A spotlight on some of our teachers:
Amy Derkowski, 2nd and 3rd Grade, Art Education
Amy received her Bachelor’s of Science in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Sociology and my Masters in Elementary Education from Plattsburgh State University. She possesses a permanent teacher certificate in Pre-K to 6th Education and began teaching at Hillel Academy in March 2016 and currently teaches 2nd and 3rd grade, as well as Art education to the whole school. Amy is married with three children and enjoys going on vacations, camping, running and playing soccer.
Danielle Kane, Pre K, K, 1st and 2nd Grades
Ms. Danielle Kane lives in Conklin, NY with her dog, Dutchess. She has been teaching over 20+ years, having earned her MS in Education and BS in Education at SUNY Oneonta. She has worked for the Family Enrichment Network, Broome County Child Developmental Council, and Ridley Lowell Business School. Danielle enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends. She has traveled to Australia, New Zealand, the Bahamas, Canada, and most recently to Panama. In the colder weather, she enjoys skiing. In the warmer weather, she enjoys riding her motorcycle.
Hadasa Slonim, pre-K
Hadasa Slonim is a skilled teacher with experience teaching, tutoring and working with children in various settings. This is her fourth year teaching. Hadasa grew up in Oak Park, MI a suburb of Detroit. She graduated from Beis Chaya Mushka High School in Oak Park, MI and continued her post-graduate studies at Yad Ramah – Bnos Menachem Educational Seminary in Bournemouth, England. She has experience teaching, tutoring and working with children in various settings. Known for her sensitivity and understanding of others, Hadasa directed the Friends at Home program at the Friendship Circle, a non-profit working with special needs children and their families in Livingston, NJ for three years. Currently, in addition to teaching Judaic studies to Ganeinu and Pre-K at Hillel Academy, Hadasa is co-director of programming at the Chabad Center, hosting tons of events and programs, impacting hundreds of students throughout the year.
Sarah Thomas, Secular Studies Coordinator and Tech Coordinator, Grades K-5, Science
Ms. Sarah Thomas has been working at Hillel Academy since 2008. She was born and raised just down the road in Owego, NY. After graduating high school, she went to the State University of New York at Oswego where she received a Bachelors degree in Biology. Sarah then pursued a Masters Degree in Education, also from SUNY Oswego. Ms Thomas loves being outside as much as possible in all seasons. She enjoys hiking, camping and photography. Ms Thomas believes that teaching science is the easiest job at Hillel Academy. Children are natural scientists and tapping into their curiosity is both fun and rewarding.