Linda Gutheit is the Principal of Kulam at the David Posnack Jewish Day School and past Principal of the Posnack Lower School. Before moving to Florida with her family, she taught in the Framingham, Massachusetts Public Schools. She spent her first years in Florida as a teacher, team leader, and administrator at the University School of Nova Southeastern University. There, she was involved in the creation of a lab school with the NSU and the elementary school. She also ran a twilight school called STEPS, a community outreach tutoring program using Masters students as tutors in a small-group setting.
Mrs. Gutheit then came to David Posnack Jewish Day School as a teacher, launching the Davie campus’ very first 5th Grade program and providing teacher training on both campuses. She then spent five years as Principal of Curriculum for Temple Kol Ami Emanu-El Day School before returning to Posnack as the Lower School Principal. She is a graduate of Boston University and received her M.S. in Elementary Education from Nova Southeastern University. Mrs. Gutheit has presented at the Association of Independent Schools of Florida and also served as an adjunct instructor at NSU. Her passion is helping students develop skills and a love of learning that will guide their lives well beyond their school years.
Jennifer Beer joined the Kulam staff in July of 2016. In addition to 17 years of teaching in varied settings, age groups, and types of learners, Jen has a BA in child psychology, an MS in education and an ESE certification. She brings with her a love of teaching and children based on the philosophy that students thrive on a foundation of trust, confidence, respect and genuine regard. She feels that the expectation of excellence in both process and work quality balanced with nurturing and guidance yields well-balanced, productive students, Jen shares her knowledge of learning styles and strategies for the most challenged learner into the classroom each and every day. From flipped classroom to google classroom, the best of all best practice is used by Jen to benefit her students. She is excited to be part of the Posnack School and Kulam program. Her class setting is one of living, loving and learning from and with each other.
Abby Reiskind shares not only her love of working with students of all levels and areas of need with the students of Kulam but her expertise as well. Abby has experience in both special and general education. She has the opportunity to marry both together in the Kulam program. In fact, she joined the Kulam team after several years of teaching in the elementary program, wanting to use her talents and knowledge of curriculum in teaching children with learning challenges. She enjoys making learning meaningful and experiential, using ‘out of the box’ activities to bring learning to life and teach important skills while accommodating the varied needs of our learners. She uses technology to enhance, reinforce and extend learning. Abby has a BA in Elementary Education and has certification in ESE, ESOL, and Gifted Education.
Sacha Conner brings years of experience in working with students with learning challenges to our Kulam program. She has a M.S. in Special Education from the University of Long Island. She originates from New York where she taught for five years in a highly specialized setting. Upon returning to Florida, she taught ESE students for the Broward County Public Schools. Not only does she share her expertise with our students, but encourages them to always do their personal best through warmth and a wonderful sense of humor they so enjoy. She is excited to be part of the Lower School Kulam team but also as member of the Posnack family, bringing her son Kevin to our Kindergarten.
Tiffany Mawardi is a graduate of the Posnack School and holds a BS in Psychology from FIU and a M.Ed from NSU in Exceptional Student Education. Currently, she is adding to her toolbox, an advanced degree in Behavioral Analysis. She has taught students with varying academic, social and behavioral challenges for several years and also has developed her own tutoring company. She brings wonderful traits to Kulam as she is highly motivated, patient, and responsive to the children she works with. She is dedicated to making a difference in the life of each student she comes into contact with.
Ayala Baum, a tenth generation Sabra, is a special education professional with more than 15 years of experience working with students in both public and private school settings. She has a M.S. in Special Education from NSU. She was Department Chair for both Exceptional Student Learning and the gifted program previous to joining the Posnack School last year. Her expertise and toolbox of strategies has had a positive impact on our students that flourish in a smaller setting. As a result of a diagnosis for her own child, Ayala is on a personal quest to help other children and families overcome disabilities and find pathways to achievement for all learners.
Arell Gold brings more than 13 years of classroom experience working with diverse learners at the middle and high school level. She is currently close to completing her M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction. She is teaching English, Social Studies and Torah in the Middle School as well as providing academic and executive function support. She enjoys providing our students with the proper guidance, support and meaningful, authentic learning experiences. From her personal and work experience she truly believes that each student can achieve success and proficiency, even though the journey may be different. The students truly benefit from her ‘magic touch.’
Tina Duskin is graduate of FIU with a B.S in Occupational Therapy and is the OT who works with many of our Kulam students. Tina has worked with hundreds of children and adults in the South Florida community for the past two decades, treating patients with diagnoses of autism, developmental delays, genetic disorders, weak motor skills and function, and learning disabilities. She is the owner/operator of LifeSkill Therapy in Weston. In Kulam, will focus on sensory organization, motor planning and coordination, and overall strength and endurance as deemed necessary. Our students all love Ms. Tina.
Janet Adler Yahav, M.S. CCC-SLP, is a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist. She has an extensive background in pediatric speech-language pathology that includes experience in private practice as well as in the classroom. She has a B.S. and M.S. in Audiology and Speech Pathology from Florida State University. She has been and continues to be an integral part of the Posnack School and community with three children in the school. Her passion and expertise allow her to work successfully with our students to strengthen organization, executive functioning, processing, speech and language and social-pragmatic skills to develop happy, confident, socially engaged learners.