Teachers are the links that connect children to the world of school and to the experiences of Jewish living. Our teachers are positive, enthusiastic, lifelong learners who always bring something new to the classroom.
They are a child’s learning guide.
Our teachers are chosen for their love and understanding of children, their ability to be joyful and their willingness to continue their own professional education. All staff undergo criminal screenings and background checks before being hired. All teachers complete state-mandated childcare training classes and are committed to furthering their education and professional development throughout their employment.
Through their guidance and loving care, you and your child will experience this exciting learning journey together.
YULISA ALCANTARA was born in Peru and has been teaching at Temple Judea since 2002. She is married and both her children Amy and Andres have attended and graduated from The Margaux Early Childhood School at Temple Judea. Ms. Yuli loves teaching young children and feels like as if it is the most rewarding job in the world.
YULIETTE ANTUNEZ was born in Cuba and moved to the U.S. when she was 3 years old. She earned her Bachelor’s in Psychology and her Master’s in Early Childhood Education at Florida International University. She has been part of the Temple Judea family since 2006. Ms. Yuliette says she has a passion for teaching young children and helping them grow intellectually, socially, and emotionally each day.
ALISSA BODDEN was born in Miami. She worked at Temple Judea as a substitute and volunteer before joining the early childhood staff full time in 2011. She has a national Child Development Associate credential. She really enjoys working with children because they provide her with a different outlook on life and funny perceptions on many things. Their laughs and smiles keep her motivated every day.
LISBETH DI GENARO is an enthusiastic educator who comes to The Margaux School with experience working in early childhood settings throughout Miami. Lisbeth was born in Venezuela and holds an Associate in Arts degree from Miami Dade College. She takes pride in her ability to establish learning environments that foster academic, social, and emotional growth.
IRMA DRESNER was born and raised in Mexico, where she received her Bachelor’s in Primary Education. She taught early childhood and elementary school for 10 years before moving to the U.S. Since then she’s taught in Miami Jewish congregations for more than 20 years. She began teaching at Temple Judea in 2009. She loves playing, singing, dancing, special projects and doing arts and crafts with her students.
CARINA FERIA was born in Cuba and came to the U.S. when she was 4 years old. She is currently attending nursing school at Miami Regional College. Carina loves observing children during everyday moments and seeing how happy they are to help each other.
SUE FERNANDEZ has been an early childhood educator in Miami for more than a decade. She worked at Bet Breira prior to joining the faculty of The Margaux School in 2008. Sue holds an Associate in Arts degree from Miami-Dade College. Sue is exceptionally proud of her two sons, and in her free time can be found working out at the gym.
CHRIS GARRISON was born in New York and raised in Miami. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education at Florida International University. She taught kindergarten for MDCPS for 16 years. Her interests include spending time with her 3 children Ernie 20, Taylor 18, & Zach 15 as well spending her Saturday’s at the farmers market. She loves the idea that she gets to be a part of fostering the love of learning in little ones.
ANNA KARELL was born in Peru, where she earned an associate’s degree in Psychology at Rico Palma University. She has taken several courses at Miami-Dade College toward her Child Development Associate certification. Anna has been part of the Temple Judea family since 1998. During that time she has taught all ages of preschoolers.
JILL SIMON was born & raised in Miami, Florida. She is a Temple Judea Preschool alumni. She graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Bachelors of Arts in 2013. She then decided to pursue her passion for early childhood care and received a Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Teaching with a concentration in Reggio Emilia philosophy under the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. Her interests include learning new languages, music, poetry, yoga & surfing.
YESENIA MIRANDA was born and raised in Miami. She is currently working on her Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education. Yesenia comes from a big family and enjoys baking and going to the beach. She has always enjoyed working with children and is looking forward to getting to know the Temple Judea and Margaux School community while helping the children grow and learn.
JEANNIE NEGRET is originally from New York but has called Florida home for over 25 years. She is excited to be a part of the team of dedicated and talented teachers at The Margaux School. She brings her genuine passion, patience and over 10+ years of classroom experience with her. Jeannie graduated from Florida International University with a Bachelors of Science and is Montessori certified in Early Childhood. She finds joy and fulfillment in contributing to children’s early learning experiences and enjoys watching them grow and flourish.
JACKIE PEREZ was born and raised in Miami, FL. She received her bachelors of science from Florida International University in Recreational Therapy. After working many years at the Margaux school, she decided to go back to school and completed her Masters in Early Childhood Education. Her passion is in child development and watching children learn and grow. Some of her hobbies include painting, being outdoors and near the ocean.
YOHANDRA ROSALES was born in Cuba and came to the U.S. when she was 5 years old. She grew up in New Jersey and moved to Miami after high school. She attended Miami Dade College, where her passion for early childhood education began. Yohandra has a National Child Development Associate credential. She has been part of Tempe Judea since 2004, and all three of her children graduated from the Margaux School.
CAROL YIDI was born and raised in Barranquilla, Colombia, where her passion for studying early childhood education began. She continued to pursue her interest to work with children when she moved to Miami. She started as a substitute teacher at Temple Judea in 1999. Her enthusiastic energy and dedication continued throughout her years working at Temple Judea.
SARAH YORK was born and raised in Coral Gables, Florida. She earned her Bachelors in Early Childhood Education at the University of Central Florida as well as her Masters in Early Childhood Education at the University of Georgia. Ms. Sarah has always enjoyed working with young children because she is able to make a difference in their lives and help guide them on their road toward growth and development. Her interests include arts and crafts, swimming, and spending time with friends and family.
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