Whether you are a returning family or new to the school, it is my pleasure to welcome you to our wonderful community preschool.
We know that children learn best when they feel safe, secure and (most importantly) loved. This is why we work to create an environment where children are truly seen and celebrated and where they have the opportunity to challenge their minds and their bodies. We want every child to feel confident and competent and feel that the world is an exciting, interesting place. When it’s time to start kindergarten, we want every child to walk into that big building feeling like a super star!
As the mother of a daughter and twin boys -- all in their 20's -- I know how quickly the years pass. I also know that parenting is a lot more fun when you share the journey with others. I hope that you will enjoy your own preschool years here –- most especially by making new friends (adult play dates are awesome). Our lobby coffee bar is always open for those days when you want to sit and chat, and our playground is open after school for active fun.
Our preschool community is made up of families from all different faiths and backgrounds, all committed to raising children who will grow up to make the world a better place. I hope Adat Reyim is a place of joy for every one of you and that many years from now, when your own little one is ready to go out in the world, you look back on your time here as something unique and wonderful.
L’Shalom – Therese Fournier
Karen Murdoch is the lead teacher in our Pre-K classroom. She is an experienced educator who has taught children of all ages. Her passion is helping each child find their inner strength and independence and equipping them with the skills that they will need to enter the elementary school years. Karen holds degrees in both Elementary Education and Library Science. She has taught in both the public and private school sectors, on the preschool level, and she is the past director of the Children's Village preschool in New York. An Army spouse, Karen has lived all over the country. She is an accomplished pianist and handbell ringer and has volunteered with a number of nonprofit organizations. Notably, she coached the Hidden Pond Envirothon team to a ninth place finish in the North American environmental competition, and she has served as the committee chair for Boy Scout Troop 1501. Karen and her family reside in Springfield.
Patti is the lead teacher in our five day, Threes class. She focuses on exposing children to a wide variety of classroom opportunities that will encourage and enhance their self expression and communication. She is a big believer in experiential learning and enjoys making individual connections with each child in her classroom. Patti graduated from Radford University and is a native of Northern Virginia. She has taught religious education for a number of years and has been an active volunteer at local Fairfax County elementary schools and libraries. Patti enjoys spending quality time with her husband, two children and her dog.
Suzy is the lead teacher in our three day, Threes class. She enjoys facilitating a child-led, experiential classroom which sparks curiosity and promotes a lifelong love of learning. She empowers children to investigate and explore the world around them. Suzy earned a BS in Communication Disorders from the University of Maryland and an MS in Speech Pathology from William Paterson University in NJ. Prior to working at Adat Reyim, Suzy worked as a speech pathologist in a private special education school for 12 years. Suzy is a a member of the Adat Reyim congregation and she is also a Girl Scout leader in the local community. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and going to Maryland basketball games. She lives in Springfield with her husband and three children.
Natalie leads the Twos class. She has a background in Waldorf education, which emphasizes the cultivation of children’s imagination and creativity in the classroom. She loves co-constructing knowledge with her students and she creates environments and conditions for her preschoolers to gain social, emotional and cognitive skills. There is much sensory, movement, listening and observing in Natalie’s classroom. As such, she knows that her presence in the classroom creates the climate for learning and she takes her role very seriously. She studied Biology at the University of Cincinnati and is currently pursuing a degree in Occupational Therapy. Originally from Kentucky, she now lives in West Springfield with her active duty Army husband and three sons.
Pam works with the children on school-wide art projects that fill our building with beauty. She also designs STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) projects that allow the children to work cooperatively and often use recycled materials as their tools. She loves coming up with fun and interesting ways for kids to learn -- without them realizing they’re learning! Pam graduated from Syracuse University and has lived in Arlington for more than 18 years. Prior to that, she lived and worked in Manhattan and had a number of fabulous jobs. When she is not coming up with amazing art projects for preschool, she can be found skiing, decorating her home (which was featured in Apartment Therapy) or hanging out with her two sons, husband and giant schnauzer!
Adat Reyim's STEAM enrichment is a part of the core school hours. Classes meet with Pam in the Imagination Studio to work on school-wide projects.
Sariel is an experienced teacher, facilitator, singer and service leader. She has a master’s degree in Peace and Conflict Resolution and is a trained Rhythm ‘N’ Ruach Facilitator (innovative Jewish music education). Sariel also teaches in Adat Reyim’s Religious School. In addition to choir and musical theater experience, Sariel grew up surrounded by music with her parents meeting in the Zamir Chorale. Sariel lives in Burke with her husband and three children. She takes great pride in sharing her love of music, Judaism, and creative movement with the preschoolers at Adat Reyim.
Adat Reyim's Music enrichment is a part of the core school hours.