Leadership & Administration
Through my graduate studies I have discovered my true passion for developing and implementing curriculum in the early childhood years. I believe young children are naturally curious about the world around them. Developing inquiry skills early in life fosters children’s curiosity, understanding of the natural world, and their love of learning. My undergraduate degree is in Early Childhood Education from Boston University. After graduating, I spent three years as the lead teacher in the Early Childhood Learning Laboratory at BU and completed my masters in curriculum and teaching with a focus on science for young children.
After teaching at Temple Beth Shalom for several years, I returned as administrator. I am a graduate of Boston University with a double major in International Relations and Psychology. Before coming to TBS I worked in various capacities for a number of small businesses in the area. Whether as a bookkeeper and administrator for Last Minute Productions and as receptionist at a local pediatrician, I enjoy supporting the needs of a bustling office and bringing my organizational skills to the role.
I love the way the Temple Beth Shalom community embraces the Jewish culture in the curriculum and I appreciate being part of a warm and welcoming community.
I am devoted to reaching each and every student and instilling in them a love for learning. I am passionate about designing age-appropriate lessons and activities that teach fundamental academic and social skills and I focus on developing strong relationships within the school community. I hold a masters from Northeastern University and a BS in Education from Necrasov University, St. Petersburg in Russia. I bring over 16 years of teaching experience. Before coming to Temple Beth Shalom I taught toddlers at the Maimonides School in Brookline, preschoolers at Yal-Day-New in Brighton and pre-k children at A to Z Preschool in Needham.
I graduated from the University of Connecticut with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Early Childhood Education. I always knew I wanted to be a teacher. My career as an educator started off working at the UCONN child labs with infants and toddlers. After graduating, I taught two and three year olds at Beginnings School, followed by being the Assistant Director at Radcliffe Child Care Center for eight years.
I am a lifelong learner and am always looking for ways to grow as an educator. I am looking forward to joining the TBS community as a Curriculum Coach to collaborate with teachers to create warm, and welcoming classroom environments where children feel valued and respected. My work has been inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy for the past 8 years and I enjoy incorporating loose parts and sensory/process experiences in the classroom. I enjoy partnering with parents and always enjoy inviting in family members to be a mystery reader or share a special skill with the children. I believe children are born with a desire to connect with others and it is our job as educators to guide their relationships by encouraging children to listen to each other and work together.
Director of Clinical Support
As a licensed clinical social worker, I bring what I’ve learned from my clinical and life experience to help foster healthy, holistic partnerships between the child, the family and the teachers at TBS. Fostering strong relationships early in a child’s life provides the foundation for healthy development, and social and emotional health is an essential aspect of that foundation.
I earned my Masters Degree in Social Work from Simmons University. I have worked with young children and their families, many with a significant history of trauma, both in a school based and clinical setting. I’m excited by all the possibilities for a child to flourish within this community.