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Shalom Corner Staff

Lynn Kaminski, Director

Lynn taught kindergarten in the Wellesley Public Schools for 27 years. She was previously a teacher at the Open Center for Children in Somerville, and she worked at the Tufts Educational Day Care Center and the Eliot Pearson Children’s School while earning a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from Tufts University.

Over her years in kindergarten, Lynn came to appreciate the importance of the foundation laid in preschool to students’ later success, which motivated her to complete her license as Director while still teaching.

A long-time member of Temple Beth David, she lives in Westwood with her husband and two children - all active members of the Beth David community. She is thrilled to be the first Director of Shalom Corner, and to be back with the young children - and remarkable teachers - who will make up this preschool experience.

 

Nandita Banerjee
Shemesh/Sun teacher

Nandita earned her bachelor in science from Kolkata University (India) and got her CDA (Child Development Associate degree) from Dean College (Franklin MA). She has been working with children since 2012. Nandita enjoys spending time with her son and her husband. She loves reading, cooking and traveling. She is looking forward to working with Shalom Corner. For her, the most exciting part of working with children is watching them grow.


Marcia Schwartz
Shemesh/Sun teacher

Marcia has been in the childcare profession for over 30 years. She has worked mostly with infants and toddlers and enjoys watching them learn and grow. When not at work, she loves to get together with family and friends. She enjoys being out in nature and taking walks along the beach. Marcia, her son Seth, and his cat Luna have lived in Mansfield for 5 years. Marcia is excited to be working for Shalom Corner. She is delighted to be working with Nandita and making the toddler classroom warm and inviting. She is looking forward to a great year of learning and fun for not only the toddlers, but for herself.

Shaney Wacks
Keshet/Rainbow teacher

Shaney graduated Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in 2010 with a degree in English/Communications. Education and childcare have been her passions and for the last 8 years she has worked as a pre-k teacher at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Boston. Having taken time off to have her son Aaron, she returned to work last January and spent 6 months working in the infant room with Aaron by her side. In 2021 she decided to pursue her director certification, which will be completed this Fall.

When not teaching Shaney enjoys writing, singing, and spending time with friends and family. She is very excited to join the Temple Beth David
family and help our school grow and thrive!

Michelle Piatt
Shemesh and Keshet teacher

Michelle grew up watching her mother teach in their temple's preschool and she began working as a camp counselor there in high school. She always dreamt of teaching herself. Following earning her Masters in Studio Art Teaching, she has been teaching in Jewish preschools for over a decade. She loves to utilize art to make curriculum fully immersive!

Recently, Michelle took some time off from teaching to welcome twins to the family. Now that they are in preschool, she is eager to be back in preschool too! During her time away from school, Michelle has been filling her time parenting their twins with her partner, Derek, building a coop and welcoming chickens to their home, and taking American Sign Language classes. She is looking forward to bringing ASL into the classroom whenever possible along with: art, science experiments, Hebrew, Spanish, yoga, obstacle courses, and silly dance parties!

Mon, November 29 2021 25 Kislev 5782