Dear Friends,

It is with great pleasure that I announce the Board of Directors have hired Caren Drezner as the new Nursery School director. Caren is a highly professional preschool director relocating from Silicon Valley and has years of experience in JCC management. She started on July 1st and will be meeting with teaching staff and parents in the next month in preparation for the new Fall session.

I want to thank Henry Cohn, the JCC representatives who helped interview and find Caren, Scott Brockman and Deborah Burg-Schnirman, BACNS teaching staff and parent representatives.

Bruchim Ha’baim to Caren and her family as they join the Jewish community of Santa Rosa.

Be well,
Barb McGee, CBA President 2022- 2023

As a professional, leader, and advocate in Early Childhood Education, Caren Drezner has over 25 years of experience mentoring, coaching, and supporting diverse communities of teachers, directors, and parents. Innately passionate about children’s learning through play, Caren is dedicated to ensuring children meet developmental learning objectives using thoughtful, intentional, play-based strategies. Through her experience as a director of ECE programs, her studies of Reggio-Emilia, and her education and research, Caren has created Early Childhood programs that build competent and confident teachers, while creating engaging Reggio-inspired programs for preschoolers.

Caren has a master’s degree in education, with an emphasis in ECE, and expects to complete her dissertation and graduate with a doctorate in early childhood education this August. When she is not working, Caren enjoys travelling, hiking, and biking with her partner, Tim. Caren has two college-age children who keep her busy, laughing, and plugged into the current youth culture. Caren is excited to be moving to Sonoma County, to explore the area, and to be part of a new community.