Meet our new Preschool Director: Michael Luft!
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With a career in Early Childhood Education spanning more than 23 years, Michael shares our vision of a child centered, progressive and welcoming Early Childhood program, inspired by Reggio-Emilia and Jewish sensibilities. He has vast experience in educational leadership, creating and implementing strength-based professional development and supervision models, and in building inclusive classrooms and programs that take the needs of each child and family into account. Michael also has expertise in accreditation, licensing, fiscal management, and operations for a community-based preschool.
Nili Talis Shriber, Associate Director
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Many of you know Nili, who has been our young threes five days a week lead teacher. She has completed a graduate degree in special education and we are delighted that she is in this new role this school year. Nili provides assistance to parents, monitors the progress of the behavioral goals and objectives for each child, and works with teachers in their classrooms. This year, Nili has instituted a Push In method whereby special support service providers work with the children in our preschool setting. This has been most beneficial for each child receiving services in the Preschool. Another highlight of working with our outside therapists has been collaboration with our services providers and supporting families as they embark on the journey of securing support for their child's growth. Nili also observes in all the classrooms in order to get to know the children and act as a resource for teachers as needed.
Maybelline Romero, Administration Assistant
Maybelline, a Lower East Sider since 1986, has been at the 14th Street Y since 1996 and she has been an integral member of our staff since 1999. She welcomes each child and family member by name, embodying the nurturing tone of the preschool. Maybelline has a CDA from Bank Street College of Education and is pursuing a Certificate of Child Care Management at NYU.