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 Elysha is the newest addition to our teaching staff. Starting in our summer program, she has flourished as a teacher in our Reggio program. Elysha has her site supervisor permit and 30 units in Child Development from the SRJC. Elysha has 25 years of work experience in the child development field. She owned her own business called “Best of the Bunch Childcare” which hosted children at hotels, vacation homes, and special events. She was also a live-in nanny in New York City, Greenwich Connecticut and San Francisco. Elysha was also Activities Director at a 5 star resort in Guam. Besides being a teacher here, she is also a parent of two little boys who also attend the Nursery School and has a dog. Elysha enjoys going to the beach, listening to music, dancing, camping, hiking and traveling.
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.