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MEET THE STAFF


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Amy Foster
Preschool Director

I have 20 years of experience in Early Childhood Education, Special Education and Early Intervention, with many of those years in Jewish institutions. I have served in roles such as Lead Teacher, Special Education Teacher, and Director of an Early Intervention Center Based program. Additionally, I am certified to teach early childhood, elementary, and special education. 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 marred to my wonderful husband Steve and together we have 3 children. Emily is 20 and she is a Sophomore at Hobart and William Smith in Geneva, NY. Jeremy is 14 and he is in 9th grade at Lower Merion High School and my step-son Ben is 12 and he is in 7th grade. I have an open door policy. I can be reached by phone, email or feel free to just stop by. I am looking forward to another year of fun, learning, & happiness.
Natalie O'Brien
Assistant Director

Hi, my name is Natalie O’Brien. I have been working at the JCC for almost 17 years. It’s my home away from home. I married my high school sweetheart Jason and we have three children who all attended school here. Actually, this school year is the first time in 14 years I don’t have any of my children here with me! My girls are now both at Coopertown Elementary School. Emily is 6 in 1st grade and Taylor is 9 in 4th grade. My son Trevor is 14 and in 9th grade at Haverford High School. After all that 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!










INFANT CLASS

Jennie KatzKristine DeMensana
Jennie Katz
Lead Teacher

Hello, my name is Jennie Katz. I live in Overbrook Farms with my husband Michael and our two boys. Zachary is in Miss Susie’s 3 year old class; Simon Jack is a 1st grader at Perelman. I was born and raised in California and I earned my Bachelors degree from Pepperdine University in Malibu. I moved here to be closer to family. I have had the pleasure of getting to know many preschool families over the past years. I am so excited to share this school year with your children and your family. I look forward to exploring, playing, learning and
growing together.
Kristine DeMensana
Assistant Teacher

Hello my name is Kristine DeMansana. I grew up in the Philippines and I moved here when I was twelve years old. I'm currently in school for my teaching degree. I've been working at the JCC for 7 years in the Camp and Preschool. I enjoy being with children, baking and traveling. I adore being with children! I have worked with kids of all ages at Camp, Preschool and Kids Time. I'm looking forward to a great year!







TODDLER CLASS

Ruth HenningerGrace Metzler
Ruth Henninger
Lead Teacher

Hi there! My name is Ruth and I have lived most of my life in the Philadelphia Suburbs. My B.A. in Theater from Brandeis University in Boston and M.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Pennsylvania afford me the opportunity to work with your beautiful children. I look forward to playing, reading and exploring together with this great group of Toddlers!

My husband and I are parents to two students here at the Robert J. Wilf Preschool and Kindergarten. Our younger daughter Shayna is in Ms. Wendy’s Class and is full of energy and curiosity. Ali is enjoying Ms. Jaimie's four-year-old-class where she can show off her creative and exuberant personality. Thanks so much for sharing your darling babes with me!






Grace Metzler
Assistant Teacher

Hi! My name is Grace Metzler and I graduated Tyler School of Art at Temple University in 2012 with a Bachelors Degree in Painting. I was recently married and live with my husband and our dog in beautiful West Philadelphia. Since graduating I continue to pursue my passion for painting by working in my studio in Fishtown and participating in mural arts programs in Philadelphia. My most recent work as a painter has been a series of large-scale paintings depicting various suburban landscapes. In addition to school, family, friends and painting I have worked for many years as a nanny and have really enjoyed that experience in my life. I have been very fortunate to teach and create art with children of all ages. As an artist I am often inspired by a child’s limitless creativity and energy for life. It encourages me to break free of my own inhibitions and to trust my natural instincts while creating art. I am very excited to work with Ruth and your children as we learn and grow together!



TODDLER CLASS

Karen RosenfeldMarkie Berg
Karen Rosenfeld
Lead Teacher

My name is Karen Rosenfeld. I have been involved with the Preschool here at the Kaiserman JCC for the past 14 years. My children attended this preschool. I have been associated with the JCC for 20 years in various capacities. I am a Counselor in the JCC Summer Camp as well as formerly being a Teacher’s Assistant in the Preschool. The children keep me active and young. I truly enjoy being here and feel very privileged to be a part of
their upbringing.

When I am not at the JCC I enjoy reading, going to the beach, whether down to the New Jersey shore, or taking trips to the Caribbean, especially Aruba. I also am one of Philadelphia’s biggest sport fan and enjoy rooting for all the home teams. I have been married for the last 35 years and have two wonderfully grown up children who make me proud every day.
Markie Berg
Assistant Teacher

I am so excited for this school year! I have been working with children in many settings for 10 years and I am looking forward to seeing all of the children grow and learn this year. I am currently in school studying nutrition. Some of my interests are traveling, reading, being active, and cooking. I know that I am going to have so much fun spending the school year with your children!















2 YEAR OLD CLASS

Wendy GreenbergRuth Santone
Wendy Greenberg
Lead Teacher

Hello! My name is Miss Wendy. My passion for teaching preschoolers began as a substitute teacher at the Robert J. Wilf Preschool and Kindergarten right here at the Kaiserman JCC, where I experienced being in the presence of all different age groups at our preschool. As I thoroughly enjoyed being surrounded by preschoolers, working with them and teaching them, I quickly jumped at the opportunity to become an assistant teacher in the toddler room. Having had this experience validated how much I wanted to continue to teach, help, and provide a loving, caring and safe environment for our preschoolers at the JCC. Subsequently, I became the Lead Teacher for the 2011-2012 school year for the older 2-year-olds.

I received my BA in Psychology at George Washington University in 1994. My husband, Josh, and I have two wonderful children: Eva (9 y.o. and in 4th grade) and Sean (7 y.o. and in 2nd grade). We love hiking, camping and playing Uno and Scattergories together. Our cat, Galaxy, is also a part of our family and she is a lovey. Both Eva and Sean attended the JCC for preschool. They had a great experience and both graduated from Miss Janet’s Kindergarten class.

I am a self-taught collage artist and I truly enjoy using my creative side with the preschoolers here. I look forward to the start of the each school year, meeting all of our new friends, getting to know them and watch them learn and grow!
Ruth Santone
Assistant Teacher

Hi, my name is Miss Ruth. I have been providing child care for 27 years now. I've worked here at the JCC for the past 18 years. Prior to working here,I spent 9 years working in a Kindergarten class at a different child care center. I have had the pleasure of nurturing the children at the JCC preschool from Babysitting to Kindergarten. I am very excited to work with the 2 year olds again this year. I love working here and being able to help the children grow and develop.

In my personal life, I have two adult married children and two grandsons. I look forward to my weekends in which I 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 enjoy going for walks, especially on a perfect fall or spring day. I am a true animal lover, and I cannot wait to hear what your child's favorite animal is.
















Teresa DiMartino
Teresa DiMartino
Assistant Teacher

My name is Theresa DiMartino. For the last 11 years I’ve worked here at the JCC as a camp counselor. Over the years, I had the opportunity to work all age groups. This is my 7th year working as an Assistant in the Preschool. I love it. I learn something new from the children every day! I am a triplet! I love to spend time with friends and family! I love to shop, cook and go to the beach. I look forward to another great new school year!!!!



3 YEAR OLD CLASS

Marrianne ShiberJennifer Graboyes
Marianne Shiber
Lead Teacher

Hi friends, I am Marianne Shiber and I am one of the 3 year old Teachers. I have been teaching here at the JCC Preschool for the past 23 years. I have been married to my husband David for 19 happy years and we have three children who all attended school here. My son Tyler is 18 and just started college at The University of Notre Dame. My daughter Katie is 15 and my youngest son Matthew is 12. I have my Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education and my Private School Certification. The JCC is like my second home and I am excited to be here each day!


Jen Graboyes
Assistant Teacher
My name is Jen Graboyes. I enjoy swimming, cooking, dancing, going on adventures, traveling and being around friends and family. I love the beach and the sun, but my favorite season is Fall. I went to West Chester University and I studied Psychology and Education. I've been working at the JCC since I was 14, as a Camp Counselor and have worked with ages 4 to 3rd grade. This is my 4th year working at the JCC Preschool. I believe that each child is special in their own unique way and that you can learn a lot from children. Working with children is both a giving and receiving experience. I look forward to coming to work each day and interacting with the children!

Patty Christiano
Patty Christiano
Assistant Teacher

I have worked at the Kaiserman JCC for 25 years now. I look forward to coming to school every day to see all of the beautiful children. My son Joe is 35 and lives in Townsend, DE where he works for Chase Bank. I have been married to my wonderful husband Joe for 41 years! I love all kinds of sports and love watching them! Thank you so much for sharing a part of your children’s lives with me.



3 YEAR OLD CLASS

Lindsay LeonardBrian Toal
Lindsay Leonard
Lead Teacher

Hi! I am Lindsay Leonard.I have been a teacher since 2009 in both an elementary and middle school setting.

I relocated back to Philadelphia last June from Florida, to continue my career as a dedicated educator. I spent the past year working as a substitute teacher for Radnor School District. While in Florida, I held positions as a Middle School Language Arts Teacher, as well as a 2nd and 3rd grade Elementary School Teacher. I’ve learned so much about teaching through my experiences working with children of various ages. I have a lot of experience creating fun and exciting lesson plans which both challenge and actively engage students in their learning. I am enthusiastic, dedicated, and adaptable; willing to experiment and adjust plans to the situation. I love to learn and make a difference in the lives of children. I can find the root of a problem and try many options to help reach every child’s full potential. I have the ability to relate well with children, staff, and parents. I have a natural ability to spark student’s interest and build lifelong learners.

I earned my bachelor’s degree, as well as my Teaching Certification at the graduate level, at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, which is an NCATE accredited institution that specializes in teacher preparation. I look forward to becoming a part of the Robert J. Wilf Preschool family this coming school year.
Brian Toal
Assistant Teacher
Hey there! My name is Brian Toal and I am very excited to be the new Assistant Teacher at the Robert J. Wilf Preschool and Kindergarten. I have always had a special connection with children, most likely because I am still a kid at heart and I can match their level of energy. I attended Lock Haven University for Elementary Education, with a focus on Early Childhood Education. I decided to take some time off from school to work and gain experience. I recently applied to join the Big Brothers and Big Sisters program and I look forward to making a difference in a child’s life. I enjoy playing the Piano, being outside, listening to music, keeping active, and traveling. Over the summer I went to Italy for the first time, and really enjoyed the history and art of Venice. If given the opportunity, I would love to be a positive role model for your children.


















3 YEAR OLD CLASS

Susie BoxmanAlex Demuth
Susie Boxman
Lead Teacher

My name is Susie Boxman. Before I became a teacher I worked at Vanguard for five years. While working there, I volunteered for an organization that matches business employees with schools to teach young students about working in the community, and I fell in love with teaching. I studied at West Chester University, and received my Teaching Certificate. I also hold my MSC in Management from the University of Wales, in the UK.

I am one of the 3 year old Teachers. I love watching the growth and development of the children as they turn 4. This past summer I was Director of the Gesher and Kadimah at Camp Kef!

I live in Conshohocken with my husband Joey and my two cats; Chloe and Wallace. I love to sew, bake, and read. This is my first year working at the Preschool, and I am so excited to get to know your wonderful children.
Alexandra Demuth
Assistant Teacher

Hi there! My name is Alexandra Demuth and I am the new assistant teacher for Miss Susie’s 3 year old classroom. I have my B.S. in Human Services with a minor is Psychology from Chestnut Hill College.  For the past 5 years, I have been employed by the Kaiserman JCC as the Aquatics Director and have 14 years of experience working with children of all ages. However, most of you probably know me as the coordinator for the preschool swim program here at the JCC. While the pool is closed for renovations, I was given the opportunity to work in the preschool and teach children in a more traditional “classroom” setting. I am excited to have the opportunity to get to know your children better now that I will be able to interact with them every day. 

In my spare time, I am an avid runner and plan to run in the Philadelphia Love Run this spring and hopefully the Broad Street. Many of you probably have seen me running up and down the streets of Lower Merion and Haverford Township as part of my training. When I am not running, I am cheering on my two nephews Patrick and Cormac (whom I adore) at their MANY swim meets, basketball and baseball games. Additionally, I plan on returning to Chestnut Hill College this summer to earn my M.S. in Clinical and Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders and Trauma Studies.




4 YEAR OLD CLASS

Tammy RobertsNick Shander
Tammy Roberts
Lead Teacher

Hi, my name is Tammy Roberts and I am one of the four year old teachers at the Robert J. Wilf Preschool. I have been teaching here for 20 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. My own children attended preschool at the JCC and are now in college. I recently became an “empty nester” so I have more time to spend with Hunt, my husband of 21 years. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and I also enjoy reading, 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.
Nick Shander
Assistant Teacher
Hello my name is Mr. Nick and I am thrilled to be starting off another fantastic school year! I have 7 years of experience in childcare working with children of all ages. As a former student of the preschool I am very involved in the JCC community working the summer camp and after school programs there is no other place I'd rather be. In my free time I like to travel, watch movies, and hangout with my friends. I look forward to meeting many new friends and learning something new everyday.










4 YEAR OLD CLASS

Jamie WeinbergSandy Kassie
Jamie Weinberg
Lead Teacher

My name is Jamie Weinberg and I grew up in East Millinocket, Maine. My love for science and biology comes from my father who taught me all about the wilderness that surrounded my small town. I earned my Associates degree in Business Management from the University of Southern Maine and a B.S. in Biology from Eastern College.

I am certified to teach Nursery school and Kindergarten, as well as High School Biology and General Science. I have been married to my husband, Bernard for 28 years. We have two wonderful sons, Matthew and Alex. Bernard and I live in Villanova with our adorable dog, Shaggy.








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. I have been Preschool Assistant Teacher and senior camp counselor. 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 27 years. I have a lovely stepdaughter, Lila who is an amazing French Pastry Chef. Bruce and I have 2 beautiful children; Talia and David. Talia is a Temple University graduate, and David is in his second year at Drexel University. They have also both worked and studied at the Kaiserman JCC. My bio would not be complete without mentioning my loving dog Lucy who is a beautiful one eyed pug. I am very excited for the year ahead!



PRE-K CLASS

Carol FishmanMarsha Millman
Carol Fishman
Lead Teacher

My name is Carol Fishman. I am excited to be teaching Pre-K this year at the JCC. I have been teaching for many, many years at several private elementary schools in the area as well as Play and Learn at Suburban Jewish Community Center Bnai Aaron where I taught the Twos and Fours classes for five years. My undergraduate degree is from Wheelock College where I majored in Elementary and Special Education. I have a Masters from Penn in Reading and Language Arts. My PA teacher certifications include Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Special Education and Reading Specialist. I continue to learn at St. Joe’s periodically. As a member of Nursing Mothers Network in Delaware County, I was trained as a Breast-feeding counselor and am happy to provide support should you need some information or advice.

I have two big kids of my own; Rae is studying Psychology and Elementary Education at Muhlenberg and Josh attends Friends’ Central. I also have a wonderful & supportive husband, Charlie.

I look forward to getting to know you and your children!
Marsha Millman
Assistant Teacher
Hi my name is Marsha Millman. I have been working at the Preschool for the past 10 years. In my single years and early marriage I was in the dental field working in a dental lab and then as a dental assistant. When my daughter Becky was older the preschool was looking for subs. Well I loved it so much the rest is history.

I have been married for 23 years to my hubby Mark. We adopted our beautiful daughter Becky from Russia when she was 2 years old. Becky is now a senior at Temple University. Her major is Athletic Training. We have 1 four legged boy Morey, a Bichon mix who is about 8 years old. Some of my favorite things to do are cooking, shopping, and taking vacations, especially cruises. I am looking forward to playing with and teaching your children this year.













KINDERGARTEN CLASS

Debbie AdlerShelley Player
Debbie Adler
Lead Teacher

My name is Debbie Adler and I teach the awesome K-1 kids. I am beginning my 20th year of teaching kindergarten here at the JCC. I have a degree in Elementary and Special Education from Indiana University and a Masters degree in Reading from Xavier University.

I love photography, skiing, tennis, and reading a good book. I am the proud mom of three grown daughters, two son-in-laws, and a proud Grandmom to 19 month old Oliver! 

I am excited to begin this year of fun and learning with my new kindergarten friends!
Shelley Player
Assistant Teacher
Hello, I am Shelley and I am very excited to start my 4th year at the preschool and 3rd year as the K-1 assistant teacher. I am originally from New York where I recently graduated from Pace University with a BA in Communication. I plan to continue my education in the future with a concentration in education. I have 10 years of experience working with children between camp work and babysitting. I look forward to the opportunity to teach and enjoy the learning process of the Kindergarten students.




Maria Voight
Maria Voight
Assistant Teacher

Welcome to another exciting school year! I have been a Teacher’s Assistant for 27 years, 18 being spent right here at the Robert J. Wilf Preschool and Kindergarten. I have been involved in many areas of development 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 four adult children and five grandchildren. When I am not teaching, 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 continue in nurturing the growth of our present and future students! This is going to be a fun and exciting year. I am looking forward to learning about you and your children!