STAFF

Administration

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Sarah Cunin

Sarah is the founder and Director of Development of Aleph Academy with extensive experience in early childhood education. She has degrees in Behavioral Sciences, Human Services and Judaic Studies and was a JECEI/Covenant Fellow in conjunction with Bank Street College and Harvard University. She is pursuing a Master's in Education and is passionate about innovative, quality education for young children.

Alisha Churchfield

Alisha is the Program Director at Aleph Academy. She has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and is working towards her Master's degree in Behavior Analysis. She has worked directly with children, in various settings, for the past 10 years. Alisha serves as our on site TACSEI coach and helps teachers and families address children's challenging behaviors with a positive team based approach.

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Laura Sullins

Laura is the Assistant Director at Aleph Academy. She has a degree in English Literature for teaching High School but since then her passion has been early childhood education. Laura has experience working with children and families from birth to age six as well as running a small home based preschool. Being a mother of three children, she understands that the foundation for education begins with a quality early learning environment. 

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Ms. Noelani

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Ms. Noelani is pursuing a dual degree in Human Development and Family Studies and Psychology at UNR. She has worked with young children for the past five years in Reggio inspired preschool programs. She dreams of being a child psychologist one day. In the meantime she uses her career as a way to have a positive impact in the daily lives of children.

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Ms. Emily has worked with young children for the past five years as a camp counselor and a nanny. She plans to earn a degree in Human Development and Family Studies, and hopes to become an elementary school teacher in the near future. Ms. Emily's care and attention makes every child at Aleph feel at home.

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Ms. Timber was born and raised in Reno. She has been teaching in preschool classrooms for three years. She is currently pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Education. Timber enjoys hiking and designing art on the side. Her creativity can be seen in the beautiful classroom environment that she set up. Her gentle demeanor sets the perfect tone for the children in  her classroom. 

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Ms. Natalie

Ms. Natalie is currently working towards degrees in Mathematics and Secondary Education at UNR. She previously worked at a preschool for a summer primarily as a swim instructor along with assisting in the classroom. Outside of school, Ms. Natalie enjoys playing sports such as soccer, ultimate frisbee, and skiing. She has a fun-loving attitude that gets the children at Aleph excited to learn and grow. 

Gimmel 

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Ms. Bella began her career in Early Childhood at Aleph and hopes to one day become an Elementary school teacher. She is currently working on a degree in Human Development and Family Studies at TMCC. All children benefit from her calm demeanor and her patience is apparent in all that she does. We are lucky to have her here at Aleph Academy.

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Ms. Myah

Ms. Myah has been working with preschool-aged children for the past 1.5 years. She is currently studying nursing at TMCC, but her interests and career might change! Ms. Myah was born and raised in Nevada, and loves to hike and read classical novels in her spare time. Ms. Myah's care for every child is apparent throughout the day at Aleph. 

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Ms. Anne

Ms. Anne started her career in the field of Archaeology and Geology, but soon found a calling in education. With 20+ years of experience, a Master's degree in ECE, and her role as school Pedagogista, she shares her wealth of knowledge with staff and students at Aleph. She is a National Geographic Certified Educator and a lifelong learner, most recently taking part in a Reggio study tour in Italy. 

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Ms. Emily serves as our expert nature teacher whose classroom is based outdoors. She brings a variety of expertise from her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Sciences to her work with the Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation. The children truly appreciate her passion for the important role that nature plays in sustainable living practices. She is a good listener and role model for all of the kids here at Aleph.

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Judaics

After moving from Israel with her family a year ago, Morah Maayan began at Aleph as a classroom parent volunteer. As the Judaic teacher, Morah Maayan incorporates her Jewish heritage, Israeli culture, and M.A. in Art Therapy to provide the children with a wonderful Judaic experience. In her free time, Morah Maayan loves to do arts and crafts and go on walks.  

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Support Staff

Morah Chana

Morah Chana has extensive experience working with young children. Most recently, she co-led a 2 year old preschool class last year in San Antonio and was a head counselor in a day camp in Plano this summer. She has volunteered with children with special needs at the Friendship Circle and with children with terminal illnesses at Camp Simcha. Chana just completed her Bachelor's degree in Health Sciences. 

Chef 

Lisa Alameda

Chef Lisa went to culinary school at Truckee Meadows Community College, engaged in intensive self-study, and traveled to Italy to master Tuscan cooking. Lisa has a passion for fresh, whole foods and can often be found in the garden. She is Health and Food Safety certified and brings a wealth of knowledge to our school, along with amazingly delicious and healthy meals.