Early Childhood Staff

Stacey Katz

Early Childhood Program Director

Stacey Katz has been working in the Early Childhood Program since 1997. Stacey has a B.A. in Management with a minor in Child Psychology, a B.S. in Nursing and a Master's Degree in Administration. Stacey has been an active member of the ECE-RJ the (Early Childhood Educators of the Reform Judaism) for the past 15 years and has served on the board for two years. She has been on the Board of JECP (Jewish Early Childhood Professionals) for the past four years, is a Board Member of Orloff CAJE, a Board member of Imagine Charter School Plantation and a member of NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children). She also holds her VPK endorsed director credential.

Being the director of TKAE’s Early Childhood Program brings Stacey such joy as she and her staff are able to make a difference in the lives of young children.  She feels fortunate to work with amazing teachers and administrators that treat each and every family that enters the school as one of their own.  The goal for her students is to set the foundation for lifelong learning and for their families to feel that they are leaving their children in a nurturing, safe environment.

Born in New York, Stacey moved to Plantation from Miami Beach 1996 with her husband Louis.  They have three children, Hannah, Stephanie and Noah.

Contact Stacey Katz by email.

Lori Becker

Curriculum Specialist

Lori Becker has been working in the Early Childhood Program since 2012. She has a B.S. in elementary education with a specialization in special education and Judaic studies from the University of Florida. She has a M.A. in early childhood from Nova Southeastern University. Lori is a member of NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children), Zero to Three, and JECP. She is also a professor of early childhood at Kaplan University.

As the curriculum specialist, Lori has the amazing opportunity to meet with teachers weekly to collaborate and create exciting, hands-on and innovative activities. She enjoys seeing the looks on the children’s faces when they learn something new. Lori’s goal is to support the teachers and the parents by providing a developmentally appropriate and creative classroom environment.

Lori and her husband Todd, and their daughters, Saige and Sloan live in Plantation.

Melanie Frank

Administrative Assistant

Melanie has been working in the Early Childhood Program since 2013.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing (cum laude) from Clarkson University, graduating in 2000, and worked for General Electric as a project manager for four years. Melanie is responsible for managing the EC front office, registering students and assisting parents with any questions they have about the program.

I think the professionalism and warmth I project makes our parents feel secure in choosing our school. I enjoy the family atmosphere and sense of camaraderie that I feel here.