Educators

Meet the Teachers and Staff

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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.

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Alejandra Beltran

Pre-K 4-5 year-old class – “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.

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Allison Fox

Pre-K 4-5 year-old class – “Leopards”

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!

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Yaneyda Felipe

2-3 year-old class – “Monkeys”

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.

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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

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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! 

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Nalleli Cortes

2-3 year-old class – “Monkeys”

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Alvart Minasian

Interim ECC Director &

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.

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Cindy Cohen

Temple Administrator

Cindy has been a part of the BTEE family since 2017.  She is our Temple Administrator. Cindy has been working with children in the Jewish community for over 20 years. She lives with her husband, Barry, and their Dachshund, Casino.  Aside from working with children, she loves to bake and travel.

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Julie Lockman

Program Director

Julie has been 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.

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Audrey Freedman-Habush

Receptionist

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.

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Hannah Gere

Bookkeeper

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.