Mensch Lab & Beit Noar Staff
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Bruce Sham is the co-founder of the Amanda Sham Resource Center for Children with Special Needs. Bruce has taught in the Resource Center for 33 years helping students with different learning styles enjoy their religious school experience.
I am currently the pre-K teacher in Beth Am’s School of Early Learning and the Kindergarten teacher in the Mensch Lab. I have been teaching for twenty years now, ever since I graduated from the University of Delaware with my bachelor’s degree in education. I first came to Temple Beth Torah as a teaching assistant with the four-year-old class, and the very next year I began teaching pre-K/K in my own classroom. I absolutely love teaching, because the children can always put a great big smile on my face. On a personal note, I am lucky enough to be the mommy to a fabulous twelve-year-old who just started seventh grade and a nin-year-old who just started fourth grade in the Upper Moreland School District.
Hi, my name is Michelle Cheifetz, and I’m going to be the first grade teacher for the Mensch Lab this year! I am also part of the SOEL community, so I spend plenty of time at Beth Am! I graduated from Goucher College in 2020 with a BA in psychology, and I am currently pursuing my master’s in Social Work at UPenn, where I’m planning to work with children in a therapeutic sense. Outside of Beth Am, I love gardening and spending time with my cat, Hugo.
I really enjoy being a part of the Jewish community that raised me and love being able to be on the other side of things, helping foster children’s growth and imagination. I hope to make every day count and can’t wait for a great year!
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This is my fifteenth year working for the Mensch Lab at Temple Beth Am. I started out as a volunteer. I especially enjoy working with the third-grade students. When I’m not at Mensch Lab, I love playing the guitar and spending time with my family. I love dogs and going to Vermont every year.
Hello! My name is Alison Walters and I teach fourth grade here at the Mensch Lab. I have been so lucky to be a part of this amazing faculty since 2007. I hold a degree in Elementary Education from Temple University, as well as certificates in Reading and Special Education. In my secular life, I serve as the Literacy Coach for an amazing school in the Feltonville neighborhood of Philadelphia. I am excited to share my love of Judaism and Hebrew with our students this year!
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My bio is coming soon
This is my 22nd year teaching at Old York Road Temple-Beth Am. I have taught numerous different grades over the past years, and this year I will be teaching seventh grade. I am very excited to work again with the students that I had in fifth grade—this time in person!
Not only do I teach here, but I am also a Certified Elementary Education teacher and Certified Reading Specialist. I also I have my own tutoring business that supports student reading. My family and I are members at Beth Am and have been for a while. My husband and I were married here, our son became a Bar Mitzvah and Confirmand as well. Beth Am is our second home.
Some things I enjoy doing are going to concerts and the beach, reading, and being with my family and friends.
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Shalom! I am Cheryl Berson, and I am happy to be working as a Hebrew tutor at the Mensch Lab for my second year. I also teach grades K and 6 at JQuest, and I do some B. Mitzvah tutoring at Temple Judea. For many years, I taught several subjects and all ages at Adath Jeshurun’s religious school. By day, I am a preschool teacher at Holy Redeemer Child Care Center, and before that, I worked at AJ Preschool. I have a B.A. in English from Temple, an M.Ed. from Beaver (Arcadia), and I have completed the Early Childhood Administration program at Northampton Community College. I am on the board, a lay service leader, and in the choir of Or Hadash: A Reconstructionist Congregation. I am so excited to work with your students and to help them to love and understand Jewish subjects. I strive to respect and guide each student as an individual, working with their priorities and learning styles. I am also proud to be kooky at times, dressing in my dreidl costume whenever possible.