Meet the Teachers and Staff

Abbey Nadera

3-4 year-old class – “Zebras”

Abbey has worked at BTEE since 2013. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Cal State Fullerton, with a major in Graphic Design and Illustration. She also has a master’s degree from Pacific Oaks College with a major in Human Development, specializing in Early Childhood Education. Education is at the forefront of Abbey’s life, and she aims to make a difference in the lives of others through her professional work in Early Childhood Education.

Alejandra Beltran

Support Staff – Monkeys/Leopards

Alejandra has been working with children for over 9 years, primarily as an Infant and Toddler Teacher as well as a Behavioral Shadow Teacher. She graduated from Los Angeles Valley College with Certifications in Child Development with an emphasis in Infant and Toddler Studies. Alejandra is also an Illustrator and loves encouraging children to explore all aspects of art, as she believes it can be one of the strongest tools for self-discovery, learning and self-expression.

Allison Fox

3-4 year-old class – “Zebras”

Allison is excited to start another new year at BTEE! She is originally from Iowa where she earned her BA in Elementary Education and later moved to Chicago where she worked with Bright Horizons and various other families as a nanny. She enjoys all things arts including singing and musical theater. She loves teaching the Zebra class and can’t wait to start her fourth year here!

Alvart Minasian

2-3 year-old class – “Monkeys”

Alvart graduated from Glendale Community College with an AS and child development credentials. When her own youngest child was attending the Head Start education program, she began to volunteer as an aide there and at their kindergarten program. That’s where Alvart discovered the profound love for children which inspired her to enter this field and become a preschool teacher. After receiving her credentials, she began working at Burbank Temple Emanu El in 1999.

Amy Fotlyan

2-3 year-old class – “Monkeys”

Amy has been a preschool teacher for about 17 years. She received her credentials at UCLA and Pacific Oaks College. Amy has been working at Burbank Temple Emanu El since 1999. She loves working with  children and enjoys her job very much. Amy is very thankful that she has been able to work at such a great preschool with so many amazing children for all these years.

Gayane Budagyan 

Pre-K 4-5 year-old class – “Leopards”

Gayane has her Bachelor of Art degree in Child Development from California State University of Northridge. She has experience working in a preschool setting. Currently, she holds multiple certifications in different aspects of child development and has a teacher’s permit as well. Gayane has always had a passion working with children and has two of her own. She has been working here since 2014 and is delighted to work with the BTEE team!

Lea Levin

3-4 year-old class – “Zebras”

Lea was born in Israel, but has lived in the United States for the past four years. She has been in the child development field for over thirty years, including having her own daycare center. She raised two girls, both college graduates, and is a very proud Mama. Lea loves to sing, dance, and torture your children with love and affection. Her specialty at BTEE is a Hebrew curriculum for the Pre-K

Lindsey Walker

2-3 year-old class – “Monkeys”

Lindsey graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education. After graduating college, she worked at a small preschool in St Louis, Missouri. After her second child was born, Lindsey and her family moved to California. She took a year break to stay at home with her daughters and home-school the eldest. Now, she is excited to get back to teaching and join the BTEE team! 

Miri Tsabag

2-3 year-old class – “Monkeys”

Miri was born and raised in Israel. After she finished high school, she served in the Israeli army for 2 years. She moved to LA 27 years ago and completed her early childhood education. Miri also studied teaching Hebrew in the diaspora in New York and Israel as well. She has 25 years of experience in early childhood education. She loves to teach by using music, dance, cooking and science. Miri is very excited to share her knowledge with your children and be apart of the wonderful BTEE team.

Shanee Deluya Urman

Pre-K 4-5 year-old class – “Leopards”

Shanee knew she was passionate about education since she was in primary school. She obtained a B.A. in Communication Studies from California State University, Northridge (CSUN), and received her preschool and director’s credentials in Early Childhood Education. Currently, she is pursuing an M.D. in Education. Growing up with two Israeli parents allowed her to be closer to her Israeli and Jewish roots. Today, she is thrilled to help facilitate child-led play and child-emergent curriculum to foster children’s development.

Yaneyda Felipe

3-4 year-old class – “Zebras”

Yaneyda has worked as a nanny for 7 years. She is very happy to be working here at BTEE. Yaneyda is currently pursuing a certificate in Early Childhood Education. Her hobbies include photography and singing.

Judy Harris

Parent/Grandparent & Me facilitator

Judy has been an early childhood educator for over 15 years. Her focus has been facilitating parent and me classes and teaching transition classes for two-year-olds just entering preschool.  Judy graduated from Haifa University, then moved to Los Angeles and worked at the Jewish Federation for 10 years as a non-profit fund raiser. She received her credentials from UCLA Extension in Early Childhood Education.

Cindy Cohen

Interim ECC Director

Cindy has been a part of the BTEE family since 2017.  She started as our Admin. Assistant and is now the Interim Preschool Director. Cindy has been working with children in the Jewish community for over 20 years. She lives with her husband, Barry, and their Dachshund, Shmoopee.  Aside from working with children, she loves to bake and travel.

Julie Lockman

Program Director

Julie has worked at diverse synagogues in the LA area for over 15 years and has been a part of the BTEE team for almost a decade.  Having grown up in both the conservative and orthodox movement gives her a wider perspective of Judaism, as well as her focus on the growing needs of interfaith families in the Jewish community.  Her passions include neuroscience, ethics, music and, of course, chocolate! Her dislikes include dusting, chopped liver, littering, and algebra, but more on that later.

Audrey Freedman-Habush

Office Manager

Audrey has been a part of BTEE since 2014.  She is a long time member of the Jewish community in the Valley.  When she is not at the temple she is spending time with her three granddaughters.

Hannah Gere


Hannah has been with BTEE since 2019. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she is a mother of two small humans and one perpetually hungry dog. She is a lover of baking, coffee, nature, and puns.

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