Meet our educators

Brocha Baum Margolese

Head of School
Brocha began using the Montessori approach in 2003 at Yeshiva Shaarei Simcha in Clifton, NJ, where she designed the primary division’s integrated curriculum.

After, she started a Montessori program in Lakewood, NJ, Talmudical Academy in Baltimore, MD, and in 2009, founded Darchei Noam Montessori.

In addition to running Darchei Noam Montessori, Brocha consults with Montessori schools in the US and Canada and with teachers in Beijing, Switzerland, and France to improve their schools’ curriculum and performance.

Brocha has a Montessori Certificate from MACTE, Bachelors in Business from Bellevue University of Nebraska, Masters in Educational Leadership from Bellevue University of Nebraska, and is currently pursuing her PhD at Capella University.

Mr. Rob Keys

Curriculum Coordinator

Rob Keys has been involved in Montessori education for over 30 years as a teacher, administrator, consultant, teacher-educator, and presenter.

He has presented at AMS national and regional conferences, written for Montessori Life, and has served on MACTE and AISNE evaluation teams. Rob has been a teacher-trainer with Seacoast Center since its inception in 1992 and founded Beyond The Mountain, a non-profit organization that provided material and training in Haiti.

He has trained teachers at public and private schools in the United States, as well as South Korea, China, Ghana, and Indonesia. In 2019, Rob co-founded the Center for Jewish Montessori Teacher Education.

Ms. Jennifer Naiman

Emotional Health Coordinator

Jennifer Naiman began her career in education in 2008, and has assumed a variety of roles in the field since. Over the years, Jen has served as a school counselor, special educator, general education teacher, camp program director, reading instructor, and school administrator. After graduating with her Master’s in Counseling from McDaniel college in 2015, Jen received a school counseling endorsement on her state issued educator certificate. Additionally, Jen is a trained Orton-Gillingham reading tutor, as well as a certified Phonographix instructor. Jen also holds professional memberships with the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) and the Maryland School Counselor Association (MSCA). Through ASCA, Jen received certifications as a school counseling legal and ethical specialist and as a school counseling leadership specialist.

In her years of experience as a school counselor in both secular and Jewish education, Jen has provided social-emotional support to children in preschool through grade 12 with classroom, small group, and 1:1 support. She has also designed, implemented, and carried out school-wide programming intended to teach confidence building, character strengthening, communication, and relationship building skills with a hands on approach.

Jen strongly believes that all children have the ability to succeed and thrive academically, socially, and emotionally when guided in ways where they feel safe to make mistakes and grow. She believes in helping each child adopt a growth mindset in all aspects of their education and experiences so that they can develop grit, a strong motivation to problem solve, and a will to reach their potential.

Toddler Division Guides

Morah Hadassa Estrin

 

Morah Adina Miriam Aichenbaum

Toddler Guide

About Morah Adina Miriam

This is Morah Adina Miriam’s second year with the toddler division. She attended Bais Yaakov of Baltimore for high school and has recently completed her B.A in Liberal Arts at Concordia College-Sarah Schenirer. Her goal is to provide the children with a wholesome and encouraging environment at this crucial stage of development. She looks forward to 2020-21 for a year of growth along with the children as they discover their innate capabilities and develop their skills and independence. 

Primary Division Guides

Morah Rebecca Weinhouse

Primary Guide

About Morah Rebecca

Rebecca Weinhouse was born and raised in Philadelphia. She received her Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education from Touro College. Before moving to Baltimore in March of 2020, she was teaching at an Early Learning Center in her hometown for ten years. She has worked with children from over 15 countries and has taught children with a variety of developmental needs, providing a caring and nurturing environment to all. 

 

Rebecca spent many years volunteering and developing Jewish outreach programs for NCSY. Although many thought it was high schoolers who she would end up teaching, her love was always in Early Childhood Education. It is there, she felt, that a love of knowledge and learning begins. She enjoys teaching in a Montessori environment because it values a student’s input and direction in the learning process, while still being guided towards his or her individual goals.

 

Morah Naomi Berman

Primary Assistant Teacher

About Morah Naomi

This is Naomi’s third year at Darchei Noam. After many years of teaching at mainstream schools, she was happy to find the unique opportunity to work with children one-on-one at Darchei Noam to help them develop their individual interests and talents in a unique Montessori setting. Naomi has a Bachelors Degree in Hebrew Literature.

Morah Nasreen Iqbal

Primary Guide

About Morah Nasreen

I am Nasreen Iqbal. I am from Pakistan, presently living in the USA. My academic qualifications are Masters in Science, and Bachelor of Education from Karachi University, Pakistan. I started my career as a lecturer, and retired as a Principal of a Government College in Karachi.

 

My hobbies pertain to Art and Handicrafts, which also help me in my job as a Montessori Teacher.

 

I consider myself as a perpetual learner, is is rightfully said, “Learning goes from cradle to grave.’’ My experience of learning has taught me that learning is a process relates to every individual differently. The Montessori system of education helps all the types of learners  gain education, knowledge, and awareness of their surroundings.

 

My dream of being a teacher, as well as a learner, brought me closer to the Montessori system. As I have understood Montessori Philosophy, to achieve a complete and comprehensive outcome of Maria’s system, you have to imply it as a whole, not in piecement, implying one, two or Or more which you like, leading other section aside. It will prove to be a total Fiasco, maybe rather confusing for children’s mind and development. Montessori system is a complete curriculum approach, which is integrated and sequential. I have realized, coming into practical with the system, and it should be implemented in its totality with limited Interruption. I think my decision to be a Montessori teacher, for which I did the necessary course, and would explore the new ones, if the get opportunities have you ever seen the flowers blossom in from Bud to complete growth flower, triage nerving the children growing from Bud to complete grown fly.

Boys Elementary Division Guides

Rabbi Dovid Cohn

About Rabbi Dovid Cohn

Rabbi Dovid Cohn has been involved in Jewish Education for over 40 years. He received smicha from Yeshiva Shor Yoshuv and completed a masters degree in elementary education from Wheelock College. While at Yeshiva Shor Yoshuv, Rabbi Cohn absorbed the philosophy of his Rosh Hayeshiva, Rabbi Shlomo Freifeld, that each individual child has great potential and it is the job of the educator to bring out an individual’s strengths. Throughout his career, he has attended conferences, workshops, and seminars in order to enlarge his teacher’s tool box. Besides being a classroom teacher in Jewish Studies and General Studies, Rabbi Cohn has extensive experience working with children with special needs. He helped produce dvd’s about the dangers of smoking and alcohol to help children make educated choices. Rabbi Cohn once remarked that he looks forward to every September when he can return to helping a new set of children develop their inherent abilities.  

Rabbi Hallel Newman

Lower Elementary Girls division Guides

Morah Batsheva Block
Morah Ariella Smith

Upper Elementary Girls Division Guides

Morah Elizabeth Applebaum

Elementary and Juniors Guide

About Morah Elizabeth

Elizabeth Appelbaum began her foray into the world of education after starting work as an assistant at Gesher LaTorah (a special education Hebrew school). She realized that Special education would be her path, and in 2016 she completed her undergraduate degree at Thomas Edison State University via Maalot. 

After taking a year-long hiatus from writing papers, Elizabeth realized that she was itching for a master’s degree and began her journey to Grand Canyon University…online. Elizabeth obtained her master’s degree in special education in 2018 and less than a year later gained her Maryland state certification in special education. Elizabeth has worked in Jewish Day Schools and secular schools alike and finds Darchei Noam to be her most rewarding experience thus far! 

Morah Paula Flax-Siskind

Elementary Guide

About Morah Paula

Paula was born and raised in the New York City area. She obtained a BA in Studio

Art/Psychology and an MA in Public Administration.In St. Louis Missouri, and later in New York she ran group homes for special needs adults. After raising a family,Using her background in artand a desire to infuse children with possibility, she ran creative arts classes for all ages.Subjects included little chiefs, arts and crafts, happy glaze and other creative subjects. Since its inception Paula has been the Arts and Crafts Director of camp Koolanu. Most recently she hasworked at CJE, Ner Tamid Montessori and the JCC. In 2018 she received employee of the year award at the JCC. Currently she is a math instructor in the upper elementary and junior division at Darchei Noam Montessori

Juniors Division Guides

Morah Elizabeth Applebaum

Elementary and Juniors Guide

About Morah Elizabeth

Elizabeth Appelbaum began her foray into the world of education after starting work as an assistant at Gesher LaTorah (a special education Hebrew school). She realized that Special education would be her path, and in 2016 she completed her undergraduate degree at Thomas Edison State University via Maalot. 

After taking a year-long hiatus from writing papers, Elizabeth realized that she was itching for a master’s degree and began her journey to Grand Canyon University…online. Elizabeth obtained her master’s degree in special education in 2018 and less than a year later gained her Maryland state certification in special education. Elizabeth has worked in Jewish Day Schools and secular schools alike and finds Darchei Noam to be her most rewarding experience thus far! 

Additional Staff

Mrs. Rochel Wealcatch

Office manager