Dear BJBE Families,
Shalom! Allow me to share a little bit about myself and the experiences I bring to my role as Director of BJBE’s Early Childhood Program at the Chava Center. I earned my Bachelor degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, and my Master’s degree in Social Work from Jane Addams School of Social Work.
Prior to entering the field of early childhood, I served as the Youth Outreach and Family Educator at the Village of Niles and as an adolescent social worker with Omni Youth Services. I also served as the Director of Youth and Family Programming for the Hyde Park JCC.
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.
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 District 113 Education Foundation. I am also a member of the boards of my synagogue and Parents. The Anti-Drug.
I live in Deerfield with my husband Dave, our three children, Matthew (who is working towards a PhD at the University of Pittsburgh), Jonathan (at the University of Illinois) and Allison (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,