The Shorashim (which means “roots” in Hebrew), serves children ages 2-3 and is taught by Rose and Francis.
Teacher Rose has been working with young children since 2001, most recently as a teacher at the Sonshine School. She has an AA in Child Development and in Human Services. She believes that early childhood education should be open-ended, and that it is her job to encourage children to explore and develop their ideas. When she is not at work, Rose values her time spent volunteering with at-risk children and parents experiencing homelessness. She believes in open-ended educational experiences and encouraging children to explore their ideas and ask questions.
Teacher Francis worked with us this past school year as our floater extraordinaire and works in our Aftercare program. This year, we are so happy to be able to move him into a permanent teaching position. Francis has his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Sonoma State. Francis is a fun and energetic teacher who brings his warm personality and good humor in every situation. You can see Francis sporting his Detroit Red Wings hat around campus, and he’s always up for a chat about hockey. He’s also a big fan of Batman comics and Star Wars. He has embraced the Reggio teaching style with gusto and has quickly become a member of the Beth Ami family. We look forward to more great things from him!
The Nevatim Classroom (which means “Sprouts”) also serves children ages 2-3 and is taught by Teacher Natalee and Teacher Sarah
Teacher Natalee started at BACNS in 2017. She is moving to Nevatim and bringing her experience to this new classroom for our school. She is also 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 five 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.
Teacher Sarah has worked at Beth Ami as a substitute teacher for the past year, and this summer has embraced working full-time in the classroom. Sarah is at student at Sonoma State majoring in Early Childhood Studies with a focus in Education. She has worked as a nanny for the last two years, and has 8 years of experience working with children. She was a dancer for 14 years and taught dance to children ages 3 to 5 years old. Sarah is also a proud dog mom and Beatles enthusiast. She loves Star Wars and is so thrilled to bring her personal touch to your child’s classroom!
Beth Ami Community Nursery School 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.