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Kate Brundrett

Saturday morning Lead, Grades K/1; Middle School Assistant, Grade 8 and Science & Technology Track

Kate is a nature enthusiast originally from Maryland. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in environmental science from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) in 2012. Then she moved to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, for graduate school and unexpectedly fell in love with teaching. Kate served as a garden instructor and curriculum writer with a non-profit organization that builds school vegetable gardens. Kate enjoys ballet, cycling, and all things nature/science-related.

Rebecca Edelson

Wednesday afternoon TV Production Workshop

Rebecca Edelson was born in New York and raised on Miami Beach. She studied at the University of California, Santa Barbara graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in environmental studies and entertainment law. She then received her paralegal certificate from The University of California, Los Angeles and continued on with a successful career in the entertainment industry. She worked for companies such as Spelling Entertainment, The Walt Disney Company, and DIRECTV.

After relocating back to Miami from Los Angeles, Rebecca began as a substitute teacher at The Innovative School. While at the school she developed a strong relationship with the students as well as the staff. Rebecca joined the teaching staff in the fall of 2016 and is currently a lead pre-k teacher.

Nelson Milian

Monday afternoon Coding Workshop

Nelson M. Milian is an educator, technologist, and entrepreneur. During his adolescence he split his time gaming, building technology and Boy Scouts. After University, he started a technology consulting firm to help clients achieve their business goals through technology. Always looking for challenges, he co-founded 01, an educational laboratory in Wynwood, Florida to prepare today’s youth for tomorrow's challenges.

Malka Mordujovich

Monday afternoon Conversational Hebrew Workshop

Morah Malka was born in Argentina. In her youth, she belonged to a Youth Zionist Organization that sent her to Israel for a year by ship. On the last day in the incipient State of Israel, Golda Meir addressed her group at the Hebrew University and told them: “Don’t forget the language, it is going to be a “Gesher va Kesher in Ha Haeretz” (a bridge and a connection to land). Malka clearly remembers promising herself not to forget Hebrew. She went back to her hometown, La Plata, where she studied Psychology. Malka married Jorge and moved to the United States. Temple Beth Sholom became her home away from Israel when she and family settled in Miami Beach, about four decades ago. After her children grew up, Malka started teaching Hebrew at Beth Sholom. She has been doing this for the last quarter century. Malka considers teaching to be Avodat Kodesh (sacred work) as it allows her to instill in her students the feeling that Golda Meir instilled in her. She is privileged to be part of this wonderful family. Malka is a proud savta (grandma) of four beautiful grandchildren.

Romi Naparstek

Wednesday afternoon Cooking Workshop

Romi Naparstek has over 18 years of experience as an educator in the formal and informal environment. Always baking at home and work, Romi went ahead and pursued a degree in Baking and Pastry and what better way to merge both passions than to teach cooking to sweetened your learning.

Liora Ramati

Middle School Grade 6 and Creative Arts Track; Wednesday afternoon Movement Workshop

Liora is a vibrant, talented teacher who captures the hearts of children and adults with her enthusiasm and love for Judaism. She is also an energetic Israeli dance instructor who has the pleasure of leading Israeli dance classes. Liora has many years of experience teaching Hebrew and preparing for Bar/Bat Mitzvah as well as leading Family high holiday’s services. Liora was born and raised in Israel. She made Miami her home away from home almost 20 years ago when she came for the second time to the Alper JCC summer camp as the Jewish agency Israeli emissary. Liora feels she still fulfills her Zionist mission outside of Israel by creating and keeping a strong bond with the Jewish community. She believes the connections she makes with the community will strengthen their relationship and commitment to Israel. Her goal is to make Hebrew learning and the Bar/Bat Mitzvah journey an enjoyable and meaningful journey.

Diana Rosen

Saturday morning Assistant, Grades 4/5; Wednesday afternoon Art Workshop

Diana Rosen is a married, mother of two living in Miami Beach with 15 years experience in public relations, marketing, and management. Diana attended Florida International University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mass Communications & Public Relations.

After graduating, Diana began her career in public relations and marketing with non-profit organizations, such as N.A.R.A.S (National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences) the Latin Grammy Miami Chapter, the Concert Association of Florida and the Miami Museum of Science & Planetarium. Diana’s most recent work experience included hotel management, marketing and public relations in South Beach, most notably Casa Casuarina (the former Versace mansion).  Diana took five years off to raise her children and after her boys started elementary school, she went back to work as Brand Ambassador for Phillips Frankel, a local fine jewelry company. 

Diana grew up in Miami and feels strongly about giving back to her community. She believes it is important her children participate in volunteer projects as well.

Diana is especially passionate about volunteering and fundraising for Temple Beth Sholom, North Beach Elementary, Special Olympics of South Florida, Chapman Partnership for the Homeless and Children’s Home Society of Florida.

She has participated in Temple Beth Sholom’s Social Justice Network and has co-captained the same Mitzvah Day project for over five years. Diana is the recording secretary on the Executive Board of North Beach Elementary Friends of North Beach, a non-profit organization dedicated to raise funding for additional, science, math, and reading teachers.  She volunteers frequently at Chapman Partnership for the Homeless by raising funds to organize and distribute food to individuals and families at the Miami shelter. Diana is on the Board of Directors of the Children’s Home Society of Florida, an organization dedicated to finding foster families for neglected and abused children in South Florida. 

Diana has always had a passion for drawing and painting. She loves participating in local art classes at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden, the Miami Beach Public Library and the Bass Museum of Art.

Jessica Wolland

Saturday morning Lead, Grades 2/3

Jessica Wolland is an experienced Jewish values-based teacher and motivator. Her kind and careful instruction of children has consistently delivered happy and healthy learning experiences at several Jewish learning institutions in South Florida, from Lehrman Day School, to Temple Menorah, Temple Beth Moshe, Temple Sinai, and Temple Emanu-El. In every job she takes, she does so with a warm embrace, holistically and wholeheartedly. If you stood at the door of her dance classes at the Miami Beach JCC, the only thing you would see is the pure joy she brings to the faces of those children – no matter their skill level – because with Jessica, everyone is included and made to feel safe to try their best. That is the magic a great teacher brings to a classroom. That is the magic Jessica delivers for every child in her care.

Sat, August 18 2018 7 Elul 5778