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Our Staff

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Rivka Wineberg
Director​

Born in Brooklyn, second in a close-knit family of ten, Rivka is a natural teacher & nurturer to children. After spending much of her youth as a day camp counselor & Tot Shabbat Morah, she went on to receive her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the exclusive Machon Shoshanat in Jerusalem, Israel. She was offered a teaching position in the Early Childhood Education Center of Lexington, Ma. And then Yeshivah Rambam, Brooklyn NY, teaching for six years. Now, a mother to Six delightful children, and director/teacher in her own Hebrew School since 2006, Rivka has gathered a great deal of experience and knowledge in early childhood development.

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Rochel Roth
Educational Director Preschool,
Lead Teacher UPK​

Born in Denver, Colorado Rochel had a love for children from a young age. She spent many years being a junior counselor and then day camp counselor. She ran youth groups on Saturday morning and ran a variety of children's programming for all ages. Rochel first began teaching in Denver where she taught in an early childhood center before moving to New York. She has a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education and a New York City teaching Certification. She has been on our team since 2015, and has gained a great amount of experience with young children, interactive curriculum and early childhood knowledge. 

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Tenzin Dhadon
lead toddler teacher

My name is Tenzin Dhadon. I am Tibetan, and was raised  in India. I am very excited to meet and form relationships with my students and the staff. I love teaching because I truly enjoy being around children and interacting with them. It's incredible how  not only do the children learn in the classroom setting, but how much I learn from them!  A thought of just making a difference in someone’s life, espeically a child, goes far beyond knowledge. Together, we inspire, support, mentor and get the chance to do all that is fascinating.

MEET OUR LOVING TEACHERS

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Esperanza Garzon
 Teacher​

My name is Esperanza Garzon and I am originally from Bogota, Colombia. When I was young, I had always enjoyed working with children in family welfare nurseries, and was a PA in a pediatric dentist office and really enjoyed dealing with the children there. Since I moved to New York I have been working primarily with children because it brings me great joy!  I characterize myself for being a loving, responsible, and very happy person. It is an honor for me to be part of the life of each child and learn every day from them and, of course, to be part of the team of teachers of the City Gan!

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Jennifer Monais
assistant toddler teacher

My name is Jennifer Monais and I am the assistant toddler teacher. I have many years of experience working with children, and it's what I love to do  in addition to baking ,hiking and reading! I love interacting with the children and watching them grow emotionally and gain new language skills.

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Tee Dolker 
assistant 3k teacher

Tenzin Dolker, affectionately called Morah Tee, is a creative, early childhood educator who is deeply dedicated and committed to creating enriching lesson plans and aims to help children reach their full potential. She has strong mentoring abilities and a very calm demeanor which makes students feel at ease when they are with her. Tenzin has taught a range of different age students and looks forward to putting her effort into being with our 3K students! 

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Aliyah Seidler
assistant teacher

Aliyah was born and raised in New York City. She attended Hebrew School in LIC when Rivka first opened it in 2006 and started working as a volunteer at the school when she was 14. Later on, she became an official assistant teacher and has now become a lead teacher at the Hebrew School! Aliyah has acquired much experience from Rivka after knowing her and working with her for many years. She currently is continuing her studies at Baruch College and really treasures her time spent with the children. 

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