Leadership Team - Vancouver Talmud Torah

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Cathy Lowenstein
Head of School

A passionate educator, Cathy Lowenstein has spent the last 30+ years devoted to children and families. Originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Mrs. Lowenstein spent her early years in public education serving a diverse range of students. A move to Toronto in 1999 signalled a shift in her career trajectory. Though both…

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Jessica Neville
Assistant Head of School, Principal of Intermediate Grades/Student Services

As Assistant Head of School, Ms. Neville supports faculty, families and students in all aspects of school life. She is involved in hiring new teachers, support staff and aides; accessing resources in the community; applying for Ministry of Education grants and funding; leading various committees; and liaising with different stakeholder groups…

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Leigh Ariel
Principal of Primary

Mrs. Ariel is part of the educational leadership team. As Principal of Primary Grades (Kindergarten to Grade 3), she is responsible for ensuring VTT achieves educational excellence for all students. Mrs. Ariel also plays an integral role in mentoring, supporting, supervising and evaluating the primary faculty. Prior to joining VTT,…

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Lyora Nifco
Early Childhood Director

As head of the Early Years program, Lyora Nifco oversees the development, implementation and management of the early years curriculum as well as supervising, mentoring and evaluating the department’s faculty. Lyora is responsible for ensuring the program meets the licensing requirements as set out by Vancouver Coastal Health and works…

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Jennifer Shecter-Balin
Director of Admissions & Communications

Affectionately known as “Jenn” by most, Ms. Shecter-Balin is responsible for developing and executing the school’s communications strategies, including stakeholder engagement and support to the community. She is the primary liaison for the Parent Action Chavurah (PAC) co-chairs and manages all of VTT’s communications media and vehicles, including the weekly Hadashot…

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Ellen Wiesenthal
Head of Judaic Studies

There has never been a time in Ellen’s life, she claims, when she hasn’t been involved, heart and soul, in Jewish education. Thus joining VTT’s leadership team is a natural progression in her career development. A graduate of the Jewish school system in Winnipeg, Ellen brings to the team over 30 years…

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Adam Gelmon
Director of Learning & Innovation/Grade 3 Judaic Studies

Adam Gelmon rejoined VTT’s leadership in August 2017 as the Director of Learning and Innovation after a hiatus on the east coast. Adam has dedicated himself to the field of education, rooted in his belief that learning is the path to freedom, self-actualization and societal improvement.  A collaborative educational leader,…

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Shoshana “Shoshi” Burton
Director of Hebrew (Grades 5-7)

Shoshana (“Shoshi”) Burton has been teaching in Vancouver’s Jewish day school community since 1992 having instructed Hebrew and Judaic studies at VTT, RJDS and King David High School. Shoshi wears many hats, and this year is no exception. In addition to Hebrew language teaching responsibilities in Grades 6 & 7,…

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Nicki Black
Director of Development

Nicki recently joined VTT to head the development team – and she is eager and enthusiastic to contribute to the advancement of the school. Nicki spent nine years working in New York and Toronto in event planning and marketing and landed back in her hometown of Vancouver as the Director of…

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