At the Godine JCC Early 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, Director, JCC Early Learning Center Operations
Indira Herscovici

Meet Our Educational Leaders

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

Caitlin has worked in early childhood education for more than 10 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 in Early Intervention. 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.

Dani Morassi
Dani Calnan Morassi
Associate Director, Administration

Dani joined the Godine Early Learning Center in November 2017. She has worked in the education field for more than 10 years. Her background includes working with at risk children, youth development programs design and implementation at both local and national capacities, non profit management, and operations management for large early education centers. Dani holds both a Bachelor’s of Science and a Master's Degree in Education with a focus in Non-Profit Management from Lesley University, School of Education located in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Malgosha Szlempo
Malgosha Szlempo
Associate Director, Preschool

Malgosha joined the JCC ELC, Newton 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-year-old 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.

Marisa Grandler
Marisa Gandler
Child Development Specialist

Marisa joined the Godine Early Learning Center in 2013. She provides caring support and guidance to children, parents and educators so that all children reach their highest potential. Before joining the JCC, she was a classroom teacher in the Needham Public Schools and an adjunct faculty member of the Education Department at Simmons College. At Simmons, she mentored graduate teaching interns in their classrooms settings throughout the Greater Boston area. Marisa holds degrees in Early Childhood Education and Studio Art as well as a Master’s Degree in Special Needs Education from Simmons College.

Jill Vetstein
Jill Vetstein
Child Development Specialist

Jill is a licensed developmental and early intervention specialist and holds a MSW Degree from Simmons College and a BS in Education and Human Services from University of Harford. With over twenty years of experience in the field of early parenting and early childhood, her focus has been working with families and educators with children from birth through age eight. Jill has additional experience as an infant/toddler teacher, early childhood school consultant, parent coach and facilitator for new parent support groups.
 

Erin Gubert
Erin Gubert
Jewish Educator

Erin joined the Godine Early Learning Center in 2016 and is an experienced preschool and religious schoolteacher and director. She has previously worked at Congregation Mishkan Tefila, Gan Shelanu Preschool and the Ma'or Jewish Education Program. Erin received a BA from Brandeis University, a Master’s Degree in Jewish Education from Hebrew College and Certificate in Jewish Education for Early Childhood.

Indira Herscovici
Indira Herscovici
Director, 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, 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.

Meet our staff