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
Rebeccah McKinnon became the Interim Director of the JCC ELC, Hingham in September 2018. She recently married and moved to Rockland from Cambridge with her husband and family. Rebeccah is currently enrolled at Ashworth College, where she is obtaining a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education. She had been a Toddler Teacher at a daycare in Arlington for the past 6 years. She enjoys playing softball, going on hikes and spending time with her family. She is looking forward to getting to know you and your children.
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.