Grades 4 & 5 Faculty - Vancouver Talmud Torah

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Hayley Bongard
Grade 4 General Studies

After a trip to BC, from Toronto, Ontario, in 2008, Hayley Bongard instantly fell in love with the salty air and mountainous coast.  Later in 2012, upon the completion of her undergrad degree and Bachelor of Education at Western University, Hayley decided it was time to fuse her two interests,…

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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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Hila Granot
Grade 5 Judaics

Morah Hila was born and raised in Israel, a country for which she maintains strong roots and a strong love. She immigrated to Vancouver in 2009 with her husband where they are raising their two daughters, the eldest of whom is starting Kindergarten at VTT this September. Passionate about working…

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Josh Knight
Grade 4 General Studies

Originally from Sydney, Australia, Josh decided to do some travelling after completing a Bachelor of Arts in Stage and Screen acting at the University of New England. On a recommendation from a friend, he ended up in Vancouver in 2009 and immediately loved the place. After teaching acting privately to…

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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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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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Morah Anna Zeldis
Grade 4 Hebrew Language

To date, Morah Anna Zeldis’s life consists of three chapters. Chapter I: Born and raised in Ukraine, where she studied education and taught in elementary schools. Chapter II: Immigration to Israel where she continued her career as a teacher. Chapter III: Second immigration, this time to Canada, in 1994. Morah…

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