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Sue Huntting, Religious School Director

Sue Huntting has been our Religious School Director since 2008 though she has worked in the field of Jewish Education for over 30 years. She began her career in Reform youth work and camping and then moved into synagogue work when she became Program Director at Valley Beth Shalom in Encino, CA. After she and Rabbi Geoff Huntting were married and had young children, she worked as a synagogue consultant in the Los Angeles area.

Since moving to Sarasota, Sue has taught in Temple Sinai's Religious School and has been involved at URJ Camp Coleman as co-chair of the Judaic Advisory Committee and faculty coordinator. She taught in the local Florence Melton Adult Mini-School and is a popular speaker around town. In addition to her work at Temple Sinai, she is the Managing Editor of the Journal of Jewish Education and is a clinical faculty mentor in the Executive Masters program in Jewish Education at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.

Under Sue's leadership, our Religious School became accredited in 2014 by the National Association of Temple Educators. We are proud to be one of only four Religious Schools in the state, and the only one on the west coast of Florida, to have earned this recognition. Sue holds a Masters of Arts in both Jewish Education and Jewish Communal Service from HUC-JIR which also awarded her an honorary doctorate in 2005 for her professional accomplishments. Contact Sue at ReligiousSchool@SinaiSRQ.org.

Laura Freedman , Director of Early Childhood Education

Laura received her B.A. and M.A. in Elementary Education from the University of Florida. Her Masters included a specialization in Reading and a minor in Psychology. She has extensive experience in the classroom and in mentoring other teachers. She grew up in a Reform synagogue and attended URJ Camp Coleman as a camper as did both her daughters. When her daughters attended a temple preschool she was the chair of the lay committee that interfaced with the temple's board of trustees. The Freedmans joined Temple Sinai when they moved to Sarasota. She understands schools and synagogues and is a valuable asset to the temple's professional staff. Contact Laura at Laura@sinaisrq.org

Deb Bryan, Youth Group Director

Deb Bryan has been working with children since she began teaching in 1991. She currently teaches in the English Department at Riverview High School from which she graduated but has also taught at Pine View School for the Gifted as well as Booker High School. In 2006-07, Deb taught music at Temple Sinai, and is thrilled to be working again with such a fine staff!

In addition, Deb volunteers on The Domestic Teen Travel Committee at The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee and has also been a proofreader for The Jewish News. In 2001, Deb was the Sarasota County Teacher of the Year and has received numerous other awards, including a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of South Florida where she received a Bachelor of Science (BS) in English Education. Deb also has a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Theatre, a Masters of Education (M Ed) in Interdisciplinary Studies in Curriculum and Instruction, and an Educational Specialist (Ed Spec) in Educational Leadership. She has presented numerous workshops and conducted seminars both locally and throughout Florida.

Deb is the daughter of Dr. Barry Torine and Mrs. Saundra Torine, and she is married with two children, Dylan and Madison, who attended religious school and celebrated their Bar and Bat Mitzvahs here at Temple Sinai. Deb's philosophy about teaching and working with children can best be summed up with the words of the English philosopher, Herbert Spencer: "The great aim of education is not knowledge but action." Contact Deb at dbryan@sinaisrq.org.