At the Early Learning Center (ELC) in Hingham, 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.
Meet Our Educational Leaders
Allegra became the Director of the JCC ELC, Hingham in June 2016. In this role, Allegra is responsible for the development of the Center’s curriculum and for supervising and mentoring the staff. She has had a diverse career in early childhood education and child development, having taught in several states and the United Kingdom. She believes that everyone (educators, parents, and children) are learners. Her approach is to create an emergent, inquiry-based curriculum through learning environments that are challenging and thought provoking. Allegra holds a Masters Degree in Child Development from Tufts University and a BA in Child Studies and Psychology from Bennington College.
Mala Strassfeld joined the JCC ELC, Hingham in 2013, after retiring from a 34-year public school career that included 20 years as a preschool special educator. As a Child Development Specialist, Mala supports children with physical, emotional or developmental challenges. She also advocates for parents, helps connect them to available community resources and serves as a support system. Mala holds a BS in Speech and Language from Northeastern University, a M.Ed. in Early Childhood Special Education from Wheelock College and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Educational Leadership from Salem State University.
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, she oversees operations of all JCC ELCs.
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 20 years of experience in the field.
Kathy has been part of the JCC ELCs for more than 10 years. Educated at Tufts University, she earned a Master's Degree in Child Studies and has more than 28 years of experience in the field. Throughout her career as teacher, director, parent liaison and advocate, she has always worked to help educators teach with more knowledge and passion. Today, as a Mentor Teacher, Kathy helps train and coach ELC educators and directors at our four locations.