K to Grade 3 Faculty - Vancouver Talmud Torah

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Morah Judith Blumenkrans
Grade 2 Judaic Studies

Did you know that Morah Judith speaks four languages (Spanish, English, Hebrew & Italian)? Or that she was once a fashion designer of high-end women’s wear? Or that she has been involved in Jewish education, either informally or formally, since she was 13 years old and has been teacher for…

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Linda Elliott
Grade 3 General Studies

Linda was born and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland. Her teaching career started in an inner city school, until, with her husband, she left for an adventure to Vancouver with only two suitcases in hand! Working at York House School on a maternity leave for 18 months and then at West…

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Marni Fadida
Senior Kindergarten

Marni Fadida has spent her life intimately connected to Jewish education. As a Jewish day school graduate (both elementary and secondary) from Winnipeg, Marni has devoted her career to educating the young hearts and minds of the Jewish community. To achieve that end, Marni earned a Bachelor of Arts from…

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Raquel Freiwirth
Senior Kindergarten Aide

Raquel was born and raised in Mexico City. She attended Jewish day school from preschool through high school. In early 1993, Raquel moved to Vancouver and was a stay-at-home mom until she was offered to lead the two-year-old program at Beth Tikvah Synagogue in Richmond, an opportunity she could not resist because…

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Morah Orly Gal
Grade 1 Judaic Studies

Morah Orly Gal was born and raised in Jerusalem. She spent the early part of her career working in a typical Israeli elementary school. Four years later, she was hired to work at a boarding school for at-risk youth where she taught and “mothered” children whose families were unable to…

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Shannon Leonard
Senior Kindergarten

It is always exciting to welcome a VTT alum to our faculty. Kindergarten 2 teacher Shannon Leonard is a Talmud Torah graduate who recalls being taught by math and science teacher, Eric Lee z”l, and intermediate Judaics teacher, Tiki Goldenberg. After graduating from Hamber Secondary, Ms. Leonard completed a teaching…

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Abbie Loomer
Senior Kindergarten

A graduate of Edmonton Talmud Torah and a long-time Camp Miriam camper and counsellor, Abbie Loomer feels very much at home in a community Jewish day school. Born in Vancouver but raised in Edmonton, Ms. Loomer has a Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta and a diploma in…

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Morah Lily Mallin
Grade 3 Judaics

Morah Lily was born and raised in Israel. In 2000, she and her family moved to Vancouver where she began her teaching career at VTT. Over the years, she has taught Hebrew and Judaics to Grade 4 and Grade 5. This year, she will teach Grade 3. Prior to joining…

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Caleigh Mingay
Grade 3 General Studies

Caleigh Mingay is excited to be joining the VTT community after teaching for four years at Mulgrave School in West Vancouver. Caleigh received her B.Ed from the University of British Columbia. She is also a graduate of the IB Diploma Programme from the York School in Toronto and has additional qualifications in…

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Yael Levy Morantz
Grade 2 Judaics

You may have seen Yael roaming the VTT halls in the past few years on her way to teach an Israeli dance class. And you may have seen her spontaneously break into dance. In fact, Yael becomes sublimely happy after dancing a good hora. One of Yael’s special talents is her…

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Yael Pilo Raz
Senior Kindergarten Aide

A native Israeli, Yael Pilo Raz holds both a Bachelor’s degree and an MBA. For the last 20 years, Yael was involved in building and managing Internet and digital projects for leading international corporations. Four years ago, Yael and her husband, Ilan, relocated to Vancouver with their two young daughters….

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Dzenana Tahmiscic (“Mrs. T”)
Grade 1 General Studies

Mrs. T is a passionate educator who transforms the classroom into an inspiring place where students’ interests are nurtured and where they are supported to achieve academic excellence and discover their new talents. Mrs. T ‘s focus is to work in primary grades, as indicated by her previous professional experience. Prior…

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Tatiana Semotiuk
Grade 1 Educational Assistant

Mrs. Semotiuk is originally from British Columbia, but has had the good fortune to travel and live abroad to experience different cultures and education systems. She recently returned to Vancouver from California to build a foundation for her family and seek opportunities to work in the BC education system. Mrs….

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Stephanie Villamil Pack
Grade 2 General Studies

Originally from England, Stephanie Villamil Pack and her family moved to Vancouver five years ago, and are now delighted to call this beautiful city home! Stephanie initially trained and worked as an actor for ten years, but time spent employed in Theatre in Education ignited a passion for working with…

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Lisa Weidman
Grade 2 General Studies

Although born and raised in Winnipeg, Lisa Weidman has now spent more time living and working in Vancouver than her beloved home town. After completing her degree in child development from the University of Manitoba, she then earned a Bachelor of Education degree from UBC. Many years later, while working…

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Gillian Welford
Grade 1 General Studies

Gillian Welford is thrilled be joining the faculty of Talmud Torah after having substituted at the school for a few years. She is an enthusiastic teacher who strives to make school as positive an experience for each of her students as it was for herself. Gillian graduated from UBC and then…

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