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Our Staff

At The Jewish Preschool on Sardis, we provide experienced and dedicated staff that is committed to excellence and genuinely cares for each child. Our staff is made up of teachers who are chosen for their professionalism, as well as their caring and compassionate personalities. In addition our teachers have degrees in Early Childhood education or a related field and the teacher-to-child ratio at JPS is lower than state requirements and equal to the highest level of preschool accreditation nationwide. Collectively, the staff at The Jewish Preschool on Sardis has nearly 200 years of teaching experience.



Dedee Goldsmith


Welcome to the Jewish Preschool on Sardis.  I am currently in my 5th year as the Director of JPS and am thrilled to work along side these  talented and dedicated women.  After 20+ years of working through four states  in early childhood, I  love having JPS as my ‘school home.’  I’ve worked as a classroom teacher for 2-5 year olds, consulted as an early childhood professional for other teachers and preschools, reviewed text books in the field and am currently adjunct faculty for an outstanding early childhood college program.   I earned my BS in Child Development and Elementary Education from Michigan State University and my MA in Teacher Leadership and Special Education  at Roosevelt University.  When I started at JPS, I earned my Level III Child Development Administration Certificate in North Carolina as well.  Currently, I’m 1/2 way through my MEd at UNCW as a student in Education Leadership, Advocacy and Policy in Early Childhood. Children are my passion, and making sure our school offers the best care and education is my professional goal.

 On the personal side, I am the proud mom of two incredible daughters and we made our way to Charlotte over 6 years ago, after spending  15 years in Chicago.  We enjoy visiting our family and friends afar, as well as camping and hiking when we can. 

Beverly Wakefield
4s Teacher

2014 marks my 25th year teaching here at The Jewish Preschool on Sardis and what a rewarding experience it has been. My goal is to create a warm, nurturing and loving environment, where children have the opportunity to learn, grow and play. Their journey begins in the classroom. Our room is set up to help children feel comfortable and confident, a place where they will feel safe, respected and part of our preschool community. As their teacher, I will support your child when taking risks, encourage curiosity and independence and foster an enthusiasm for learning through play. I treat each child as a unique individual, working from the level they have attained and moving forward one step at a time. I teach a love of learning, allowing children to experiment, discover and explore the world around them.

I am an alumna of Gardner Webb University where I receiving a BA degree and I've completed my Early Educator Certificate at a Level 10. My husband, Bowen, and I have one daughter, Brittany. I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, including my church family at Matthews Murkland Presbyterian Church.


Wanda Vande Linde
3s Teacher


I am excited to begin my 8th year at The Jewish Preschool on Sardis.  My career in early childhood education began more than 20 years ago-first as a teacher’s assistant and later moving into an administrative position while we lived in Georgia.  I soon returned to the classroom as a paraprofessional for 6 years working with children with special needs ranging from kindergarten to 5th grade. Upon relocating to North Carolina I began actively pursuing my education in early childhood and saw that to fruition, graduating in May of this year, 2015.  

I am a wife, mother of four children and grandmother to nine wonderful grandchildren.  I enjoy spending time with my family and doting on my grandchildren.  I also enjoy golfing with my husband, gardening, reading and cooking.

I look forward to a wonderful new school year with the children.  I consider it a privilege and pleasure to work with each child. It is my joy to watch each child learn and grow.



Jayme Kreitman
Judaica Teacher


As I begin my 14th year here at JPS I feel so fortunate to work with such wonderful and caring families and staff. Although I've had many roles at JPS as a lead teacher and a Judaica teacher, this year, I’m thrilled to teach Judaica to every group of students in our school. In some capacity each child at JPS will come to Judaica every day for prayers, songs, circle time, games and dramatic play. Even the infants will join us for prayers and songs when their napping and eating schedule allows.

As a teacher, my goal is provide a warm, nurturing, encouraging and safe environment filled with just enough excitement, fun and challenge to develop each child’s self esteem. It's the seeds we plant now that one day will grow deep roots of pride and joy in our heritage and I hope that each child will leave this school year feeling great about who they are as a Jewish child.

I have a BA in Communication Journalism from the University of Louisville. In my former life, I was a journalist and editor for the Orlando Business Journal. Realizing that wasn’t my true calling, I became a certified instructor of self-rescue swimming skills for infants and young children called Infant Swimming Resource. I’ve taught ISR lessons for 23 years now, but that led me to teaching pre- school-my true passion. I began teaching 17 years ago at a Jewish preschool in Kentucky. When I moved to Charlotte in 2001, I quickly found JPS and began my career here. My husband Alvin and I have been married for 27 years. We have a 24 year old son, Eran, who works in Charlotte at Wells Fargo. Our daughter, Cailey, is 20 years old and is studying Early Childhood Education and will also be working at JPS in our extended day program.

Ellen Clark
Toddler Teacher

I'm excited to begin my 9th year at JPS. As a lead teacher for 1s, I am thrilled to welcome your children to my classroom. Prior to joining JPS, I was employed at several childcare centers throughout the Charlotte region.

I earned my BA degree in Home Economics/Early Childhood Development from Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, Louisiana. I met my husband Robert there and we have two daughters; Elizabeth and Erin. We now reside in Pineville, NC with our dog Princess Mia and cat Sirius Black. We enjoy spending time with our family camping in the mountains and making trips to the beach.

Jennifer Orsomarso
2s Teacher

I am happy to be back for my 9th year at The Jewish Preschool on Sardis.  I look forward to watching the little ones learn and grow all while having FUN! In addition, I am very excited to be working in the JPS Extended Day program this year!

I received my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from St. John’s University and my Master’s degree in social work from Adelphi University.  In addition, I further earned the necessary credentials in early childhood education to be a qualified lead teacher.


My family and I moved to Waxhaw from Long Island, NY in 2008.  In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my husband and two sons along with cooking and  gardening.


Elizabeth Boyce
4s Assistant Teacher
Back for my 3rd year at JPS, I am thrilled to be working with the incredible staff here at The Jewish Preschool on Sardis. While I have always had a love for children, my real passion is instilling a solid foundation and a love for learning in their most formative years. I feel privileged to be a part of a team that shares this similar passion.

We moved to Charlotte three years ago from Ellicott City, MD. I am the mother of three amazing children. My oldest daughter is currently a sophomore at Elon University in their Communications Honors Program. My son is a sophomore at Providence High School and my youngest daughter is in 5th grade at Elizabeth Lane Elementary School.

I graduated from Cabrini College with a Bachelor’s of Science in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. In my free time, I enjoy reading, exercising, baking and spending time with my family.

Kate Badger
3s Assistant Teacher

Welcome to  The Jewish Preschool on Sardis!  Now entering my 17th year at JPS, I am delighted to be back and ready for an exciting year.  I was educated in Europe and England and worked in Germany for four years as a Nanny.  We were transferred to Reston Virginia in 1981.  Once in  the States, I began my career in Early Childhood Education, working in a Preschool in Sterling, VA and loved it. We were transferred to Charlotte in 1995 and after settling in, I found the Jewish Preschool on Sardis and the rest is history. The smiles and hugs top my list as the best part of my job.  I enjoy watching them learn a new task, share, and develop friendships.

 I hold an Early Childhood and Early Educator Certification and am consistently furthering my education through workshops and classes to enhance the classroom learning environment.

 My husband, Roy, and I are ‘empty nesters’ as our three children live out of state; VA, GA, FL.

In my spare time I enjoy reading, gardening and cooking.


Jane Lee
2s Assistant Teacher
Hello JPS families. My name is Jane Lee and I am so excited to be a part of the JPS family. I can't wait to meet and learn about all of the children along with their families. My love for children gave me 8 years of experience in Early Childhood. I have been in the classroom for 3 years as a teacher and 5 years as a Director / Assistant Director of previous schools. My experience has given me the ability to work with all the age groups. I have earned my Associates Degree in Elementary Education, an Administrative Certification, along with ECE credits and trainings. I am energetic, fun, and loving. I love to make children feel special and give them lots of positive guidance. I feel that strengthening their confidence is what will get them far in life. To try hard, never to give up, and to try again after they fall. I am a mother of 3 boys. My oldest the age of 7, and my twins, the age of 6. I love all sports, and am very active. Coming from Philadelphia, PA our family are huge Eagles fans. I enjoy arts and crafts, gardening, cooking and spending time with my family.
Galia Lapidot-Boaz
Toddler Assistant Teacher

My first connection with JPS was as a parent, but now I'm happy to be part of THE staff.

Born and raised in Israel, my family (husband and three kids 13, 11, 7 ) and I have been living in Charlotte for the past four years. Before leaving Israel I ran my own preschool for children between the ages of 1-3. I have a bachelors degree in early childhood creative education from the Kibuzim teachers college in Tel Aviv. 

 I'm looking forward to meeting all of you and working with your children



Katie O' Reilly
Lead Toddler Teacher


My name is Katie I was born and raised on Long Island, New York. Being born and raised Jewish I am excited to be working in a Jewish preschool. I graduated with my Bachelors degree in early childhood education and have spent over 25 years working in the field. I have done everything from infants through after school. I had my own childcare in Florida and I have been a director for the past 10 years. I am very excited about going back into the classroom and spending quality time with your children. It is truly my passion to work with children and families and I look forward to a long and prosperous relationship with you. I am happily married and we have six children between us. I also have a step- grandson who is 9. So as you can see I truly love children!!!

I am thrilled to join JPS.


Ta'Keyah Harley
Assistant Infant Teacher - afternoons


Hi! My name is Ta'Keyah Harley and I am the newest addition to the Infant Room.

This is my first time working in such a welcoming place where everyone can pronounce my name 😁 but I'm coming up on my 8th year in Early Childhood.

I love working with all children; my first three years were with twos, but infants are my favorite! They are energetic, sweet, and always ready to explore.   

I am 9 credit hours away from my Associates Degree in Early Childhood and then onward and upward for my Masters! I can’t wait to get back to school.

My hobbies consist of reading any book I can get my hands on and writing. 

I am so excited to tag on all the years I can with you guys and all the things I will learn from and with everyone.

I look forward to the years to come of all the growing little ones at JPS. 




Cailey Kreitman
Extended Day-Assistant


I am very excited to continue working with your children at JPS. I enjoyed my first summer here as a camp counselor and will continue this fall as an extended day teacher. I look forward to working with your children and continuing the excellent education they receive in the morning into the afternoon hours. I love coming to work every day knowing I'll be able to make a difference in children's lives and I hope that is evident as I become a part of the JPS family.

I am currently studying Early Childhood Education at CPCC and I have completed my credentials to be a NC certified Early Childhood teacher. I attended the Charlotte Jewish Day School and Providence High School and plan to continue my studies with a BA in Early Childhood Education with a goal to become an Occupational Therapist, when I earn my Master's degree.



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