This is my fifth school year as the Director of Early Childhood Education at Beth El. I began my career in early childhood education back in 2003 when I graduated with my undergrad in Elementary Education and a minor in Social Studies from Fredonia State University. I worked at a Preschool in Victor, and then moved on to the JCC of Greater Rochester when I began my Masters’ Degree in Literacy Education (birth-6th grade certification). I fell in love with teaching early childhood Jewish Education while at the JCC, and realized that that was my passion. While I was there, back in 2011, I had my son, Brayden. When Brayden went to kindergarten, and after ten years there, I realized that I wanted to do more with my career. Temple Beth El has been the absolute perfect fit. Keshet is by far the warmest preschool I could have ever imagined. I’ve always believed that children learn best when they feel good about themselves, and I bring that philosophy to Keshet every day. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my husband Paul, my son, and my two pugs/ pug-mixes. I enjoy hiking, playing board games, and watching comedy movies.
Melinda Yanoff has been teaching in the Rochester area since 1989. Before coming to Keshet she taught in Elementary Schools in the Rochester area and spent 8 years teaching Preschool at the JCC. She has worked at TBE for 19 years and at Keshet for 9. Along with Gan Gadol she teaches 1st grade in our Limmud Youth Education Program and was the youth group leader for Halutzim for five years. Melinda has a B.A. in Political Science and Law and Society from SUNY Binghamton. She holds an M.S. in Elementary Education with Permanent Certification for Preschool through sixth grade from Nazareth College of Rochester. She has spent her summers working at the RMSC, Sisol and Camp Keshet.
Barb Miller has taught at a NYS Registered in home daycare for 26 years, and at the JCC Wolk Children’s Center for 6 years in the 18 month old room. She spent 4 years as the lead teacher in Infants 2. She has 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren.
Taylor Maiorana graduated from the University of Richmond in 2016 with a degree in Leadership Studies. She began working at Keshet midway through the 2016-2017 school year in Gan Katan. In 2019-2020 she began teaching in Gan Katantan Bet and is excited to be teaching in Gan Gadol Bet for the first time! She also holds a full time job at the YMCA of Greater Rochester, running a Before and After School Program at a local Elementary School. In her free time, she enjoys reading, taking day trips around New York State, and seeing live music.
Marcy Worden has been teaching in Rochester in an integrated preschool setting for many, many years. She has a Masters in Special Education from Nazareth College. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two kids. She enjoys musicals, traveling, and walking her dog. She loves teaching kids and showing them the world around them. She is excited to begin this new adventure at Keshet!
Elise Friedlander is starting her 3rd year at Keshet. She has 14 years experience in early child care. She has a 10 year old ddaughter and a son who would have turned 7 this year. She enjoys cooking and crafts, and spending time with her family. She loves working with young kids and watching their faces light up with each new experience. She’s so excited for this new school year!
Leah Cary attended SUNY Geneseo and graduated in 2018 with a double major in psychology and French, with a minor in linguistics. This is her second year working at Keshet; she worked in Gan Gadol last year, and also as a one-to-one aide at Limmud. She’s passionate about inclusivity, nature, art, chocolate, and coffee. If you’re ever looking for a good hike in the Rochester area she’d be happy to share some recommendations!
Flo Lissade is married to her best friend, Joel. She is a very proud mom of three daughters. She enjoys being part of the Keshet team. She is very excited to be with the Pitzels for the 3rd year in a row!
Daphne Futerman has enjoyed every minute working with children for over 30 years. She was a social worker in an integrated special education preschool program at Rochester ChildFirst Network for 22 years. From there she moved to Hillel School for 4 years as social worker/educator. Daphne started consulting at Keshet in October 2019. She has an MS in Social Work from Columbia University. She is married and has 2 grown sons, one who lives in NYC and the other in Tel Aviv. Daphne loves exercising, any outdoor activities, being at Canandaigua Lake, reading, volunteering, and a new found pandemic interest in cooking.
Orna Korn was born and raised in Tel Aviv, Israel, and served in the air force for two years during the Yom Kippur war. After her military service, she worked as an accountant for a large insurance company. In 1983, her husband’s job moved their family to the United States on a joint program between Israel and the USA. Raising their fam