Our Teachers

Adat Shalom Preschool employs dedicated teachers and staff who have the credentials and the passion to create a fun and engaging learning environment for your child.

  • Our head teachers boast degrees from accredited colleges or universities and have thousands of hours of experience in working with young children.

  • All of our staff members are caring, patient and enthusiastic individuals who have your child’s best interest at heart.

  • Our teachers and staff are CPR and First Aid Certified every two years.

  • All of our teachers have criminal and child abuse clearances on file.

  • Each year, our teachers and staff participate in professional development training. In recent years, our teachers have attended workshops, including: learning about the Reggio Emilia educational philosophy and workshops sponsored by the Fox Chapel School District.

Additionally, we invite River Pediatric Therapies  each year to observe students, consult with our teachers, and provide training.




Meet Our Director

Casey Schapira

Casey started out as a Pre-School parent in 2009. A valued substitute teacher in 2013, Casey joined the staff full time in 2014 as a teacher in our First Experience Program. She took over as Director for the 2019-2020 school year.

Casey is a graduate of Penn State with a focus on Child and Family Development, and she earned a Graduate Degree in Education from the University of Pittsburgh.

Casey has been working with children of all ages since she was a teenager. She is married and the mother of three – all Adat Shalom graduates



Meet Our Classroom Teachers


Carey Rzeszotarski

2s and 3s Head Teacher, Head Teacher for Pre-K afternoons, and Splash Camp Director

Chelsea Holmes

2s and 3s Assistant Teacher


Melissa Ragan

Pre-K Head Teacher


McKay Shelkey-Bray

First Experience Head Teacher


Erin Schachter

First Experience Assistant Teacher, Lunch Bunch Teacher

Lori Tavella

Pre-K Assistant Teacher for Morning and Afternoon Programs


Meet Our Specials Teachers

Celeste Janosko- Super Science

Katie Lascola – Yoga instructor

Donni Roth – Music Teacher