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Faculty & Staff

Head of School

Dr. Sharon R. Knafo is leader in education with over 20 years of administrative experience in elementary and secondary public and private schools. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Bar-Ilan in Sociology, and Master’s degree in Social Sciences from Ben-Gurion University, as well as Teaching Certification from the State of Texas, the State of Nevada, and the Israeli Ministry of Education. Dr. Knafo completed Day School Management and Leadership Studies at the JTS in New York City,  and received his Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership and Management from the University of Memphis ..Read More

Admissions Director

My name is Courtney Dalton, and I am an Administrative Assistant for Shenker Academy,  focused on curricula support, licensing requirements, and parental support. I was born and raised in Chicago, IL,  and after several years of leading 3’s and pre-kindergarten classes, I am joining the administration with much enthusiasm. I enjoy working with our students and families and looking forward to assist you during your years at Shenker Academy.

Administrative Assistant

My name is Casey Camat, and I am an Administrative Assistant here at Shenker Academy. with more than 10 years experience coordinating business HR office. It is my goal provide excellent customer service to our families and children at Shenker Academy.

Administrative Assistant

My name is Melissa Rogers

Kindergarten Lead Teacher

My name is Sheryl Davis-Haas. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and have been teaching for over twelve years. I started my journey in education as a Pre-K/Kindergarten teacher in Okinawa, Japan where I began teaching at an International Montessori based school. I have since been blessed by teaching Kindergarten at Zion Christian Academy (Okinawa, Japan), Second Grade, and First/Second Grade combination class at Tree of Life Christian School (Las Vegas, Nevada). I also held the Vice Principal position at Tree of Life for four years. Teaching has always been a passion for me. I first started teaching English in Korea, Germany, and Japan, but gradually earned my BA in Early Childhood Education. It is an honor to be teaching Kindergarten; my sixth year at Shenker Academy.

Pre-Kindergarten Lead

My name is Khris Punzalan and I am the Lead Teacher in the Little Rangers classroom. I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. I have taken my Professional Teaching Certification afterwards to be able to do what I’m passionate about, teaching! I have been in the field of education for more than ten years now and I am now working on getting my CDA to further enhance my skills of being an early childhood educator. This is my second year teaching here at Shenker Academy and I have worked for the Board of Education in Japan prior to coming to the USA. I am very excited to be growing, exploring and learning with our Little Rangers this year. 

Pre-Kindergarten Lead

My name is Lauren Alvarez,  and I am the Lead Teacher in the Pete’s Pals classroom. After moving from California to Las Vegas, I worked in the Lamb of God School for three years, and taught the 3 Year Old program, as well as the pre kindergarten class. I have joined Shenker Academy in the Summer of 2018, and I am excited to teach my Pete’s Pals during the 2018-9 school year.

Pre-Kindergarten Lead

My name is Debbie Bailey and I began my ECE interests when my children were very young and opened a family child care facility in our home. I operated this facility for eleven years filled with fun and joy. During this time, I completed my Child Development Permit in ECE and later applied for a state preschool with the school district and worked with the district for thirteen years. I worked as the as a preschool teacher in California, Colorado, and taught for 7 years here at The Shenker Academy. I have a wonderful time exploring and discovering, and learning together, and I truly enjoy working with young children. I combine methods like scope, Montessori, and Reggio Emilia,  Multiple Intelligence theory, and I look forward to working together with you and your child.

3's Lead Teacher

My name is Paola Borders. I am originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and I have been living in the US for the past 20 years.   I have been working in the field of early childhood education for fourteen years.  I am the teacher for the three year olds in the Safari Kids classroom.  I believe that teaching and mentoring this age group is not only challenging, but also very gratifying.  Our classroom is always busy.  Art materials are within children’s reach to enable them to create their masterpieces.  In addition to art, there are 11 other different areas of interest in our classroom available for all children to help enhance their learning.  I am very excited and honored to be the Safari Kids teacher for the past five years.

3's Lead Teacher

My name is Megan Ziegler, and  I am the the Lead teacher in the Whales classroom this year. This is my second year at Shenker Academy.I have taught English in a private school in Vietnam, as well as kindergarten class. I am holding a Bachelors in Liberal arts, with an Economics & Political Science major, and my teaching philosophy is rooted in elementary education. I am excited to lead the 3’s Whales, and I enjoy being part of Shenker Academy. 

 

 

3's Lead Teacher

My name is Taylor Murray, and I am the 3’s Lead teacher at Shenker Academy. I love working with the students through centers and defined structure, and the students learn writing, letters, sight words, reading comprehension, science, and mathematics from very young age. I work very closely with parents to meet individual needs, and my communication through our app and our newsletter is vital for the growth and support of my students.

 

3's Lead Teacher

My name is Eryka Slizeski, and I am a 3’s Lead teacher at Shenker Academy. I love working with the students through centers and defined structure, and the students learn writing, letters, sight words, reading comprehension, science, and mathematics from very young age. I work very closely with parents to meet individual needs, and my communication through our app and our newsletter is vital for the growth and support of my students.

 

2's Lead Teacher

Hi my name is Ms. Campbell and I started working with children as a nanny. I am proud to say however that I have been in the Early Childhood Education field for over 5 years now. I have been happily working at The Shenker Academy since 2013. After gaining experience from various positions at The Shenker Academy, I was given the opportunity to become the lead teacher in the Little Owls classroom for the 2014/2015 school year. Within that year, I completed my Child Development Associate (CDA) and am currently going to school for my Bachelors in Early Childhood.

2's Lead Teacher

Hello my name is Mina Leiva, and after working for two years at Shenker Academy, I assumed the lead position in the Two Year Old program.

2's Lead Teacher

My name is Genesis Rangel,  and I am the lead teacher for the Tadpoles Two-year old classroom for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year. I am majoring in Early Childhood Education at the University of Nevada- Las Vegas and plan to pursue a career where I can help foster the creativity and intelligence of our next generation. After being a lead teacher in the 12M program, I am excited to share my knowledge and experience with my students, team, and parents.

18 Month Lead Teacher

Hello, my name is Joselyn Prado. I was born in Los Angeles, California and have been in Las Vegas for about 10 years now. I am very family oriented and love spending time with my family and friends. I am currently attending school for my Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Development at UNLV. I am very excited to incorporate what I’ve been learning during my studies into our classroom’s daily routine. I believe in child centered learning and interactive activities for our child’s growing minds!

18 Month Lead Teacher

Hello I’m Cinthia Wilbanks. I received my degree in Early Childhood Education followed by my Bachelor’s degree in Child and Adolescent Development in 2012 in California. I have worked as a preschool teacher in California, Colorado, and Nevada. I love working with 18-month-old children because they are learning so much at this age. If I were to use just one word to describe this time in their life, I would use the word “discovery.” Everything they do is about discovery. My approach is to encircle the subject with all the different areas of learning. We touch, see, hear, smell, and sometimes taste everything about it. Above all I encourage exploration, imagination, curiosity, creativity, problem solving skills, and thinking outside the box.

12 Month Lead Teacher

My name is Kayla Garland, and I am the lead teacher in the 12M program. Working with many of my students in the Infant Room, I feel fortunate to continue and engage the young ones in education, through play, read, music, arts, and more.

Infant Room Lead Teacher

Hello! My name is Debora Estenos-Deutch and I am the Infant room lead teacher. My team and I are happy to greet each baby every day, and care for each one of our babies throughout the day. Communication with parents is a key at this age, and we are available all through the day, to report to you about the happenings at all times.

 

Spanish Teacher

Hello my name is Nick Pratt, and I am a student at the UNLV. I love teaching Spanish, and being at Shenker Academy is the best part of my week, when we get to sing, dance, and learn in Spanish!

Hebrew Teacher

My name is Hedva Bank, and I am the Hebrew instructor at Shenker Academy. I love to use colorful props, games, songs, and more when teaching the Hebrew language, word at a time, in a fun and enriching sessions.

Music Teacher

My name is Mr. Blaine Senior, and I am a musician and performer in Las Vegas. Fridays are my week anticipated music days at Shenker Academy, and I love bringing new music trends to the children through percussion instruments. 

Enrichment Teacher

My name is Megan C.

4's Assistant Teacher

My Name is Alana Weintraub

4's Assistant Teacher

My Name is Melody Rivera

3's Assistant Teacher

My Name is Mrs. Jerrie Ortiz

3's Assistant Teacher

My Name is Darielle Rios

3's Assistant Teacher

My Name is Cora Rapp

2's Assistant Teacher

My Name is Sharon Kaspi

2's Assistant Teacher

My Name is Reeza Monteguido

2's Assistant Teacher

My Name is Rachel Williams

2's Assistant Teacher

My Name is Catherine Cabanathan

2's Assistant Teacher

My Name is Reeza Monteaguido

2's Assistant Teacher

My Name is Kim Rojas

2's Assistant Teacher

My Name is Ale Gonzales

2's Assistant Teacher

My Name is Jessica Panoy

18 Month Assistant Teacher

My Name is Alli Gonzales

18 Month Assistant Teacher

My Name is Nichelle Rios

2's Assistant Teacher

My Name is Kimberly Rojas

2's Assistant Teacher

My Name is Karla Rodriguez

18 Month Assistant Teacher

My Name is Molly Lewis

18 Month Assistant Teacher

My Name is Emily Erickson

18 Month Assistant Teacher

My Name is Brooke Davis

18 Month Assistant Teacher

My Name is Mina Burton

12 Month Assistant Teacher

My Name is Lauren Louzou

12 Month Assistant Teacher

My Name is Genesis Ringel

12 Month Assistant Teacher

My Name is Caroline Cohen

12 Month Assistant Teacher

My Name is Esmeralda Cabrera

Infant R. Assistant Teacher

My Name is Claudia Hincapie

Infant R. Assistant Teacher

My Name is Anabelle Zaragoza

Infant R. Assistant Teacher

My Name is Leeor Alias

Infant R. Assistant Teacher

My Name is Kayla Garland

Breaker/Support Staff

My Name is Sarah Halipour

Breaker/Support Staff

My Name is Sarah Halipour

Breaker/Support Staff

My Name is Shoshana Kiran

Support/Assistant

Shiran Gonen

Our Faculty

Our teachers and assistants have a CDA, AA, BS, BA, or MA degrees in the Early Childhood Field or a related field. The Shenker Academy hires professional faculty members who are dedicated to the school mission and passionate about early childhood education and about their personal growth. You can read more about our teachers under “about”- “faculty”.

We are certified by the State of Nevada Preschool Licensing Department, Nevada Department of Education, SNHD, Office of State Fire Marshal, Department of Building & Safety, OSHA, and accredited by the National Association for Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

 

 

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