Our Teachers

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.

JESSICA ACLE  was born and raised in South Miami, Florida. In 2008, she graduated from New World School of the Arts Conservatory receiving a UF Bachelors degree in Opera Performance. She became a certified Music Together teacher in 2014, which developed her passion for teaching young children. Since then, she has studied Early Childhood Education at Miami Dade College as well as pursuing a career in childhood development. She joined the Margaux School family during summer camp of 2020 and is excited to be here. Her hobbies include singing, cooking, beading and jewelry making, and games nights with her family and friends.  
VERONICA CASTRO 
was born and raised in Lima-Peru. She holds a degree in early childhood education. Before coming to Florida in 2009 she worked in two preschools in Lima . Veronica joined The Margaux School this year (2021) with much enthusiasm, and ready to share her knowledge in child development and offer high-quality education to children and their families. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She also likes going for walks and shopping. 
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.
KERRY GREATON from U. S. Virgin Island St. Thomas. She moved to Miami about 15 years ago and has been teaching about 11. Her hobbies are traveling, art galleries, and swimming. She loves spending a lot of time with family.
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 spending time near the ocean.
JOE RODRIGUEZ was born and raised in Miami, Florida. He holds an associates degree in education. Joe has been working with children of all ages and backgrounds since the age of 15. Coaching and early childhood education has been his passion for the last 10+ years. Joe is married to his wife and they have two young girls.
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.
MAYA SLAVIN was born in Argentina. When she finished high school she lived on a kibbutz in southern Israel. She studied teaching at Key College in Beer Sheva, Israel. She has been part of the Temple Judea family since 2005. Maya became a teacher because she enjoys helping others find success. She is passionate about teaching and loves spending time with children.
CAROL YIDI was born in Barranquilla Colombia. She was always sure that children where her passion and studied Early Childhood Education.  After moving to Miami she realized that she wanted to pursue her passion with children and started working as a substitute teacher at Temple Judea and very quickly she was hired as a full time teacher since 1999.
MIKHAILA BERKMAN 
was born in New York but has lived in Miami since she was 7. She has always had a great love for babies and children and started babysitting by age 12 she is affectionately known as “the Baby Whisperer” by friends and family. Mikhaila attended Florida International University and Miami Dade College and she is working on her early childhood certification. She loves spending time with her two nieces, ages 4 and  2 when she can, along with her pups, Ray and Winston. In her spare time, Mikhaila also loves playing golf, watching movies and visiting Disney World.  “I feel privileged to work alongside the dedicated teachers and staff at The Margaux School of Early Childhood and with the toddlers and their families. “  
AISLIN DELGADO

ADRIANA GOAD

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.
DIGNA PLASKETT was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico. She studied accounting at the University of Puerto Rico at Ponce. In 1989 Digna moved to Miami and held her first job in the airline industry as a passenger service attendant until 2013. She then worked at a private academy in Hialeah, FL for 5 years. Digna is grateful and honored to be a part of the Margaux School staff.
ERIN RODRIGUEZ

jREBECCA RUBIN was born and raised in Miami, Florida. She earned her bachelors degree in psychology from the University of Central Florida. This is third year as a Temple Judea teacher and is so excited to continue her career in early childhood education. She enjoys spending time with her family and catching up on the latest movies. She can’t wait to watch the children grow and learn new things. 
DANI STEINGOLD is a recent addition to the Margaux School community. She was born and raised in Miami and is passionate about her family and friends. She received a Bachelors degree in Art from FIU in 2018 and loves to express herself creatively. Dani is looking forward to expanding her knowledge of early childhood teaching here at the Margaux School. Her interests and passions include rock climbing, veganism and dancing
SARAH YORK
AMANDA CARIAS is a recent college graduate (with AA) currently in my bachelors program. I am a first time teacher as I am grateful to be here starting my journey in teaching. I was born and raised in Miami. My parents are Honduran decedents. I am the oldest out of three. I love to read books and write all day. As I embark this journey, I hope to grow as a teacher and I am beyond excited to start my journey here at the Margaux school.
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.
YULIETTE GONZALEZ 
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 serves as the Mentor Teacher at the Margaux School, supporting all of the faculty in their delivery and implementation of meaningful learning experiences. She has a passion for teaching young children and helping them grow intellectually, socially, and emotionally each day. 
CAROLYN LEONE

NANCY QUEREAU was born and raised in Miami. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Florida, as well as a national Child Development Associate credential. Nancy grew up at Temple Judea, where she attended religious and Hebrew school. Nancy has worked as an early childhood teacher in the Miami Jewish community for more than 2 decades.
JERICA ROSENBLUM
I was born and raised in Miami, Florida where I attended High School in Broward County as well as College. I graduated with my Bachelors Degree in 2011. I have been a teacher in Jewish Preschools since 2014. I was lucky enough to find my home and join The Margaux School in 2018 and have enjoyed being able to grow as an educator in so many new fields and areas of education. I am a huge miami sports fan and enjoy attending sporting events and concerts in my free time.
JILL SIMON was born & raised in Miami, Florida. She is a Temple Judea Preschool alumni and loves being a part of this community! Her daughter, Jane now joins us at The Margaux School as well. Jill 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 while studying abroad in New Zealand. She has a passion for learning and avidly extending her knowledge of Reggio Emilia philosophy. Some of her favorite things are going to the beach, drinking coffee, and creative writing.
VERONICA SWOBODA I was born and raised in Ecuador. I decided to pursue my carrier in the family business Fituri, one of the top ten travel agencies in Ecuador. In 2015, me and my family moved to Florida and my carrier pathway turned to Education. I  got my teaching certification and I have been working in preschool since then. I feel joy to be a part of the Margaux School since my passion is to help kids develop their learning skills and values. In my free time I enjoy going to the beach and spending quality family time.
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