Super Staff

Amanda Jacobs

Director of Mountain Top School

The leader of our school, Amanda brings over 10 years classroom experience with pre-k, kindergarten and special needs children. She holds a BS from the University of Massachusetts and earned her MA at the University of Central Florida.

Amanda and her husband are local community members whose own children attend Mountain Top School!

Stephanie Canning

Education Administrator

As Education Administrator, Stephanie brings a warm and welcoming presence to an office that is dedicated to help your child succeed!

Kathleen Carter

Lead Teacher, Two’s Class
Cooking Enrichment, Science Enrichment

Miss Kathleen has her B.S.  from Rutgers University and has over 13 years of Preschool experience. Kathleen began her Early Childhood venture by student teaching three year old children at Davidson Hall Psychology Daycare Center at Rutgers University.

Dianne Freidman

Head Teacher, Four’s Class
Miss Dianne has a B.S. from Syracuse University and has been teaching in early childhood education for over 12 years. She has taught 2’s, 3’s and 4’s in several NJ temple preschools and loved every minute of it!

 

Siggi Sindel

Head Teacher, Three’s Class
Miss Siggi earned her BA in Education from Brown University. She has more than 10 years’ experience teaching young children. She got her start in early childhood education in Santa Monica, CA where she was fortunate to work at The First School, one of the top pre-schools in Santa Monica. Prior to coming Mountain Top School, Siggi worked at The Pingry School in Short Hills, NJ, four of those years as a co-teacher in one of the Kindergarten classrooms.

Allison Canning

Head Teacher, Infants & Toddlers 

Allison has her degree from RVCC in early childhood and has been teaching preschool for over 10 years.  Allison is also a third degree black belt! She is excited to be joining Mountain Top School!

Nancy Finkelstein

Assistant Teacher, Three’s Class
Miss Nancy has her Bachelor of Arts from Arizona State University and is thrilled to be a part of the staff at Mountain Top School!  Nancy has an extensive early childhood background ranging from Special Events Director at a day camp to PTO President and as a preschool teacher.

Jeanne Copp

Assistant Teacher, Two’s Class

Jeanne holds an Associate in Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education from Rockland Community College in Suffern, New York. Her dream was to become a Teacher and she is thrilled to be part of the Mountain Top Staff!

Jessica Marshall

Infant Lead 

Jessica has worked with infants and toddlers in many different preschools in New Jersey.  She is passionate about providing quality, developmentally appropriate education for the youngest of learners: infants!

Katie Eible

Assistant Teacher, Infants 

Katie has worked for over 10 years in preschools, working with all ages.  She loves the youngest learners – infants & toddlers- and finds the most joy when working with these young students.

Elana Kirschner

Assistant Teacher, Fours

Elana has taught both in preschools and day camps.  She has worked in a variety of ages, but loves working with three and four year old students.

Cantor Anna Berman

Cantor, Temple Har Shalom

Cantor Anna Berman received her undergraduate training in voice at the University of Maryland – College Park in 1986. During her hiatus between undergraduate school and cantorial school, Cantor Berman was a member of the Zemer Chai Choir of Greater Washington, which inevitably led her to the field of the Cantorate. As a student of Hebrew Union College, she joined the Jewish Congregation of Kinnelon, in Kinnelon, New Jersey, as both Cantor and Educational Director. In addition, Cantor Berman has worked for the Union of American Hebrew Congregations as a intern for the Commission on Synagogue Music and she has participated in several Biennial Converntions as musical planner.

Rabbi Randi Musnitsky, D.Min

Rabbi, Temple Har Shalom
Rabbi Musnitsky has been an accomplished member of the rabbinate for more than 28 years. She served as a pulpit rabbi for 18 years, in Cincinnati after ordination and for 14 years at Temple Emanuel in Cherry Hill, NJ. In 2000, she was selected by the President of the Reform movement, Rabbi Eric Yoffie, to serve as the Regional Director for the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) in the New Jersey/West Hudson Valley Council, where she was responsible for supporting 55 congregations. Rabbi Musnitsky came to Temple Har Shalom in 2007. During her tenure as senior rabbi she has dedicated her energies to creating a vital and vibrant community among her temple families. She is actively involved in every facet of congregation life including: lifecycle events, B’nai Mitzvah, Confirmation, Mountain Top School, Religious School, youth group, adult education, outreach programs and innovative torah study.

Rabbi Randi Musnitsky is a graduate of Brandeis University and HUC-JIR. She holds a post-graduate degree in Pastoral Care and Counseling and received her Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Counseling at HUC in 2010. She has been a member of the UJC Rabbinic Cabinet for ten years, as well as the Israel Bonds Rabbinic Cabinet. She serves on the Clergy Emergency Response Team and is active in the NJ Coalition of Religious Leaders and Bishops. Rabbi Musnitsky has acted as an Ambassador for the American Heart Association since 1998. She now serves as a member of their Board, and in 2011 she was awarded their highest honor of “Women of Distinction.” She is the recipient of the Jewish Community Relations Council Interfaith Leadership Award and was appointed by Governor Corzine to serve on the New Jersey Commission on National Service in recognition of her lifelong commitment to building community and performing community service. Most recently she was named Chair of the Joint Commission of Placements for the Reform Movement.

“At Mountain Top we are blessed with the opportunity to help nurture our children to realize all the gifts that God has given them!”