Preschool teacher chosen for honor
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Preschool teacher chosen for honor

Sarah Koffler (Courtesy JCCOTP)
Sarah Koffler (Courtesy JCCOTP)

Sarah Koffler, assistant director of the Leonard and Syril Rubin Nursery School at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades, was selected as one of 20 people nationwide to participate in JCC Association’s first Sheva-Covenant Directors Institute.

The program, funded with a $230,000 Covenant Foundation Signature Grant, will develop high quality leadership in the field of early childhood education to ensure excellence in programming and opportunities to fulfill anticipated leadership shortages in the future.

The 20 fellows, chosen from diverse communities across the country, will participate in a three-year program to provide intensive leadership development through in-person retreats, distance learning, and a study tour to Israel. They also will work to earn a national director’s credential called Aim4Excellence, offered through the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership at the National Louis University in Chicago.

“We are so proud that Sarah was chosen to participate in a program that is so committed to providing leadership continuity in the field of early childhood education,” Jordan Shenker, CEO of the Kaplen JCC, said. “Early childhood experiences can often provide the foundation for one’s life and we are lucky to have dedicated staff like Sarah, who are devoted to shaping the next generations’ view of the world and to nurture and encourage families to create meaningful Jewish journeys.”

The Leonard & Syril Rubin Nursery School is a state-licensed accredited program that meets the varying social, emotional, and intellectual needs of 16-month-olds to 5-year-olds. The school employs an experienced professional staff and offers a warm, child-centered environment rooted in Jewish tradition, where children can become confident, responsible, and successful learners. The curriculum includes language arts, science, reading and math readiness, music, art, Judaic programming, physical education, and swimming. For information, call early childhood director Johanna Sohinki at (201) 408-1430 or email jsohinki@jccotp.org.

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