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Nursery School Staff

Nursery School Staff

Ifat

Ifat Kantorovich is the Director of Early Childhood Education at Sinai Nursery School. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Behavioral Science from Ben-Gurion University and a Child Development Program Director permit. Ifat has many years of experience teaching both children and adults.  She has been working at Sinai Nursery School since 2007. Ifat is proud to be part of a quality team of professional teachers who recognize and value the importance of Jewish early childhood education. 

Ifat is happily married with two daughters and two dogs. She enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, baking, reading, and watching movies. Email Ifat Kantorovich or phone (408) 264-8486

Davida Adelberg, whose three children graduated from Sinai Nursery School, has taught here since 2005. She is delighted to be teaching the Fours in their respective social and individual transitions to Kindergarten. Davida’s focus on the development of the kids is very much apparent in her creative art projects and love of movement and music. In addition to her Sinai Nursery School duties, Davida now teaches Judaica at Congregation Sinai Religious School, which she taught at Congregation Beth David for 14 years. Also, she serves on the board of the NxNW region of the Women’s League for Conservative Judaism. This past summer, Davida attended the NeW-CAJE (Conference on Alternatives for Jewish Education) - and welcomed a new granddaughter into her family! Elizabeth joins her older brother, Gabriel, in calling Davida “Grandma.”

Monique Alexander has been working at Sinai Nursery School for a very, very long time. She got her Early Childhood Education credential working at the nursery school at De Anza College. She and her husband, Phil, have two grown sons, and she is the a proud “Nana” to Ellie! She loves hanging out with the Rainbow Club in the afternoons, and when she's not in school, you can usually find her walking her dog, Hana, working out at the gym or floating high up in a hot air balloon.

Maria Galeon was born in South Wales in the UK, and moved to the US in 2001. She studied Early Childhood Development at De Anza College, and has over ten years of experience working with preschool children. She has worked at another Jewish day school, and speaks some Hebrew, in addition to Welsh and Italian! Maria and her husband have three children under the age of ten, the youngest of whom will be attending in the fall. She is excited to be joining the Sinai Nursery School family.

Sharon Konigstein earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy in Israel. For twelve years, she worked as an Occupational Therapist with children on the autistic spectrum and other developmental delays. Sharon brings many skills to Sinai, such as puppet-making, creating wonderful projects for the kids - and she makes challah for the school every Shabbat! She and her husband moved to the US four years ago with their four children, ages six to thirteen, and they live happily in Willow Glen.

Ellie Matsuoka has been teaching here at Sinai Nursery School three years, and been a teacher for a total of fifteen years; she teaches the older Twos and Threes in the Green Room. Ellie received a Liberal Arts degree from the College of San Mateo and a teaching certificate from Cañada College. She is mom to two young boys, Joshua, who just started Kindergarten, and Corey, (who starts this year in the Red Room). Ellie loves to spend time with her family and friends, and is looking forward to watching the kids learn and grow this year.

Josefina Oregel’s love for teaching was inspired by her own teachers. She earned a B.A. in Child and Adolescent Development from San José State University, and worked at another nursery school for three years. In her spare time, she likes to paint, read, and spend time with family and friends. Josefina looks forward to making learning fun for the kids!

Marva Prag returns to Sinai Nursery School after taking care of her baby girl, Gal. This year, she will be teaching the older Twos and Threes in the Green Room. Marva says she has spent her “entire life with children” in Israel, and did her undergraduate work in Physical Education for children, specializing in Early Childhood Development. Marva and her husband emigrated to the US five years ago; in addition to baby Gal, they now have an adorable son, Noam, who will be attending Sinai in the Purple Room. She is currently earning her Master’s Degree in Psychotherapy. When Marva is not playing with her children, she loves sports and physical activity of all kinds. She is looking forward to a wonderful year watching the kids learn and grow.

Hadas Smulian was born in Israel and attended the University of Haifa, earning a degree in Education and Counseling. She worked with kids there for ten years, lecturing on the life of Ben-Gurion, fbefore moving to the US. She and her husband have two sons, Itamar and Yuval, who will both be attending Sinai Nursery School this year. Hadas had fun working with the children this summer and looks forward to a year of successful learning!

Stephanie Wilder first fell under Sinai Nursery School's magical spell when her own three boys attended the school. She’s a UCLA alum (Go Bruins!), with a B.A. in English Literature. She is delighted to assist with the Rainbow Club in the afternoons. Her background in standup comedy comes in handy when it comes to making up songs and telling goofy stories. Stephanie’s love for kids knows no boundaries!