Grades 4 & 5 Faculty - Vancouver Talmud Torah

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Jessie Claudio
Grade 5 Math & Science

Jessie Claudio has the distinction of growing up in the “Northern Capital of BC.” Not sure where this is? Prince George, the largest city in Northern BC, has a population of 71,000 inhabitants and was home to Ms. Claudio until her entire family moved to Greater Vancouver when her eldest…

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Etti Kaplan
Grade 4 Hebrew Language & Holidays

Morah Etti has been teaching Judaic Studies at Talmud Torah for over 37 years! She is now teaching the children of her former students and inspiring these children with a love of Judaism and a menschlekeit as much today as when their parents graced our school’s hallowed halls. Morah Etti received…

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Joshua Leonard
Grade 5 Humanities

A Vancouver native, Joshua Leonard spent his early years of schooling at Talmud Torah and Eric Hamber Secondary. He holds bachelor’s degrees in history and education from UBC and a Master’s of Museum Studies from the University of Toronto. After completing his Master’s, Joshua worked as a project manager at…

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Ashley Maronik
Grade 4 General Studies

Ashley Maronik has recently moved to Vancouver and is happy to be joining the VTT community. Ashley was born and raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario where she completed her educational degrees with a specialization in Aboriginal Studies and teaching students with special needs. Right after university, Ashley moved to Calgary…

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Myra Michaelson
Grade 4 Torah, Tefilah, Jewish History, Israel Studies 

A dedicated and passionate Jewish educator, Myra is presently a member of the Grade 4 teaching team and of the “Learning Resource Specialist” team. This year marks her 30th year teaching at VTT where she has worked in varying capacities as teacher, administrator and mentor. Myra holds a Master’s of…

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Tamsin Morrell
Grade 4 General Studies

Tamsin Morrell may be a fourth grade teacher, but that doesn’t stop her from nurturing her thrill-seeking and fearless spirit. An outdoor enthusiast who eagerly moved to Vancouver in 2008 to be close to the ocean and mountains, Ms. Morrell scuba dives, swims, hikes, bikes and has even jumped out…

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Shula Talmaciu
Grade 5 Judaic Studies

Although born and raised in Israel, Shula has the good fortune to speak Hebrew, Romanian and English fluently. A literature lover, Shula graduated from Bar Ilan University with a degree English literature and has been a teacher for over 17 years. Shula has taught English as a second language in…

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