community. caring. respect.
 

Staff

Our preschool is staffed with trained Montessori early childhood educators. Each member of our school faculty is sensitive to the needs of the children and their families and has a strong commitment to quality Jewish education.

Our director and our teachers are dedicated group of professionals whose level of commitment to each child does not stop at the classroom door, and whose commitment to early childhood education is truly an avocation. As a result, they bring to their jobs a unique and special blend of professional skills and personal experience.

Administrative Staff      Director Chaya Wolvovsky

Rabbi, Financial Director Rabbi Berel Wolvovsky

Accounts and Billing Caroline Friedman

 Education Director                                 Carin Gottleib

Primary Program at 
Four Corners

Montessori Teacher

Malka Telsner
  Assistant Teacher and Ivrit Program
Dalia Nave
  Judaics Teacher Carin Gottlieb   
               Judaics Teacher   Yehudis Newman

Assistant Teacher               Iren Josephina

Assistant Teacher and Music         Leah Kott



Primary Program at Kemp Mill

Montessori Teacher

Fraida Raskin

Assistant Teacher Michal Trahtenberg
  Assistant Teacher Paula Jaramillo
     
Toddler Program Montessori Teacher Carin Gottlieb
  Assistant Teacher Keti Dadon
  Assistant Teacher Eva Paola
  Assitant Teacher Zelda Zirkind

Carin Gottlieb, Education Director and Montessori Teacher, Toddler Program 
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Morah Carin loves teaching children of all ages. She was the Judaic Studies Director and teacher in the primary class at the Kemp Mill Montessori School for 10 years, where she also taught Judaic studies to the kindergarten, first grade, and second grade classes. Morah Carin previously taught at the RASG Hebrew Academy in Miami Beach, FL and the Mirrer Yeshiva Ketana in Flatbush, NY. She has also worked with children as a Cub Scout and Boy Scout leader, and as the art director at Camp Gan Izzy in Silver Spring. Four years ago, she was very excited to help start up the toddler community at The Gan Montessori, and has been there ever since. Morah Carin has two Montessori diplomas, qualifying her to teach children from birth through age 6. She also has a Master's of Education from Loyola University Maryland.

Malka Telsner, Lead Montessori Teacher, Primary Program at Four Corners

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Morah Malkie is an early childhood educator who is guided by the philosophy that all children have unique strengths and gifts that allow them to succeed.

Morah Malkie studied Early Childhood Education in Touro College. Prior to joining The Gan Montessori she was  a teacher in a preschool on the Upper West Side of New York for eight years where she created an integrated classroom structure to support children with diverse challenges. She worked with families to procure specialized services for their children and worked closely with a variety of related service providers. In addition, she worked on developing an enriched curriculum.

Morah Malkie sees herself as a facilitator, guiding young students in their exploration of the world and building life skills. Watching a child’s eyes light up as they learn and discover is, to her, the most rewarding experience.

Dalia Nave, Assistant Montessori Teacher and Ivrit Teacher, Primary Program at Four Corners
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Morah Dalia Nave was born and raised in Israel. In 2006, Morah Dalia joined the Montessori school and worked as both a Teacher’s Assistant and a Hebrew Teacher over the past 10 years. She has always been passionate about children's language development and has made it her goal to enrich each child’s experience and growth by creating a immersive environment for learning Hebrew. Morah Dalia’s teaching philosophy revolves around experiential language learning —she sings, speaks, and interacts with the children in authentic Hebrew and even encourages them to speak with an Israeli accent so they are able to understand and speak the language at an early age. In her free time, she enjoys working out, reading, cooking, and spending time with her family.

 Fraida Raskin, Lead Montessori Teacher, Primary Program at Lamberton Drive

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Morah Fraida was born and raised in St.Louis, MO. and has always loved working with children. Fraida believes that some of the most important developmental principles are experienced and start blossoming from a very young age. Students connect strongly to Fraida's warm and passionate teaching style, each in their own way. Fraida has a deep appreciation for creating a nurturing, learning environment that encourages her students to explore and develop their skills in an individualized Montessori program. 
She worked at a Reggio Amelia-inspired preschool in Stamford, CT prior to working at the Gan Montessori. She completed her BA at the Michigan Jewish Institute and received both her infant/toddler and primary training from the Barrie School Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies. For the past three years, Morah Fraida has worked with our toddlers and currently she is the lead teacher in one of our primary classes. Morah Fraida currently lives in Aspen Hill, Md with her husband and three daughters, whom all attend the Gan Montessori program.

 

Keti Dadon, Assistant Teacher, Toddler Program; Ivrit Teacher, Primary Program at Lamberton Drive

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Morah Keti is a native Israeli. She and her husband have four children. Before joining the staff of The Gan Montessori, she worked with children ages 2-3 as an assistant teacher a the Chabad Israeli Center of Rockville. She has been at The Gan Montessori for three years and worked as an assistant in the primary classroom before becoming an assistant in the toddler classroom, where she speaks only Hebrew to the children. Morah Keti also works as the Hebrew language teacher to the four year-olds in the primary class. Morah Keti enjoys working with children of all ages and she loves what she does! Morah Keti combines her two loves: sports and children, and she coaches soccer for elementary students at the LBJA in Kemp Mill.  

Eva Paola, Assistant Teacher, Toddler Program at Lamberton Drive
Morah Eva worked in El Salvador for 8 years as a nursing assistant. She worked in both hospitals and and home environments.  Currently Eva volunteers for the Dept of Health and Human Services in the Latino Health Initiative. She gives Spanish instruction to parents on how to care for children with asthma. She also instructs adults on how to care for their diabetes.

In El Salvador, Eva also taught Sunday School. She loved working with children from preschool through elementary school. When Eva moved to Virginia, she worked in a nursing home and then did home care for individuals.

We are thrilled to have Eva at The Gan Montessori. She greets the children in the early care, is a beloved assistant in the toddler class, and stays with the children through the end of the day in the after care.
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