Get to know a little more about who we are
Our degreed and certified teachers are dedicated, creative, and incredibly mindful. A low teacher turnover means that our teachers not only get to know your children and see them grow, but they collaborate across years to create a seamless and nurturing environment. We have a strong collaboration with our Rabbi, Rachel Kobrin, and Cantor/Hazzan, Howard Glantz.
Michelle Bernstein is the Early Childhood Director of AJ Preschool and Infant Center. While she has been working in this role since 2007, previous to that she was also one of AJ's Pre-K teachers for three years. Michelle lives in Elkins Park with her husband, David, their son, Seth, and their daughter, Gwendolyn. Originally from Milwaukee, WI, Michelle received her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and her Master’s Degree in Education, specializing in Children’s Literature from Arcadia University. Michelle truly enjoys her leadership role at AJ, as she enjoys not only helping create the friendly and nurturing community in the Preschool and Infant Center, but feels part of a larger “family” in the synagogue as a whole. Michelle also teaches for Manor College as one of their Child Development Associate (CDA) instructors. Michelle enjoys cooking, spending time with her family, reading, playing violin, and cheering for her Green Bay Packers!