MMA ELC Leadership

Preschool Director – Juli Pritsos

We are delighted to introduce the Director of Menachem Mendel Academy’s Early Learning Center!  Juli Pristos comes to us with over 30 years of experience in teaching and working with children.  She has extensive training in early childhood brain development and nurturing the absorbent mind of the preschool years.

In addition to directing and teaching, Juli is an experienced trainer to other teachers, a curriculum specialist, a trainer for new employees, and truly believes that developing a love of learning from an early age is a solid foundation to a child’s success throughout their educational years.

With a combined background in art, music, and academics, Juli is extremely passionate about developing well-rounded learners.  She prides herself in kindergarten readiness, with a priority on strong foundations in literacy, numeracy, and social emotional development. 

Hebrew Studies Curriculum Developer & Teacher – Shulamit Ben-Shabat

The MMA ELC is thrilled to welcome Shulamit Ben-Shabat as our Lead Hebrew Studies Curriculum Developer and Teacher.

Shulamit has a BA in Education from Israel, specializing in Hebrew, Science, and Math.  Born into a family of educators, she grew up in a home that was fully dedicated to teaching and serving others with endless warmth and love for fellow Jews.  From the age of 12, she was assisting her parents in running community programs and teaching young children.  In her teenage years, she started off as a counselor in summer camps, then became head camp counselor, ran Shabbos programs, and participated in mentorship programs to help younger kids in need.

Shulamit taught school in Israel for three years before moving to the USA in 2017 with her husband and young children to serve the Jewish community of Arizona. 

She says, “My family showed me what it means to live with a true love of Israel, and now I get to pay it forward in my own life, with my own children and local community.  It is my honor to help raise our next generation with love and warmth of Judaism.”