Mayim Online Jewish Learning Guides (Teachers)

First and Second Grade

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Emily Kestenbaum

1st and 2nd Grade Curriculum Coach

JLG for 1st and 2nd Grade

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

ekestenbaum@tbsneedham.org

 

I always felt that the best educators I had were the ones who were continuously learning and growing. I strive to follow their path and learn from my colleagues and students every day. I believe that building a rapport with each child allows an educator to help that child access the curriculum in a way that is meaningful to them. Each year, I take the time to get to know each child personally - their backgrounds, theirs interests, and their families.  This helps me to bring highlight pieces of the curriculum for each child, where he/she may connect most to Judaism. Working at Temple Beth Shalom provides me the opportunity to be a part of a team that values the fostering of connections between children through our shared history and values, and to build on those relationships each year so they can continue to develop.

I joined the Mayim family in September 2016, and am thrilled to continue learning from this amazing group of educators and professionals on a daily basis. I am originally from Stonybrook, NY and come with experiences as a full time public school teacher, Hebrew school teacher, and youth group director. I also spent five summers working as the Waterfront Director at Eisner Camp. I live with my husband, Ben, in Northborough and enjoy spending time with family and friends, reading, and swimming!

Third and Fourth Grade

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Tzipora Crandell

3rd Grade Curriculum Coach 

JLG for 3rd Grade

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

tcrandell@tbsneedham.org

As a Needham native, I grew up attending Temple Beth Shalom and am so happy to be returning home as a Mayim and Mayim Tamid Jewish Learning Guide. The foundation for my interest in Jewish Education was laid as a student at TBS and strengthened during summers at URJ Crane Lake Camp and a high school semester abroad in Israel.

 

As a teacher, I believe that children grow and learn at their own pace, and I fully embrace each child’s individuality.  As someone who continues to learn through music, play, and experimentation, I strive to create an inviting and curiosity-inspiring environment in the classroom. 

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Hannah Elbaum 

4th Grade Curriculum Coach 

JLG for Grades 3-4 

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

hrelbaum@tbsneedham.org

I'm delighted to continue working at TBS for my second year! I love visiting museums, reading, baking gluten-free treats, and practicing yoga. Before joining the faculty at TBS, I graduated from Smith College, where I studied museum education. 

 

 

In teaching, I believe that questions are the foundation of meaningful learning, and I strive to empower students to find their own answers with guidance and support. My goal is to create a classroom community that inspires exploration of ideas, fosters deep relationships, and values the perspectives and experiences of each individual. 

Fifth Grade

Carly Husick

JLG for Grade 5

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

chusick@tbsneedham.org

My educational philosophy is that communication and accessibility are the key to successful learning. My background is largely in writing education. I recently earned my MFA in fiction writing and have spent time teaching writing at the college level and for the past two summers I have served as the Creative Writing Arts Mentor at URJ’s 6 Points Creative Arts Academy, teaching creative writing to campers between the ages of eight and seventeen. This past year I had the pleasure of teaching first and second grade at TBS and I am looking forward to teaching 5th grade this coming year and sharing my passion for Judaism and writing with my students. Throughout the years I have always found myself returning to Jewish Education and I could not be happier to find myself working as part of the TBS community. 

Mason Siros

JLG for Grade 5

Pronouns: He/Him/His

msiros@tbsneedham.org

I am very excited to be a Mayim teacher this year. I have been working at 6 points sci-tech academy the past 6 summers and I am looking forward to applying what I learned there to my teaching at TBS. In my spare time I enjoy reading fantasy books and playing video games. 

As a teacher it is my goal to nurture my students’ interests while also introducing them to new concepts and perspectives. I love to see children's enthusiasm for learning and want to encourage that as much as possible.

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Michael Wagner

JLG for Grade 5

Pronouns: He/Him/His

mwagner@tbsneedham.org

I have loved teaching ever since my middle school did “Student Teacher Swap Day” when I was in the eighth grade. It’s been 10 years since then, and I couldn’t be more ready for my first full-time teaching job. I’m so excited to work with each individual child this year to help them towards their dreams, cares, and passions. Before TBS, I was an engineer at IBM in Poughkeepsie, NY, and have taught Programming and Coding at 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy for the past 3 years. I graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 2018 with a BS in Computer Engineering, where I was a Teaching Assistant for the Intro to Computer Science course and a volunteer for multiple after-school coding clubs at nearby middle schools. Apart from coding, teaching, and teaching coding, I love acting and building sets for theatre as well as hiking in New Hampshire.