A warm welcome to all for the exciting new beginning of our 2017-18 school year. I am honored to be the director of the Iken STEM Science Academy here at Jericho Jewish Center.
Our school is staffed by a group of highly dedicated and creative educators who are passionate about early childhood. I am happy to welcome back Vicki Circle, Sona Bisom-Yaglom, and Marlene Cacciola, Cindy Chen, Amy Romano, Susan Frankle and Hong Jie Lin. We would like to welcome some new staff who will be joining our team this year- Billi Goldman, Dana Angel, Clara Tracy, Wei Li (Da Da), Hope Lowenthal, Christina Shriebman, and Yogesh Joshi.
Mr. Mike will continue with our music program.He has been teaching music to young children for over 15 years. He uses a multi sensory approach to keep the children engrossed during music class.
This year we are introducing a new handwriting program called Handwriting Without Tears.
Mindy and I are always here to meet your needs and answer your questions .Please do not hesitate to call us at 516-938-2540. After hours we can be reached at 516-900-IKEN.
Early childhood is the gateway to learning & here at Iken we are committed to providing our children with the foundation needed for future success.
From Miss Marlene's Monkey's, Miss Amy's Rainbow Stars, Miss Clara's Bumblebee's, Miss Vicki's Superstars, Miss Billi's Butterflies, Miss Christina's Little Explorers & Physical Education with Miss Allysa - Iken Academy Jericho has fantatstic teachers and programs for your children.
Ilene grew up in Bayside, Queens. She has a BA in Elementary Education from SUNY New Paltz and a Masters degree in Early Childhood Education from Queens College. Ilene worked as a preschool teacher at the Mid Island Y JCC for over 13 years. She was a mentor teacher, always helping to guide new teachers at her school. Ilene is an innovator in early childhood education, always researching new theories and programs to help her children get the skills necessary to succeed in todays society.
Presently, Ilene is introducing a STEM curriculum to Long Island at the Iken STEM Science Academy Preschool at Jericho Jewish Center. Ilene was President of Shaloma Hadassah where she successfully raised funds to benefit Israel.
Ilene resides in Plainview, NY with her husband and 3 wonderful children, Laura, Rebecca & Jason.
Mindy Hymowitz is our Assistant Director at the Iken STEM Science Academy. She is a fun loving, hard working individual who will always put your children first! It has been such a joy watching our school and our staff grow into the accomplished and successful preschool we are today. I feel a great sense of accomplishment and pride! Mindy loves reading, going to the beach and spending time with her husband and two sons Robert & Jack.
Amy Romano loves helping young children learn and explore the world around them. That is the reason she became a teacher.
Amy's favorite thing is to create a love of books and reading in her class. A favorite book is Vincent Van Gogh's Cat written by a second grade class in Indiana.
Miss Amy is married to her childhood sweetheart and has two grown daughters. When Amy is not teaching she pursues her passion for traveling to far off places and learning about other cultures.
My name is Clara Tracy and this is my first year at Iken STEM Center! Teaching is my passion. I graduated from Hofstra University in 2016 with a dual degree in early childhood and childhood education, as well as a degree in English American literature. I currently live in Long Beach, which is perfect because I love the beach! In my free time I like to run and play with my dog, Brodie, who is a Boston terrier. I am so excited to spend the year with my class and watch them grow and learn!
Miss Christina is so excited to be working at Iken! She has wanted to be a teacher her entire life, and has always found herself gravitating to the 4-6 year age-range. She has been working as a teacher for over 5 years, and holds a masters degree in childhood education, as well as a post graduate certificate in childhood literacy. Her favorite part of the day is dancing and singing with the kids. She also loves to read!
Marlene Cacciola is one of the Toddler teachers at Jericho JC / Iken STEM Academy where she has worked for 9 years. Marlene is the mother of 3 boys ages 22, 25 and 28, she loves being a mom. "I was the little girl that always played house and school and took care of the younger children." Marlene says that Teaching the Toddlers is her dream job, "Watching my babies grow and develop into independent, social little boys and girls is always amazing and rewarding." Marlene says that every September when's she meets her children they steal her heart and soul and she falls in love with each and every one of them.
Miss Billi is very happy to have the opportunity to teach your children at the Iken STEM Science Academy. Billi has degrees in early childhood education and many, many years’ experience teaching young children; She has loved every minute of it! Billi loves to cook with her students, as well as read them wonderful children’s literature. Billi says that she looks forward to working with you to make this an amazing year of learning!
My name is Miss Vicki. I have been a Nursery School Teacher for over 20 years. I love being a teacher; it is so rewarding to see how the children learn and blossom throughout the year; they are like little sponges. My favorite book to read at the beginning of the school year is The Kissing Hand. The children love the reassurance that mommy's hand is close to their heart.
My interests are reading, watching television and going to the movies. I love spending time with my family and doing things together. My goal for this school year is for the boys and girls to enjoy socializing with their friends, build their creativity through hands-on projects and explore new challenges.
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