Our warm and caring staff is an experienced group of dedicated, early childhood professionals who combine a strong educational background with a love for and appreciation of young children. Together we create a community of life-long learners, with ongoing professional development training in the most current research and philosophies for early learning.
Rachel is happy to be a part of the PJCC family. She has been working in Jewish Early Childhood Education for 12 years of her 16 years in the early childhood field. Rachel has a passion for community building starting with our youngest community members and their families. She feels at home here as a lifelong learner and looks forward to growing alongside the children.
Growing up, Avril began working with young children in her community as a babysitter, camp counselor and even closer to home as the eldest of six children. Her interest in education took her to Israel after high school where she studied to be a teacher. After many years of working with children and families in a number of different capacities, she now considers ECE to be her life’s calling and passion. In her role as assistant director of the PJCC Preschool, Avril is very excited for the opportunity to support educators as well as for the opportunity to contribute creatively to the growth and excellence of the preschool. In addition to her work, Avril also enjoys reading, watching documentaries, hiking, running, and spending quality time with her children and granddaughter!
Kristina is thrilled to be a part of the PJCC Preschool team. She is passionate about early childhood education and community programming. She has spent the last 12 years working with early learners. She has directed preschools, before and after school programs, and seasonal youth day camps in San Diego and the San Francisco Bay Area. She is excited to be overseeing the Preschool Camp, Preschool Enrichments, and Baby & Me Programs and to help create enriching educational experiences for our youngest community members and their families.
Char is a native of Cleveland, Ohio. After attending New York University and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, she started work at the hardest job there is: stay-at-home mom. Upon enrolling her son in the PJCC Preschool, Char found such a warm, welcoming community, she embraced the opportunity to work at the PJCC. Char is proud to be both a PJCC Preschool employee and parent, and she believes that all children need to learn through play so they can develop into their best selves.