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Lindsay Marentette

Lindsay was born and raised in Saint Louis, MO and moved to Denver 3 years ago. She received her teaching certificate from Fontbonne University in Saint Louis and has been teaching preschool for 10 years. Other than teaching, something she is passionate about is playing mandolin and djembe drums. She looks forward to learning new ways of sharing music with the students at her pre- school, Rabbi Steven Foster, Early Learning Center , through Rhythm’n’Ruach!


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Tamara Reese

Cara Freedman is an award-winning playwright, director, producer, and composer of numerous full-scale Jewish rock musicals. Her innovative theater programs in San Diego have trained thousands of young actors and actresses over the past thirty years. 

Cara's shows have been produced in major theaters, synagogues, summer camps, religious schools, Jewish and secular high schools, community centers, and drama clubs across the continent. 

Cara is also a sought- after song leader and divides her time teaching Jewish music at Camp Jaycee, the Nierman Preschool,  PJ Library, San Diego Jewish Academy, Shalom Baby, Congregation Ner Tamid,  and Congregation Beth El. She is currently directing an acclaimed cast in the Purim Music CHAMILTON at Temple Solel.

Cara is the very proud mother of triplets: Evan, Alexa, and Jordan. She lives in San Diego, California with her fiance' James Doyle.

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Shira Teed

Teacher Lee, also known as Morah Leora, is a developmental preschool teacher with over 30 years of teaching experience in South Africa and the United States. She has a degree in early childhood education and received specialized training in the Israeli Matal program, Handwriting Without Tears, and other kindergarten school readiness programs. Teacher Lee and her husband Leon write both secular and Judaic educational children's books. She is an energetic, progressive and caring educator who sees enormous value in allowing children the latitude to learn all the skills they need through play, music and art. 

Teacher Lee believes families are the key component in any child’s education and goes to great lengths to maintain an open dialogue with parents of the children in her classes. 

Teacher Lee founded and operated a non-profit called Play-To-Learn Preschool. This very successful program provided a free traveling preschool, that set up in donated spaces, in financially impacted communities. The program reached thousands of children and their families every year. 

Teacher Lee currently teaches kindergarten readiness at San Diego Jewish Academy where she is proud to be a part of the team. She enjoys sharing her Judaica knowledge and teaching experience with her colleagues.

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Debbie Foster

Chana Tolchin is very excited to be joining Rhythm ‘n Ruach as a facilitator. Growing up in Teaneck, NJ, Chana took voice and piano lessons and loved performing in her school and camp musicals. While at Ma’ayanot High School, she co-founded “Heartbeats,” a music and arts festival which raises money for a different charity every year and continues at Ma’ayanot today. Chana spent a gap year after high school in Israel, where her deep connection with Jewish music grew. She attended Barnard College where she majored in English and Creative Writing and held leadership roles in her campus Hillel. In 2013 she was a finalist of the 2ndAnnual Teaneck Cabaret Competition. Following her move to North County San Diego, she sang in a folk band and performs her own music at open mics. Chana is also a visual artist and teaches art workshops through her business, Brave Creative Arts. She loves spreading her passion for music and art with everyone!