Shalom! I am so excited to begin our partnership in the role of Director of the BJBE’s Early Childhood Center at the Chava Center. I come to BJBE with a variety of experiences in early childhood, having served as Nature Educator, Lead Learner and Classroom teacher at Moriah Early Childhood Center. Over the years, I have had the honor of presenting at national and local early childhood conferences as well as leading a variety of parent education programs. Prior to entering the field of early childhood, I utilized the Master’s in Social Work I had earned at Jane Addams in my roles as Youth Outreach and Family Educator at the Village of Niles and as an adolescent social worker with Omni Youth Services. Early in my professional life, I served as the Director of Youth and Family Programming for the Hyde Park JCC. My undergraduate degree in Psychology was earned from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. In addition to my professional involvement, I have been an active volunteer in the Deerfield community. I serve as Chairperson of the Manpower Commission for the Village of Deerfield, the co-President of the District113 Education Foundation, and am a member of the Boards of Parents.The Anti-Drug and my synagogue. I live in Deerfield with my husband Dave, our three children – Matthew (who is studying at Michigan State University), Jonathan (a senior at Deerfield High School) and Allison (a freshperson at DHS), and our dog, Dunkin.
I feel so fortunate to be a part of the tradition of excellence at BJBE. As an educator, a community member, and a mom I strive to forge partnerships with the aim of supporting, nurturing and educating each member of our community. With a Jewish foundation and the best practices in early childhood education as guides, it is my aim to create an environment where each child can grow to be his or her best self.
I look forward to partnering with each of you,