Debbie Freesman
Debbie joins IEBECC with extensive early childhood experience as a former supervisor and teacher. She has worked in small and large Jewish early childhood centers and brings a wealth of knowledge about emergent and progressive curriculum. Debbie is passionate about Reggio-inspired education and believes it beautifully compliments key tenets of Jewish learning.

Debbie received a BA in Psychology from Clark University in Worcester, MA. She has taken graduate courses in Early Child Education and Social Work at Bank Street College and Rutgers University and holds a Child Development Associate Certificate. She has also attended and participated in regional and national Jewish Community Center Association of North America programs and conferences. Debbie has received extensive training in Reggio-inspired and emergent curriculum.

Debbie and her husband Steven live in Closter and have three adult children.

Early Childhood Educators

Aimee Radowitz
Morah Amy is excited to continue to be a part of the IEBECC family! She grew up in Livingston, NJ, went to Livingston High School and is a lifetime member of Temple Beth Shalom. There she became a Bat Mitzvah and was confirmed, as well as got married to her husband, Alan, who was also a member at Beth Shalom. Five years later she gave birth to fraternal twin boys, Matthew and Jason. “Having seen my boys in preschool, I knew that I wanted to work with children, (maybe because mine were growing up too fast)!” She had been working at The Early School of Temple B’nai Abraham for 18 years, starting out as a part-time Assistant and working her way to a full-time Lead Teacher. In 2018, she joined the program at IEBECC and taught in the 3’s and 2’s.

Currently, Morah Amy also works at the JLP of B’nai Abraham teaching Hebrew and Holiday to children K-2, as well as a Torah Tots program at Beth Am in Parsippany, NJ. Additionally, she took on the roll, of Camp Director at Suburban Torah’s own Camp Cochavim this past summer. “When I am not working, I enjoy eating at new restaurants, seeing a Broadway show, participating in a Sisterhood event or attending a wine tasting.”

As you can see, “I love to be around young children. I believe that our children are sponges and can learn through different avenues. I also believe that we can learn from our children. We need to listen to them and answer their questions honestly at an age appropriate level. I cannot wait to teach your children, get to know them, and help them grow into the scholars that they are!”

Debra Felner
Morah Debra grew up in Queens, NYC. As a young child, she was fascinated by all things in nature, colors and textures. She attended Yeshiva Central Queens and Yeshiva High School of Queens for girls. Upon graduation, Debra attended The Fashion Institute of Technology and obtained a BFA in Textile surface design and business. The following 10 years she lived and immersed herself in NYC while working as a Surface designer and CAD specialist in home design and sleepwear.

After getting married to her mechanical engineer husband, they moved to Livingston NJ and had 2 children: Jagger now age 10 and Kayla age 13. She also loves to spend time with her two pets Daisy and Coco, working out, painting and reading. Debra continues to try to do surface design with a new agency and has worked at IEBECC for the past year. She is so excited to embark on her second year and implement her love of nature and art with a brand-new class!

Francine Nelson
Fran is excited about teaching the 3s/Pre-K class this year. “This will be a very special year of new growth, learning, and skills. I know the children are starting at a very good place, bringing with them the building blocks of their last few years at Suburban Torah. It is always wonderful to make new friends and I know I will enjoy getting to know all of you.”

Fran has over 15 years of experience both at Suburban Torah and several other Synagogue preschool programs in Essex County. She looks forward to sharing all of her accumulated ideas and amazing activities and projects with the children. Fran raised four children, three sons and a daughter, all grown up and launched into the world. She love to read, watch movies, take long walks/hike, go camping, attend music festivals, and sing with a community choir. She also loves animals and would enjoy having a class pet!

Kerry Bell
Kerry loves being a part of the IEBECC family for the past three years and is excited to begin her fourth!  She grew up in Miami, Florida and currently live in West Orange. Kerry and her husband Evan and have three wonderful children; Lindsay (11), Andrew (9) and Lauren (5).  “When I am not with your kids or mine, I can be found at the gym, shopping, cooking or relaxing with friends.”

Kerry received her master’s degree in General and Special Education from Touro College in 2006 and has held teaching positions in NYC, Bergen and Essex counties working with children from birth through second grade.

“I cannot wait to spend the year with your children, watching them grow and learn together.”

Pam Derby
Morah Pam has always had a love for working with children. Outgoing and patient, her love for children spans over forty years! Hailing, from the Midwest, Morah Pam can usually be found on the floor playing, reading a book or singing with her students. She has taught several different ages and subjects over the years, from pre-school to high school, from academia to athletics. Morah Pam’s experience also includes an array of schools, including St. David’s Boys School and Rodeph Shalom in NYC and JEC, Temple Beth Ahm Yisroel and IEBECC in New Jersey.

Morah Pam and her husband have two boys.