Members of our staff are CPR and First Aid certified.
Silverman Preschool Directorpreschool@tiferethisrael.com
Amy Stanley is our Silverman Preschool Director. Amy took on the role of Director in 2014, but joined the teaching staff here at Silverman in 2010. Amy received her Bachelor’s in Theatre Arts from Towson University in Baltimore, and earned her Early Childhood certification through Grossmont College and Cerro Coso College. Amy was born in San Diego, and moved to the East Coast as a child in 1989. She returned to San Diego in 2006 with her husband, and they welcomed their twins in 2009. Amy is thrilled to lead a team of such talented and nurturing teachers, and enjoys getting to know all of the children and their families as well!
Amanda Shelton joined the Silverman staff in January 2016. She had been a Preschool parent for a few years before she took on the role of Preschool Secretary, volunteering for a variety of different events and activities. Amanda attended the University of Washington where she met her husband, Geoff. They moved to San Diego in 2002 , where Geoff grew up, and together they have a son and a daughter. In her free time she enjoys travelling and spending time exploring San Diego. Amanda is a tremendous asset to our staff and we are so grateful for all that she does!
Laurel Bessler is one of our amazingly dedicated and delightful Preschool Secretaries. Laurel joined our staff in January 2015, but she spent quite a few years being a part of Silverman Preschool as a parent. Laurel has a B.A in Human development, and has a ton of experience in Human Resources and administration. Laurel is married to her wonderful husband, Rob, and they have two girls: one in first grade and the other in second grade. Laurel is a member of the Tifereth Israel Synagogue congregation, and she volunteers regularly to bake challah. Laurel is a treasure, and we are so happy to have her on our team!
Polina Polyakov is our beloved and enthusiastic Pre-K teacher. Polina was born in the Ukraine, and moved to the United States in 1992. While in Russia, she earned her Master’s in early Education from The University of Kiev, and since living in San Diego, she has completed a great number of courses at Grossmont College. Polina started working at Silverman in 1993, and has spent all of those years teaching the Pre-K class; she loves this age because of their curiosity, and eagerness to learn. She and her husband Michael have two daughters, as well as 2 grandchildren that both attend Silverman. Polina has a passion for teaching, and she motivates the children and parents with her vitality and excitement!
Ana Arellano joined our staff in 2015 as one of our Pre-K teachers. She has been working with children through the foster system for over five years at the Polinsky Childrens Center, and she has a number of years of experience in early childhood as well . She has also been a coach with soccer shots, and spent many evenings babysitting for friends and family. She took her classes through San Diego Community College, and is on the verge of earning her Master Teacher Permit. She is fluent in Spanish and enjoys bringing it into the classroom whenever possible. She has two wonderful children, and a “fur child” named Mia. When she is not teaching, she enjoys soccer with her son, walks with her daughter, and spending time with her sisters. We adore Ana and we are so grateful to have her as a part of our staff!
Pre-K class assistant teacher
Darren York joined the Silverman staff in 2015 as an Aide in the 2 year old and toddler classes. He has almost completed all of the courses towards becoming a certified Preschool teacher, and we are so proud of his hard work. Darren originally studied engineering at Grossmont College and San Diego State University, before following his heart into the world of early childhood. Darren enjoys comics and photography, and spends a lot of his free time with his wife and 3 year old daughter at Disneyland. Darren brings a lot of great energy to the classroom, and he is a huge asset to our team.
Preschool Assistant Director/ 3 year old Teacher
Michelle Barbour is our Preschool Assistant Director as well as our imaginative and stimulating 3-year old teacher. Michelle was born and raised in San Diego, and is married with an energetic eight year old daughter. Michelle has been a part of the Silverman teaching staff since 2008, and has also served as the Kindergarten Torah School teacher for the past four years. She earned her Master’s in Education from National University, with a specialization in early childhood. She went on to study Art and Special Education at Grossmont College, and has spent 11 years working with children ages birth-5th grade. Michelle brings a new and creative energy to everything she does, and she inspires children with a love of learning!
3 year old class Teacher
Elisia Scott joined our staff in the summer of 2017 as one of our Preschool teachers, and she currently works with our 3 year old class. She has lived in San Diego since 2005 and considers it her home. She is married and loves to enjoy all of the diversity that San Diego has to offer. Elisia discovered her passion for early childhood when taking a child support course in school. She decided to persue her degree in Early Childhood education in 2015 and is currently working on obtaining her master teacher permit. In her free time she enjoys spending time with friends, visiting comic conventions, and playing games. Elisia is very good with our Preschoolers and we are so happy to have her on our staff.
Young 3 year old Teacher
Claudia Naranjo joined our staff in the winter of 2017 as a floater, and quickly moved into a permanent spot in our infant class. In the summer of 2017 she moved into the 3 year old class with the Preschoolers, and she currently teaches our young 3 year old class. Ever since she can remember she has had a passion for working with children. She is the youngest of four siblings and loves being an aunt to 8 neices and nephews. She attended San Diego City College where she completed her child development courses. Claudia has a lot of experience with early childhood as well as special education and inclusion. She loves the outdoors and she enjoys photography and art. She is fluent in spanish and she completed an american sign language course as well, which comes in handy when working with children of all ages. Claudia has a very friendly and warm disposition and we are so grateful to have her as a part of our teaching staff.
Young 3 year old aide
Liat Canes joined our staff in 2018 as an aide in the Gesher (young 3 year olds) class. She is a recent graduate from San Diego State University with a degree in Psychology. She attended a Jewish day school from Transitional Kindergarten all of the way through twelfth grade, and developed a passion for Jewish education. Liat has been working in different Jewish schools over the past 6 years and aspires to one day become an educational psychologist. Liat enjoys early education because she loves to watch the growth and changes that occur during these years. She has a lovely energy and we are so happy that she is a part of the team.
2 year old Teacher
Larisa Borukhov is our dynamic and loving 2-year old teacher. Larisa was born in Uzbekistan, and moved to San Diego in 1991, with her husband and two daughters. Larisa studied in Russia, earning a degree from the School of Arts and Music, as well as her degree in Early Childhood from the Pedagogical Institute. Larisa studied singing and music as her specialty while living in Russia, and spent 10 years teaching music to preschool age children. Larisa has been at Silverman since 1993, and she has brought all of her musical expertise with her. Larisa incorporates music and singing into her classroom every day, and she has left an imprint on every child she has taught. Larisa is about to welcome her first grandchild, and we are all so excited for her!
2 year old Teacher
Larisa Shafran is our devoted and caring 2-year old Teacher. Larisa was born in the Ukraine, moved to Moldova, and later, ended up in Beer Sheva, Israel. Larisa earned her Associates of Art in early Childhood Education from Calarasi Pedagogical College in Moldova, as well as a degree in Child Development in Israel. Larisa moved to San Diego in 2006, with her husband and her son. She went on to take additional Early Childhood classes at Grossmont College, and is still continuing her education through online courses. Larisa has been a part of the teaching staff at Silverman since 2006, and she offers a tremendous amount of artistic expertise, gentleness, and kind-hearted commitment to all of the children!
2 year old Teacher
Ali Smith joined our staff in the summer of 2017 as one of our 3-4 year old teachers, and as of this fall she works with the 2 year old class. She has over 17 years of experience working with children between the ages of 0 – 12 years old, and she studied child development at Palomar and Miramar colleges. Ali was born and raised in San Diego, and she is married with 2 boys of her own. During her free time she enjoys the outdoors; traveling, camping, and spending time with her family. We are so happy that Ali is a part of our staff.
2 year old class teacher
Hayley Drummond joined our staff in the Fall of 2016 as one of our 3 year old teachers. Hayley has a B.A. in Psychology from San Diego State University, and she recently obtained a masters degree in School Psychology at National University. Hayley says that she is inspired by the creative spirits of children, and she loves working in early childhood because “there is never a dull moment”. In her spare time, Hayley enjoys travelling, soccer, going to the beach, and spending time with friends and family. We adore having Hayley with us whenever she is available, and value her as a member of our staff!
2 year old aide
Savannah Drover joined our Preschool in January of 2018 as an aide in the 2 year old classroom. She was born in San Diego, California, graduated from Steele Canyon High School in 2016, and currently attends Grossmont college where she is majoring in Child Development. She has always had a passion for young children and she hopes to one day be a child behavioral specialist. She adores the children in her classroom and she loves to be apart of their early learning. Savannah is very sweet and enthusiastic and we are so pleased to have her at Silverman.
Molly Wakefield joined our school in the Spring of 2015 as a floater, and has now taken on a position as one of our toddler teachers. Molly is the second youngest of six children, and she grew up at Tifereth Israel Synagogue. Molly gained her early experience babysitting and working as a camp counselor, and she started interning in preschools when she started her College Education at SDSU. Molly has a B.S. in Child Development, and earned her credential in Early Childhood Social Emotional Behavioral Regulation and Intervention Services. Molly has travelled to 14 countries, and is eager to see more. Molly will be starting a Master’s program in 2017, with a focus in Special education. We love the energy and excitement she brings to our school, and we are so grateful to have her on our staff!
Sydney Diaz joined our staff in 2016 as one of our toddler teachers. She was born and raised in San Diego and got her degree at Cal State Northridge in recreation, tourism management and hospitality, with a minor in Child development. She has many years of experience working as a nanny and also at different preschools, and she gained a lot of experience volunteering with children with disabilities. In her free time, Sydney enjoys reading, picnics, hikes and gardening. Sydney is very good with our toddlers and we love having her on our staff!
Amethyst Tagle-York Joined our school in 2014 as one of our 3 year old teachers. She has her Masters in Education with a specialization in Teaching in a Global Context, as well as a graduate certificate in Early Childhood Education. Amethyst is currently attending Grossmont College and taking classes toward her Site Supervisor permit. When she is not in school, she enjoys hanging out with her husband and their 2 children, going to Disneyland, reading books, playing the trumpet, and travelling. Amethyst has visited many exotic places including Shanghai, China, and San Jose, Costa Rica. She speaks Spanish, and hopes to learn a third language someday soon! We are so glad to have Amethyst as a part of our team!
Kim Sinn joins the Silverman staff as one of our amazing infant teachers. She has been in the Early Childhood Education field for six years, and is very close to obtaining her Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education and a Master Teacher Permit in Child Development from Cuyamaca College. Kim graduated from National University in 2008 with a Bachelor degree in Business Administration with a Marketing emphasis. She is also a Volunteer Coordinator for the San Diego Association for the Education of Young Children (SDAEYC) , and she will be putting together the Week of the Young Child this April. Kim is currently taking American Sign Language for Infants/Toddlers at Cuyamaca College, and boasts that the infants are her favorite age group to work with. Kim is proud mother to a 16 year old daughter who is a junior in high school. Kim joined the staff at Silverman Preschool in February of 2015, and we are so thrilled to have her here!
Kelsi Couch was born in Fullerton Ca and moved to San Diego in 2000 when her family was relocated to the area. She graduated from El Capitan high school and attended Grossmont College after graduation. Kelsi is the mother of 2 boys, ages 3 and 1 and has a passion for working with children. Aside from working at the Preschool, she has a photography business and spends much of her free time booking photo shoots. Kelsi is absolutely wonderful with our infants and we are so grateful to have her on our staff.
Maley Kun joined our staff in the spring of 2017 as one of our infant teachers. She graduated from Herbert Hoover High School and went on to San Diego City College to study early childhood education. She has many years of experience working with children of all ages, and even spent some time doing an internship at Rosa Parks elementary working with children with dissabilities. The past 6 years has been spent working with infants, and she simply adores the babies. She is the youngest of 8 children and is a proud auntie to 14 nephews and nieces. Her hobbies are reading, hiking, cooking and exploring the outdoors. Maley is just wonderful with our youngest preschoolers and we are so lucky to have her on our staff.
Candyce Sorenson joined our staff in June of 2017 as one of our infant aides. She was born and raised in San Diego and she enjoys all that our city has to offer. She is a proud Mommy to 2 daughters; the oldest is 4 years old and the other is 9 months. She started working as a nanny after High school and fell in love with children. She will be taking some child development courses starting in the Fall of 2017 and she is excited about earning her Early childhood certification. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, and her newest hobby is kickboxing. Candyce is very sweet with our infants and parents, and we are so grateful that she is a part of our school.
Lauren Brown joined our staff in 2017 as one of our infant aides, and she soon became an aide in both the infant and toddler classrooms. Lauren is the youngest of 5 children and she has 5 nieces and nephews that she adores. She attended San Diego city college, and she is also a certified cosmetologist. She found that her true passion was working with young children, and surrounding herself with their energy brings great joy to her life. She will be continuing her education by taking child development classes in the winter of 2018. Lauren is extremely happy to be a part of our staff and we are extremely happy to have her here.
Taylor Tini joined our staff in 2017 as our floater/breaker. She graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in May of 2016 with a degree in English: literary, textual, and cultural studies. Shortly after, she started working as a Pre-K teacher at a local pennsylvania Preschool, and found it to be a true passion. She gained a great deal of experience and knowledge during her time there, and she is thrilled to bring that to our school. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her puppy Vader, along with reading, writing, playing/watching sports, and enjoying time with friends and family. taylor is so excited to be a part of our staff, and we are so happy to have her with us.
Bryanna “Bry” Brown joined the Silverman staff in 2015 as one of our toddler teachers. Bry has been in the childcare field for 5 years, and enjoys the “unexpected” that comes with caring for little ones. Bry recently earned her associates degree in Social work, general education, and behavioral sciences at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges. This year, she plans to transfer to a University to obtain her bachelors degree, and eventually her masters in Social work. She aspires to be a social worker specializing in Child welfare services. Bry is amazing with the toddlers, and we love having her on our staff at Silverman.