Ms. Aliza T. Kadish
I grew up in New Jersey, and attended independent day schools from 1st grade through college. I spent my gap year abroad, living in Jerusalem, Israel. Upon my return to New York, I received my B.A. from Yeshiva University. A member of Pi Beta Kappa Honors Society, I received my M.Ed. from New York University in Elementary Education in 2003. I have been an active participant in local, regional, and national professional development projects and have always brought all of the knowledge gained back to the teachers and administration at school. In 2009, I received my certification as a Coach by the ICA (Instructional Coaches Academy). I was accepted to, and completed, DSLTI through Columbia University, where I gained educational leadership training geared towards independent schools.
I began my professional teaching career 1999 in White Plains, NY where I taught 1st, 3rd, and 5th grades. Upon moving to south Florida in 2007, I was a 4th grade classroom teacher for several years. As I grew as an educator, I had opportunities to grow as a leader, as well. I became the Special Projects Coordinator and the After-School Activities Coordinator. These responsibilities took me outside the classroom and allowed me to be a teacher leader, coach, and mentor, as well as the chance to get to know the community more in depth. I was appointed as the Middle School Director in 2013, and Assistant Principal K-8 in 2015. I enjoy knitting, seeing movies and theater, listening to live music, spending time with my family, studying educational methodologies, techniques, and ideas, reading and traveling.
I firmly believe that every child has the capacity to learn and be successful, and every teacher has the ability to grow and adapt. Using multi-modalities, technology, and various instructional techniques, it is important to create an environment where every child can achieve, feel successful, and enrich their learning. I have an open-door policy and invite students, parents, teachers, and administrators to stop by and have open conversations. I am deeply invested in independent education and feel that rigorous academics taught alongside values strengthen the individual, the community, and the world.
I am devoted to putting the students first, taking ownership for my actions, being accountable to the students, the staff and our families, and I am always working towards being a proud woman. I feel confident that this will be a rewarding school year for all of us as we will all grow, enjoy, and have new experiences together.
And yes, “The Future Belongs to Those Who Prepare”!
I am Ms. Laura Pachter and I was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I obtained my B.A. in TESOL, Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages from the Teachers’ Training College. I taught English language and literature at all school levels. I moved to South Florida with my family in 2001. I obtained my professional Florida certification and went back to school at Nova Southeastern University where I earned a Master’s degree in Education in the field of Curriculum, Instruction, and Technology. I am a certified Instructional Coach. I worked in JSA as an ESOL specialist, a Kindergarten literacy/E.L.A. teacher, 2nd grade master teacher, and covered different grade levels and subject areas as needed. In 2006, I was appointed to the position of Curriculum Coordinator for the Elementary School, which entails supervision, planning and implementation of curriculum; coordination and accomplishment of special programs and projects; planning and administration of professional development for faculty; student progress follow-up; and integration of curriculum across all subject areas. I firmly believe in ongoing professional development to impact student learning.
In my free time I love to exercise, read, play sudokus and word games. I also coordinate a monthly Book Club. I am glad to be part of Beacon Hill Preparatory School and I look forward to continued growth in this never-ending path of learning and teaching.
I have 2 children. My son is 25 years old, lives in Prague, and is studying for his Masters. My daughter 21 years old, lives here Florida, and is studying nursing. My passion is teaching, helping, and guiding people – especially children.
Physical Education and Technology
Hi my name is Tobie Botta. I have the great honor in being your child’s art teacher. This is my 12th year at Beacon Hill. I am a native Floridian and the proudest mother of 2 sons. My oldest is earning his Ph.D. in Marine Sciences at The University of Florida. My youngest is a senior in High school and part of the SOP marching band. I get to be “band Mom” in my free time. My days are fueled with my love and passion for my family, art and, of course, nature. If I have a free few minutes you will find me wondering the beautiful backyard of Beacon Hill exploring my favorite artist: “Mother Nature.” My goal as your child’s teacher is to show them different techniques, methods and artist examples so they can create their own style!
I am Dr. John Lester. I am a native of Miami, Florida and attended Northwestern High School where I played football, was in the marching band, concert band, concert chorus and drama club. I attended Bethune-Cookman College in Daytona Beach, Florida where I participated in the student stage band called “The Morning After,” concert chorale and drama team. I graduated with a degree in Music Education and Applied Studies. After graduation, I relocated back to Miami and started teaching music education. I have been teaching for over 4 decades in Elementary, Secondary and Collegiate studies in the performing arts. I have also performed with some of the top celebrities in the music industry. I obtained my Ph.D. in Music Education and Music Administration in 2004.
In the Kitchen
I am Mrs. Brenda Knight. I am the mother of 3 kids and the grandmother of 7. I have worked at Beacon Hill for 24 years. I love my job! I am the kitchen manager and I also work with the children.
Hello! My name is Mrs. D. Anthony. I have been at the Beacon Hill School for 17 years. I am the cafeteria manager and I love my job. I also work with the children during part of the day. I am the mother of 7 children and 21 grandchildren.
State of Florida
Department of Children & Families, Child Care Licensing, Child Care Facility Certificate of License,
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