Dale S. - Dale is a native Washingtonian and grew up at Adas Israel Congregation. Her children, ages 16, 14 and 11, are 4th generation at Adas, and are all active in the religious school and youth groups. She attended the University of Michigan and has 2 masters degrees, one from Lesley college (M.Ed.) and Hunter School of Social Work (MSW). She worked in NYC for 11 years, mostly in the field of deafness and hearing-impairment, as a movement/art therapist and child and family therapist and has worked in the field of social work for the past 25 years. Dale has been working at the Gan on and off for more than 17 years, and is now our parent/toddler and “January 2s” teacher.
Devon S. - Devon has been an assistant teacher at Adas for more than 15 years. Devon has her 90 hours certificate in early childhood and also works as a head teacher at another area preschool.
Gail T. - Gail is an anthropologist and educator, receiving her doctorate in socio-cultural anthropology with a focus on visual anthropology and a master’s in education. She has taught university students and pre-K and Kindergarten students, and also served as a substitute in a local independent school for 4 years before accepting a position at the Gan.
Ellen U. - Ellen comes to the Gan with over 12 years’ experience teaching 2 year olds. Ellen earned a B.A. in Anthropology from Indiana University, her 90 hour early childhood certification from Montgomery College and an additional 45 hour infants and toddlers certification from Howard Community College. Ellen was also fortunate to travel to Israel with the first group of early childhood educators sponsored by the Jewish Federation and the Partnership for Jewish Life and Learning in 2005.
Ana V. - Ana is one of the true native Washingtonians, having been born right here in DC! Ana earned her CDA and has been an early childhood teacher for 24 years. She has been a teacher at the Gan for more than 15 years.
Rachel V. - Rachel comes to the Gan with more than 30 years teaching experience. She was a preschool art coordinator for more than 20 years, created and directed a preschool after-school enrichment program, and served as a teaching assistant as well. She has taken numerous early childhood education classes in the community and through Montgomery College.
Ben W. - Ben grew up outside Ft. Lauderdale, FL and graduated from Florida Atlantic University in 2008 with a degree in Political Science and Jewish Studies. He worked in the Jewish nonprofit community, including GW Hillel, and then built his experience working as a sales rep at a software company. He's very active in the Jewish community and was a madrich on 3 Birthright trips. He has been a teacher at the Religious School at Adas Israel since 2012 and joined the Gan staff in 2016.
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Erin W. - Erin has Bachelor's degrees in Early Childhood Psychology and Early Childhood education from Tulane University in New Orleans. Originally from California, Erin is inspired by Reggio Emilia every day and loves the Gan community.
Frances W. - Frances was born in Iran but left after the revolution because life became more difficult for Jews in Iran. She started working at the Gan in 1994 and has taken several courses in Early Childhood Development. She has also attended Early Childhood conferences and workshops in Israel, Chicago, Dallas, and Washington, DC.