Leadership & Faculty
Our highly qualified teachers and staff have both the education and experience necessary to provide a quality program for your child, and an engaging and meaningful experience for your family.. Their educational backgrounds include Master’s Degrees, Bachelor’s Degrees, and teaching credentials and units in early childhood development. They participate in continuing education programs as well as basic first aid and CPR training and certification.
Ronni earned her Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Massachusetts and her
Master’s Degree at the University of Michigan, both in Middle Eastern Studies. She obtained her Early Childhood Education Certification at San Francisco State University, and earned her Director’s credentials from the Florida Department of Children and Families.
She has worked in early childhood education for over 19 years as a classroom teacher; at Temple Sinai of Oakland, California as well as Zale Early Learning Center and Torah Tots here in Boca Raton.
Ronni’s belief is that when children’s emotional, social, cognitive, and physical needs are met they can learn at their own pace and develop both a positive self-image and self-confidence. Only then can they reach their full potential.
Ronni and her family have been members of Temple Beth El for many years. She is active on the Religious School Task Force and Family Promise.
Samantha Barhai holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Child Development and a Master’s Degree in Education Administration including an extensive concentration in new age curriculum specialties. She has been an early childhood educator since 2009, and has been at the Beth El Early Learning Center since 2014. In 2016, Samantha created and implemented the Mommy & Me program at the Beth El Early Learning Center as well as a Transition Program for new students. Samantha lives in Boca Raton with her husband and two young children, and her family is active in our temple community.
Lisa Stock-Assil is a certified early childhood teacher who additionally holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from the University of Arizona and is a Graduate Gemologist. After twenty years in the jewelry industry, Lisa began as an assistant teacher in 2009 at the Beth El Early Learning Center. In 2011, she became a lead teacher in the 2-year-old classroom, where she remained for 6 years. Recognizing her strengths in both education and business, Lisa was invited to join the school’s administrative team in 2017 where she plays a key role in the school’s operations and programming. Lisa lives in Lake Worth with her husband Joseph, three children, one dog and a cat.
Mimy Shegota holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and Psychology. She has been with Temple Beth El for 35 years, having started as a 2-year-old teacher when she relocated to Boca Raton from Canada. Mimy gradually moved into an administrative role starting at Temple Beth El Religious School, then joining the Beth El Early Learning Center as a key administrator when the school reopened at the Beck Family Campus in 2009. Mimy handles the entire enrollment process and assists parents with any issues that may arise. She lives in Boca Raton with her husband Michael. Her 2 children and 5 grandchildren also live in South Florida. Mimy is fluent in Spanish and French.
Rachael Fushan received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Social Science and a concentration in Early Childhood Education from SUNY University at Buffalo in 2010. She went on to receive her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from CUNY City College of New York in 2012. She spent several years working as a Property Manager for a small company in New Hyde Park, New York. Her job encompassed many administrative duties, as well as helping to oversee the properties. She decided to relocate to Florida in 2018 to be closer to her family and is enjoying her time at the Beth El Early Learning Center.
Rachael Rand earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Family, Youth and Community Sciences from the University of Florida and her Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Studies from Arizona State University. She has been working in Engagement & Programming at Temple Beth El for more than six years and enjoys helping congregants connect with each other, with our school and with our Temple family. Rachael grew up in Boca Raton as an active member of our congregation where she celebrated many meaningful Jewish experiences including her Bat Mitzvah and Confirmation. Now, Rachael and her husband Robert are happily raising their daughter as active participants in our Temple community.
Lauren Mena- Alarcon