Meet Our Teachers!

   Hummingbirds Class (1 year olds)

Lisa Lawrence has been assisting and subbing at TBOP for over 25 years.  She has a BA degree in communications from NC State and loves to volunteer in the community.  She is married to Mark and has two grown sons:  Jess, who is very happily engaged and living in Charlotte, and Dylan, who is currently living and working in Raleigh.

Rachel Abramson was born and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina with her parents and older brother.  She has been a member of Temple Beth Or her entire life and attended preschool and religious school at the synagogue.  She had her Bat Mitzvah in the upstairs sanctuary in June of 2005 and it was lead by Rabbi Dinner.  She attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and majored in Human Development and Family Studies.  She graduated with a license to teach children from birth through Kindergarten.  In addition to teaching preschool she is also a part of the religious school and Hebrew school at Temple Beth Or.  She enjoys teaching because she loves working with families, children, and co-teachers.  In her free time she likes to travel, walk around Raleigh's greenways, and see friends.

The majority of our teachers have a college degree in early childhood education or a related field, and have obtained their North Carolina Early Educator Certification.  Proper education is important to our school, and our entire staff attend Early Childhood workshops and classes at Project Enlightenment, Wake Tech and NCaeyc.

Several of our teachers and staff have been here for over a decade.  We love our team and we take care of them, and it shows.  We have a dedicated roster of teachers who are an integral part of shaping our school and our curriculum.  We trust, we listen and we honor our teachers and in return, they make this a permanent job assignment.

Teachers and parents are partners in education.  Keeping parents aware of classroom programs and each child’s abilities are essential to our programing.  Reinforcing school-day lessons and helping parents with milestone adjustments are just two reasons why the relationship between teacher and parent is so important.  Weekly and monthly classroom newsletters, twice yearly Parent /Teacher conferences and an open-door policy are all parts of our job as educators. Our goal is to make sure your children are on track, and to help them establish their strengths.


Our teachers enjoy creating special bonds with each student to encourage them to go through their day confidently and happily. All new students get a home visit from their teacher before they start school to ease the transition to the classroom.

Ms. Goldene is originally from Canada and moved to Raleigh in 1999.  She has 2 older children who are now 20 and 23 years old.  One of her sons attended TBOP for 3 years!  Ms. Goldene has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and has been a Substitute Teacher and as Assistant Teacher at TBOP since 2003!  Her love for chidlren shines through every day!  Ms. Goldene has a very warm, loving, and nurturing personality and has been a great asset to the preschool.

Chickadees Class (2 year olds)

Victoria McLean has been a child care teacher and teacher assistant for more than 10 years with a variety of age groups.  She earned an Early Childhood Certificate from Wake Tech in 2006.    She lives in Raleigh with her family. We are so excited to welcome her back to TBOP for her second year!

Tigers Class (4 year olds)

          Owls Class (3 year olds)

Whitney Leggette is new to TBOP this year and is working with Ms. Rita in the Hummingbirds class.  Her experience and education includes three degrees and several certifications related to Education.  As a mom of three under 5, it gives her so much joy to be around children and make an impact on their lives.  

Patty Rorick joined the staff at TBOP in the fall of 2011 as has been lead teacher of the 3s, 4s and most recently the 2s classes. Patty had worked with many ages of children since the time she was 13. She earned her Bachelors in Early Childhood Education from Carlow University in Pittsburgh and over the years has worked as a preschool teacher, Nanny and Kindergarten teacher. She lives in Wake Forest.  Her two sons, Peter and Lucas, were adopted from Russia.   Peter is a high school sophomore and Lucas is a high school freshman.  In her spare time Patty has a neighborhood pet sitting business and is an avid runner who has completed multiple half marathons and marathons. 

Kathy Frankel has been teaching at TBOP for over 14 years. Some of her experiences include lead teaching the two, three,and four year old classrooms.  She was awarded Community Partnerships Teacher of the Year in 2009. She is married to her husband, Dave, for 27 years. They have one child, a TBOP Alumni Ava, who is a freshman at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. Her philosophy on teaching is simple: make learning fun and instill confidence in every student. Her previous experiences include Meredith College and The Sylvan Learning Center where she developed individual lesson plans for 124 students daily for both their academic reading and mathematical programs. Kathy also participated  in the Cary community as Color Guard Chair at Green Hope High School and as Teacher Liason here at TBOP.

Rita Krosner has a Bachelor degree in Community and Public Health Education and a Masters degree in School Social Work.  She has been teaching at Temple Beth Or Preschool for 4 years and her son Jack, who is a graduate of TBOP, is a freshman at UNC Wilmington!  Rita adores teaching children because they are so much in the present and they bring so much joy to life.  

Call us today at 919 781 4895 ext 4.