Nicole Novach – Kindergarten & 1st Grade
Shalom! I am thrilled and honored to be joining the CST team as the Kindergarten and First Grade teacher. I have always been drawn to working with and alongside children, be it as a teacher (my full-time work!), as a camp counselor, tutor, babysitter, nanny, or dance teacher!
I have a strong Jewish upbringing and identity. I completed religious school classes through Confirmation, became a Bat Mitzvah in my hometown of Buffalo, NY, and spent summers at a Jewish summer camp in Upstate, NY both as a camper and counselor. I participated on an outdoor centered birthright trip and have spent time in Israel. I love being Jewish and am excited to share this passion with the next generation of Jewish children.
I moved to California with my husband Wayne in 2012 from Washington DC and have loved becoming increasingly connected with our local Sonoma County Community. Outside of school, you can find me adventuring in the outdoors, climbing, doing yoga or dancing, working in the garden, cooking, traveling around the globe, and spending time with friends and family.
Ilana Stoelting – 2nd & 3rd Grade
Ilana was born and raised in Sonoma County where she grew up an active member of the local Jewish community. She attended college at UC Davis where she got her degree in Biological Sciences. After college Ilana moved to Israel where she lived in Tel Aviv and worked for the ambulance company Magen David Adom. She ran Hillel of Sonoma County for a year and now enjoys working as a full-time park ranger along the coast. Ilana looks forward to returning to STaRS this year as the 2nd & 3rd grade teacher.
Channah Zeldin – 4th & 5th
Shalom Chavarim! I am looking forward to returning to STaRS this year as the 4th/5th Grade Teacher.
I grew up in Yardley, PA (just outside Philadelphia) with a Jewish upbringing including regular Hebrew School classes and my Bat Mitzvah at Har Sinai Temple under the guidance of the amazing Cantor David Wisnia (look him up!). In the last 10 years I’ve participated in Birthright and subsequently staffed 2 Birthright trips and lived for a year in Tel Aviv where I took graphic design courses and studied Hebrew at Ulpan.
Marcia Gladstone – 6th Grade
Hi, my name is Marcia Gladstone and I consider myself blessed to be your child’s 6th grade teacher. I have been teaching for over 45 years, have been involved in Jewish education for over 35 years and have been part of the Shomrei Torah school since its inception. I was fortunate to have been named teacher of the year by the Diller Foundation in San Francisco. I have a bachelors degree in elementary education and philosophy of religion and advanced degrees in special education and child psychology.
I have taught everything from pre-school to middle school and have a particular passion for students on the cusp of adolescence. I find them insightful, funny and inquisitive. They often have strong opinions which they love to share and yet they have open minds and hearts-any teacher’s dream.
I love art, sewing, reading, friends, long walks and Judaism. For me being Jewish and sharing that passion nurtures my soul. I will never teach my students nearly as much as I learn from them. I consider myself unbelievably lucky to be able to do something that brings me such joy. I look forward to getting to know each of you and please know that I am always available to address any questions or concerns.
Malcolm McElheney – Youth & Music Coordinator
Malcolm McElheney is originally from Sacramento and graduated from New York University where he studied “Jewish Youth Programming”. He is a proud alum of NFTY and has spent 13 summers at URJ Camp Newman. Malcolm loves to watch television and loves to laugh. He is very excited to continue his professional life with Shomrei Torah and can’t wait to work with everyone. Email Malcolm at email@example.com.