Preschool Faculty Bios

Cara Cashman (Infant Care) was born and raised in Dresher, Pennsylvania, She is twenty years old and a graduate of Upper Dublin High School. Cara is a student at Montgomery County Community College studying to become an occupational therapist. She has an older sister who also works there, Miss Catie.  Cara is one of five kids and the middle child. She loves her pets; six cats and two dogs and getting to know the kids and looking after babies.

CATIECatie Cashman (Lead Teacher- 3's) Hello! I live in Dresher with my parents and four younger siblings along with our adorable pets. I enjoy spending a lot of time with my family and friends, going for walks at Peace Valley Park, taking day trips to the beach, cheering on my favorite sports teams and relaxing. Since graduating from Upper Dublin High School in 2009 I have earned my Associate’s Degree in Social Science, lived in England for over a year, lived in Cardiff, Wales for about a year, traveled to various other wonderful locations and worked to fill the rest of my time. I began working with children at age thirteen at Camp Chaverim at Beth Or and have almost always been a babysitter or a nanny since. I absolutely love working with children! I am currently completing my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychological and Social Sciences with a focus on Child Psychology at Penn State Abington.

Cheryl Tepe 





Cissy Plotnick  has been a part of the Ann Newman Preschool since its inception. Cissy has been the teacher of 3 year olds as well as a lead teacher in a kindergarten enrichment program that she developed.  Cissy also served as the Director of the preschool for a period of about ten year and feels fortunate to have been able to return to doing the thing that she truly loves!





Dianne Allard 




 harrietHarriet Levine (Classroom Teacher-3s) I feel my life has been dedicated to children.  I love watching their growth and enjoy being part of their lives.  Their enthusiasm and interaction with each other and their teachers is a joy to watch.  I have two married sons.  My children are both products of Temple Sinai’s preschool and became a Bar Mitzvah at Temple Sinai.I have a CDA (Child Development Associate).I have worn many hats at the Ann Newman Preschool.  I was an assistant teacher for many years and then became a 3-year-old lead teacher.  I was camp Director for several years and in the Hebrew school at Temple Sinai teaching.I enjoy coming to work every day because we are like a family and that I provide a loving, safe and caring atmosphere for the children.

 Janice Inselberg (Classroom Teacher-PreK) has been teaching preschool for the past 23 years, of which 16 years have been at Temple Sinai.  I feel blessed to do what I love, each and every day, and to be part of this wonderful and caring community.  My passion has been traveling around the world and experiencing how other cultures live.  I also love to cook and spend quality time with family friends.  




Jenn Segal (Lead Teacher-Toddlers) and her husband Gary have lived in Bucks County, PA for more than 15 years.  They have 3 children, Ben, 16, Charlotte 14, and Eli 9.  She previously taught Mommy and Me Classes and Tot Shabbat at another local Shul.  Jenn spent the last 12 summers working as a senior counselor at Briarwood Day Camp.  The first 7 years as a Busy Bee counselor for 5 year old boys and the last 5 as the Nature Specialist.  She is looking forward to working in the toddler class this year.

Joanne Black (Lead Teacher-PreK) began her career at Temple Sinai in 1995, as a lunchtime substitute while her younger daughter was a preschool student. The following summer, she started working at Camp Maccabee and has never left! She has taught the 2’s, 3’s, and 4’s, as well as enrichment classes. Joanne holds PA certification in Elementary Education from the University of Pittsburgh, but loves teaching preschool.  Recently, Joanne extended her learning by becoming a Lasko Early Childhood Special Education Fellow.  She thrives on the energy level of the children and loves fostering the developmental strides they make during these crucial early years.  Introducing the children to the Jewish holidays, rituals, and values is also very important to her.

Jodi Fabius  –(Classroom teacher-toddlers) Jodi studied early childhood education from Southern Virginia University and has fifteen years prior experience. This experience coupled with her love of children and unending patience, has provided children with a positive educational environment. Jodi strives to encourage all students to reach their goals while instilling a love of learning. Jodi enjoys creating jewelry and loves to go to concerts & plays, and spending time with her family.



Lauren Spike (Infant Care) has two children of her own. A son who attends Indiana University and a daughter at Upper Dublin High School.  Her children actually went to preschool at Temple Sinai. She is currently receiving a Master’s degree from Chestnut Hill College and of course she loves babies!!


Laurie Matez (Lead Teacher - Infant Center) has been a teacher here at Temple Sinai for many years.  She is married to her husband, David, and they have three beautiful children:  Zachary, Marshall, and Liana.  They each attended the Ann Newman Preschool.  Laurie is excited to be teaching in the Religious school as well.  She attended Temple University and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Theatre.  In addition, Laurie has a CDA (Child Development Associates) certification.  Laurie has always loved young children and desired to work here so she could use her talents and abilities to enrich their lives.  These skills have lead to her success as the director of Camp Maccabee here at the synagogue.  Laurie hopes to remain a part of Temple Sinai for many years to come.


Lindsay Klein (Lead Teacher - 2s) in Parpareem, the 3 year olds. At 13, she began working at a preschool day camp and has been working with young children ever since. Lindsay has a Bachelor's of Science degree in Elementary Education from West Chester University and is a member of Kappa Delta Pi, an education honors society. Having grown up in a synagogue preschool, she feels right at home at Temple Sinai! She enjoys cooking, being with her family, and spending time with her friends.


Lori Saruya  (Classroom Teacher - 3s)  I live in Meadowbrook Pa. I will be celebrating 29 years of marriage to my husband Avi. I have two sons; Jason who will be entering his 2nd year of law school, and Adam who will be going into his senior year of college. I have been an assistant teacher for the past five years at Keneseth Israel’s Preschool. Last year I recently completed my CDA. I love working with children. I am looking forward to meeting new people and being part of the Temple Sinai team!


Maria Cashman is a senior Public Health student at La Salle University. She loves kids and wants to work with children when she graduates. She is the middle of two sisters, and is cousins with Miss Cara and Miss Catie!  




Meg Womer (Infant Care) is excited to be part of the Temple Sinai teaching team. She has her CDA and  has been working with children for over 6 years. Meg loves doing  karate which she has been actively involved in for 6 years.  She has her 2 degree black belt . Meg enjoys working with children because they make every moment count in life . When you’re  having a bad day they will always cheer you right up.  She is also available to babysit.




Sheila Regan 



Stayci Avery  (Infant Care)





Stacey Weiss (Classroom Teacher-2's) happily returns to the Ann Newman Preschool for her tenth year as a Classroom Teacher and is excited to be working with the twos this year.   Stacey and her family, husband David and sons Matt and Adam, are involved members of Temple Sinai.  Both boys were educated in the Preschool, Religious School, Sinai High, and Gratz’ Jewish Community High School.  



Suzanne Kronstadt 





Ellen McGrotherEllen McGrother (Accounting Office / Preschool Director Assistant) has been employed in the Accounting Office at Temple Sinai for two years.  She assisted in the main office last year and is assisting with administrative duties in the Ann Newman Preschool this year.  Ellen has been married to Charlie for 30 years and has a son, a daughter and son-in-law and a golden retriever















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