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, 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 Grades

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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Rabbi Marc Kasten
School Rabbi/Director of Jewish Life and Learning

Rabbi Marc F. Kasten joined the VTT family in 2016. He was ordained from Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati. Rabbi Kasten previously earned an M.Ed. in Educational Administration from Xavier University and a B.S. in Mathematics Education from North Carolina State University. He started his educational career…

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Lyora Nifco
Preschool 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
Director of Judaic Curriculum & Programming

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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