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Har Shalom Preschool & Kindergarten Staff

Ilene - Director

Ilene Forsyth received her Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education at Salem State University in Massachusetts, earning her a license to teach Preschool through 3rd grade. In Massachusetts, Ilene taught for many years at the Jewish Community Center Preschool and held a professional role as a Resource Teacher for the teaching staff. Ilene moved to Fort Collins with her family in 2006. 

In 2007, she joined Har Shalom Preschool & Kindergarten as one of the "Specials" teachers where she developed a Hebrew program for Kindergarten age children. Shortly thereafter, Ilene became a classroom Teacher and trained in the Montessori philosophy for several years before her Directorship in 2014. Ilene is passionate in celebrating all children as individuals and honored to serve the Shalomies during their essential early years of growth and development. 

Anna - Lead Teacher

My name is Anna and I am thrilled to be the Lead Preschool and Kindergarten Teacher at Har Shalom Montessori School. I am originally from Michigan where I grew up in a family of educators. I have always had a passion for working with children and helping others. This led me to pursue my Bachelors Degree in Child Development and Art and Design at Alma College.

I have been teaching preschool since 2014. Throughout my teaching career, I have gained experience working with a variety of ages, languages and special needs. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, friends, and my cat. I am a huge animal lover and I enjoy being outside. Some of my hobbies are painting, hiking, skiing, boating, and playing sports such as soccer and volleyball. 

Tonya - Teacher Assistant

My name is Tonya. I was born and raised in California, graduated college there, and then worked in San Francisco in the corporate world for several years. After meeting my husband, getting married and having a child, the three of us moved to Fort Collins in 2005 to enjoy all the amazing things Colorado has to offer. 

I was a stay-at-home mom for many years, then worked part-time in the Poudre School District as a Job Coach, assisting and mentoring special-needs teens at various internships they held at different businesses throughout Fort Collins. In 2015-16, my family and I spent a sabbatical year living in New Zealand, having all sorts of fun and adventures. In my spare time, I enjoy camping, hiking, traveling and volunteering. I very much look forward to working with your children at this school and helping them enjoy each of their days here to the fullest!

Chandi - Teacher Aid

My name is Chandi, I am in my senior year at Colorado State University, majoring in Social Work and plan to work with children after graduation. I have always had a passion in working with young children and teaching about the world around them.

I have had many wonderful experiences with children and even have had the experience of volunteering in Suva, Fiji in a kindergarten classroom. I am very grateful to be able to work with your children and watch them grow. I am from Yuma, Colorado where I grew up in a household of five. I love spending time watching my niece and nephew grow into inspiring individuals. I also enjoy traveling the world and exploring every chance I get.

Tessa - Teacher Aid

My name is Tessa, I am a CSU student studying Natural Resources. I have worked with children of all ages for years, including being a nanny, coaching youth volleyball, and counseling at outdoor camps. I find so much joy in witnessing children’s curiosity and excitement to learn.

I grew up in Phoenix and moved to Colorado in 2014. I love spending time with my family, playing sports, traveling, and enjoying the beautiful outdoors.

Savannah - Lunch Teacher

Hello, my name is Savannah Pessin. I’m currently a student at Colorado State University studying Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. I was born and raised in Las Vegas, NV. Growing up Jewish was a huge part of my life. I was always very active within my congregation and was the first person to help out if needed in my Hebrew school. As I continued to get older, I attended various Jewish camps that included: the JCC Day Camp in Las Vegas and a sleep-away camp in Seattle, Washington called Camp Solomon Schechter. After being a camper over the years, I decided that I too wanted to give back to campers the fun and excitement I grew up with and decided to become a counselor at each of these camps. Early childhood development is dependent on those leaders that guide them through adolescence and into adulthood. I owe it to my teachers and counselors who helped me grow; this too is what I want to give back to the children I help every day.  

The Aleph-Bet Club Teachers 2:30-5:30pm



My name is Olivia, I am in my Senior year at Colorado State University majoring in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Early Child Development. I have always had a passion for working with children and enjoy witnessing their growth as they are continuously exploring the world around them. 

I grew up in Phoenix and moved to Golden with my family about four years ago; as the middle of three kids, I love spending time with my siblings and parents. I love just about anything outdoors, volleyball, traveling, and seeking all the adventure life has to offer. 


My name is Whitney. I grew up moving around the country and in Germany as my father was in the  military. I earned a Bachelor's Degree in Microbiology and a Master's Degree in Environmental Toxicology and worked in the science field for many years before having children. I then stayed home with my two children and spent time volunteering with our church and in the school system. I realized I love being around children and work part-time at Lesher Middle School and treasure the time at Har Shalom.


My name is Michaela.  I am studying at Colorado State University as a Human Development and Family Studies Major. Being the oldest of 5 children I have the opportunity to watch them grow and develop.I grew up in the mountains and enjoy biking, hiking and spending time with my family. My favorite place is watching the sunrise at Horsetooth with a warm cup of coffee.



My name is Nina and I am currently a sophomore at Colorado State University. I was born and raised in Denver, then moved to Fort Collins to go to college with a major in social work. I have always loved working with children and find their creativity and playfulness to be contagious. I love spending time with my family and cuddling with my three dogs. I also enjoy being outdoors, chocolate, and anywhere with a beach. 

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