— Dr. Seuss
Temple Beth Israel Preschool is staffed by a wonderful team of caring, educated, dedicated early childhood educators. Most classrooms have two staff members, dependent on the size of the class. We aim to keep a 2:15 ratio with our older two groups and 2:10 ratio with our youngest group of children. The advantage of being a relatively small program is that our teachers are acquainted with all of the children, and assistant teachers often help in different classes as needed. At TBI Preschool, the teachers each work in one specific class, which is based on age, and the children move from class to class each year. Thus, the teachers get to know and work with each child as they move through our program.
Deborah Pruitt has been the Director of Temple Beth Israel Preschool since 1989, when she began her path in Jewish early childhood education. Prior to that, she had been an administrator, early childhood teacher and parent education teacher in Pasadena. Deborah received her M.A. in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College and her B.S. in Applied Behavioral Science from George Williams College. Over the past 28 years, Deborah has worked with the staff in developing a quality early childhood program at Temple Beth Israel. During those years, she also taught college courses in Child Development. Deborah takes pride in welcoming all to Temple Beth Preschool, a nurturing center of learning for young children and their families during the early childhood years.
Robin’s experience in early childhood education includes five years as the lead teacher with our youngest children, in Group 1. She received her Masters in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College, where she now teaches as adjunct faculty part-time. The thing she loves most about working with young children is that each day demands a blend of creative improvisation, and thoughtful intention. She treasures the relationships she has built at Temple Beth Israel Preschool, and continues to develop her teaching practice, putting principles of child-centered, constructivist pedagogy into action.
Lucy has been teaching in the field of early childhood education since 1987. She attended Citrus College, where she earned a Child Development Specialist certificate, and an A.A. degree. Lucy is bilingual in Spanish and English, and has also tutored students in Spanish. Lucy feels strongly that it’s the combination of her family’s love and encouragement during her formative years plus her educational background that has served as her guide in working with young children. “I teach so that I may share with children the gifts my family gave me: love, kindness, understanding and patience”. After past substitute teaching at TBI Preschool, Lucy is now joining TBI Preschool staff as the assistant teacher in Group 3.
Cindy began working at Temple Beth Israel Preschool in 1995. She has been an assistant teacher, daycare teacher as well as the teacher of our 3-4 year old class. Currently, Cindy is the lead teacher with our PreK class, the oldest group of children at TBI Preschool. Cindy attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo as a Child Development major. She has been a member of NAEYC since 1995, and continues her education through conferences, seminars and reading. Cindy has a strong interest in children's literature, and personally has an extensive library of children's books. She loves teaching and interacting with each child as she watches them grow and develop.
Jazmine joined the TBI Preschool staff in 2016. She is thrilled to be working with the children of TBI! Jazmine received her Bachelors in Communicative Disorders from Cal State Fullerton and is currently furthering her studies in early childhood education. Throughout college and after, Jazmine has spent time working with infants and toddlers with special needs and loves impacting the lives of young children.
Eunice has been working at Temple Beth Israel Preschool since 2007, and in the field of early childhood development prior to joining TBI Preschool. She has had experience working with all of our age groups and is currently the assistant teacher with our PreK class. Eunice is bilingual in Spanish and English, and has been using this skill in introducing Spanish to our PreK class.
Melissa joined the staff of TBI Preschool in 2014-15. Melissa’s background in early childhood education includes having her own family daycare program, and working in other childcare programs prior coming to TBI Preschool. Melissa has studied early childhood education at local colleges. Currently, Melissa works for Pomona Unified School District in the mornings as an assistant teacher with developmentally delayed students and in TBI Preschool’s afternoon daycare program.