Jovie in August.  She is so lovable and loads of energy.  I am very excited to have a fun-filled school year with your child.

Jen Graboyes, Assistant Teacher

My name is Jen Graboyes. I am going to be 33 years old in November. I enjoy going on adventures, traveling and being around my friends and family. I love the beach and the sun, but my favorite season is Fall. I studied Psychology and Education at West Chester University. I have been working at the JCC since I was 14 years old, as a Camp Counselor and I have worked with ages 2 yrs. to 4th grade. This is my 11th year working at the Robert J. Wild Preschool. I believe that each child is special in their own unique way and that you can learn a lot from them. Working with children is both a giving and receiving experience. I look forward to coming to work each day and interacting with the children!

 

Four-Year-Olds

Kelly Flury Marsha Millman  
 

Kelly Flury, Lead Teacher

Hi! My name is Kelly Flury and I am very excited to return for my 3rd year here at the JCC. I have been in early childhood education since 2007. I have my Bachelors in ECE for Eastern University. Throughout my time in education I have moved between Teacher to Administrator and now I'm back in the teaching position and I couldn't be happier! I enjoy spending time with my husband and our families. When I am not teaching, I can be found with my nieces and nephews or relaxing on the beach. I am looking forward to an amazing school year here!

Marsha Millman, Assistant Teacher

Hi my name is Marsha Millman. This is my 16th year working at the JCC.  During my single years I was in the dental field working as a Dental Technician and a Dental Assistant. I have been married for 30 years to my soul mate Mark. We adopted our daughter Becky from Russia when she was 2 years old.  She has a degree in Athletic Training from Temple University and earned her master’s degree from Clarion University. Becky joined the Army in September 2015. Becky is a Sergeant and a Medic at West Point where is based.  We are so proud of Becky! I have a Bichon mix named Morey and a cat named Koshie. I love to cook, go shopping and take vacations, especially cruises.  I am looking forward to teaching your children and enriching their lives through play, patience and love. I can’t wait to have a fun school year with your children!

 

Four-Year-Olds

Tammy Roberts Ruth Santone  
 

Tammy Roberts, Lead Teacher

Hi my name is Tammy Roberts and I am the 4 year old class Teacher. I have been teaching here for 27 years and I am looking forward to many more!!!  I graduated from West Chester University with a BS in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education. I also took many Reading classes at the graduate level at the University of Delaware. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and I also enjoy exercising, playing Mahjong, volunteering at my Synagogue and helping others.  My motto is “It’s nice to be nice”. I try to instill that into the children that I work with daily.

Ruth Santone, Assistant Teacher

Hi, my name is Miss Ruth. I am very excited to be working with the Tammy in the 4-year-old class.  I've worked here at the JCC for the past 24 years. Prior to here, I spent 9 years working in a Kindergarten class at a different childcare center.  I love working here and being able to help the children grow and develop.  In my personal life I have 2 adult married children, 3 grandsons and 1 granddaughter.  I look forward to my weekends to spend quality time with my grandchildren. In my spare time, I enjoy catching up with family and friends over an enjoyable, relaxing dinner. I also like going for walks, especially on a perfect fall or spring day. I am a true animal lover and I cannot wait to hear about your child's favorite animal.

 

Kindergarten 1

Anika Ruud
Sandy Kassie  
 

Anika Ruud, Lead Teacher

I am so excited to be here! I moved to Philadelphia from Florida last year with my boyfriend who attends Swarthmore College.  I graduated from the University of North Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. I have 6 years of professional early childhood and elementary school experience working with fourth grade, second grade and kindergarten children.  I have to say that Kindergarten is my favorite!!!  I am so looking forward to meeting your children and helping them learn and grow both socially and academically. I am ready for a fantastic, safe and fun school year!

Sandy Kassie, Assistant Teacher

I am a native of Northeast Philadelphia. I received my undergraduate degree right here in Philadelphia at Temple University. Currently, I am living in Havertown and love the fact that I am a stone’s throw away from the Kaiserman JCC. I have worked at the JCC since 1998 in various roles in the Preschool and Camp. My hobbies are movies, antique jewelry and I also love to collect random objects. I am a seasoned world traveler, having been to Israel many times where I have extended family. I have been married to my wonderful husband Bruce for 32 years. I have a lovely stepdaughter, Lila who is an amazing, gluten free French Pastry Chef. She has a successful business named Flakely. Bruce and I have 2 beautiful children; Talia and David. Talia is a Temple University graduate and is currently a Wedding Coordinator in Manayunk at a venue called Artesino Gallery. David is a Drexel University graduate and has started his own company called DVNC. They have also both worked and attended school at the JCC!

 

Kindergarten 2

Lesley Gotlib  Maria Voight  
 

Lesley Gotlib, Lead Teacher

My name is Lesley Gotlib. I am the K2 teacher and thrilled to be part of the Robert J. Wilf Preschool family. I have been in the educational field for the past 15 years in both a preschool capacity and elementary classrooms. I have a Masters in Elementary Education and am certified as a Reading Specialist.

My educational belief is that children learn through play and I’m enthusiastic about watching and guiding your children through new experiences in our class. I look forward to this opportunity and the wonderful year ahead. I live in Delaware County with my husband, Mark, and we have 3 wonderful children Zac, Molly Claire, and Joshua.

Maria Voight, Assistant Teacher

Welcome to another exciting school year! I have been an Assistant Teacher for 33 years, 23 of them spent here at the Robert J. Wilf Preschool and Kindergarten. I have been involved in many capacities of the school and helped educate many graduates. I began my career in a babysitting service and have worked with children ranging from 2 years old to Kindergarten. I have 4 adult children and 7 grandchildren. When I’m not working, you can find me taking the troops out on walks or spending quality time at the playground. I enjoy cooking, gardening, and spending time with friends and family. I look forward to continuing to nurture the growth of our present and future students! This is going to be a fun year and I am looking forward to learning about you and your children!

 

Harley Foster, Therapy Dog


Harley joins our Kindergarten 2 classroom every week for reading. Harley is a Certified Therapy Dog. His favorite thing to do is to sit quietly as the children read to him! This is a great way for all the children, children who are already strong readers and those children who are not confident readers to get practice and feel comfortable as they read aloud to a non-judgmental listener.