Ms. Pam Kelley
Pam Kelley is the director of The Aleph Academy. Having earned her Early Childhood Credential from Northeast Montessori Institute, and subsequently a Master of Education with Montessori Focus from the Van Loan School at Endicott College, she is well qualified to return The Academy to its Montessori roots. Pam was Head Teacher at Aleph Bet Montessori School at 44 Burrill Street during the academic year 2006-2007.
Her undergraduate work in Linguistics at the University of Washington as well as her graduate level research in primary language acquisition make Pam especially attuned to the explosive period of language development experienced by children from 18 months to age 6. Having raised three sons who began to learn English at ages 4, 6, and 8, she is sensitive to the needs of families who have more than one household language.
Pam loves the outdoors, competitive racquet sports, and cooking, with or without kids.
Ms. Chaya Baron
Chaya Baron serves as the lead Judaic educator. Chaya has a Judaics degree from Beth Chana, and a Behavioral science and Educational degree from Mercy College. Chaya is an enthusiastic learner and shares her passion for learning and Judaism with the children. Education is in her blood, as Chaya comes from a family of educators, with her mom being a preschool director. Chaya's pride in her heritage,and ability to make Jewish values and stories come to life for the children, is infused in the classroom daily.
Ms. Halie Pica
Halie Pica is the lead teacher in the toddler classroom. Halie graduated from Simmons College with a Masters in Social Work and a certificate from Hebrew College in Jewish Communal Work.
With years of working in a Jewish Preschool, she took her experience and dedicated herself to children ages 0-3 in Early Intervention. There, she discovered her love of running groups for toddlers and helping families attain resources while fostering child development.
As a mother to two young children, she decided to return to early education in a Jewish Preschool. She has had the privilege of teaching many wonderful children in this community and meeting their amazing families.
Exposing children to a love of Judaism, using a holistic approach to education and bringing joy and love is what it’s all about.
Ms. Hela Nathan
Hela Nathan is the assistant teacher in the toddler room. Hela was inspired to pursue a degree in education from her father, a Jewish day school educator himself. She received her teaching degree from University of Minnesota and has experience working with various age groups. Hela is a mom of triplet girls whom attend Aleph Academy themselves! The best part of her day: observing the ‘aha’ moments when a child learn something new about the world around them!