Katrine Horion is an advocate for Nature Based Education for children of all ages, she has worked in the field of Jewish early childhood, secular early elementary and school age care for over twenty years. As both a classroom teacher and an independent consultant, she has worked in the field to intertwine the principles of Reggio inspired education, Outdoor and Nature education, and Jewish Values. She has been invited to present Nationally on connecting educators and children through nature and risky play, including partnerships with several EEC professional development grants, and many Jewish Organizations across the country, including the Union of Reform Judaism, The Paradigm Project, and the Jewish Education project. In 2019, Katrine had the privilege of delivering the Keynote address at The Early Childhood Day of Learning Conference, hosted by the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas. Katrine holds a bachelor’s degree of Fine Art from UMass Boston, and a master’s degree in Early Education from Lesley University. She is thrilled to bring her passion for the field to Kesher Nevatim.
ALYSSA PAVONE, She/Her/Hers
Remote Learning Facilitator, Explorer Bubble & Mentor Educator
I have been a teacher for ten years and counting! I have been a teacher in a Jewish school for most of my teaching career and teach with core Jewish values. I enjoy celebrating Havdalah at the beginning of the week and ending with Shabbat, as well as encouraging the children to recite the blessings. I also believe learning in a natural environment is the key to healthy growth and development in early education. Coming from a nature-based school and having a Reggio approach to my own teaching practice, I like to consider myself a “co-discoverer” because I learn and explore nature alongside the children.
REBECCA COTTON-BAEZ, She/Her/Hers
Co-Teacher Explorers Bubble, Anti-Bias and Inclusive Practices Facilitator
Beca loves working with young children for so many reasons. She feels inspired by their natural curiosity and enjoys making discoveries and creating with them. She is a certified infant-toddler and preschool teacher certified and working on becoming lead teacher certified. She is interested in many aspects of early childhood education, particularly incorporating art and sensory experiences into the classroom. She is very interested in seeing what children do when given the opportunity to explore open-ended materials in the way they choose and loves creating maker spaces with young children. She thinks a lot about integrating anti-bias curriculum into the everyday culture of the classroom.
She has a BA in psychology and a master’s degree in child study and human development at Tufts with a focus on childhood mental health and neuroscience. She is currently working on a post-master’s certificate in early education research, policy and practice where she is focusing on classroom interventions for childhood sensory processing challenges.
In her spare time, she loves doing arts and crafts. She really loves children's books, especially the illustrations and is currently working on developing one of her own.
NICOLE LEVY, She/Her/Hers
Lead Teacher, Jewish Content Nicole Levy has worked for Kesher Nevatim for two years. While at Nevatim, she earned her Massachusetts Lead Teacher Certification. She also holds a Master of Arts degree in Jewish Studies. Nicole completed a certificate in special education advocacy from the Parent Training Institute at the Federation for Children with Special Needs. She has volunteered as an advocate at their call center and through the Special Education Surrogate Parent Program. She graduated from the high school division of Gratz College in Philadelphia where she gained her love of Jewish learning.
BRIANNA NEVES, She/Her/Hers
Co-Teacher Adventurers Bubble
I love working with children! Since earning a degree in Early Childhood Education, I have been teaching in the field for almost 9 years! My love for children came about at a young age, inspired by caring for my siblings and some of the neighborhood kids. My favorite things to engage with children in, are arts and crafts and all kinds of sensory activities. In my free time I am a photographer, who also enjoys cooking!
KAELEY BRYANT, She/Her/Hers
Co-Teacher Adventurers Bubble
Atelerista Kaeley has a love for creating a peaceful atmosphere in the classroom while simultaneously challenging each student to follow their natural curiosity through the arts. She has an Associate’s Degree in Psychology as well as four years of experience in a classroom setting. Two years as an assistant teacher in an elementary art classroom has given her plenty of ideas for fun and enriching arts and craft projects for the students at Kesher Nevatim. Additionally, experience as an assistant teacher and an after school- teacher in a Montessori setting has given her the knowledge needed to create a hands-on, self-directed environment. Aside from professional setting experience, she was constantly surrounded by her younger brother and cousins, babysitting, volunteering at children’s camps, a member of the Peer Tutoring program, President of the Ready, Set, Teach program as well as the Art Club in high school, and Ready, Set, Teach student of the year 2018. Kaeley is also an active and awarded artist herself, achieving level 3 awards for two different projects at the Visual Arts Scholastic Event as well as 2nd place at State at the Ready, Set, Teach Convention for her illustrations in the unpublished children’s book Just Breathe. She was also selected as the Psychology Student of the Year in 2019, a member of Phi Theta Kappa, and Grayson Honors College. She is ecstatic to join the team at Kesher Nevatim and bring her passion for creativity to the classroom!
ANNABELLE OSBORNE, They/Them/She/Her
Co-Teacher Explorer Bubble
\ is looking forward to being able to foster a safe and positive environment for the children and working with the families to help their children flourish.
They have a BA in Journalism and a minor in Sociology. They have dedicated their college career to helping students become more confident in their work, as in themselves, as a Peer Tutor. They also have experience as an activist for the past seven years, which included creating training based on privilege and disability