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Here are your teachers for 2012-2013

Leah Breslow (Hebrew)

Raised in Toronto, Leah is a fluent Hebrew speaker who has lived and worked in Israel for several years. She earned a Bachelor’s of Humanities from York University, in partnership with Midreshet Lindenbaum and Bar Ilan University in Israel.

During her year of National Service at the Temple Institute of Jerusalem, Leah led Hebrew and English tours for children and adults at the institute’s museum. She also planned and facilitated workshops and theatre performances in Hebrew for primary schools across Israel.

While living in Israel, Leah worked as an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher for adults. Through this teaching position, Leah became experienced in immersion education and was successful communicating with students who did not speak even one word of English. She believes that immersion is the most effective way to learn a new language.

Leah has worked with children in many different settings and for a wide range of ages. This has included being lead teacher for a kindergarten, camp counselor, and a teaching assistant for children with special needs. She also served as the Rosh Madricha (Head Counselor) of Bnei Akiva youth group at two synagogues and ran weekly Shabbat programs at a third.

Sharing her love and talent of music with people is a particular passion of Leah’s. While she has played piano for many years and taught herself guitar, her true joy is singing. Most recently, Leah served the community as the manager of Israel’s Judaica Centre. In that capacity, she became knowledgeable about the most current Hebrew language materials, music, and other learning media.

It is with much enthusiasm that Leah joins our program as the Hebrew immersion teacher. She is looking forward to being a part of this innovative program and to sharing her love of the Hebrew language with our children.

Michal Hass (Jewish Learning & Hebrew)

Michal Hass is a native Israeli recently relocated from Tel-Aviv to Toronto. She has university degrees in Music from Berklee College of Music, Boston, and in Psychology from Tel-Aviv University. Michal is a highly skilled educator, author and editor with more than 10 years of experience working in colleges and schools. She established and taught school and college level courses in Hebrew as a foreign language, music, math and computers, including preparation of all study materials.

In addition to teaching Modern Hebrew at the University of Toronto, she is a Modern Hebrew teacher at the MNjcc Hebrew Institute, and a Hebrew and music teacher at Kachol-Lavan, the Israeli School in Toronto. Michal has also translated dozens of professional and scholarly articles in the fields of music and the sciences between English and Hebrew for various universities and private organizations. She is an editor and engraver of music compositions, and her family (husband and children) are all musicians. Michal is fluent in Hebrew, English, and German.

Hartley Wynberg (Special Occasion Music/Substitute)

Hartley is a music teacher with the Toronto District School Board, and a member of the Toronto Community Orchestra as violinist and conductor.

He is trained in Kodály, an early childhood music education philosophy, at New York University. Hartley is a founding member of the Klezmer/Funk band, Matzo Ball Gumbo and an avid fan of folk music from around the world. KlezKanada, KlezKamp, and Ashkenaz are regular events in his calendar year. He likes dancing the hora more than watching Dora!

Hartley joined playschool as a special occasion/ substitute teacher in our launch year and we are delighted he will be joining us for 2012-13 in a similar capacity.

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