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Administration

Margie Zeskind
Head of School
Margie Zeskind holds a Master of Science degree in Pre-K/Primary Education. She started her tenure as the director of early childhood education at the Foundation School in July 2007. Prior to this position, Margie was the director of the Helene and A.B. Wiener Early Childhood Department for the Center for the Advancement of Jewish Education in Miami, Florida. There she provided professional resources and consultation for staff development, mentoring and leadership development for early childhood education directors and educators for twenty-one Jewish early childhood programs. Prior to this position, Margie was a Jewish early childhood educator and a religious school educator at Temple Beth Am, a reform synagogue in Kendall, for nine years. She authored two simultaneously awarded National Covenant Foundation Grants for the Jewish south Florida early childhood community. Additionally, she is co-author of I Went To My Cousin’s Crispening, and The S.A.G.A. Approach, which is a resource guide for Jewish early childhood educators working with issues surrounding religious diversity, and was funded by The Jim Joseph Foundation. She is one of the co-developers of the Kesher L’ Yisrael Initiative that was designed for early childhood educators to partner with children and families to build connections to Israel, the land, the people and the state.
Stacy Penson
Assistant Head of School
Stacy Penson graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Elementary Education and holds a teaching certificate in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education. Her passion is helping children learn to read and she enjoys sharing a love of literacy with children. She is uniquely qualified for this task in that she is trained in the Orton-Gillingham Approach, which is designed to help struggling readers. Prior to assuming the role of Assistant Head of School and Elementary Level Leader of Teaching and Learning, Stacy was a lead Pre-Kindergarten teacher for 13 years at TBSIS. Before that, she was a second and first grade teacher at various schools in Miami and Northern California. She has been an eduGator since 1990 and at TBSIS since 1999. She recently completed her Certificate in School Management and Leadership, a joint program of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Harvard Business School. Her hobbies include reading and exercising. She enjoys spending time on the beach with her husband John, and daughters Marley, Delila, and Ruby. She believes that every child has a voice and commits herself to being “in the moment” with them.
Liset Leyva
Studio/Environment Specialist
Liset holds a degree in fine arts which facilitates her extensive familiarity with materials. She also has previous careers in Theater Set/Costume design and Graphic Art Director in the corporate world. This blend of art related pursuits contribute to her keen sense of Environment Development as applied to the Early Childhood Setting. As an Early Childhood Educator, her creative nature manifested in dramatic curriculum-related transformations in the classroom. Liset was born in Santiago de Cuba, Oriente but spent most of her childhood and early adulthood in New York; however, she also lived in Madrid, Spain, and Venezuela. Sharing life with her two children Ibel and Ulysses is her biggest reward and connecting with children and their families by assisting them with the enhancement of their awareness of our responsibilities to earth, God, and love.
Dalia Katz
Director of Supplementary Educational Programs
Dalia was born in Argentina and came to Miami in 2003 with her husband Ariel. She has been an Early Childhood teacher since 1992. She started working at our Temple in 2003 as part of different programs. She was a teacher in in our Foundation level for 11 years before taking over the role of Director of Supplementary Programs. Dalia also taught Hebrew in Rabbi Leon Kronish School for Living Judaism program. Dalia holds a Master’s degree in Education and a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. She has two beautiful children Matias and Melanie Nudel that are former Foundation School students and cu
Kayla Green
Registrar
Kayla joined the Temple Beth Sholom family in May 2017. Having grown up in Miami Beach, she attended school in Miami and then moved to New York for two years to work the “fashion retail life” in Manhattan. After returning to Miami Beach, Kayla had several positions that allowed her to develop extensive office skills, which have been a great asset to our temple. Moving over to our Innovative School is a perfect fit for her, since she also loves working with children—she has been a counselor at several day camps, has experience with children who have special needs, and has worked with the kids program at her temple for a few years. She is very happy to be part of such a welcoming and friendly team here at Temple Beth Sholom.

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