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Head of Summerlin academy resigns after teacher arrest

Updated June 3, 2024 - 6:35 pm

The head of the Shenker Academy in Summerlin has resigned following the arrest of a teacher accused of abusing a student, according to an internal email.

The teacher, 33-year-old Eryka Westover, was arrested May 17 and charged with felony child abuse or neglect. Her bail conditions specified that she must stay away from Shenker Academy, a preschool that offers a kindergarten program licensed through the Clark County School District.

The school is a subsidiary of the Temple Sinai congregation. Roy Berger, president of the Temple Sinai board of trustees, announced the resignation of Sharon Knafo, head of school, in an email sent May 24.

“We appreciate all of the contributions that Dr. Knafo made in helping Shenker Academy become the premier institution for early childhood education in Las Vegas,” Berger wrote in the email.

As the congregation searches for a successor, Beth Miller, former CEO of the now-closed Solomon Day School, will be serving as interim head of school.

Contact Estelle Atkinson at eatkinson@reviewjournal.com.

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