Laurie Phillips, Director of North Brooklyn services at the Kings Bay Y. Laurie Phillips was raised in Michigan and has lived in Baltimore, Washington, D.C., California, Israel and New York (the latter two cities are her favorites).
She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in regular and special education, deaf education, curriculum and supervision from Michigan as well as College of Notre Dame. She received her rabbinic ordination in 2003 from Reform Movement's Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles. She is fluent in Hebrew and sign language.
Laurie has spent over two decades working in a variety of educational settings - formal and informal, secular and Jewish. She has spent her career dedicated to building community. . She loves chocolate, traveling and swimming.
Laurie is incredibly excited to be a part of the Kings Bay Y at North Williamsburg community and looks forward to the journey ahead. Laurie lives with her family on the Upper West Side in Manhattan.
Linda Herman, Preschool Director
Linda Herman has been an Early Childhood educator and administrator for the past 25 years at public and private schools throughout the metropolitan area, including the Brooklyn Friends School, Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture, Riverside Church Pre-School and most recently as the Director of the Christ Church Nursery School in Greenwich, CT. She has a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood from the Bank Street College of Education and a sixth-year certificate in Administration from the College of Staten Island.
She feels strongly that Kings Bay Y at North Williamsburg & Greenpoint preschool should be a loving and caring place for children and families. She wants the children to explore, take risks, create, make new friends, become independent learners and be excited to come to school every day. She wants families to know that her door is always open, your ideas are always appreciated and there is no question that is too small when it is about the child.
Gilad Kalifa, Creative Director
Gilad Kalifa is an Israeli theater director, producer and screenwriter for musical and dramatic theatre. He has written, directed, and produced several independent theatrical productions and has written the original musical scores to accompany them. As comfortable in front of the camera as he is behind it, Gilad has been an actor, singer and dancer in nearly 20 different productions. In addition to owning and operating his own recording studio in Israel, Gilad is a talented musician who plays the guitar, piano, drums (and other percussion instruments) and the harmonica. In his spare time Gilad volunteers to assist staff and students in local high school productions and teaches music pro-bono at nursing homes and schools for the disabled in Israel. Gilad directs the Kings Bay Y Jewish Sunday Program and Hebrew Camp. He is most famous with the 5 and under set (and their parents) for his fantastic music, dancing, storytelling, puppetry and cooking programs from Windsor Terrace to Park Slope and now...coming to North Brooklyn!
Elisabeth Rothauser, Preschool Teacher
Elisabeth Rothauser is the 3's teacher at the North Williamsburg & Greenpoint Y and has lived in New York for 9 years. She graduated from Hofstra University with a BA in Sociology and from Bank Street College of Education with her Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education. She pursued a special education extension at Touro College and Elisabeth is now a NYS certified teacher in early childhood general and special education.
Elisabeth has worked for the last four years at the Jewish Community Project in Tribeca. She loves working with preschool-aged children and feels strongly that children should have the opportunity to play, explore, discover, run, climb, jump and shout every day. She believes children learn through experience and encourages children to try new things. Elisabeth believes in the Bank Street approach of educating the whole child and feels strongly about each child being an individual.
In her spare time she loves exploring different neighborhoods in Brooklyn, Italian food and playing with her two dogs.
Paige Flietner, Preschool Teacher
Paige Flietner is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and holds her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies, with an emphasis on Child Development. She was born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin and is a new resident of New York City.
Paige has worked in several preschool classrooms of varying ages and finds it greatly rewarding to watch children learn and master new skills and develop their own unique interests and personalities. Education is a passion of hers and she believes that quality early childhood education is a crucial building block to children's cognitive, physical, and social-emotional development which greatly influences and aids their later interest in learning and academic success.
In her free time, Paige enjoys baking, reading, and spending time in nature.
Marina Reydler was born in Moldova and raised in Brooklyn, NY from the young age of 6. Marina is an actor, producer, pre-school teacher, theatre instructor and dreamer. After graduating from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, she was lucky enough to have worked on numerous films and theatre productions in NY, LA, Moscow and Israel.
Just over 2 years ago, Marina together with Anna Zicer founded The Lost & Found Project- a documentary style experimental theater company made up of young Russian-Jewish actors that produce original works such as "ДOROGA" and "COVERS", which have been selling out theaters both in NYC and other locations, including Russia! They continue to work on future projects and inspire audiences to look into their own history and ask questions... www.lostandfoundprod.com