October 5, 2022 ()
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 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.
Sandra has been with the Temple Emanuel Early Childhood Center since 2017, first as a classroom teacher, and now as the atelierista. She has just completed her MA in Innovative Childhood Education through CU Denver in partnership with Boulder Journey School in May 2022.
With a background in law, consumer protection and Fair Trade policy and advocacy, Sandra only came to Early Childhood Education professionally after having children of her own. Growing up in the USA as the daughter of Portuguese immigrants, moving to Portugal at the age of 12, and working and living in Belgium, Sandra has always straddled the line between different cultures and languages. As such, she believes in the importance of expressive languages as a means of finding commonalities, building relationships, and bridging differences.
Recognizing the different ways children express themselves, and the importance of supporting them in communicating their thoughts and opinions through expressive languages, Sandra started a toddler art group for her first child while living in Brussels. A move back to the USA in 2014, paired with a life-changing experience as a parent in the classroom at the cooperative preschool her children attended, confirmed her desire for working with children. Inspired by the educational project from Reggio Emilia, she has since shared her days with preschool-aged citizens, joyfully learning with and alongside them.