Mrs. Randi Beil has been working at the Yeshiva of Elizabeth for close to 25 years. Her love and passion for educating children is reflected in the huge smile on her face daily. As First Grade is an integral year in the academic growth and learning process of most children, Mrs. Beil feels privileged to be a part of this process, never taking it for granted. She is married to Michael, and her two children, Joshua and Esther, are proud alumni of JEC.
Mrs. Lisa Ben-Haim joined the Yeshiva of Elizabeth in 2010, where she teaches Grade Five Boys General Studies. “Mrs. B.,” as she is affectionately known to both students and parents, has taught in yeshiva settings for close to a decade. Her teaching experience is complemented by a dual career in public relations, publishing and freelance writing. Mrs. B.’s classroom reflects her philosophy that every child can learn and that learning should be fun. Mrs. Ben-Haim graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.A. in Journalism and a minor in Secondary Education. She has continued her education with various professional development workshops such as Dr. Mel Levine’s All Kinds of Minds, and recently completed YU’s Azrieli Graduate School’s Differentiated Instruction Certificate Program. Mrs. B. is married to Michael, and they have four children; their two youngest are current RTMA and Bruriah students. Other than teaching, she enjoys baking, playing games, watching the Green Bay Packers (sometime much to her students’ dismay!), and is an avid photographer.
Mrs. Esti Cantor is an assistant teacher for Second Grade General Studies. Previously, she taught at the early childhood level at the YM-YWHA of Union County. Mrs. Cantor holds a B.A. in urban studies from Queens College. Her teaching philosophy is that every child can learn, and it is our job to teach them. Mrs. Cantor effectuates learning in part by using her natural artistic and organizational talents to create a bright and stimulating classroom environment. She lives in Hillside, NJ, with her husband and 4 children.
Mrs. Shulamith Glazer has been teaching at the Yeshiva of Elizabeth since September 1983. She has taught General Studies to Sixth Grade Girls, Fifth Grade Boys, and currently to Fourth Grade Girls. Before coming to the Yeshiva of Elizabeth, Mrs. Glazer taught in the New York City public schools and in the Yeshivah of Flatbush. Fostering independent working skills is a cornerstone of Mrs. Glazer’s educational philosophy. All writing assignments (e.g., book reports, compositions, etc.) are done in class, and homework is kept to a minimum. Additionally, she tries to provide the students with “study time” in class before tests. Mrs. Glazer attended Brooklyn College, where she majored in elementary education. During the summer, she works as the director of Kindercamp at the YM-YWHA of Union County. Mrs. Glazer and her husband, Joel (a Bruriah High School teacher), live in Elizabeth, New Jersey. They have eight children and many grandchildren.
Mrs. Zeldie Henner has been a Third Grade General Studies teacher at the Yeshiva of Elizabeth since 2007. A graduate of Yeshiva University, Mrs. Henner previously taught at Manhattan Day School, the Moriah School and Adath Israel (Merion Station, PA). As a proud alumna of JEC, she is excited to be involved in educating and inspiring the students of her alma mater. She fosters an enthusiastic learning environment focused on instilling self-confidence within each child. In addition to her role as a JEC faculty member, Mrs. Henner is also the parent of three children in the Yeshiva of Elizabeth.
Mrs. Rose Kandl, director of the Arrowsmith program, has been a JEC faculty member since 2001. Mrs. Kandl received her teacher certification and training at the Arrowsmith School in Toronto, Canada. Prior to spearheading Arrowsmith, she was a General Studies teacher in our First and Second Grades. Mrs. Kandl has also taught for many years as a Talmud Torah teacher in Millburn and Westfield. Mrs. Kandl believes that a differentiated approach to teaching affords all students the opportunity to reach their personal bests and expand their horizons.
Mrs. Susan Kaplan presently teaches Third Grade in the morning and Fifth Grade Girls in the afternoon. Working with children is a true joy for her, and she provides a warm and safe environment in which each of her students can learn. Mrs. Kaplan graduated Brandeis University in with a B.A. and certification to teach Elementary School. She is certified to teach in both Massachusetts and New Jersey. Mrs. Kaplan previously taught Second, Third, and Fourth Grades in the Yeshiva of Elizabeth. In addition to working in elementary education, she also spent five years teaching preschool in her local community of West Orange.
Prior to her arrival at the Yeshiva of Elizabeth, Mrs. Faigy Leiter taught Fifth Grade for 11 years in Yeshivat Noam and YBH-Hillel. She has been involved in examining grade level curriculum and determining its appropriateness and effectiveness, and enjoys organizing and implementing programs that help enhance the curriculum. Mrs. Leiter believes that every child has the ability to learn and is determined to find the best method to help each of her students succeed. She has a B.A. in Speech Language Pathology from Brooklyn College, a New Jersey teaching certificate, and recently earned a Masters degree in Educational Leadership from New Jersey City University. During her free time, Mrs. Leiter enjoys cooking, baking, relaxing and spending time with her family.