Lea Candelaria, Teacher
I have been teaching at Lil Goldman for nine years in the Toddler class. I started as an assistant for the first two years I was here. I obtained my Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education and Elementary Education in the Philippines. Teaching is my passion in life, and I enjoy being around children. I live in Fort Worth with my husband, Jomar, and our two dogs, Sunshine and Bernie. Being with the toddler age group means teaching them that playing is learning and that learning is fun!
Esther Wolf, Director
I am so happy to be a part of the Lil Goldman Early Learning Center family.
I have worked in the field of Jewish education in the metroplex for over thirty years. I was a Hebrew Language Coordinator at Levine Academy in addition to being a preschool teacher and Jewish Studies and Enrichment Coordinator for the preschool through fourth grade. At Congregation Shearith Israel, I was the preschool director for seven years and then became the assistant, religious school director. At Congregation Beth Torah Preschool, I was also the director.
I plan to bring my vision of integrating the Hebrew language, Jewish traditions and universal values to an academically sound but developmentally appropriate curriculum at the school. I look forward to working closely with the families to provide the best possible environment for your children. During the preschool years, we will lay the foundations for future academic successes. My staff and I will prepare the students for any learning environment, public or private, that you choose for your child after graduatingfromLil Goldman School.
After growing up in Montreal, Canada, I graduated from Bar Ilan University in Ramat Gan, Israel with a Bachelors in Education and a minor in Psychology and Jewish Studies. I then moved to Texas where I received a Masters in education specializing in Early Childhood from North Texas State University (now UNT). I am married and have two grown sons and one wonderful grandson.
My door is always open; please feel free to come in and visit with me with any comments, questions or concerns.
Kayla Morris, Controller
I graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.S. degree in Accounting. I married my husband immediately upon graduation. His career took us to several states before we returned to Texas to raise our family.
I worked for a Fortune 200 company as a Financial Analyst before stepping out of the workplace to raise our three children. I was very involved with my children’s school and extracurricular activities serving as treasurer and fundraising chair of the PTO, room mom, athletic booster, and horse stall “mucker.” I also served in Community Bible Study in a leadership role fourteen years which included being Associate Teaching Director for seven years. Now that my children are grown, I’m thrilled to be working again at Lil Goldman.
Stephanie Darling, Teacher
I have been teaching at Lil Goldman since December 2016, where I was the lead for the Young Twos' class in the Spring. Prior to coming here, I taught at a private preschool in North Dallas for ten years. I have my bachelors of science degree in psychology that I received from Texas A & M University. I married my husband Jeremy in 2011, and we have two children. Brooke is four and in the Pre-K class here, and Zachary will be one in September.
Elaine Legere, Teacher
I have been teaching Pre-K at Lil Goldman for 12 years. I thoroughly enjoy our families. My
Rita Timmons, Teacher
I have been working at Lil Goldman for the last 12 years. I have worked in a Pre-school environment since 1991. Prior to working with infants, I worked with 1-2 year-olds and school-age children. I have two grown boys and three grandchildren. They are the joy of my life! My family was in the Air Force for 20 years before we retired here in Fort Worth 24 years ago.
Arlie Herreros, Teacher
I have been teaching the two-year-old class at Lil Goldman for 17 years now! I love teaching this age so much because they are like a roller coaster ride; you never know what to expect around the next turn, and they are full of endless energy and hugs. Your child starts out as a toddler, but leaves my class as a “big kid.”
I grew up in Washington State and attended both Eastern Washington State University and the University of Arizona. In addition to those, I studied at CECMAC in Morelia, Michoacan Mexico, and met my husband of 27 years there. Before teaching here, I taught at a CPS directed head start program in Spokane for years. I have a son, who is married and has a daughter who is 2, and I have a daughter who is studying her basics at TCC.
Raven Hill, Teacher
I have been working at Lil Goldman for a year now. I began as an assistant in the toddler room, and now I am the lead teacher in the Twos-1 classroom. I’ve been working with children for five years, and although I’ve enjoyed working with every age group, the twos are my absolute favorite. For them, every experience is an opportunity to learn something new!
I graduated from UT Arlington with a bachelor’s degree in English. In my spare time, I practice ballet and creative writing. I’m excited to be teaching here at Lil Goldman. I’ve found that if I keep an open mind, I can learn quite a bit from the children as well!
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