The teachers of the Shtilim (which means saplings in Hebrew) class, serving children ages 3-4, are Lauren and Ayala.
Teacher Lauren has been at BACNS since 2003. In addition to teaching the Threes class in the morning, she provides aftercare in the afternoons. Lauren also leads the Tot Shabbat program, a Jewish experience for young children and their families at Shomrei Torah held once a month. At Beth Ami, Lauren is part of the Beth Ami and You Tot Shabbbat Program.
Lauren attended The University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa where she received a BA and Higher Diploma in Education. Also she has taken Early Childhood Education classes in the Bay Area. Prior to BACNS, Lauren was a teacher at Gan Shalom Preschool in Berkeley for 11 years, and was the Director/Head Teacher for the last four years there. Lauren says that she loves the children and working with her fellow teachers. “I feel blessed and privileged to work with such a dedicated, good-humored, creative and amazing staff here and love our community.
Teacher Natalee Natalee started at BACNS in 2017. She works in the Shtilim room for the CORE day also is a lead teacher in the After Care program. She is working towards a Bachelor’s of Arts in Child Development and an Associate Teaching Certificate from Cerro Coso Community College. She has been working with children from infancy to 6 years of age for four years and loves creating new and exciting environments that encourage children’s imagination to run wild. Natalee likes to focus on imaginative play in the classroom and encourages children to be open and vocal with their thoughts and emotions.
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.