OUR TEACHERS

This page is currently being updated with our 2017-2018 staff information. Please check back after Sept. 1, 2017 to see the complete staff for this year.

Kensington Market Teachers

Orli Broer, Teaching Assistant (JK/SK), Monday & Wednesday

Orli is currently studying at the University of Toronto. She lived in Israel for four years after high school where she served as a Lone Soldier in the IDF. Orli plans on becoming a teacher because she loves kids! Her hobbies include traveling, drawing and exploring the outdoors. 

 

 

Mira Kates-Rose – Core Curriculum Teacher (JK/SK), Mondays & Wednesdays

Mira is a Toronto native and a new member of the Makom after-school team. She studied Education, Jewish Studies and English Literature at UofT, and has taught in Toronto Jewish day schools for several years. Mira recently returned from a semester at the Pardes Institute in Jerusalem. Mira is a bookworm, linguistics enthusiast, and puzzle fanatic. You can catch her singing with Varsity Jews A Cappella.

 

Shifra Saltzman, Teaching Assistant, Monday-Friday

Shifra has an extensive background in Jewish education and spirituality. Growing up Modern Orthodox and traditional, she went to CHAT and Netivot Hatorah, as a student and was involved as a youth in NCSY. She also worked for 2 years as a TA with Adath Israel Hebrew School. Shifra's father is the late Senior Rabbi of Adath Israel Congregation, Rabbi Steven Saltzman z"l.  She is the eldest of 3 children. She was born and adopted in Colombia while her father was a Chaplin in the US army. She has lived in Boston, Israel, Philadelphia and North Carolina. Shifra loves teaching children and youth,  especially  through art.  She is in school part-time at Ryerson, is an Early Childhood Educator and Life Skills Coach, and was also nanny for many years.

Omer Shamir – Core Curriculum Teacher (JK/SK), Mondays & Wednesdays

Omer grew up in Jerusalem, where he studied in Yeshivah during his high-school years. Upon finishing his military service, he volunteered with “Friends of Dad”, the IDF Paratroopers Orphans Camp. At Hebrew University, Omer studied Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies, where he also got a chance to help research children’s textbooks and their compliance to UNESCO standards. Omer moved to Canada in 2014 and now teaches at Makom as well as the Hebrew Institute at the Miles Nadal JCC.

 

 

 

Seaton Village Teachers

David Cohen – Teaching Assistant (JK-Gr.1), Mondays & Wednesdays

David was born in Tiberias, Israel. He is 30 years old and has a Masters degree in Civil Engineering. David was an officer (Captain) in the IDF for 6 years. He loves math and teaching, and also enjoys cooking and baking when he has time. David enjoys working with children and is excited to be joining the Makom Afterschool team!

 

 

Naama Blonder – Core Curriculum Teacher (Grades JK-1), Mondays & Wednesdays

Naama moved to Canada to fulfill her dream to open an Architecture and Urban Design studio in a big, growing city. After a few years in the city and together with her husband Misha, this year they finally completed the transition and run their own studio. With teaching experience to kids, youth and to pilots in the IDF,  Naama chose to teach at Makom since she believes in the value of this program for Jewish kids, and feels that in a way, it's her way to give back to the Jewish Community, who welcomed her with open arms just a few years ago. 

 

Michal Hass – Core Curriculum Teacher (Grades 1-4), Mondays & Wednesdays

Michal Hass is a native Israeli recently relocated from Tel Aviv to Toronto. She has university degrees in Music from Berklee College of Music, Boston, and in Psychology from Tel Aviv University. Michal is a highly skilled educator, author and editor with more than 10 years of experience working in colleges and schools. She established and taught school and college level courses in Hebrew as a foreign language, music, math and computers, including preparation of all study materials. In addition to teaching Modern Hebrew at the University of Toronto, she is a Modern Hebrew teacher at the MNJCC Hebrew Institute, and a Hebrew and music teacher at Kachol-Lavan, the Israeli School in Toronto. Michal has also translated dozens of professional and scholarly articles in the fields of music and the sciences between English and Hebrew for various universities and private organizations. She is an editor and engraver of music compositions, and her family (husband and children) are all musicians. Michal is fluent in Hebrew, English, and German.

 

Hannah Wachs – Teaching Assistant, Mondays & Wednesdays (Grades 1-4)

Hannah grew up in Jerusalem and the Galilee, before moving to the U.S to study art. She has a Bachelor of Fine Art from Maine College of Art and a Master of Fine Art from California College of Art. She has worked at schools in Boston and San Francisco teaching art and doing other activities. She moved to Toronto 8 years ago and is currently working as a freelance illustrator, but actually spends most of her time with her 3 children, ages 2, 5 and 8.

 

Hillcrest Village Teachers

Pnina Dinkin - Core Curriculum Teacher (Gr 1), Mondays and Wednesdays; Teaching Assistant, Fridays 

Pnina was born in Latvia and raised in Israel. She is a graduate of Toronto School of Art and has Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts from OCAD University. She is also a certified Montessori elementary teacher. Pnina has worked with children and teens teaching visual art, art history, Hebrew and general subjects. She has taught in galleries, private high schools, elementary schools, Jewish schools and Montessori school in Toronto, as well as worked with children with special needs. Pnina is interest in social change, philosophy, art and art criticism. She is currently focusing on teaching and working on her paintings.

 

Yoav Gilad - Core Curriculum Teacher (Grs. 2-4), Mondays and Wednesdays

Yoav Gilad moved to Toronto in 2015 after finishing the Israeli military service as a commander. In Israel, Yoav worked at the Alut organization which serves children with special needs. Yoav is very enthusiastic about educating children. He is excited to return to Makom for a third year!

 

 

 

Stan Guletsky - Teaching Assistant (Grs. 2-4), Mondays and Wednesdays

Stan is a charismatic and enthusiastic, with a good sense of humor. He was born in Kiev (Ukraine), grew up in Jerusalem, and moved to Toronto as an adult. Experiencing life in a variety of places and being immersed in diverse cultures has helped him develop a broad perspective, patience and affinity for people. Stan has experience working with children all types of children, including those with Autism and Down-syndrome. After completing his military service in Israel he earned an Honours BA in Religious studies, Sinology and Jewish studies from University of Toronto. Stan is happy to be involved with the Jewish community and join the team of creative and interesting people at Makom.

 

Ayala Reznik – Core Curriculum Teacher (JK/SK), Mondays & Wednesdays

Born and raised in Binyamina, Israel, Ayala has worked with children ages 1-12 in a diversity of contexts, including kindergartens, after-school programs, daycare centers, arts and crafts workshops, and as personal tutor for children with learning disabilities. Among her teaching techniques, Ayala specializes in using art and creative-exploration strategies as tools of education and intercommunication. Over the summer of 2016, while in Israel, Ayala completed an advanced study offered by the Ministry of Education on the practice of teaching Hebrew as a second language. She is currently completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts at OCAD University, with a major in Sculpture and Installation and a minor in Drawing and Painting.

 

Ariella Sibony - Teaching Assistant (Gr. 1), Mondays and Wednesdays

Ariella, a recent B.A. Hons. graduate in Jewish Studies from York University, has experience working and volunteering in the Jewish community of Toronto whether in different synagogues running children's programs on Shabbat or working at day camps such as Centre Camp and Moshava Ba'ir. Her passion for Jewish Studies and the Hebrew language stems from her strong love for languages particularly from her half Moroccan background, to which she owes her ability of understanding French as a third language. Ariella has been working and volunteering with children ages 3-10 for almost nearly 10 years so far, and she cannot wait to begin a very exciting year with Makom! 

 

OUR SPECIALISTS

Art, Music & Drama

Eyal Pundik Sagie - Kensington Market, Thursdays

Eyal is a painter and teacher from Israel who recently moved to Canada with his wife and baby daughter. In Israel, Eyal taught art and Hebrew, and ran environmental awareness workshops for children and young adults. Eyal is passionate about teaching and believes that social change starts with the individual.

 

 

Hannah Wachs – Seaton Village, Thursdays

Hannah grew up in Jerusalem and the Galilee, before moving to the U.S to study art. She has a Bachelor of Fine Art from Maine College of Art and a Master of Fine Art from California College of Art. She has worked at schools in Boston and San Francisco teaching art and doing other activities. She moved to Toronto 8 years ago and is currently working as a freelance illustrator, but actually spends most of her time with her 3 children, ages 2, 5 and 8.

 

Pnina Dinkin – Hillcrest Village, Thursdays

Pnina was born in Latvia and raised in Israel. She is a graduate of Toronto School of Art and has Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts from OCAD University. She is also a certified Montessori elementary teacher. Pnina has worked with children and teens teaching visual art, art history, Hebrew and general subjects. She has taught in galleries, private high schools, elementary schools, Jewish schools and Montessori school in Toronto, as well as worked with children with special needs. Pnina is interest in social change, philosophy, art and art criticism. She is currently focusing on teaching and working on her paintings.

 

Yoga, Sports and Movement

Yoav Gilad - Kensington, Fridays

Yoav Gilad moved to Toronto in 2015 after finishing the Israeli military service as a commander. In Israel, Yoav worked at the Alut organization which serves children with special needs. Yoav is very enthusiastic about educating children. He is excited to return to Makom for a third year!

 

 

Ayala Reznik – Hillcrest Village, Fridays

Born and raised in Binyamina, Israel, Ayala has worked with children ages 1-12 in a diversity of contexts, including kindergartens, after-school programs, daycare centers, arts and crafts workshops, and as personal tutor for children with learning disabilities. Among her teaching techniques, Ayala specializes in using art and creative-exploration strategies as tools of education and intercommunication. Over the summer of 2016, while in Israel, Ayala completed an advanced study offered by the Ministry of Education on the practice of teaching Hebrew as a second language. She is currently completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts at OCAD University, with a major in Sculpture and Installation and a minor in Drawing and Painting.

 

Dana Rubinshtein – Seaton Village, Fridays

Dana Rubinshtein was born in Russia, grew up in Israel and immigrated to Canada in 2002. Dana holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Concordia University in Montreal and is currently pursuing an Education degree from York University. She is interested in Jewish and science education, and has worked as a Hebrew and math teaching assistant at Ecole Maimonide, as math tutor for TutorBright, educator for Let’s Talk Science, and camp manager of the Concordia Institute of Aerospace Design and Innovation summer camp. Dana is excited to be returning to Makom Afterschool for her second year!

Jewish Enrichment

Dana Rubinshtein – Seaton Village, Tuesdays

Dana Rubinshtein was born in Russia, grew up in Israel and immigrated to Canada in 2002. Dana holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Concordia University in Montreal and is currently pursuing an Education degree from York University. She is interested in Jewish and science education, and has worked as a Hebrew and math teaching assistant at Ecole Maimonide, as math tutor for TutorBright, educator for Let’s Talk Science, and camp manager of the Concordia Institute of Aerospace Design and Innovation summer camp. Dana is excited to be returning to Makom Afterschool for her second year!

 

Omer Shamir – Seaton Village, Tuesdays

Omer grew up in Jerusalem, where he studied in Yeshivah during his high-school years. Upon finishing his military service, he volunteered with “Friends of Dad”, the IDF Paratroopers Orphans Camp. At Hebrew University, Omer studied Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies, where he also got a chance to help research children’s textbooks and their compliance to UNESCO standards. Omer moved to Canada in 2014 and now teaches at Makom as well as the Hebrew Institute at the Miles Nadal JCC.

 

Pnina Dinkin – Hillcrest Village, Tuesdays

Pnina was born in Latvia and raised in Israel. She is a graduate of Toronto School of Art and has Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts from OCAD University. She is also a certified Montessori elementary teacher. Pnina has worked with children and teens teaching visual art, art history, Hebrew and general subjects. She has taught in galleries, private high schools, elementary schools, Jewish schools and Montessori school in Toronto, as well as worked with children with special needs. Pnina is interest in social change, philosophy, art and art criticism. She is currently focusing on teaching and working on her paintings.