Liliana M. - Lili used to work as a pharmacist in Lima, Peru. She moved to Washington, DC in 2001. Since then she found her passion in working with kids. She learned English and German, and now she is finishing her 90-hour course in Early Childhood Education. Later this year she will study for the CDA and in the future she would like to become a lead preschool teacher. Lili has worked in the Gan since 2015.
Candy P. - Candy was born in Peru but has lived in the United States for the past 25 years. She has completed her 90 hr certification and has worked at the Gan for the past 12 years.
Menuhah P. - Menuhah has been a Jewish educator at Gan HaYeled for more than 15 years. She studied at Birmingham Southern College in Birmingham AL, Northern Virginia Community College and the University of Denver in Denver CO. To keep up with the latest in early children philosophy she has attended NAEYC and CAJE conferences. For Jewish study Menuhah received a scholarship to attend a Hebrew summer study program for teachers at Ulpan Akiva in Netanya, Israel. In addition she has been a recipient of the Doris Herman Educator Recognition Award which recognizes excellence in teaching. Menuhah brings her love of Judaism and travel to Israel into the classroom with tefillot (prayers), niggunim (melodies) then taking the children on pretend adventures to Tel-Aviv, Eilat and Jerusalem. On Shabbats and High Holy Days, Menuhah is the prayer leader for family & tot based services at Adas.
Marsha P. - After taking many education courses at Stanford University, Marsha chose to stay at home with her 4 children for 30 years, but volunteered in their classes often, including at the Gan. For 18 years, she was an event planner where she learned a great deal about organization, patience and collegiality. Marsha returned to the Gan 7 years ago to be the assistant teacher in the Rectangle Class for two years, taking courses all the while. She then began teaching the Ovals Class and earned her Certificate in Jewish Early Childhood Education from Gratz College under the mentorship of Lyndall Miller, a leader in Jewish Education.
Joanna R. - Joanna has an M.A. in Special Education with a focus in learning disabilities. She taught middle and high school special education in DC charter schools for nine years. She has been working at the Gan since September 2016 and has been enjoying working with younger children.
Carolyn R. - Carolyn started teaching in 1984 while still in college as part of her educational coursework and has been teaching ever since. She graduated with a B.A. in Sociology and a minor in Education from Beloit College in Beloit, WI. Carolyn has taken additional early childhood courses in Israel (Birth to 3 years sponsored by the Ministry of Labor) and at De Anza community college and University of Santa Cruz extension. She has experience teaching both in Israel and in the United States for ages 1-4 and kindergarten.
Ashley R. - Ashley is a native Washingtonian who has stayed local her whole life. She took three early childhood education courses while in high school and has worked in early childhood education for more than five years. She has been an assistant teacher at the Gan for more than five years and aspires to own her own childcare center some day.
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Lourdes R. - Lourdes, who moved to Maryland from Quito-Ecuador at the age of 15, has been working as a Teacher's Assistant at Adas Israel's Gan HaYeled for more than 10 years. She has completed the 90 Hours in Early Childhood Education course as well as additional professional development courses, including 4 Hours in Principles of Positive Discipline and 4 Hours in Learning Environment That Works.