Meet Our ECP Teachers

We're excited to share with you that Merav Veetal has joined Kol Ami as Director of our Early Childhood Education program. Merav starts in just a few days and we will have her bio for you.

Merav Veetal, Director

We’re excited to share with you that Merav Veetal has joined Kol Ami as Director of our Early Childhood Education program. Merav starts in just a few days and we will have her bio for you.
Hi, my name is Tracey Schweber. I am very happy to be continuing at Kol Ami this year in the ECP office. I have lived in Scarsdale for the past 21 years with my husband and three children. I have been an active community member and PTA volunteer, chairing various committees. I am an avid baker (banana bread is my specialty), enjoy traveling and going to Broadway shows. I am an active member of the Food Allergy Initiative, as I have firsthand experience living with and parenting children with food allergies.  My love of children and working in a caring and compassionate environment is what makes Kol Ami such a nice place to come to every day.

Tracey Schweber, Administrative

Hi, my name is Tracey Schweber. I am very happy to be continuing at Kol Ami this year in the ECP office. I have lived in Scarsdale for the past 21 years with my husband and three children. I have been an active community member and PTA volunteer, chairing various committees. I am an avid baker (banana bread is my specialty), enjoy traveling and going to Broadway shows. I am an active member of the Food Allergy Initiative, as I have firsthand experience living with and parenting children with food allergies. My love of children and working in a caring and compassionate environment is what makes Kol Ami such a nice place to come to every day.
Hi my name is Lisa Cohen. I am excited to be part of the Kol Ami ECP family working with Nan and Tracey in the office. I have lived in Edgemont for the past 21 years and have 3 children. I have been very active in the community as a volunteer, president of the PTA and on the PTSA board. I love travelling, going to theater, playing Maj Jong and bridge. I am really enjoying coming to such a fun and caring place every day.

Lisa Cohen, Administrative

Hi my name is Lisa Cohen. I am excited to be part of the Kol Ami ECP family working with Nan and Tracey in the office. I have lived in Edgemont for the past 21 years and have 3 children. I have been very active in the community as a volunteer, president of the PTA and on the PTSA board. I love travelling, going to theater, playing Maj Jong and bridge. I am really enjoying coming to such a fun and caring place every day.

Pre K

My name is Julie Rabinowitz.  I am the Co-Teacher of the ECP’s A Step Ahead, Pre-K program and have been since its inception in 2011.  After a successful career in resource development, I was lucky enough to be able to take a leave and be home with my three children for almost a decade. In 2006, I joined the ECP and since then have worked with many fabulous and talented teachers in the 3s, 4s and Pre-K.  I also Coordinate and lead the ECP’s innovative and exciting Torah Alive! program. I hold a Bachelor of Arts in U.S. History and Judaic Studies from SUNY Albany and completed Master’s work at the Institute of Contemporary Jewry at Hebrew University. I received my Child Development Associate certificate in early childhood education from the national Child Care Council in 2013. I live in White Plains with my family.

Julie Rabinowitz, Pre K

My name is Julie Rabinowitz. I am the Co-Teacher of the ECP’s A Step Ahead, Pre-K program and have been since its inception in 2011. After a successful career in resource development, I was lucky enough to be able to take a leave and be home with my three children for almost a decade. In 2006, I joined the ECP and since then have worked with many fabulous and talented teachers in the 3s, 4s and Pre-K. I also Coordinate and lead the ECP’s innovative and exciting Torah Alive! program. I hold a Bachelor of Arts in U.S. History and Judaic Studies from SUNY Albany and completed Master’s work at the Institute of Contemporary Jewry at Hebrew University. I received my Child Development Associate certificate in early childhood education from the national Child Care Council in 2013. I live in White Plains with my family.
Hi, my name is Debbie Klein. I have been teaching at the ECP at Kol Ami for many years. I received my teaching degree from SUNY Buffalo and taught kindergarten for nine years at Solomon Schecter. I live in Rye Brook with my husband and two children. I love working with your children!

Debbie Klein - Pre K

Hi, my name is Debbie Klein. I have been teaching at the ECP at Kol Ami for many years. I received my teaching degree from SUNY Buffalo and taught kindergarten for nine years at Solomon Schecter. I live in Rye Brook with my husband and two children. I love working with your children!

2\'s

Hi! My name is Laura Abramsky. I have been a co-teaching in the 2's for many, many years. I have a B.F.A. from Syracuse University and have a Child Development Associate Certificate in early childhood education from the National Child Care Council. I am so happy to be a part of our 2's team exposing your children to lots of new experiences like painting, playing and exploring in our classroom. I live in Edgemont for 20 plus years and I have 2 grown up children plus a new son-in-law too!!!

Laura Abramsky - 2\'s

Hi! My name is Laura Abramsky. I have been a co-teaching in the 2’s for many, many years. I have a B.F.A. from Syracuse University and have a Child Development Associate Certificate in early childhood education from the National Child Care Council. I am so happy to be a part of our 2’s team exposing your children to lots of new experiences like painting, playing and exploring in our classroom. I live in Edgemont for 20 plus years and I have 2 grown up children plus a new son-in-law too!!!
My name is Lisa Lawrence. I have been working as an Assistant Teacher in the 2’s for many years. I love working with the children in the ECP at Kol Ami. I received my B.A. from the State University of New York at Albany. I live in Ardsley with my husband and our two children.

Lisa Lawrence - 2\'s

My name is Lisa Lawrence. I have been working as an Assistant Teacher in the 2’s for many years. I love working with the children in the ECP at Kol Ami. I received my B.A. from the State University of New York at Albany. I live in Ardsley with my husband and our two children.
Hi, my name is Jennifer Boxer and I am a teacher in the twos program. I received a BA in political science from Ithaca College and a Masters of Education from Hofstra University.  I have been teaching at Kol Ami for five years. Before coming to Kol Ami, I taught elementary school at a private school in Manhattan for ten years and taught nursery school for six years in Northern Westchester. I have a son and daughter and a dog named Nikko. 

Jennifer Boxer - 2\'s

Hi, my name is Jennifer Boxer and I am a teacher in the twos program. I received a BA in political science from Ithaca College and a Masters of Education from Hofstra University.  I have been teaching at Kol Ami for five years. Before coming to Kol Ami, I taught elementary school at a private school in Manhattan for ten years and taught nursery school for six years in Northern Westchester. I have a son and daughter and a dog named Nikko. 
Hi, my name is Joele Levenson. In 2014 I joined Kol Ami’s ECP and I love working as a Co-Teacher in the program. I've been so fortunate to experience teaching different age groups and this year I am excited to return to the 2's program. I earned a B.S. degree from Lehigh University and hold a Child Development Associate Credential in Early Childhood Education from the National Childcare Council. I live in Scarsdale with my husband and three lovely children. I also enjoy practicing yoga, bike riding, hiking and trying new restaurants in my spare time. I’m looking forward to another wonderful year!

Joele Levenson - 2\'s

Hi, my name is Joele Levenson. In 2014 I joined Kol Ami’s ECP and I love working as a Co-Teacher in the program. I’ve been so fortunate to experience teaching different age groups and this year I am excited to return to the 2’s program. I earned a B.S. degree from Lehigh University and hold a Child Development Associate Credential in Early Childhood Education from the National Childcare Council. I live in Scarsdale with my husband and three lovely children. I also enjoy practicing yoga, bike riding, hiking and trying new restaurants in my spare time. I’m looking forward to another wonderful year!

3\'s

Hi, my name is Jackie Barrett and I am a co-teacher for the 3’s. I have been a part of the teaching staff since 2011. I received a B.A. degree from Queensboro Community College and I have a Child Development Associate certificate in early childhood education from the National Child Care Council. I live in White Plains with my husband and two children.

Jackie Barrett - 3\'s

Hi, my name is Jackie Barrett and I am a co-teacher for the 3’s. I have been a part of the teaching staff since 2011. I received a B.A. degree from Queensboro Community College and I have a Child Development Associate certificate in early childhood education from the National Child Care Council. I live in White Plains with my husband and two children.
My name is Lauri Carey and I am an Assistant Teacher in the 3’s. The ECP at Kol Ami is like a home to me in many ways. All of my children have attended the ECP and my family have been members of the Temple for almost 25 years. I live in Scarsdale with my husband and have four children (two sets of twins!), and a wonderful daughter-in-law and soon to be son-in-law. I grew up in Southern California and graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Psychology. Each year I fall in love with the children in my class and enjoy watching the incredible growth three year-olds achieve.

Lauri Carey - 3\'s

My name is Lauri Carey and I am an Assistant Teacher in the 3’s. The ECP at Kol Ami is like a home to me in many ways. All of my children have attended the ECP and my family have been members of the Temple for almost 25 years. I live in Scarsdale with my husband and have four children (two sets of twins!), and a wonderful daughter-in-law and soon to be son-in-law. I grew up in Southern California and graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Psychology. Each year I fall in love with the children in my class and enjoy watching the incredible growth three year-olds achieve.
Hello, my name is Allison Fiore. I am a Head Teacher in the 3\'s. I received my B.A. from George Washington University and my Masters of Science in Teaching from Iona College. I live with my husband and two sons in Ardsley. Both of my children have attended Kol Ami and loved it!  I have been teaching the 3’s for many years and continue to grow and learn even more each year!  I am a big baseball fan and I love the Yankees! My family and I are huge sports fans and love to both watch and play many different sports together.

Allison Fiore - 3\'s

Hello, my name is Allison Fiore. I am a Head Teacher in the 3\’s. I received my B.A. from George Washington University and my Masters of Science in Teaching from Iona College. I live with my husband and two sons in Ardsley. Both of my children have attended Kol Ami and loved it! I have been teaching the 3’s for many years and continue to grow and learn even more each year! I am a big baseball fan and I love the Yankees! My family and I are huge sports fans and love to both watch and play many different sports together.
My name is Mara Reiter Goldberg and I am thrilled to be a co-teacher in the 3’s this year. In 2016 I joined the ECP staff as a substitute teacher and then became a co-teacher in the 4’s for the spring term of 2018. I received by B.A. in Psychology from SUNY Albany and attended Fordham University’s Graduate school of Education. Having previously worked in a family owned retail business; I continue and still maintain this interest with a small company selling personalized gifts for babies and young children. I have always enjoyed working and spending time with kids and am so grateful for the opportunity to work at the ECP at Kol Ami. I live in Edgemont with my husband, son and daughter. My favorite things to do other than spending time with my family, are cooking, reading, and playing Frisbee with our dog. I am looking forward to providing your children with a fun and nurturing environment.

Mara Goldberg - 3\'s

My name is Mara Reiter Goldberg and I am thrilled to be a co-teacher in the 3’s this year. In 2016 I joined the ECP staff as a substitute teacher and then became a co-teacher in the 4’s for the spring term of 2018. I received by B.A. in Psychology from SUNY Albany and attended Fordham University’s Graduate school of Education. Having previously worked in a family owned retail business; I continue and still maintain this interest with a small company selling personalized gifts for babies and young children. I have always enjoyed working and spending time with kids and am so grateful for the opportunity to work at the ECP at Kol Ami. I live in Edgemont with my husband, son and daughter. My favorite things to do other than spending time with my family, are cooking, reading, and playing Frisbee with our dog. I am looking forward to providing your children with a fun and nurturing environment.
Hi my name is Rachel Heller and I am a co-teacher in the 3’s.  Prior to coming to Kol Ami I lived in NYC and enjoyed over 10 years teaching at the Early Childhood Center at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue. I grew up in White Plains and I have recently relocated back to Westchester and am excited to return to my childhood synagogue.  I am a graduate of the Ithaca College School of Communications and received my Child Development Associate Certification at the Bank Street College of Education.  I live in Briarcliff Manor with my husband and have 2 grown children.   I enjoy watching children ignite their own curiosities about the world through hands-on experience and believe that learning and play are inextricably linked.  I am excited to have joined the Kol Ami family and look forward to a wonderful year of learning and discovery with your children. 

Rachel Heller - 3\'s

Hi my name is Rachel Heller and I am a co-teacher in the 3’s.  Prior to coming to Kol Ami I lived in NYC and enjoyed over 10 years teaching at the Early Childhood Center at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue. I grew up in White Plains and I have recently relocated back to Westchester and am excited to return to my childhood synagogue.  I am a graduate of the Ithaca College School of Communications and received my Child Development Associate Certification at the Bank Street College of Education.  I live in Briarcliff Manor with my husband and have 2 grown children.   I enjoy watching children ignite their own curiosities about the world through hands-on experience and believe that learning and play are inextricably linked.  I am excited to have joined the Kol Ami family and look forward to a wonderful year of learning and discovery with your children. 
My name is Dorian Nerenberg, and I have been a Co-Teacher in the 3’s in the ECP at Congregation Kol Ami since 2013. I live in White Plains with my husband Eric, our son Asher, and our wirehair dachshund Mason. I grew up in Atlanta, Georgia and am a southern girl at heart! I hold a B.A. in English and a minor in Dance from Emory University and an M.A. in Arts Administration from Florida State University. I also hold a Child Development Associate Credential in Early Childhood Education from the National Childcare Council. In my spare time, I enjoy cooking, exploring local farmer’s markets, swimming, and bowling with my family.

Dorian Nerenberg - 3\'s

My name is Dorian Nerenberg, and I have been a Co-Teacher in the 3’s in the ECP at Congregation Kol Ami since 2013. I live in White Plains with my husband Eric, our son Asher, and our wirehair dachshund Mason. I grew up in Atlanta, Georgia and am a southern girl at heart! I hold a B.A. in English and a minor in Dance from Emory University and an M.A. in Arts Administration from Florida State University. I also hold a Child Development Associate Credential in Early Childhood Education from the National Childcare Council. In my spare time, I enjoy cooking, exploring local farmer’s markets, swimming, and bowling with my family.

4\'s

My name is Erica Berger and I am a 4’s Co-teacher at the ECP. I received my B.A. from Queens College in Art and Psychology. I began my teaching career in 1999 at the Ramaz School on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. After teaching at Ramaz, I spent two years teaching Kindergarten at Manhattan Day School on the Upper West Side. In 2010, my husband and I moved to White Plains with our two boys Evan and Gabriel. I started working at Kol Ami ECP as a Co-teacher in the 4’s and also taught Hebrew School and First Taste at the Kol Ami Religious School. I am looking forward to sharing each day with your children and having so much fun!

Erica Berger - 4\'s

My name is Erica Berger and I am a 4’s Co-teacher at the ECP. I received my B.A. from Queens College in Art and Psychology. I began my teaching career in 1999 at the Ramaz School on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. After teaching at Ramaz, I spent two years teaching Kindergarten at Manhattan Day School on the Upper West Side. In 2010, my husband and I moved to White Plains with our two boys Evan and Gabriel. I started working at Kol Ami ECP as a Co-teacher in the 4’s and also taught Hebrew School and First Taste at the Kol Ami Religious School. I am looking forward to sharing each day with your children and having so much fun!
Hi! My name is Cheryl Bernstein. I have been a Co-Teacher at the ECP since 2008. I received a B.S. degree from the State University of New York at Albany and have a Child Development Associate certificate in early childhood education from the National Child Care Council. I currently live in Scarsdale with my husband and two sons. I love being a part of this wonderful 
Kol Ami community.

Cheryl Bernstein - 4\'s

Hi! My name is Cheryl Bernstein. I have been a Co-Teacher at the ECP since 2008. I received a B.S. degree from the State University of New York at Albany and have a Child Development Associate certificate in early childhood education from the National Child Care Council. I currently live in Scarsdale with my husband and two sons. I love being a part of this wonderful Kol Ami community.
Hi, my name is Susan Epstein. I have been teaching at the ECP since 2012 and I am a Co-Teacher in the 4’s. I received my B.A. from the University of Hartford and a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education from Lesley College. Before coming to the ECP I taught in several schools in Massachusetts and then moved to New York City where I taught for a few more years. When I am not at Kol Ami I like to spend time with my two boys, my husband and my dog. We live in Briarcliff Manor and we like to walk, ride bikes and play tennis. We also love cheering our boys on at sporting events!

Susan Epstein - 4\'s

Hi, my name is Susan Epstein. I have been teaching at the ECP since 2012 and I am a Co-Teacher in the 4’s. I received my B.A. from the University of Hartford and a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education from Lesley College. Before coming to the ECP I taught in several schools in Massachusetts and then moved to New York City where I taught for a few more years. When I am not at Kol Ami I like to spend time with my two boys, my husband and my dog. We live in Briarcliff Manor and we like to walk, ride bikes and play tennis. We also love cheering our boys on at sporting events!
Hi! My name is Elisa Goldman. I have my B.A. from Brandeis University and my Masters in Early Childhood Education from Lehman College. I have been a Head Teacher in the 4’s since 2011. Before coming to Kol Ami, I taught in the Bronx, New City, Yorktown, Great Neck, and Rye. Additionally, I was the Assistant Director for the East Ramapo Universal Pre-K. 

I live with my husband, daughter, son, and cat in Cortland Manor, on the second highest mountain in Westchester. I am a true baseball, basketball and soccer Mom. In the rest of my free time, I love cooking and baking and just chilling with my family and friends.

Elisa Goldman - 4\'s

Hi! My name is Elisa Goldman. I have my B.A. from Brandeis University and my Masters in Early Childhood Education from Lehman College. I have been a Head Teacher in the 4’s since 2011. Before coming to Kol Ami, I taught in the Bronx, New City, Yorktown, Great Neck, and Rye. Additionally, I was the Assistant Director for the East Ramapo Universal Pre-K. I live with my husband, daughter, son, and cat in Cortland Manor, on the second highest mountain in Westchester. I am a true baseball, basketball and soccer Mom. In the rest of my free time, I love cooking and baking and just chilling with my family and friends.
Hi!  My name is Jessica Goldman and I am a recent college graduate from Hobart and William Smith Colleges where I received my B.S. in Psychology.  During my undergraduate experience, I had the opportunity to complete placements in both general education classrooms and BOCES classrooms.  I have also completed internships at Manhattan Children’s Center in NYC and Blythedale Children’s Hospital.  I currently live in Cortlandt Manor with my mom, dad, brother (freshman in college), and cat, Misha.  In my free time, I love playing and watching sports, baking, and spending time with my friends and family.  I am so excited to be a part of the Koa Ami family!  

Jessica Goldman - 4/'s

Hi!  My name is Jessica Goldman and I am a recent college graduate from Hobart and William Smith Colleges where I received my B.S. in Psychology.  During my undergraduate experience, I had the opportunity to complete placements in both general education classrooms and BOCES classrooms.  I have also completed internships at Manhattan Children’s Center in NYC and Blythedale Children’s Hospital.  I currently live in Cortlandt Manor with my mom, dad, brother (freshman in college), and cat, Misha.  In my free time, I love playing and watching sports, baking, and spending time with my friends and family.  I am so excited to be a part of the Koa Ami family!  
My name is Stefanie Greenberg and I am a Head Teacher for the 4’s. I received a B.A. in Psychology from SUNY Albany and a Masters of Arts in Teaching in Elementary Education from Manhattanville College. I have taught Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd Grade. I am so happy to be a part of the Kol Ami team I look forward to a classroom filled with joy and learning and I can’t wait to start the school year!

Stefanie Greenberg - 4\'s

My name is Stefanie Greenberg and I am a Head Teacher for the 4’s. I received a B.A. in Psychology from SUNY Albany and a Masters of Arts in Teaching in Elementary Education from Manhattanville College. I have taught Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd Grade. I am so happy to be a part of the Kol Ami team I look forward to a classroom filled with joy and learning and I can’t wait to start the school year!
Hi, my name is Becky Miller. I am a 4\’s Head Teacher. I received my B.A. from SUNY Albany and a Masters Degree in Education from Lehman College. Previously I worked as a teacher in New Rochelle and in Early Intervention. When I am not at the ECP I am usually reading, running or hanging out with my dog, Archie. I have a son who is a sophomore in college and a daughter going into her junior year of high school. I look forward to a fun filled and rewarding experience with your children this year.

Becky Miller - 4\'s

Hi, my name is Becky Miller. I am a 4\’s Head Teacher. I received my B.A. from SUNY Albany and a Masters Degree in Education from Lehman College. Previously I worked as a teacher in New Rochelle and in Early Intervention. When I am not at the ECP I am usually reading, running or hanging out with my dog, Archie. I have a son who is a sophomore in college and a daughter going into her junior year of high school. I look forward to a fun filled and rewarding experience with your children this year.
My name is Debbie Youngstein and I am a Co-teacher in the 4’s at the ECP. I started working at the ECP in 2011. I live in Edgemont with my husband, twin girls and our dog Charlie. A little over fifteen years ago my family moved from Los Angeles, CA where I received an Elementary Multi-Subject Teaching Credential. During that time I taught for 8 years. I love interacting with children of all ages and look forward to going to work every day!

Debbie Youngstein - 4\'s

My name is Debbie Youngstein and I am a Co-teacher in the 4’s at the ECP. I started working at the ECP in 2011. I live in Edgemont with my husband, twin girls and our dog Charlie. A little over fifteen years ago my family moved from Los Angeles, CA where I received an Elementary Multi-Subject Teaching Credential. During that time I taught for 8 years. I love interacting with children of all ages and look forward to going to work every day!
My name is Cindy Zieman and I have been working at the ECP since 2006. I love working with children! I am Assistant Teacher with the 4’s and pre-k classes. I live with my husband Josh. My son Jake lives in LA. My daughter Emma is away at college. I grew up on Long Island and received a B.F.A at Tisch School of the Arts. I truly enjoy my time in the ECP and look forward every day!!

Cindy Zieman - 4\'s

My name is Cindy Zieman and I have been working at the ECP since 2006. I love working with children! I am Assistant Teacher with the 4’s and pre-k classes. I live with my husband Josh. My son Jake lives in LA. My daughter Emma is away at college. I grew up on Long Island and received a B.F.A at Tisch School of the Arts. I truly enjoy my time in the ECP and look forward every day!!