Morah Anita Kraus - Director

Hi, I’m Anita Kraus and so happy to be the B’nai Amoona Director of Early Childhood Education.  I’ve been in the education field in St. Louis for 28 years. 

My goal is for families with young children to connect with each other and to mentor happy and self-confident children that grow and discover something new every day.  I am truly very lucky to be a part of the B’nai Amoona educational family.

Morah Pam Appelman - ECC Adminstrative Assistant

Hi, I'm Pam and I was born and raised in St. Louis and graduated from University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, with a Bachelor of Science in Advertising. I've been member of B'nai Amoona from the time my husband Howard and I were married. We have three daughters, all of whom went through the Early Childhood Center, B'nai Amoona Religious School, and BAUSY. They also attended Solomon Schechter Day School.

I fell in love with the ECC when my children attended, and have been working as the Administrative Assistant since the fall of 2005. I assist the Director, Anita Kraus, in the operation and administration of the ECC. My position includes a variety of duties for the ECC families and teachers, as well as special Early Childhood programs.

Morah Judy Borah

This is my 4th year with the Aleph class.  I had a long career in Manufacturing, but working at B’nai Amoona for these last few years has been a true joy. I love working here, and look forward to many more years to come.

Morah Anne Brafa-Mazur

Hi, I'm Anne Brafa-Mazur. I've had the pleasure of teaching at the ECC for the past 25 years!  I have a background in social work and was first asked to work in the Parent Infant Program.  I added the Bet program the following year.  I never thought I wanted to be a teacher when I was in school, but I was hooked after my first year here.  Now, when people ask me if I'm still teaching preschool I tell them, "Of course, and I'm still having fun!"  

Morah Shelby Cohen

I grew up in St. Charles County and currently live in beautiful Lake St. Louis.  I received my Associates Degree in general education from St. Charles Community College and then double majored in Early Childhood/ Elementary Education at Lindenwood University.   I graduated with my Master's in Education from Central Methodist University in 2012. I love being a part of the B'nai Amoona atmosphere.  I love children of all ages as I also work with Kadima, Atid, and USY members through BAUSY (the BA youth groups).

Morah Shifra Galer

My name is Shifra Galer and I moved to St. Louis with my husband and three children four years ago from Israel. I served in the IDF for two years as a field medic and I have a Bachelor’s of Education in special education. I teach Sunday school and Hebrew school in Shaare Emeth, ages 3rd to 6th grade. I work in B’nai Amoona with the 4 and 5 year olds. I love working with kids. It is very important to me to share a love for Israel and Judaism through my personal experiences. I strive for a creative and accepting classroom environment full of Hebrew, exploring traditions and developing students’ minds.

Morah Michelle Iken

I am very excited to be a part of the B'nai Amoona ECC staff! I love teaching and seeing the light bulb go off in students! I have been teaching for over 15 years and have taught all subject areas and ages. I have my undergrad degree in early childhood and elementary education and masters in special education, both from the University of Kansas! I am married to Corey and we have two beautiful sons, Seth (4) and Ryan (9 months). We also have two dogs Sammy and Edgar. 

Morah Cheri Winchell

I'm thrilled to be working at BAECC and share in the lives of your children and their earliest learning experiences, as well as the beginnings of their Jewish Journey. I have a Bachelor's degree from the University of Kansas in Speech Pathology and have been teaching in Early Childhood for 22 years. I love to travel, read and watch the Cardinals! I am married to my husband, David, and have two kids, Allie who is a Senior at KU and Ben who is a Freshman at Johnson and Wales University.

Morah Terry Kassoff

Morah Tammy Patterson

Morah Barb Schuver

Morah Renee Kohn

Yoga Specialist

Morah Rachel Persellin-Armoza

Hebrew and Dance Specialist

Morah Lori Tesser

Movement Specialist