Mrs. Meredith Garfinkle

Meet Mrs. Meredith Garfinkle 

Mrs. Garfinkle’s love for small children is evident to all, making her the ideal teacher’s assistant for early childhood. Her flexible nature and willingness to do whatever is needed helps ensure that the classroom runs smoothly, efficiently, and most importantly, calmly. 

What I do

I assist the Morah in the classroom, in whatever way possible, to help her and our yummy children succeed. 

How I make a difference at YTCTE

By sharing my input and ideas with such receptive colleagues, I feel I make a difference, not only  in my classroom, but for the Yeshiva as well.

My favorite part about what I do

I love making learning fun, seeing my young students succeed and working with such a friendly team.

Parting Words

Being flexible and caring is what fuels success.

Mrs. Chia Leah Bergida

Meet Mrs. Chia Leah Bergida

Mrs. Bergida’s decades of experience managing an office combined with her years of chinuch experience as a teacher and camp coordinator, make her the ideal candidate to run one of the Yeshiva’s busiest offices. Her upbeat attitude and willingness to help coupled with her extensive organizational skills makes everyone feel welcomed and comfortable knowing that she will get the job done.

What I do

I am the afternoon secretary for the KES girls office which means I get to man the ship at the most hectic, yet fun shift – carpool! I make sure the carpool process runs smoothly and that everyone, teachers, parents and students leave my office with a smile on their face and the reassurance that they can rely on me and the Yeshiva to do whatever is necessary to help everyone succeed.

How I make a difference at YTCTE

I try to make the staff and parents feel confident that we will always help them. We always have their back.

My favorite part about what I do

I love seeing happy people and knowing I played a role in their happiness. It is great to feel needed and appreciated, even by young children.

Parting Words

I feel it is important for people to look good in others’ eyes and feel good with themselves. I try to make that happen every day as everyone prepares to end a long day in Yeshiva.

Mrs. Esther Osina

Meet Mrs. Esther Osina

Kind and empathetic, Mrs. Osina is a natural around children. As an assistant first, and now a lead teacher as well, she guides and supports her young students on their individual path to self-sufficiency in the classroom. On Shabbos, seh once again spends her time with children, teaching Shabbos programs to youths from all walks of life.

What I do

My role involves teaching elementary students the curriculum while simultaneously modeling for them how to treat others in a respectful way. I try to be kind and understanding to my students, and I like structure and stability in a classroom so each student knows what will be expected of them.

How I make a difference at YTCTE

My goal is to form a class community, with an open mind and open heart, so that each child feels safe and will be able to learn their own capabilities.

My favorite part about what I do

I always try to do my personal best, but there is nothing as rewarding as seeing individual growth in each of my students.

Parting Words

I joined the YTCTE family after seeing how supportive the teachers here are to my own children, and I am so happy that I did. (Of course I love skipping the carpool line too!)

Mrs. Lily De-Paz

Meet Mrs. Lily De-Paz

Walk into Mrs. De-Paz’s classroom and you will immediately feel the positive energy she generates in her class. Creative and funny, with an ever-positive attitude, her students are happy and love learning as she makes even the most mundane lessons come alive. With certification and experience in both regular and special education as well as ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages), Mrs. De-Paz has the ability to help every student shine.

What I do

I teach first grade general studies. I am a firm believer in keeping positive through every aspect of the day. Through positive discipline, a solid reward system and plenty of patience, I am able to build my students’ confidence in their academic abilities.

How I make a difference at YTCTE

I believe that by building my students’ confidence at an early age and giving them a solid foundation, it will assist them with their future academics.

My favorite part about what I do

I love interacting with my students every day. First grade is a year of tremendous academic and growth. I take pride in knowing that I was part of that growth!

Parting Words

I love teaching in a Jewish school and having a class full of adorable girls at YTCTE. This was a first for me and my girls love when I show them how to style their hair in new and creative ways.

Mrs. Chana Olensky

Meet Mrs. Chana Olensky

Mrs. Olensky is a kind and compassionate teacher who uses her patience and creativity to engage all her students. She has experience teaching both regular classes as well as self contained classes for students with learning disabilities and has certifications in reading and T.E.S.O.L. (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). Mrs. Olensky is very passionate about helping others, devoting her time and talents to various organizations like Friendship Circle, Healing Hearts and Bikur Cholim.

What I do

I teach general studies to delicious first grade boys. I love showing my students how reading is so much more than a subject in school. It is important to me to make sure that each of my students is learning at the right level and that the work is engaging.

How I make a difference at YTCTE

I look at the whole child and make sure their academic, social-emotional, and physical well-being are all accounted for and they are succeeding.

My favorite part about what I do

My favorite part about teaching is my students! Seeing them smile in the classroom and take pride in their successes, big or small, is truly rewarding.

Parting Words

You know you are teaching in the right school when  parents, students and teachers all praise the school for varied reasons. It is a privilege to be part of such a well-respected institution.

Mrs. Batya Kahn

Meet Mrs. Batya Kahn

With over a decade of teaching experience, Mrs. Kahn excels at creating organized instruction and connecting with each student. She exudes a warmth and happiness that endears her to all and motivates each student to excel.

What I do

I teach fourth grade Limudei Kodesh at KES. I focus on bringing the lessons alive for my talmidos and helping them become closer to Hashem. I try to be a role model for each girl and give them the skills and life-long lessons to live a life as a true Bas Yisroel.

How I make a difference at YTCTE

I try to be the best me and give my students a year to remember. I am proud to see my students enjoy the lessons I teach and the achievements they reach in my class.

My favorite part about what I do

I love connecting with my students and am honored to play a role in transmitting the mesorah to the next generation.

Parting Words

I am super excited to work in a great Yeshiva that shares my visions and encourages success.

Mrs. Maytal Majeski

Meet Mrs. Maytal Majeski

An educator, with over 20 years of experience, Mrs. Majeski holds a Master’s Degree in special education and is a certified ABA therapist. Fun, creative and organized, she excels in behavioral management creating a warm and welcoming classroom environment.

What I do

I teach fourth grade boys secular studies which really speaks for itself. I teach them general studies, incorporating creativity into all my lessons. My goal is to motivate my students and show them that they are all capable of learning.

How I make a difference at YTCTE

With my many years of  experience, I am able to successfully create a differentiated learning environment for different learners with varying skill sets. I try to give my students the tools they need to learn and engage in classroom discussions without being afraid.

My favorite part about what I do

The fun environment of the classroom and the lively atmosphere boys bring to it, make me love every minute of the day. When I see them producing their own work that they never thought they could, it is truly rewarding.

Parting Words

I am a behavioral analyst as well as a teacher so I can work with children who have various behavioral difficulties. I am grateful to work in a Yeshiva that prides itself in helping every student.

Mrs. Liba Nussbaum

Meet Mrs. Liba Nussbaum

Mrs. Nussbaum is a reading specialist with over a dozen years of resource room experience. She is passionate about what she does and strives to make each lesson fun and exciting in her kind and creative way. Mrs. Nussbaum loves art as well and instructs paint nights as a hobby.

What I do

I teach second grade secular studies at KES. I aim to make learning attainable and enjoyable for every one of my students.I love each child for who they are and want them to feel special.

How I make a difference at YTCTE

I make sure that successful learning is achievable for all students so that each child can be happy and feel like a success.

My favorite part about what I do

I love seeing all the adorable students in my class. I get excited seeing them grow and learn new things each day.

Parting Words

I enjoy working with a staff of professional and growing educators, who together ensure that every student has a chance to succeed.

Ms. Amy Laputz

Meet Ms. Amy Laputz

Ms. Laputz has the ability to effectively teach in large classroom settings as well as smaller diverse groups. She has capably taught English as a Second Language for a number of years where she welcomed the cultural differences and unique attributes of each of her students. Ms. Laputz is especially passionate about Math and earned her Master’s Degree in Mathematics Education.

What I do

I teach third grade secular studies in KES where I strive to make math and English studies engaging for my students. I enjoy providing my students with the opportunity to make their own connections across curricula and appreciate what they have learned.

How I make a difference at YTCTE

I have the capability to differentiate lessons to meet the needs of students with multiple intelligences and engage all learners. I am therefore fortunate to work in a school where both students at the top of the class and struggling learners, are given a plan to challenge each student at a pace they can attain and feel accomplished.

My favorite part about what I do

The best part of teaching at the Elementary level is witnessing young students learn, become immersed in, and discover topics and subjects they love. These feelings will last them a lifetime.

Parting Words

I joined the YTCTE family because of its dedication to students’ achievement. I firmly believe in the ability of every student to succeed when given the proper tools and support.

Mrs. Rivka Aminoff

Meet Mrs. Rivka Aminoff

In her decade of teaching before joining the Rohr Middle School as an English Language Arts teacher, Mrs. Aminoff has taught a variety of subjects including Torah Studies, English, Science, Psychology, History and Technology. Ever creative and curious, Mrs. Aminoff’s enthusiasm and positivity encourage her students to aim high.

What I do

I teach English Language Arts to honors and regular classes by focusing on different themes and skills together with my students.

How I make a difference at YTCTE

I try to show each student how they can truly produce masterpieces and appreciate the beauty in the art of writing.

My favorite part about what I do

I love what I teach and I really enjoy reading the amazing work that my students produce. It is so rewarding to work with such intelligent and creative young students.

Parting Words

I try to make the world a better place, even in just a small way, for as many people as possible.