Trevor Lilly, Afterschool Director

Trevor began his teaching at an in home daycare servicing Israeli American families in Boston while attending Wheelock College. He has been a pre-K teacher for four years and has worked at the JCA since 2009. Trevor is passionate about early childhood education and loves the four and five year old's unique perspectives on the world. He appreciates that his work requires creativity, spontaneity, and constant self reflection, and he brings his love of cooking, art and science into the classroom.


Clare Flore, Afterschool Assistant Director

Clare is an artist, naturalist and dedicated educator, who completed her Art Education graduate degree at Maine College of Art in 2010. Originally from Michigan, she moved to Maine after receiving a BFA in illustration. Her passion for teaching emerged over ten years ago when she co-ran an inner city literacy focused afterschool program. Over the next decade Clare has been involved in a variety of educational programs and with ages ranging from 2-18. She has worked as a toddler teacher, art teacher and afterschool director with in the Portland community and has been involved with the Jewish Community Alliance for over six years. Her teaching philosophy is rooted in empowering youth to be creative, curious and considerate learners.

Jenny Beers

Jenny Beers

Jenny is originally from Cape Cod. There she worked at a local nature center teaching children about the environment in the classroom and throughout the various ecosystems of the Cape. She has a B.A. in Nonprofit Management and loves to combine her passion for the arts with her teaching style. Jenny is also joining the Center Day Camp staff and is excited to be a part of the JCA family.

Lisa Ha-Ngoc

Lisa Ha-Ngoc

Lisa has been a Spanish teacher for the past thirteen years. She has taught a variety of ages from pre-school to university students. She has a BA in Spanish from Dartmouth College and an MA in Spanish from Middlebury College. In addition to teaching at the JCA, she teaches Spanish at St. Joseph’s College. She enjoys spending time with her three children, Adam (JCA alum), Elise (JCA toddler), and Lucas.

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Lisa Hicks

Lisa is a professional dancer, dance instructor, and choreographer based in Portland. Lisa teaches creative movement, modern dance, and choreographs dance works with dancers of all ages.