At the Godine JCC Early Learning Center (ELC) in Newton, your child will have the advantage of teachers who are highly qualified and experienced in the field of early childhood education. They create a warm, nurturing environment for your child to learn and grow.
 
Like our students, our educators are always growing! They take advantage of every opportunity for mentoring and professional training. Many are sought after as early childhood education leaders on a local and national level.

Educators across our four locations share ideas and best practices, so all ELC children benefit.

Indira Herscovici, Assistant Vice President, JCC Early Learning Centers
Indira Herscovici

Meet Our Educational Leaders

Caitlin Sullivan-Fieldman
Caitlin Sullivan-Fieldman
Co-Director, Infants & Toddlers

Caitlin joined the Godine Early Learning Center in 2016. She oversees the Infant and Toddler program and supports the children, teachers and families in classrooms with children ages 0-3. Caitlin has worked in early childhood education for over 15 years. Her background is diverse and includes progressive classroom environments, Jewish settings, Montessori settings, hospital settings and experience in Swedish classrooms. She has also worked as an Early Intervention Specialist. In 2010, She was awarded In 2010 she was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Recognition Award by the New York Professional Development Institute for her work in the classroom.
 
Caitlin holds a BS in Human Development from Cornell University, a Master's Degree in Early Childhood General and Special Education from Bank Street College of Education and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Infant-Parent Mental Health from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

Malgosha Szlempo
Malgosha Szlempo
Co-Director, Preschool

Malgosha joined the Godine Early Learning Center in 2011. She has been working with children for more than 30 years, first as a Child Psychologist in Poland, and then as the Director of the Yal-Day-New Day Care Center in Brighton, Massachusetts. In her role at the JCC, she supervises the educators in the three- and four-yearold classrooms, oversees the school's adherence to Early Education and Care (EEC) regulations, and ensures that each classroom maintains the optimal teacher to student ratio. Malgosha holds an MS in Psychology from the University of Wroclaw and passed the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Exam for the State of Massachusetts.

Kendra McDowell
Kendra McDowell
Child Development Specialist

Kendra is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) and has been working at the Godine Early Learning Center since 2007. She has more than a decade of experience working with children and families in a variety of settings, including clinics, group homes, shelters, inpatient psychiatric units and schools. In addition to supporting children with physical, emotional or developmental challenges, she provides advocacy for parents and helps connect them to available community resources. Kendra holds a BS in Deaf Studies and an MSW in Clinical Social Work, both from Boston University.

Indira Herscovici
Indira Herscovici
Assistant Vice President, JCC Early Learning Center Operations

Indira joined us as the Director of the JCC ELC, Brookline/Brighton in 1997. She became Supervising Director in 2011 and continued to oversee all phases of school operations at the Brookline/Brighton site, while also assuming responsibility for program quality and content across all ELC locations. In 2014, Indira was promoted to Director, Early Learning Center Operations. In her current role as Assistant Vice President, she oversees operations of all JCC Early Learning Centers.
 
Indira participates in the Greater Boston Director’s Council of Early Childhood Jewish Educators and is an active member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). She holds BA and MS degrees in Early Childhood Education from Lesley University and has more than 30 years of experience in the field.

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