Lyora Nifco - Vancouver Talmud Torah

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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 with other members of the academic leadership team to ensure that health, safety and operations procedures are tailored for the specific needs of VTT’s youngest learners. She also works with parents to create and implement individual development plans.

Coming to Talmud Torah was like coming home for Lyora Nifco. As a Jewish day school graduate (P3 to Grade 12) from Mexico City, Lyora speaks Spanish (her native tongue), Hebrew and Yiddish. Lyora is a licensed Montessori educator and spent three years teaching at a Jewish Montessori School.

In 1991, Lyora immigrated to Canada to start a life with her husband. Though extremely challenging and uncertain at the time, today Lyora has no regrets about their decision to start a new life in Canada to give their Canadian-born children a better quality of life.

Since their arrival in Canada, Lyora has worked as a Montessori teacher, language tutor, school aide, business developer and, since 2009, a play-based preschool educator at VTT, a job she loves and one to which she owes much gratitude to Loris Cohen, a 35+ year preschool veteran who mentored her.