MEET THE FACULTY

At Yaldaynu, teachers work in classroom teams, assisted by student teachers. Our teachers are state certified and most have received, or are working toward, completing their masters degrees in education. Classes are small, allowing for an outstanding student-teacher ratio. In addition, Yaldaynu offers an array of support services. The faculty is available to discuss development questions and your child’s needs, and works closely with an educational consultant.

ADMINISTRATION

Menucha Goldstein, M.S. Ed.

Program Director

Menucha’s professional life began as a student teacher in Yellow Door nine years ago.

She has been a devoted member of our faculty for the past nine years and is committed to the mission and philosophy of Yaldaynu. In addition to teaching in the Pre-K classroom for eight years, Menucha also served as Community Outreach Coordinator and has been teaching the science after-school class for the past two years. As an active and dedicated staff member, Menucha has helped support Yaldaynu’s fundraising auction, as well as assisting with the first ever Giving Tuesday Campaign, attending job fairs, and co-leading Open House Nights for prospective families.

 

Menucha is a proud alumna of Stern College for Women where she received her B.A. in

Early Childhood Education. She went on to receive her M.S.Ed. in Early Childhood Special Education, as well as a M.S. Ed. in Early Childhood Leadership from Bank Street College of Education. A native of Chicago, Menucha is the proud aunt to ten nieces and nephews ranging in age from 4 and 22. She loves to read and do art projects, as well as explore with natural materials. She believes that meaningful experiences have the power to shape children's love for learning and works to create a curriculum that reflects the interests of her students. Menucha is looking forward to learning and working with you and your children!

Coming soon

TEACHING STAFF

Lizzie Rubin

Blue Door

Michaela Katz

Blue Door

Menucha Goldstein, M.S. Ed.

Program Director

Menucha’s professional life began as a student teacher in Yellow Door ten years ago. She has been a devoted member of our faculty for the past ten years and is committed to the mission and philosophy of Yaldaynu. In addition to teaching in the Pre-K classroom for eight years, Menucha also served as Community Outreach Coordinator and has been teaching the science after-school class for the past two years. As an active and dedicated staff member, Menucha has helped support Yaldaynu’s fundraising auction, as well as assisting with the first ever Giving Tuesday Campaign, attending job fairs, and co-leading Open House Nights for prospective families.

 

Menucha is a proud alumna of Stern College for Women where she received her B.A. in Early Childhood Education. She went on to receive her M.S.Ed. in Early Childhood Special Education, as well as a M.S. Ed. in Early Childhood Leadership from Bank Street College of Education. A native of Chicago, Menucha is the proud aunt to ten nieces and nephews ranging in age from 5 and 24. She loves to read and do art projects, as well as explore with natural materials. She believes that meaningful experiences have the power to shape children's love for learning and works to create a curriculum that reflects the interests of her students. Menucha is looking forward to learning and working with you and your children!

Tobie Franklin

Assistant Director & Teacher

See Tobie's bio listed below

Rachel Holmes

Program Administrator

Rachel is excited to bring her passion for early childhood education to Yaldaynu Preschool. Before coming to Yaldaynu, Rachel taught for two years at Central Synagogue’s May Family Nursery School. With a background in theatre, Rachel brings her creativity to every classroom she enters.  She is currently pursuing her master's degree in Early Childhood Education from American Jewish University.  When she’s not at Yaldaynu, you can find Rachel in Brooklyn, where she lives with her husband and her Great Dane puppy named Marlo.

TEACHING STAFF

Lizzie Rubin

Purple Door

A native New Yorker, Lizzie received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Hunter College. Determined to work in a “helping profession” she was excited when she realized her passion for teaching young children. She is currently pursuing her masters in Early Childhood Education and Special Education at Hunter College. She has experience working in toddler, nursery, and pre-kindergarten classrooms. This will be her third year as a member of the Yaldaynu team, and she is grateful to be able to contribute to such a warm and close knit community. 

Michaela Katz

Purple Door

Michaela grew up in New York and attended Manhattan Day School and Ma’ayanot Yeshiva High School. After high school, Michaela went straight to Queens College to pursue a Fine Arts Degree in Photography followed by her Masters in Early Childhood Education at Hunter College. Michaela has worked at Creative Playschool, Tikvah, and Sephardic Academy of Manhattan. Several years of working with children has taught Michaela that patience, communication and creativity are important values in being a teacher. Michaela is excited to be a member of the Yaldaynu family and is looking forward to another wonderful year at Yaldaynu.

Atara Friedman

Atara grew up in Queens, NY, and completed her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Stern College for Women and her master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education from Hunter College. Atara previously worked at Ben Porat Yosef and spent her summers working for various Yachad summer programs. Atara has been both a Red and Yellow Door teacher, and is excited to be teaching Yellow Door again this year. Atara hopes to share her love and enthusiasm of learning with the children at Yaldaynu!

Yellow Door

Tobie Franklin

Yellow Door 

Tobie has vast experience working in educational and clinical settings in Canada, Israel, the UK, and for the past ten years, New York City. She completed graduate studies at the University of Toronto in Child Assessment and Counseling, with a focus on child assessment and counseling, special education, educational psychology, and infancy. Additionally, Tobie completed her post-graduate studies at the University of London in Human Rights Law. Before coming to Yaldaynu, Tobie was the Director of Learning and Support at The IDEAL School of Manhattan, an inclusion school on the Upper West Side. She is also the Inclusion Coordinator at B’nai Jershurun.

 

In her varied career, she has been a learning specialist, an administrator in two Jewish day schools, a family counselor, a psycho-educational consultant, a research assistant in neuropsychology, an infant specialist, and a child advocate. She is looking forward to a wonderful school year.

Address

251 West 100th Street

New York, New York 10025

Contact Us

Tel: 212-866-4993

Email: office@yaldaynu.org

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