Rebecca moved to Raleigh from New Jersey in June 2019 and assumed the role of Director at Beth Meyer Preschool in October of that year. She has a BA in History, BS in Education, and MA in Educational Technology. She has also earned her NC Childcare Administrator Level III credential. Prior to her move to Raleigh, Rebecca was the Supervisor of Instruction and Technology for a public school district in New Jersey. She is also a proud mommy to Beth Meyer Preschool alumni Alexander and current student Hailey.
Crystal was born in Raleigh, NC and has lived here her whole life. She has two wonderful children, Tyler and Lilly. Crystal has a Master’s degree in History from American Public University and her Early Child Care Credential. She has worked in preschool for 15 years. She truly enjoys working with young children.
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Gloria has been working with preschools for 10 years. She has both an Early Childhood and a Special Education Certificate. Before working at Beth Meyer Preschool, she was a nurse for many years. Gloria is a grandmother of seven!
Meet Hannah, a part time floater! She is from Western North Carolina and is currently a senior majoring in psychology at NCSU. Hannah plans on working in clinical child and adolescent psychology post graduation and has worked with all ages of kids through jobs similar to this preschool as well as summer camp and after school volunteer programs! She is so excited to be a part of our team!
Karen Daniel grew up in Nashville,TN, where she attended Akiva (a Jewish day school). She received her B.S. in business administration from the University of Tennessee and worked for many years in accounting and administration at Vanderbilt University. A singer, writer, recording artist and performer of Jewish music, she is currently music specialist at Beth Meyer Preschool and also teaches in the Beth Meyer Religious School. Karen and her husband Hugh enjoy their new home in Raleigh, and love being close to their granddaughters!
Morah Kimberly Wicksel was born in NY and moved to Raleigh in 2004. Along with working at the Preschool in the Peelim class, she teaches in the religious school and works for USCJ as an Engagement Associate for teens from NC-PA. Morah Kim has taught at BMPS since 2015 and finished her Early Childhood Lead Teacher Certification in 2021. She has a puppy at home named Bean and loves getting to be home with her when she can!
Morah Shannon has lived in NC since 2010 and is originally from CT. She has two daughters, Emory and Everly, and a stepson, Aiden. Morah Shannon has been working in education for 20 years, doing after school programs, summer camps and preschool.
In the classroom, Morah Shannon enjoys doing art, fun books, puzzles and singing. She loves road trips to small towns, the snow, the beach and 4th of July. And she loves a good brunch or backyard cookout!
“As a dual citizen of Israel and the United States, I love Israel, our culture, and the Hebrew language, and am passionate about making these come alive for future generations.”
Julie “Shoshi” Braman moved to Raleigh, North Carolina in 2018. She is in her fourth year at Beth Meyer Synagogue teaching in the preschool as well as 4th through 7th grades as well as high school in the religious school on some Shabbatot. She comes to the position with more than 30 years of experience in Jewish education, formal and informal, ranging from preschool to high school and has taught in Reform, Conservative, Reconstructionist and Orthodox institutions.
Growing up in the Philadelphia suburbs, Shoshi was educated in Jewish day schools through ninth grade. She has a degree in education with certification in art and additional coursework in elementary and special needs education and graphic/web design.
In 2005, Shoshi attended a Partnership 2000 teacher-training program in Israel and fell in love with the country. She lived in Israel for a time but returned to the States to be with family.
Shoshi has run her own catering business and brings her love of cooking and baking to the classroom where she enjoys teaching [Jewish] cooking to her students, young and older. For one of her favorite classes, she had students bring in family holiday recipes, cook and taste them as they discussed the meaning of the holidays. Shoshi has also used her culinary skills with her students in a volunteer capacity, making home-cooked meals for Aid for Friends in Northeast Philadelphia, an organization providing meals for those in need who are homebound. With the younger children, Shoshi loves to explore and investigate different foods, observing with our various senses.
In her spare time, Shoshi likes to read, go to the movies and theatre, listen to music-especially Israeli– improve her fluency in Hebrew, socialize with friends, cook, relax with her cats, travel, plan and manage events, and continuously improve/learn computer and desktop publishing skills and educational skills.
Yvonne is the mother of three grown children and grandmother to two fabulous grandsons. She received her Early Childhood Credentials in 2004 and has worked with all age groups from six weeks to five years old. In addition, she spent many days volunteering in her children’s classrooms in elementary school.
Zachary Farber is currently a senior at Leesville Road High School. He was born in New York and moved to Raleigh when he was 6 months old. Zachary started his Beth Meyer career at age 2 when he joined Beth Meyer Preschool. He continued through religious school, then became a volunteer at the preschool and is now a teachers assistant. When he isn’t at Beth Meyer, he’s either spending time with friends and family, playing with his cat, gardening, or 3d printing.