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Mrs. Elise Vitow

Elise Vitow

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  • Phone: 201-833-4307 ext. 200
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  • Mrs. Elise Vitow is the Director of Ma'ayanot's Learning Center, teaches Biology and Real-World Finance, and serves as a 9th grade mehanekhet. Prior to joining the Ma’ayanot faculty, Mrs. Vitow served on the faculties of both HAFTR and HALB, where she taught various science and math courses for thirteen years. At HAFTR, she also served as the Chairperson of the Science Department of the Middle School, as well as a learning specialist, staff mentor, and in-service instructor of new faculty. Before returning to teaching full time, Mrs. Vitow was the Educational Administrator of the Stanley H. Kaplan Educational Center in Staten Island for eight years. Mrs. Vitow received both her B.A. in Languages and Literature and her M.S. in Special Education from CUNY, and she completed sixty credits towards an R.N. degree. She is a member of the team of founding educators of the National Association of Yeshiva Day Schools Serving Exceptional Children (NADSEC), as well as a member of the N.J. Association of Jewish Day Schools.

Mrs. Adele Katzenstein

Adele Katzenstein

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  • Mrs. Adele Katzenstein works as a Learning Specialist in Ma'ayanot's Learning Center and teaches Algebra, Biology lab, English, and Jewish Philosophy. In addition to working at Ma'ayanot, Mrs. Katzenstein maintains a private tutorial practice and is a Parent Trainer for EPIC (Every Parent Influences Children) in Rockland, NY. Mrs. Katzenstein also has extensive experience in special education, having served as a Special Education Teacher for PTACH, Yeshiva Bais Mikroh Boys School, and Kadima Learning Center, and as a Comprehension Skills Instructor at Bais Malka Girls School. Mrs. Katzenstein earned a B.A. in Education from Baruch College and a Master's in Education from Walden University.