Staff

Ilene Forsyth

Preschool 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 providing curriculum and workshops 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 about celebrating all children as individuals and honored to serve the Shalomies during their essential early years of growth and development. 

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Tamara Burnside
Administrative Assistant

Tamara Burnside earned her BS in Human Development and Family Sciences from Brigham Young University. Tamara has held a variety of roles at HSPK as a much-loved substitute teacher, teacher assistant and now as Administrative Assistant. Tamara enjoys singing, skiing, hiking, and reading.

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Breanna Renken
Lead Teacher

Breanna has 15 years experience working with youth and children in a variety of settings. She holds a B.S. in Elementary Education and Special Education. It is her goal to nurture a love of learning in the hearts of her students as well as foster lifelong tools to develop healthy social and emotional relationships.

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Tonya Puttlitz
Teacher Aid

Tonya was a stay-at-home mom for many years before she began working part-time in the Poudre School District as a Job Coach, assisting and mentoring special-needs teens at various internships. She enjoys working with your children and helping them enjoy each of their days to the fullest!

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Whitney Naddy
Teacher Aid

Whitney earned a Bachelor's Degree in Microbiology and a Master's in Environmental Toxicology and worked in the science field for many years. I later realized I love being around children and work part-time at Lesher Middle School and treasure the time at Har Shalom.

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Tessa Quinter
Aleph-Bet Teacher

Tessa is a CSU student studying Natural Resources. She has worked with children for years, including being a nanny, vollyball coach, and camp counselor. Tessa finds so much joy in witnessing children’s curiosity and excitement to learn.

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Emily Canigiula
Aleph Bet Teacher

Emily is a CSU student studying Human Development and Family Studies and hopes to become a pediatric occupational therapist. Aside from working with preschools, Emily also has experience as a nanny and summer camp counselor.

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Lisa Pitsch
Aleph-Bet Teacher

Lisa is a CSU student with a double major in Psychology and Equine Science and a minor in Business Administration. She hopes to become a child psychologist specializing in using horses as a therapeutic strategy. Lisa loves the joy children radiate, especially when they are creating and discovering the wonders of the world.