Amy Snyder, Director
I joined Temple Isaiah Preschool as the director in July, 2012. Born and raised in Bridgewater, New Jersey, I hold a B.A. in Psychology and Elementary Education from Muhlenberg College and a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education from Boston University. Since 1987, I have been actively involved in the field of Early Childhood Education. I spent 18 years teaching in a variety of preschools in Massachusettes, North Carolina, Rhode Island and Maryland. Prior to joining Temple Isaiah, I was the director of Kehilat Shalom Early Childhood Center in Gaithersburg, Maryland from 2005 - 2012.
I feel honored to have the opportunity to lead such a dedicated and nurturing teaching staff and to be a part of such a warm and welcoming community. What I enoy most is being able to escape from my office to interact directly with the children, their teachers, and their families. My husband and I live in Gaithersburg, Maryland and have a daughter in college and a son in high school.
Barbara Bernier, Assistant Director
I have been the Assistant Director at TIPS since our first class in 2004. When I first became involved with TIPS it was a lovely plot of land and I watched as it was built to the beautiful temple that it is today. We started off with one combined class of three and four-year-olds and grew to six classrooms full of two- to five-year olds.
I was born and raised in Baltimore. I have a B.A. in Early Childhood Education from American University, as well as my R.N. degree. Although I loved psychiatric nursing, my true passion is in the field of early childhood education.
My husband and I live in Pikesville and our "second home" is in Fells Point where our daughter lives.
Anna Aiello-Gupta, Floating Assistant
I joined Temple Isaiah Pre School in December 2014 and I couldn't be more thankful to have this opportunity to have had a welcoming and friendly staff to work with and to share the day with the little ones.
I have a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Hospitality Management from New Hampshire University. I am Italian and grew up in Canada. I have lived in Maryland as long as I have been married, 20 years. I am a proud mom of two boys Gianni who is 16 and Milan 11 years old. We live in the Clarksville, MD-River Hill community.
Prior to being a staff member at TIPS, I ‘ve been a full time mom, worked 15 years for our families Computer Science IT Company in the accounting department and I was a Director of Sales and Marketing for a Hilton Hotel for most of the '90's.
Last school year I assisted in Morah Ruth's four year old class. It is a joy to come into TIPS and be with your child and having the pleasure to smile and chuckle with them.
Linda Blandford, Teacher
I have a B.S. degree in Early Childhood Education and this is my 20th year of teaching. I have been teaching at TIPS for nine years.
I teach the four-year-old class. I love this age group because they are developing a greater sense of self and can be sustained for a longer period of time. They love to try new experiences and are really beginning to be able to express themselves. Four year olds also want to be more self-reliant and independant. They approach the world with much curiosity and use their imaginations to help understand it.
I have two daughters. My older daughter is a junior in college and my younger daughter is a freshman in college.
Ruth Fisher, Teacher
This is my tenth year teaching at Temple Isaiah Preschool. Currently I teach children that are four and five years old. I love working with this age group because there is so much growing that takes place during the school year! They are so excited about discovering the world around them that a teacher cannot help but get caught up in this excitement!
Prior to my career as a preschool teacher, I worked as a logistical engineer for a Navy contractor in Crystal City, Virginia. This was exciting, but not nearly as rewarding as watching children grow and learn in a preschool classroom. I started teaching kindergarten religious school at Temple Isaiah 10 years ago and was fortunate to have met Morah Renee, the founder of our preschool. She invited me to join her staff and I have been happy to be here
At home, I have two boys, Ben, a senior, and Daniel, a sophomore, both attending Atholton High School. My husband, Dave, is an airline pilot. All three of the men in my life are avid hockey fans!
Jennifer Hendrick, Teacher
I started as a preschool teacher back in 1995 and then went to the public schools to teach kindergarten. When my 4 boys were born (Devin-14 Ryan-12 Sam -10 Adam-10), I stopped working and became a private tutor. For the past 5 years I have taught preschool fitness classes through Jumpbunch and continued with the private tutoring business. This is my first year as a preschool teacher at Temple Isaiah. I am so excited to be a part of the wonderful staff and looking forward to teaching the amazing children that will be in my class.
Renee Hulem, Assistant Teacher
I started working in early childhood education when my youngest son was 3 years old. That was 25 years ago in Southern California. I started as an assistant and quickly became a 3’s teacher for ten years. Our family moved to Maryland in 2000. I taught 4’s and pre-K classes at a private preschool in the Derwood area for ten years. Then my husband had a chance to work in Australia for a year. So I took a sabbatical and we went Down Under for a year. I worked at a child care center while in Australia and exchanged our customs with the children there. Upon returning to the States I returned to the preschool and taught for another 2 years. I co-founded and helped manage an after school enrichment program and taught those classes for 18 months but wanted to return to the classroom exclusively.
When not at school, I volunteer as a puppy raiser for Hero Dogs, an organization which provides service dogs to our veterans. My husband and I like to spend some of our free time with our two sons and their wives.
Now I am at Temple Isaiah and looking forward to a great year!
Ann Pollack, Assistant Teacher
I grew up in Laurel, Maryland, and attended University of Maryland, Baltimore County, graduating with a degree in English/Psychology, and followed with an MSW from University of Mayland in Baltimore. I am married to Ken Pollack, and we have three sons: Eva, and twins Jared and Miles. We have been members of Temple Isaiah since 2009, and the boys have attended TIRS since that time.
I am a teacher's assistant with Morah Jen in the two-year old class and I am excited to be a part of the TIPS community. I love engaging with the children as they learn and have new experiences.
Susan Sandler, Assistant Teacher
I have been an assistant teacher at Temple Isaiah for seven years. I am married, and my husband Paul and I have two children, Sarah (18 years old) and Zach (11 years old). I started out as a volunteer in the classroom when my son attended the fours class. Soon, I was asked to substitiute for the teachers. I really got to know all the children in the different classes of twos, threes and fours. I have been an assistant to the teachers in the twos, threes and now the fours. It has been fun to learn and play with the children as they try and experience new things in the classroom!
Susan Soifer, Teacher
This is my eleventh year at TIPS teaching the three- year old class. I've been with the Rabbi Mark and Morah Renee Panoff Preschool since it first opened its doors in 2004! In my early career, after receiving a BFA in Film/TV from New York University, I worked as a film editor in NYC. But, when I followed my daughter into her first day of preschool at a Temple in northern NJ, I realized a new passion-- an interest and desire to learn all I could about early childhood education! My new career took off from there. Teaching at TIPS lets me combine my love for Jewish congregational and community life with my passion and joy for working, playing, learning and growing together each day with my incredible three- and four-year olds.
Stephanie Youngworth, Teacher
I was born in Washington DC, and grew up in Potomac, Maryland. After graduating from the University of Maryland with a degree in Psychology I went on to receive my MSW at the University of Maryland in Baltimore. For seven years I worked as a clinical social worker at a private school for children with behavioral and emotional challenges.
I have been married to Phillip for over 10 years and have two children, Jacob (9) and Joshua (6). Jacob and Joshua both attended Temple Isaiah Preschool, where I started subbing. I am currently the lead teacher with Morah Susie in the two year old class. I am thrilled to be working at Temple Isaiah with all of the staff and wonderful children that attend the school. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, reading and exercising.