Karen Tannenholtz has been a part of the Yavneh community since 1995. Students, parents, and colleagues admire Karen’s incomparable experience, enthusiasm, and dedication to teaching.
Karen received her Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, followed by a Masters degree in Special Education, both from New York University. She began her teaching career at the Stephen Gaynor School in Manhattan, where she taught self-contained classes for children with learning differences.
After starting a family and moving to New Jersey, Karen decided she wanted to continue teaching and searched for the school that would be the perfect fit. As soon as Karen walked through Yavneh’s doors, she felt the sense of community she had been looking for. Over the course of her career at Yavneh, Karen has held numerous positions in both the elementary and middle schools, most recently working in 5th grade General Studies and 7th grade English.
Karen enjoys working with all her students, encouraging them, and helping them achieve success. Karen’s philosophy about education is to work with each child individually to help them reach their full potential and feel good about their accomplishments.
Outside of teaching, Karen enjoys traveling, the beach, and her family. Karen has just celebrated her 40th wedding anniversary with her husband, Michael, and they have four daughters, four new “sons”, and four adorable grandchildren they love visiting in New York City. Karen is also the daughter of Holocaust survivors and is very grateful that they can celebrate with her in this achievement.
Karen has been overjoyed to have had the opportunity to spend the last 23 years at Yavneh. She appreciates the warmth and support of her colleagues, administrators, parents, and students. Before Shabbat begins each week, Karen is known for telling her students, “Happy Chally!”