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. Jenny is also happily embracing married life with her husband, Mark.

Emily Schooler, B.S., Kindergarten General Studies Teacher, earned her B.S. in Childhood and Early Adolescence Education (Pk-4) with a minor in Special Education from Pennsylvania State University, and is entering her fifth year of teaching. Prior to joining the Heilicher faculty, Emily served as an elementary classroom teacher (kindergarten), reading and math specialist, and a classroom aide. She also spent a year teaching English as a Foreign Language in Rishon LeZion, Israel. This past year, Emily was a lower elementary reading and math specialist (grades 1-3) in Tacoma, Washington. Outside of school, Emily enjoys hiking, rock climbing, and taking road trips to national and state parks with her husband Menachem and their puppy, Dexter. 



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, and Noa.