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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 helping the children in their social and individual transitions to kindergarten. In addition, her focus on the children's developmental growth is very much apparent in her creative art projects and love of music. Davida teaches Judaica to first and third graders at Congregation Beth David, where she and her family are members. Davida serves on the board of the NxNW region of the Women's League for Conservative Judaism.

Monique Alexander has been working at Sinai Nursery School since 1998. She earned her Early Childhood Education credential working at the nursery school at De Anza College. She and her husband, Phil, have two grown sons, and, having acquired a daughter when her older son was married, is now 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.

Sima Ambar earned her Bachelor's Degree in Special Education (B. Ed.) in Israel, where she taught first and second graders. She moved to the Silicon Valley with her husband, Eran, and their three children, and completed her courses in Early Childhood Education. Sima has been with Sinai Nursery School since 2008, where she has successfully created a positive, warm and supportive classroom environment for the children. She focuses on all aspects of child development: motor, emotional, cognitive, and social skills. She enjoys reading, cooking ,and, most of all, spending time with her family.

Angela Brunfeld became a teacher after substituting here at Sinai Nursery School. She was born in Romania and emigrated to Israel, and she has been in the US for 20 years. Angela worked for five years as a Special Education Aide for children in the Los Altos school system. She has extensive childcare experience, beginning with her son, David, who recently graduated from college and will be attending law school in Washington, D.C. in the fall. Angela looks forward to spending lots of quality time with the children this year.

We are delighted that Ashari Campbell has joined the Sinai Nursery School staff this summer, and will help with our afternoon program, the Rainbow Club. She comes to us with a great deal of experience babysitting and caring for her siblings, but most importantly, she love kids! Ashari is currently enrolled at De Anza College to learn more about early childhood development. She’s looking forward to creating art projects, reading to the kids - and making learning fun!

Holly Homayonfar was born in Iran and raised in New York, where she got her degree in Business Management. She managed her family’s business and was a freelance makeup artist for 15 years. Holly and her family moved to the Bay Area several years ago and she has been a teacher at Sinai Nursery School for since 2014. She is currently studying Early Childhood Education at West Valley College. Holly has a 13-year old daughter, Rachel, and two cats. She loves animals, cooking, dancing and preparing vegetarian Persian food. Holly is looking forward to a year of fun and learning with the kids!

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 those who have other developmental delays. Sharon brings many skills to Sinai, such as puppet-making, creating wonderful projects with the kids - and making challah for the school every Shabbat! She moved to the US two years ago with her husband and four children (ages 5 - 12), and they live happily in Willow Glen.

We are happy that Maggie Kraintz has joined our Sinai Nursery School team this year. Maggie has 35 years of Montessori Early Childhood Education experience! She graduated from West Valley College and has a California Teaching Certificate. Maggie enjoys the creative aspect of guiding young children through their formative years. She loves introducing different avenues of open-ended art experiences to children. An avid gardener, she looks forward to sharing her knowledge of raising plants and vegetables with the kids. She is married and very active in her community. Maggie looks forward to getting to know our Sinai Nursery School family!

Ellie Matsuoka has taught here at Sinai Nursery School since 2014, and been a teacher for fourteen years. She 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, kindergartner Joshua and Corey, and a dog. Ellie loves to spend time with her family and friends, and is looking forward to watching the kids learn and grow this year.  

This is Marva Prag’s second year teaching at the Sinai Nursery School. As she puts it, she’s spent her “entire life with children” in Israel! She did her undergraduate work in Physical Education for Children, specializing in Early Childhood Development. Marva and her husband emigrated to the US three years ago; they now have an adorable son, Noam, who will be attending Sinai this year. She is currently earning her Master’s Degree in Psychotherapy. When Marva is not playing with Noam, she loves playing sports and engaging in physical activity of all kinds. She is looking forward to a wonderful year, teaching the kids and keeping them active!

Michal Safrai was born in Israel, where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Ben-Gurion University. She worked with children from distressed families and was also a children’s Physical Education Instructor. She is looking forward to a year full of fun and learning for the children!

Stephanie Wilder first fell under Sinai Nursery School's magical spell when her own three boys attended the school; she has worked her since 2010. She’s a UCLA alum (Go Bruins!), with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. She is currently attending West Valley College to learn more about early childhood education. She is delighted to assist with the Rainbow Club in the afternoons. Stephanie has been a standup comic, and she likes this audience much better. Her interests are creating jewelry and collages, reading, and watching movies. Stephanie enjoys making up goofy stories and telling them in funny voices, as well as singing silly songs. All of which, as you can well imagine, Stephanie takes very seriously.