Cathy Goldberg
Director of Early Childhood Education


Beth Levy
Early Childhood Education Office Manager


Michelle Berkowitz
Special Programs & Office Assistant



Bree Ceretto
Born and raised in San Diego, Bree has wanted to be an educator since childhood. Joining Beth Israel first as a summer counselor during college, Bree is now in her ninth year of teaching at the preschool. Bree has a background in elementary education and a teaching credential from The University of Arizona and loves being a teacher. Married in October 2011, Bree enjoys spending time with her husband, daughters Melia and Alana, her family and friends.

Deborah Chait
Deborah has worked at the preschool for seven years. She was born and raised in Mexico City where she worked as Montessori preschool teacher. Moving to Israel she lived in a kibbutz and then in Tel Aviv where she helped open the first Montessori preschool in Israel. She has lived in San Diego for 15 years. She lives with her husband Cyrus and her children Andres and Dario.
Alejandrina Garcia
Alejandrina (Ale) has been working with children for 8 years; 3 at Head Start and 5 in the San Diego School District. She has worked with ages 3 to 5, but enjoys working with infant and toddlers the most. She has an Associate’s Degree in Child Development and has had her teaching permit for 5 years. She has a girl who is 13 months and a boy who is 4 years old. She is looking forward to starting a new and great experience here at Beth Israel!

Julie Gardner
Julie grew up in Memphis, Tennessee, attended college at Emory University earning her degree in Psychology, and then pursued her Master’s Degree in Elementary Education at Vanderbilt. She moved to San Diego to be with her now husband, Andrew, in 2000. She taught in the Beth Israel Day School, and took time off to be with her 2 young daughters, Elizabeth and Katelyn. She is excited to be back in the ‘teaching world’ in such a warm and caring community. In her free time, Julie loves to be with her family, visit local San Diego sites, and reading…when she finds a spare moment!

Sheree Meyerowitz
Sheree was born and raised in South Africa. She graduated with her teaching degree from the Johannesburg College of Education. Sheree earned her teaching diploma in classical ballet through the London Royal Academy of Dance and runs her own Dance Academy for young children in the afternoon. In 1996 Sheree, her husband and three children immigrated to San Diego. She has taught preschool in San Diego for 18 years, and is proud to be a part of the Bill and Sid Rubin Preschool for the past 11 years. In her spare time Sheree loves spending time with her four young grandchildren- Chloe, Aaron, Aidan and Jason.


Irina Shamilova
Irina was born in Baku, Azerbaijan (USSR). There she became a nurse and physical therapist working with children. In 1992 she moved to the U.S. with her husband and daughter, Kristina and 5 years later she became an American Citizen. She studied early childhood education and she began working at Beth Israel in 2005. She enjoys photography, especially capturing the special moments throughout a child’s day. If you ask Irina why she loves her job, her answer would be quite simple, “Because I love kids.”


Jackie Snoyman
Jackie was born and raised in South Africa, earning a teaching degree from the Johannesburg College of Education and working in elementary school education for five years. She and her husband Geoff immigrated to San Diego in 1982 and have two daughters. Jackie attended Mesa College to earn a credential in Early Childhood Education and has been teaching at Beth Israel for the past 20+ years. She enjoys traveling, reading, theater, swimming, yoga and spending time with her precious grandson, Rami! Jackie loves being part of the Beth Israel community and her daughters both attended our day and religious schools.

Lynn Thedell
A life-long resident of San Diego, Lynn loves working with children. She especially enjoys the jokes and funny things they say. Lynn’s favorite thing to do with children is to read with them. Her education background includes a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a master’s degree in education. Lynn is happily married. She and Greg are enjoying their 5 year old daughter Mary, and their 3 year old daughter, Faye.


Lorna Lavine
Lorna Lavine has a love and passion for children. She began her journey as a preschool teacher 10 years ago when her daughter Marlie was born.  Lorna has taught all ages of preschool, religious school and has been a recipient of the prestigious Lawrence Family JCC Pedagogic Award for her commitment as an educator. Both of her children have attended and graduated from Jewish Preschool and she is actively involved in the Jewish community. Her daughter Marlie is 10 and her son Logan is 14. Outside of teaching preschool you will find Lorna teaching on the ice as she is a Canadian double gold medalist and former Ice Capades Skater.

Niña Caballero
Niña is a Developmental Specialist and teaches one of the toddler classrooms. Originally from New York City, she has been working with children and families for 14 years. She has a Master degree of Science in Teaching in Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education from Fordham University. She enjoys working both in the classroom and hospital setting. Through her work at Rady Children’s Hospital, she was able to continue her intention of supporting the needs of each individual child and family. Niña’s work with families has been recognized by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Additionally, Niña teaches dance. She is delighted to have been a dance teacher for the Tarbuton Israeli cultural center, sighted in the Slingshot Guide as one of the most innovative Jewish organizations nationwide. She is so happy to be learning and growing each day with the children and families here at Beth Israel. On the weekends, you can catch her hiking, at one of the awesome farmer’s markets, or driving to find an adventure!

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Bio to follow.