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Staff

  • Manager &
    Head Teacher

    • EYP (Early Years Professional)
      Sussex University, 2011
    • B.Ed (Hons)
      North London University, 2001
    • Teaching Diploma
      Beis Rivkah, New York Seminary, 1980

    Penina
    Efune

    I have been in Education for 35 years and am passionate about maintaining high standards of quality provision and excellence.

    I particularly like to focus on cultivating positive values, such as gratitude and kindness, and make a point of noticing and celebrating children’s good deeds every day.

    I also love to give children an awareness of something higher than themselves and teach the richness of Judaism through songs, music, art projects, drama and first-hand experiences.

  • Key worker

    Hilary
    Peer

    I have been looking after children for over 20 years, in many different settings. Having recently moved from Israel, I am excited to bring some Israeli life in to the nursery.

    I believe that each child should have the opportunity to develop at their own individual pace and be shown love and support. Teaching them them how to be kind and respectful is also very important as well as allowing them to learn to express themselves.

    The children at nursery make me laugh and always amaze me with the things that they say and the perseverance they show whilst doing their activities.

  • Cook

    • City & Guild’s Catering & Hotel Management
      Guilford College, 1974

    Gillian
    Stark

    I have been at Torah for 28 years and I love it! As well as developing healthy dietary options, learning about Kosher catering has been a good education and I have made lots of friends.

  • Volunteer

    Hazel
    Coppins

    I have been a volunteer working in the nursery for the past year and a half. I have made so many friends with staff, parents and children that the whole experience has been far more rewarding than I imagined.

    I love helping in the nursery, getting to know the children and interacting with each one of them. It has been an education for me to see how the children develop, mature and benefit from such a very wonderful nursery such as this, run by an excellent and caring group of teachers.

Governors

Joining Penina on the Board of Governors are:

  • Andrea
    Diskin

    I am a learning mentor in a local state primary school and have worked with children with special educational needs for 25 years.

    I have always been passionate about children of all backgrounds achieving their full potential and believe that the holistic approach of the Montessori system provides the perfect start in a child’s educational life.

    I have supported the Torah Montessori Nursery for many years because I know how nurtured and valued the children are in their care.

  • Norina
    Duke

    I was manager of Ralli Hall, a community centre, for 27 years.

    When I retired—and after a number of different invitations—I chose to be a governor at the Torah Montessori Nursery. I totally support their commitment to provide a warm Jewish environment for children in their care.

  • Raquel
    Margo

    I am a parent governor who has worked with youth, the arts, and play work. More recently I teach road safety to primary-age children in schools in Brighton and Hove.

    My son Ori attended the Torah Montessori nursery for 2½ years and just left this July to go to primary school. Ori thoroughly enjoyed his time at nursery and left very well equipped to start school.

    I highly value this nursery and want to see it thrive.

  • Janet
    Smith

    As a retired teacher of over 40 years, I feel strongly about quality education.

    My role on the board of Torah Montessori Nursery has given me the opportunity to see first-hand how amazing a caring, loving, rich environment can be, and how the children in our care really thrive.