Mayim Online Jewish Learning Guides (Teachers)

First and Second Grade

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

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. 

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.

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.

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