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Susie Valdez Senior Director of Early Childhood Education, Youth, & Family

Susie Valdez
Senior Director of Early Childhood Education, Youth, & Family

Department: Preschool Staff
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Phone: (720) 749-2500 x1031
Susie is the Director of Early Childhood Education at the Boulder JCC Preschool. Susie grew up in Boulder and attended CSU where she received her degree in Human Development and Family Studies with an emphasis in Education. During her time in Fort Collins, Susie was fortunate enough to work as a parent and family educator for United Way. Since 1988, she has been teaching or directing preschool. She has worked at the Boulder JCC since 2003, first as a teacher and now as the director. Susie feels so fortunate to be a part of such an outstanding program and surrounded by the wonderful teachers who work here.
Lara Otto Caterpillar Teacher

Lara Otto
Caterpillar Teacher

Department: Preschool Staff
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Phone: (720) 749-2500 x1033
This is Lara's third year working with the caterpillar class. Lara is a Colorado native who lives in Erie with her husband and two children. She loves living in Colorado and spending time with her family watching college football, camping, skiing, and visiting her extended family in Fairplay. Lara began teaching while attending Metro State College of Denver and continues to take classes in early childhood education. She loves working with children and enjoys watching them blossom and grow.
Victoria Bisharat Pre-K Teacher

Victoria Bisharat
Pre-K Teacher

Department: Preschool Staff
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Phone: (720) 749-2500
Victoria Bisharat has been a Pre-K teacher at the Boulder JCC since 2013 and also assists with the Gesher Kindergarten class. She finds working with children to be incredibly inspiring and is always amazed at their accomplishments. Victoria loves to rock climb outdoors, camp and sing. Victoria graduated from SUNY Purchase with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. She completed her Masters in Educational Psychology with a concentration in Early Childhood Education in August, 2015. She loves being a part of the Boulder JCC Preschool.
Kimberly Baker Parent Educator

Kimberly Baker
Parent Educator

Department: Preschool Staff
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Phone: (720) 749-2505
Kimberly has worked at the Boulder JCC Preschool since 2011. She loves the JCC community and the joy and laughter the children bring to her life. Kimberly was a Pre-K Teacher for 4 years. After completing her Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2013 her role at the J shifted to Parent Educator. She now runs the Parenting Programs at the JCC. These include the mom's group, toddler group, single mom's group and adoption group. As a child, Kimberly attended Herzl Jewish Day School in Denver and then moved to Vail when she was 10. She attended CU and is a huge Buff fan! Prior to the JCC Kimberly interned at The Parenting Place in Boulder where she facilitated parenting groups, she has also worked at other preschools in the Boulder area. When she is not at the preschool, Kimberly enjoys hiking, basketball, photography, traveling and experiencing other cultures. Kimberly and her husband, Adam, have a daughter, Emily who turned 1 the end of August 2015.
Karli Sherwinter Preschool Admissions Manager

Karli Sherwinter
Preschool Admissions Manager

Department: Preschool Staff
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Phone: (720) 749-2500 x1034
Karli is thrilled to be working with the staff and family community at the Boulder JCC Preschool. After she and her husband moved to Boulder in 2005, Karli worked as program director for Hillel at the University of Colorado. Her three children have all attended (and loved) preschool, summer camps, and specialty classes at the Boulder JCC. Karli is active in the local Jewish community, including previously serving as a board member of Limmud Colorado and as an 18 Pomegranates Seed Counsel member, and currently serving on the advisory committee of Boulder Jewish Family Service. She has also worked with various local and national organizations as a grant writer and conference planner. She is an avid reader, movie fan, swimmer, yogi, traveler, connector, and event planner.
Tricia Bebber Gesher Kindergarten Teacher

Tricia Bebber
Gesher Kindergarten Teacher

Department: Preschool Staff
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Phone: (720) 749-2500
Tricia has worked at the Boulder JCC Preschool since 2011. She feels fortunate to have taught elementary school in California prior to starting a family, and is happy to be back working with kids and teaching in the Gesher Kindergarten class. This will be her 3rd year running the Kindergarten Class at the J and she is looking forward to meeting all the new families. Her two children, Eva and Griffin, are proud Boulder JCC Preschool alumni.
Ellen Berman Classroom Supportive Teacher

Ellen Berman
Classroom Supportive Teacher

Department: Preschool Staff
Phone: (720) 749-2500
Ellen, a classroom supportive teacher, has worked at the Boulder JCC Preschool since its inception in 1987! She is originally from Brooklyn, NY. She has a son, David, who moved this summer to Paonia CO with his wife Susanne where they have a goat farm and cheeses. Ellen has a BA in Early Childhood Education from Metro University. She enjoys all of Colorado’s outdoor sports.
Leah Boonin Pre-K Teacher

Leah Boonin
Pre-K Teacher

Department: Preschool Staff
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Phone: (720) 749-2500
Leah is a Pre-K teacher as well as the music specialist and the Assistant Director of the Boulder JCC Preschool, where she has worked since 2006. Leah is a proud alumna of the Minneapolis JCC Preschool. Leah loves singing, everything Jewish, and children, so getting to combine all three is a great delight for her. When she is not at the Boulder JCC, Leah likes to bike, rock climb, read, and do crossword puzzles. Leah and her husband David have two children: Eli, a college student, and Sadie, an elementary school student.
Lindsey  Bradley Caterpillar Teacher- Intern

Lindsey Bradley
Caterpillar Teacher- Intern

Department: Preschool Staff
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Phone: (720) 749-2500
This year Lindsey joins us as an Intern through the Journey School. She is a native of Boulder, has degrees in Psychology and Philosophy from the University of Colorado. After graduating from CU, she spent a year and a half living and working abroad in New Zealand and Australia. Lindsey is currently working on her Masters in Education from the University of Denver. Having worked with children in various capacities throughout her life, Lindsey believes that planting positive seeds for the future starts with providing solid resources for children to safely explore their potential through healthy socialization and creative play. In her spare time, Lindsey also teaches yoga and enjoys spending time in the mountains.
Emma Ierley-Moss Dragonfly Teacher

Emma Ierley-Moss
Dragonfly Teacher

Department: Preschool Staff
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Phone: (720) 749-2500
Emma Ierley-Moss is excited to be working in the Dragonfly classroom this school year. She have worked at the JCC since 2011 with various ages, but has found that her real passion is working with the young preschoolers. She is a Boulder native and a recent graduate from the University of Colorado at Denver with a Bachelors of Science in music. In addition to her regular classes this past semester, she took the courses necessary to become lead teacher certified. Emma is looking forward to putting into practice her knowledge, skills, and enthusiasm for early childhood education! She is looking forward to meeting you all and having a wonderful year!
Patti Kaminski Pre-K Teacher

Patti Kaminski
Pre-K Teacher

Department: Preschool Staff
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Phone: (720) 749-2500
Patti Kaminski, a Pre-K teacher, grew up in New York and attended college in small town Athens, Ohio, where she received her degree in Recreation Management. Patti moved to Boulder after falling in love with it while traveling with teens cross country.  She has been working with kids of all ages since 1990. In 2001, Patti got her Early Childhood Teachers license because the little ones bring her the most joy. Prior to coming to the Boulder JCC, Patti worked in the Boulder Valley School District for 20 years.  She lives in the foothills with her beautiful family.
Jill  Martin Butterfly Teacher

Jill Martin
Butterfly Teacher

Department: Preschool Staff
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Phone: (720) 749-2500
Jill joined the JCC staff in 2014 as a Caterpillar teacher and is thrilled to be working in the Butterfly classroom this year. She is originally from Kansas, but has lived everywhere from New Orleans to San Francisco. Jill received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas and is very excited to be working towards a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Colorado this year. She loves working with children and feels very privileged to be a part of the JCC preschool community. In her free time, Jill enjoys spending time with her husband and two cats and exploring all the fun things Colorado has to offer.
Aimee Miculka Butterfly Teacher

Aimee Miculka
Butterfly Teacher

Department: Preschool Staff
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Phone: (720) 749-2500
Aimee has been with the JCC since 2014. She is excited to be a part of the Butterfly team for in her second year at the school. Prior to moving to Colorado, Aimee lived in southern California where she taught high school, middle school, and elementary school. In addition to teaching, she worked as the Youth and Camp Director for the Jewish Federation of the San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys where she spent eight phenomenal summers at Camp Gan Shalom. In her free time, Aimee loves to bake, craft, and explore all that Colorado has to offer.
Megan  Pullen Dragonfly Teacher

Megan Pullen
Dragonfly Teacher

Department: Preschool Staff
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Phone: (720) 749-2500
Megan joined the JCC in 2014. She has been working with children for the last 5 years. This is her second year as an assistant teacher and loves every minute of it, from the amazing staff to the great families. She grew up in various states, but Boulder is where she calls home. She is a creative person and enjoys singing and art. In Megans free time she enjoys the outdoors and taking long walks.
Caroline Saliman Pre-K Teacher

Caroline Saliman
Pre-K Teacher

Department: Preschool Staff
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Phone: (720) 749-2500
In 2001, Caroline began on this wonderful teaching journey at JCC. Caroline has her teaching certificate and degree from CU. She has taught at Friends School, and spent several years working in non-profit human service agencies. When not teaching here, she might be working with Bnai Mitzvah students, or teaching kids of all ages at Har HaShem. As a proud alumna of Denver JCC, and her high school age twins being proud alums of our Boulder JCC, she can say how grateful she is for every reason to be part of our school and the JCC community.
Sarah  Weisman PAL Teacher

Sarah Weisman
PAL Teacher

Department: Preschool Staff
Phone: (720) 749-2500
Sarah is the Play and Learn (PAL) teacher and also teaches a cursive class for elementary school kids at the JCC. She has a Master’s in Elementary Education and has taught in Boulder and Texas for 9 years. Sarah and her husband Stuart have two daughters; Rosie, who is a JCC preschool alum, and Lucy, who is currently in the Pre-K class at the JCC. In her limited spare time, Sarah loves doing crafty projects and spending time outside.
Julie Zalk Butterfly Teacher

Julie Zalk
Butterfly Teacher

Department: Preschool Staff
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Phone: (720) 749-2500
Julie began working at the Boulder JCC Preschool in 2010. Before moving to Boulder many years ago, Julie lived in Fairbanks, Alaska where she was a founder of the Head Start Program as well as a teacher. Julie sings in Resonance, Boulder's Women's Chorus, 135 voices strong. She has a son, Cody, who is an architect in New York City, he and his wife just had a baby girl this summer. Julie loves watching preschoolers grow and develop throughout the year.

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