Leadership & Staff

Dana Robinson

Director, Early Childhood

Dana Robinson

Dana has proudly been a part of the Temple Emanuel community since 2013. Originally from South Florida, she spent her formative Jewish years at Temple Solel in Hollywood, FL. Dana holds a BA in psychology from UMBC and is currently completing coursework for her Master’s in Innovative Early Childhood Education from the University of Colorado, Denver. Inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach to Education, she is a passionate advocate for the voices, competencies, and rights of young children in our communities. Outside of Temple Emanuel, Dana is an avid musical theatre fan and actively volunteers and performs with several community theatres in the DMV area.


Jennifer Gauthier

Jennifer joined the faculty of Temple Emanuel Early Childhood Center in 2011. Bringing her experience of over 20 years of early childhood education into our 2, 3, and 4 year old classrooms, Jennifer transitioned to the role of Pedagogista in 2019.

Jennifer is a member of the DC Reggio Emilia Alliance and the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington’s Pedagogista Community of Practice, which are guided by the values and practices of the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education. She has attended a study tour in Reggio Emilia, Italy as well as several conferences focused on the Reggio Approach. Jennifer received her Bachelor of Science in marine biology with a minor in Psychology from Roger Williams University in Bristol RI. She lives in Takoma Park with her husband Jason and son Jack (a graduate of our ECC). Together they are often found exploring hiking trails or playing card games at a local brewery. On her own Jennifer enjoys knitting, making beaded jewelry and reading.