Tracy Fatow was born and raised in South Florida. She received a Bachelors in Mass Communications and a Masters of Science in Marketing from Florida International University. Tracy is now actively pursuing a second Masters in Curriculum and Instruction at Barry University. She has planted her roots within Miami Beach, beginning with North Beach Elementary. Tracy began working at TBSIS during the 2018-19 school year, first with the Elementary Level and then within the Foundation Level. Tracy is a proud mother, and extremely passionate about her philanthropic work with Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Leadership Committee and Gracious Hands Orphanage in Gressier, Haiti. She wholeheartedly agrees with the late Mr. Steve Jobs when he said: “your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work, and the only way to do great work is to love what you do.”
A native to Florida, Dana had a double major in elementary education and human and social development from the University of Miami. She received a Master of Science in educational leadership from St. Thomas University. Dana holds endorsements in special education, ESOL, and gifted education. She has over 10 years of experience working with children. Both Dana and her fiancé are Temple Beth Sholom members.
Terri Monem holds an MS in Educational Technology & Instructional Design from Nova Southeastern University and a BA in Sociology & Anthropology with certifications in Education and Marketing from Florida International University. She taught in MDCPS for 12 years, grades K – 6th. She’s endorsed in Gifted K-12, ESOL K-12 and Reading K-12 Education. She has designed and taught professional development courses for teachers, has held various mentor and leadership roles and has been very involved in child development and community programs throughout her teaching career. She has a daughter, Amaya, who is a sophomore at MAST Academy in Key Biscayne. She was born in Miami Beach, raised in Coral Gables and attended Coral Gables Senior High School. Terri is so excited to join the team at TBSIS and to be working alongside a group of dedicated staff and teachers. Her goal is to help every child reach their fullest potential and develop a lifelong love for learning. She is looking forward to meeting all the families and embarking on an educational journey together.
Barbara Schpilberg grew up in Argentina and moved to Miami in 1997. She graduated Cum Laude from Florida International University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and a Minor in English. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. She has earned her Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential, which is the most widely recognized credential in early childhood education. Barbara currently teaches Spanish, Hebrew, Judaic Studies and Physical Education to all elementary level learners. Barbara is a Jewish educator and teaches Hebrew and Jewish education in the School for Living Judaism. She teaches different dance disciplines such as Modern Dance, Zumba, and Hip-hop, as well as Yoga, Music and Mommy & Me classes. Barbara, her husband Brian and Victoria (10), Isabella (9) and Noah (3) truly love Temple Beth Sholom.
A Michigan native, Laura gained her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with a double major in Language Arts. Since 2008, she has taught from pre-kindergarten to third grade. Laura enjoys running, yoga, her dogs, and of course, teaching! She has lived in Florida since 2014.
Shannon Koonin is the founder and owner of Koonin Education Services, LLC, an education services company that provides academic assessment, intervention and consulting services. Shannon has 14 years of classroom experience teaching grades Kindergarten through 6th, in both the private and public sector, including South Pointe Elementary on Miami Beach. Shannon has also served as a mentor and undergraduate professor for Touro College, in the field of Education. Shannon is trained in both the Lindamood Bell Visualization and Verbalization program, and the Seeing Stars Program, as well as the Wilson Reading System. Shannon has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from McGill University, and a dual Master’s Degree in General Education and Special Education from Touro College. Shannon grew up in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and moved to Miami Beach in 2004, where she continues to reside with her husband, Russell, and her two children. Shannon is truly passionate about helping children feel confident and successful, helping parents feel supported and reassured and helping teachers to feel informed and prepared.
Dr. Gould is a licensed, Clinical Psychologist with over twenty years of experience providing neuropsychological and educational evaluations to children, adolescents, and young adults in the public and private sectors. In addition to her private practice on Miami Beach, Dr. Gould works as a consultant for Temple Beth Sholom Innovative School to support the academic, social and emotional needs of their learners.
Dr. Gould has an extensive history providing individual and family therapy. In addition, Dr. Gould has over 10 years of experience working as an Executive Leadership Coach with the Center for Leadership at FIU. In 2011, Dr. Gould was hired to initiate a Guidance Department for the Lower School at Hillel. In her capacity as a Guidance Counselor, she created and implemented a Character Development Program and a Bully Prevention Program.
Dr. Gould received her Bachelor of Science from Washington University in Saint Louis, and completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Nova South Eastern University in 1995. Dr. Gould is also the mother of three adult-children, and a member of Temple Beth Sholom.