Our kindergarten teachers open the gates to the excitement of learning. Through hands-on, experiential activities, teachers lead our children to more independence and self-confidence while providing foundational skills in an environment which promotes a love of learning.

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Jenny Palmer, M.A., K, 1-2 Team Coordinator and Kindergarten General Studies Teacher, earned her B.S. in Elementary Education from St. Cloud State University and her M.A. in Classroom Instruction and a K-12 Reading Endorsement from Concordia University. Jenny joined the Heilicher faculty in 2004. She enjoys attending workshops and observing in other schools to gather new ideas to apply in her own classroom. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, baking, playing games, traveling, being crafty, and practicing sign language when she can. 



Jodi Danovsky, M.A., Kindergarten General Studies Teacher, joined Heilicher in 2016. She holds an undergraduate degree in therapeutic recreation and a master's degree in K-12 special education with an emphasis on learning disabilities from the University of Minnesota, as well as a teaching license from Concordia University. She is also trained in Orton-Gillingham and Responsive Classroom. Previously, she taught kindergarten through fourth grade at Talmud Torah St. Paul for 15 years, worked in inclusion at Mt. Zion Temple, and currently serves as an inclusion facilitator at Yachad. Jodi enjoys running, reading, and watching her children in various sports and theater endeavors.



Barbara Taragan, M.A., Kindergarten Hebrew and Judaic Studies Teacher, earned a B.A. in Child Psychology and Elementary Education from the University of Minnesota and her B.A. in English Literature from the Ben Gurion University as well as an M.A. in Jewish Studies from Gratz College. Barbara joined the Heilicher faculty in 1991 and spent a sabbatical in 2005-06 participating in the Senior Educators Program at the Melton Centre at the Hebrew University. Barbara lived in Israel for twenty-five years where she taught English at the Eshel Hanasi High School. Since returning to the United States, Barbara has been teaching at both Heilicher and the Minneapolis Talmud Torah. She is the proud parent of three children-Maayan, Afek, and Yamit, and proud savta to Gal, Elah, Einav, Almog, Noa, and Orly.