Jenny Levine-Smith is the Director of Beth Ami Community Nursery School. After graduating with a B.A. in Child Development and Education from Brown University in 2001, she moved to California to be a sports writer for the Eureka Times-Standard. It was during her next job, as a researcher for ESPN The Magazine in her hometown of New York City, that Jenny began volunteering at Harlem RBI, an organization devoted to reaching and supporting underprivileged youth through baseball. She was inspired, and soon shifted her career from sports to education, with a passion for creating relationships and for making excellent education accessible to all kids. She earned her teaching credential at Sonoma State University, and taught at Roseland Accelerated Middle School for 7 years, before taking time off to raise her two young children. She arrived at Beth Ami first as a parent, when her daughter (now in elementary school) began in the two’s class. Now, as director, she pursues the shared vision of her teachers to give children the time and engaging materials to explore the world and to build their own connections and knowledge, and to help them develop the skills to solve conflicts compassionately and peacefully. Jenny serves on the Board of Directors at the Children’s Museum of Sonoma County, and was awarded a 2016 Non-Profit Leadership Award from the “North Bay Business Journal” for her work at Beth Ami.
Amanda is the office manager of Beth Ami Community Nursery School. Before bringing her sunny disposition, organizational skills, and passion for working with children and their families to BACNS, Amanda taught the afternoon program at St. Luke’s Lutheran School. She also has many years of experience working as a caregiver for children and adults with special needs. You will find her in the office during school hours, and working in the extended care program in the morning and afternoon. She will also be substituting as needed in our classrooms.
Beth Ami Community Nursery School is a program of Congregation Beth Ami, and is supported by the Jewish Community Federation (JCF) of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties, as well as Jewish Learning Works and First Five Sonoma County.