Meet Our Staff

An important aspect of any school is its faculty.  Our staff consists of trained professionals concerned with the individualistic development of each child.  At Ivy League Pre-School each child has the opportunity to discover, create, and grow in a caring, warm, and academic environment.

Teachers and Assistants at Ivy League integrate many different learning styles into their daily curriculum in order to accommodate all of the children in the class.  By using visual, auditory, tactile, and kinesthetic learning styles, teachers can reach a wide range of students with different abilities and strengths.  At Ivy League we feel it is very important to have mature, experienced and nurturing teachers and assistants who love to inspire children.  Our teachers provide guidance, creativity, and encouragement to make learning fun, new, and exciting.   Each year we look forward to having the consistency of adult staff caring for your children.

At Ivy League, we encourage an open relationship between students, teachers, and parents.  We encourage regular communication and welcome parents to come observe and participate in their child’s class.  We are always available to answer any questions that you may have.  In addition, each teacher can also contact you by email if you prefer.

Rachel Elfenbein
Director
Rachel has been a part of the Ivy League family for 26 years. She has a Masters degree in Early Childhood Education and is ecstatic to be your leader for the 2019-2020 school year! Rachel completed her student teaching at Ivy League Pre-School, and has been a part of our camp program every summer. She was an instructional assistant in the Manalapan Township School District as well as a teacher at the JCC of Scotch Plains. Rachel loves to spend time with her family, fiancé, and friends!
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Claudia Beckerman
Office Manager
Claudia Beckerman is the Office Manager at Ivy League Pre-School. She has worked at Ivy League since 1999. She manages the day to day procedures of the office and some of her responsibilities include scheduling, payroll, billing, coordinating the lunch program and the after school programs. She works very closely with the Director and the staff. In her spare time Claudia loves spending time with her family, traveling, and the beach.
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Erika Mandel
Camp/School Administrator and Events
Erika Mandel has been part of the Ivy League family for 20 years. She currently spends her time taking care of her business and taking care of Ivy League Day Camp and Pre-School all year round. Erika is a graduate of Rider University with Bachelors in Elementary Education and Mathematics with minors in Early Childhood Education and Entrepreneurial Studies. Erika is also certified in Middle School Mathematics and Technology. When she is not working at Team ELM or Ivy League, she loves to cook and spend time with family and friends. Ivy League has forever been her second home, and there is nowhere else she would rather be!
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Sharon Berger
Accelerated Pre-K Teacher
Sharon Berger has a true passion for teaching. She has been a part of the Ivy League Pre-School family for over 18 years. Sharon taught Pre-K here for 5 years, and Kindergarten here for 13 years. Sharon loves children and enjoys watching the excitement on their faces when they learn to read, write, or to learn something new. Sharon is married and has two children. She enjoys going to Broadway Shows, playing the piano, and most importantly, she loves to cook!
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Cynthia Wallerstein
Pre-K Teacher
Cynthia Wallerstein has been teaching at Ivy League for 18 years. She has taught both the 3yr old and 4 yr old classes. It gives her great satisfaction to see a child’s eyes light up when they learn or try something new. When she is not teaching, she enjoy baking, running, and spending time with my family.
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Ada Weinstock
Pre-K Assistant
Ada Weinstock has been a part of the Ivy League family for over 15 years. She began her career working with the 2-year-old program but found her passion assistant teaching the Pre-K program. Her time at Ivy League began long before her career, when she enrolled both her children in the school. Ada takes pride in building a strong academic foundation with her students. It brings a feeling of fulfillment to be able to watch her students learn to read for the first time, create beautiful arts and crafts for their families, and so much more. Each year Ada has a strong desire to inspire and get the children prepared for their future years of education. She is super excited for what this new school year will bring. Ada is extremely family oriented and loves quality time with her family, being with her dogs( as she is a big animal lover), and the beach!
Tammie Schmid
3 Year Old Teacher
Tammie Schmid is a three year old teacher and has been at Ivy League Pre School for 22 years. She has taught the Mommy and Me Program, the 3 year old Class, the 4 year old Enrichment Class, and our after school Sports Program. She loves teaching and finds it very rewarding to see her students grow in knowledge, confidence and skills. She loves the playful honesty and never ending curiosity of her students. She looks forward to all of the smiles and laughter that her students exhibit on a daily basis. When she has free time, she enjoys spending time with her family. In addition, she is an avid Cross Fit member and enjoys basketball, playing with her dog, and going to the beach.
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Michelle Hornstein
3 Year Old Assistant
Michelle Hornstein is an assistant teacher working with the three year olds. This is her third year working at the pre- school and has previously worked at Ivy League Day Camp as well. There has been a Hornstein family member at the day camp or pre-school since 1998! As an assistant, Michelle loves watching the children grow and discover new things every day. Michelle enjoys helping the students with their art projects! She loves how curious and fun they are and misses the times when her own 3 children were that age! In her spare time, Michelle enjoys spending time with her family and friends, as well as her dog Cleo. She's ready and excited for this New Year ahead!
Adeline Turtz
Pre-K Teacher
Adeline Turtz has been working with the Ivy League family for the past 15 years, since 2003, teaching both the 2 year olds and the Pre-K classes. She has been teaching Pre-K for the last 11 years and absolutely loves it! What she loves most about teaching Pre-K is helping the children develop into confident, happy, independent “students”, ready for Kindergarten, and watching the joy on each child’s face as they master a challenging skill. Adeline has a natural ability to relate to children, and she provides a caring, nurturing environment in which each child can grow, learn, and develop, creating an essential foundation for each child to build upon as they mature. Adeline enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends. She is married, has 2 adult children, and has lived in Marlboro for 27 years.
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Angela Nortwich
Pre-K Assistant
Angela Nortwich has been an Assistant Teacher in our Pre-K program since 2007. She enjoys doing creative projects with the children and loves being a part of their learning experience. Angela lives in Marlboro with her husband and children. She received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management Information Systems from Pace University. In her spare time, she enjoys planning vacations, going to concerts and spending time with family.
Wendy Braverman
2 Year Old Teacher
Wendy has been a part of the Ivy League Family for over 5 years. She has worked at the camp as a Ceramic Specialist and in the school teaching both Transition and the 2’s. She loves watching the kids form friendships, learn and grow. Her nurturing ways make both the children and their parents feel instantly comfortable. When she’s not teaching she enjoys spending time with her family, baking and reading.
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Erica Birenkrant
2 Year Old Teacher
Erica Birenkrant has been with the Ivy League family for over 9 years combined with both the day camp and pre-school. She is delighted to be a part of the teaching staff having worked in the 2-year-old and 3-year-old programs. Erica’s warmth and compassion creates a special home away from home environment and eases the separation between parent and child. Her gentle approach and loving arms provides the safety and security a child needs to flourish in a school setting.
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Julia Papalcure
3 Year Old Assistant
Julia Papalcure is a relatively new addition to the Ivy League family. She has made quite an impact over the last 2 years. Her tender, loving ways provided the children with the safety and security needed to have a successful transition class. Her warmth and compassion eased the separation between parent and child. Julia also spread her love in the 2-year-old program and enjoyed her time with the toddlers. In addition, she created a warm and homely environment to the children who need to extend their day in after care. Julia is excited to expand her role and begin working with the 3-year-olds in the 2019-2020 school year. During her personal time, Julia along with her husband enjoy spending time with their children. She also enjoys traveling and spending her summers on the beach.