Temple Beth Israel Preschool is staffed by a wonderful team of caring, educated, dedicated early childhood educators. Most classrooms have two staff members, dependent on the size of the class. We aim to keep a 2:15 ratio with our older two groups and 2:10 ratio with our youngest group of children. The advantage of being a relatively small program is that our teachers are acquainted with all of the children, and assistant teachers often help in different classes as needed. At TBI Preschool, the teachers each work in one specific class, which is based on age, and the children move from class to class each year. Thus, the teachers get to know and work with each child as they move through our program.
Meet the early childhood educators of TBI Preschool......
Jazmine Blackman is new to TBI Preschool this school year. She is thrilled to be working with the children of TBI! Jazmine received her Bachelors in Communicative Disorders from Cal State Fullerton and is currently furthering her studies in early childhood education. Throughout college and after, Jazmine has spent time working with infants and toddlers with special needs and loves impacting the lives of young children.
Melissa Cobb joined the staff of TBI Preschool in 2014-15. Melissa’s background in early childhood education includes having her own family daycare program, and working in other childcare programs prior coming to TBI Preschool. Melissa has studied earlychildhood education at local colleges. Currently, Melissa works for Pomona Unified School District in the mornings as an assistant teacher with developmentally delayed students and in TBI Preschool’s afternoon daycare program.
Cindy Lange beganworking at Temple Beth Israel Preschool in 1995. She has been an assistant teacher, daycare teacher as well as the teacher of our 3-4 year old class. Currently, Cindy is the lead teacher with our PreK class, the oldest group of children at TBI Preschool. Cindy attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo as a Child Development major. She has been a member of NAEYC since 1995, and continues her education through conferences, seminars and reading. Cindy has a strong interest in children's literature, and personally has an extensive library of children's books. She loves teaching and interacting with each child as she watches them grow and develop.
Robin McConnell has nine years of experience in early childhood education. She received her Masters in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College, where she now teaches as adjunct faculty part-time. The thing she loves most about working with young children is that each day demands a blend of creative improvisation, and thoughtful intention. She treasures the relationships she has built at Temple Beth Israel Preschool, and continues to develop her teaching practice, putting principles of child-centered, constructivist pedagogy into action. Robin currently works as the lead teacher with our youngest children, Group 1, at TBI Preschool.
Eunice Romo has been working at Temple Beth Israel Preschool since 2007,and in the field of early childhood development for eleven years. She has had experience working with all of our age groups and is currently the assistant teacher with our PreK class. Eunice is continuing her education, with the goal to complete her college education as she works with young children. Eunice is bilingual in Spanish and English, and has been using this skill in introducing Spanish to our PreK class.
Ilene Senitzer began teaching at Temple Beth Israel Preschool in 2008. Ilene is currently the teacher of Group 2, and she has also enjoyed teaching our Group 1 students. Prior to coming to TBI Preschool, Ilene worked with developmentally delayed preschool age students as a school psychologist in the Alhambra and Arcadia school districts. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Psychology. Ilene employs both educational and psychological strategies and techniques when working with preschool age children. She strives to embolden her students with feelings of self-confidence. Her focus on education is to pin point and then utilize each child's unique strengths and abilities in order to teach through that particular mode or interest.
In September, 2015, Dorene Wiley rejoined the teaching staff of TBI Preschool. Dorene worked in our program 10 years ago, in all of our age groups, both as an assistant teacher and teacher. She also worked in other childcare settings prior to TBI Preschool. and studied child development at Mt. San Antonio College. After leaving TBI Preschool, Dorene worked at a hospital emergency department. Until recently returning to the field of early childhood education, Dorene devoted time to her family. When she’s not working, she’s helping at her daughter’s elementary school and is a ‘dance mom’, spending 15 hours a week at the dance studio.
Deborah Pruitt has been the Director of Temple Beth Israel Preschool since 1989, when she began her path in Jewish early childhood education. Prior to that, she had been an administrator, early childhood teacher and parent education teacher in Pasadena. Deborah received her M.A. in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College and her B.S. in Applied Behavioral Science from George Williams College. Over the past 27 years, Deborah has worked with the staff in developing a quality early childhood program at Temple Beth Israel. During those years, she also taught college courses in Child Development. Deborah takes pride in welcoming all to Temple Beth Preschool, a nurturing center of learning for young children and their families during the early childhood years.
Temple Beth Israel
3033 North Towne AvePomona, CA 91767Main Office: (909) 626-1277Preschool Office: (909) 626-6937
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