At the Gilson Early Learning Center (ELC) in Sharon, your child will have the advantage of teachers who are highly qualified and experienced in the field of early childhood education. Just as important, your child will be lovingly cared for by teachers who are dedicated, inspirational and fun. 
 
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

Lauren Jonas
Lauren Jonas
Co-Director

Lauren has more than 20 years’ experience in education and has been with JCC Greater Boston for 18 years. She began her JCC career as an Afterschool Group Leader before becoming the Children's Director, planning and implementing afterschool and vacation programs. Throughout her years at the Sharon ELC, Lauren has taught toddlers and preschoolers. Most recently, she designed and taught a Transitional Kindergarten classroom with a focus on social thinking curriculum and community building. As of June 2015, Lauren assumed the role of Co-Director. She is excited to continue to grow the ELC community through creative programming and a warm, welcoming environment rich with Jewish values and ruach (spirit). Lauren holds a BA from the University of Massachusetts.

Lisa Ciborowski
Lisa Ciborowski
Co-Director, Summer Director and Child Development Specialist

Lisa has been with JCC Greater Boston for more than 25 years, including 15 years as a Transitional Kindergarten teacher. She has been the Child Development Specialist for more than a decade. As of June 2015, Lisa assumed the role of Co-Director at the Gilson ELC in Sharon. In addition to her new role, Lisa will continue her work as the Sharon ELC Summer Director and Child Development Specialist. In this capacity, Lisa provides support to children with physical, emotional or developmental challenges and advocates for parents, helping to connect them with available community resources. In everything she does, Lisa is dedicated to providing a warm, enriching learning environment for children and their families. She holds a BA in Special Education from Boston College.

Cindy Berchuck
Administrative Assistant

Cindy has been working as an Administrative Assistant for more than 10 years. She joined Gilson in 2015 and is responsible for the overall office operations including enrollment, records and assisting parents with daily questions and schedule changes.

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.

Kathy Pomer
Kathy Pomer
Mentor Teacher

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.

Meet our staff