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Paula Katz 

Becker School Director

Paula brings over 18 years of preschool experience to Becker Early Childhood Center. For thirteen of those years, she worked at St. Stephen's Episcopal School in Houston. She taught in the classroom, headed up a Special Education Department, was the Coordinator of Lower Elementary School, served as the Lower School Principal and as the Director of Admissions. Paula received her Masters in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Counseling from the University of Houston and her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Houston graduating Magna Cum Laude.

She currently holds an American Montessori Society Certificate and has completed the Rice Literacy and Cultural Project offered by Rice University. Paula has completed and received many certificates from other continuing educational programs including the Baylor-Rice Science Program for Elementary Teachers, Neuhaus Language Enrichment Program and the Texas Certification for Elementary Education.

Professional associations with which she is involved include Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Kappa Delta Phi Education Honor Society, Early Childhood Educators of Reform Judaism (ECE-RJ), National Association of Education for Young Children, Southern Early Childhood Association.

For questions or concerns about the philosophy of the school, school policies, a concern about your child's development, referral information or financial concerns, please contact Paula.

Judy Lazor 

Assistant director - admissions

Judy Lazor grew up in Houston and is a life-long member of Emanu El, having joined the synagogue in 1957. Judy graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelor of Science in Education and began working at Becker School in May of 2000. She has two boys and two precious grandchildren, Moshe and Leba. Her hobbies include baseball, movies and reading. 

Pam Jenkins 

Assistant director - curriculum

Raised in Pennsylvania, Pam lived in Ohio, Connecticut and California before arriving at Houston 18 years ago, following the birth of her daughter. With a background in finance and human resources, her relationship with Emanu El began as a parent of a preschooler. It was within the Emanu El walls that she discovered her passion for early childhood education. Pam has been a Becker teacher, camp coordinator, and Assistant Director of Curriculum since 2015. She looks forward to many more rewarding years within the Emanu El community. 

Leslie Strug 

Parenting Coordinator

Leslie Strug was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She studied psychology and education at Tulane University and art at University of Houston. She has worked at Becker in both the classroom and the office for more years than she can remember. Leslie has a passion for education, art, the Astros and, most importantly, her family.

Evon Zionts 


Evon is a Native Houstonian who has been at Becker School for nearly 25 years, 15 of which were in the classroom as a teacher. You will not only see Evon in the school, however, as she is always on her feet and helping everyone she can with a smile on her face.

Evon and her husband Mark have a beautiful daughter named Megan who was recently married. Evon is also the mother to two adorable dogs. Coco is a Chihuahua and Dottie is a Chiweenie.

Marlene Finkelstein 

Becker School Receptionist

Marlene joined the Becker School family in July of 2017. She is a native Houstonian and has been happily married to her husband Mark for nearly 40 years. Together they have four beautiful daughters, and Marlene shares every moment of her spare time with her four precious grandchildren. She enjoys being a part of the warm and loving Becker community.


Administrative Team

Judy  Lazor

Assistant Director-Admissions

Contact for questions regarding:
Admissions, tuition statements, additions or changes to your child's schedule, PTO

Pam Jenkins

Assistant Director-Curriculum

Contact for questions regarding:
Curriculum, licensing and/or accreditation information

Tracey Blumrosen


Contact for questions regarding:
Calendar, extra-curricular activities, lunches, your child's schedule, Lunch Bunch, Stay & Play or Rise & Shine, changes to who picks up your child, medication for your child, changes to your contact information

Leslie Strug

Parenting Coordinator

Contact for questions regarding:
Parenting programs, Baby Break, or to submit an article or information for the school newsletter

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