Ilana Tenenbaum- Pre-K Head Teacher

Ilana has been teaching students at HGECC for over 27 years, almost 20 of which was as a head teacher of the Pre-K program, preparing students for the transition to kindergarten. Ilana received a BA in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education from Kean University. In addition to HGECC, Ilana has been teaching Hebrew School for the past 29 years. Ilana currently teaches Gan (kindergarten) students at BBRS, where she has been for the past 15 years. She lives in Livingston with her husband, and has three children and two grandchildren.

“Children are like sponges. They can absorb whatever comes their way. I love watching their bright faces as they accomplish new tasks. Our school offers them a stimulating, warm, creative and loving environment where they can achieve all their goals.”

Paula Schultz- Pre-K Head Teacher

Paula first began her association with HGECC over thirty years ago as a parent. After her children graduated, Paula began to work as a Teaching Assistant and over the years, taught in the Two’s, Three’s and Pre-K programs. In 2001, after completing teaching requirements at Kean University, Paula joined the Pre-K program as a Head Teacher. Paula then taught the Three-Year-Old program as Head Teacher for several years before returning to Pre-K. Paula lives in Somerset, with her husband and has two children and three grandsons.

“The two hardest days in a teacher’s life are the first day of school and the last day of school. The first day you hope and pray that you will make a difference, and the last day you hope and pray that you did.”

Susan Gollub – Three’s Head Teacher

Susan taught in the public school system for 5 years before raising her children. When they were old enough to go to day camp she became the Art Director at Stonybrook Day Camp and has been working in summer camp for the past 18 years. Prior to coming to HGCC she taught the 3’s at Pine Brook Jewish Center for the past 12 years. She is currently teaching a class at the PBJC Hebrew school about Israel.  She holds a BFA and a NJ Teaching Certification , specializing in Art Education.  She resides in Montville Twp with her husband and has 2 daughters.  She is excited to be part of the HGECC family!

Samantha Raymon- Two’s Head Teacher

Samantha joined HGECC after staying home with her children for 11 years. As a mother loving time with her kids, she realized she wanted to continue to work with children. As a result, she went back to Montclair State University and completed her teaching certification. She truly loves working with our early learners and looks forward to many more years at HGECC. In the summer, Samantha runs the lake at a JCC MetroWest camp, again working with children throughout the summer. Samantha lives in West Orange with her husband and three children.