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Meet the BEECC Faculty


Ora Cohen Rosenfeld
Director
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Schools have always been Ora’s second home, as a teacher and then as the director of day schools, supplementary schools, and preschools in Boston, New York, New Jersey, Maryland and now Virginia. Most recently, Ora was the Early Childhood Director at the Bender JCC in Rockville and worked as a preschool educational consultant for Growing Minds. Ora lives in Maryland with her husband Reuben and has three sons. 

See more about Ora on the Beth Emeth Leader bios page.

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Becky Frank
Virtual Classroom
Bet & Gimmel, Dalet

Becky grew up in Miami, but fell in love with Virginia (and her husband) as an undergraduate at UVA, and never left. She adores working with children, and was an elementary school substitute teacher for FCPS for 8 years, following a treasured stint as a stay-at-home mom. Before that, she worked for an environmental non-profit, where she helped teach the public (and children) about the importance of protecting our natural resources. Don't get her started on trees!

In her spare time, Becky loves reading, traveling with her family, watching old movies, playing board games, and leading her daughter's Girl Scout troop. Both of her now-teenage kids started their education at BEECC, and had a warm, happy and enriching experience. Becky has often thought about joining the preschool team over the years, and she is so happy to be finally fulfilling this wish!

Rabbi Mina at her desk

Rabbi Michelle "Mina" Goldsmith
BEECC Music Teacher

Rabbi Mina adds musical joy to BEECC. She also loves being part of Shabbat Sing on a regular basis!

See "Rabbi Mina's Corner" for the Rabbi's Welcome Message and Bio.


Jenn Johnson
Bet Class
 

Jenn is originally from Connecticut and moved to VA 25 years ago, where she met her husband while working in finance at Sallie Mae. 

Jenn has two daughters, 20 and 17 years old. Leaving the financial world behind 20 years ago, she devoted her time to staying home and raising her girls. When the girls became toddlers, she started volunteering as a Sunday school teacher and at her children’s preschool and elementary schools. When her girls started middle school, Jenn was given the opportunity to sub at NVHC and was later hired to assist in the 3s class. She assisted four years before she taught the 2s class for two years. She has worked eight years as preschool teacher assistant and teacher.

She loves teaching preschoolers. Watching them learn and achieve things for their first time. She finds the excitement they show on making their accomplishments rewarding. And that there are so many things to learn from them - like how to laugh and have fun and that every day is a new day.

In her spare time Jenn likes to take nature walks with her family, travel to New England, knit, and read. 

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Meghan Keyes
Dalet 1
Co-Teacher

Meghan has been volunteering and working with children for a little over six years. Over the years she has worked in a few different childcare and educational environments. Those environments included a youth program at a community center, a lead teacher at a Goddard School, and most recently nannying for a family of four. With working in these environments, she learned she had a passion for teaching, so she decided to get her degree in Early Childhood Development from Purdue University Global. Her favorite reason for teaching is being able to support a child in their social and educational development.

Meghan loves seeing children grow, learn, and develop different skills throughout the school year. She is very excited to join BEECC and to teach in a Reggio Inspired environment. She’s a big believer in the Reggio Philosophy and believes children are capable of anything they put their minds too!

In her personal time she loves to spend time with her friends and family, spend time outside, create different art projects, and follow her favorite football team The Cleveland Browns.


Neta Litvin
Bet Class
Co-Teacher

Neta has been involved with children's education across Reston’s Jewish congregations for over a decade. She works at NVHC religious school, teaching Hebrew (3-6 grade) as well as cooking, art, and photography (7-12 grade). Neta is also involved with Shoreshim chavurah, teaching Hebrew and Judaic studies in addition to her role as the Educational Director at the religious school.

As a native Israeli Sabra, Neta brings an extensive knowledge of Hebrew and Israeli culture.  She has a degree in Applied Art, Communication Design, and a wide range of hobbies and interests, including playing classical guitar, photography, painting, cooking, nature, spirituality, hiking, and swimming. Neta lives in Reston, and has 2 children, Alison and Daniel, both in their 20s. 

Neta states, "I love being around young children. I love their pure energy, and natural curiosity and zest for life. I love watching their beautiful process of exploration, the thinking, the figuring out, trying out, keeping at it, adjusting, until satisfied. My role in the classroom is to allow and support the flow of their natural process to learn, and to give them a conscious understanding of how capable, powerful, important, worthy, and invincible they are. I believe self-empowerment is the greatest gift I can give to a child. I am completely in sync with Reggio’s approach about children and their learning. I see myself as their inspiring learning partner; we are all in this together! I will stand back as their most avid cheerleader, allowing and encouraging the children to shine. I’m excited to join the BEECC family!"


Jackie Weiss
Dalet Assistant Teacher

Jackie is a native Northern Virginian. Having lived her whole life in Clifton, Virginia, she attended Gesher Jewish Day School from Kindergarten to eighth grade. After graduation from Robinson Secondary School, Jackie attended George Mason University and she received a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration and a minor in nonprofit studies. Along with being the BEECC assistant teacher, she is the Religious School Administrative Assistant and the second grade Religious School teacher at Congregation Beth Emeth. This will be her third year teaching Hebrew and Judaic studies. She is excited to be joining the BEECC team this year. 

In her spare time, Jackie enjoys doing art projects, baking, watching Disney movies and spending time with her family, friends, and adorable Sheltie, Cubby.


Renee Williams
BEECC
Administrator
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Renee has been with BEECC for 13 years. Originally from a small town in Western Maryland, she now lives in Sterling, VA, with her husband, Greg.

Renee and Greg have two adult children. When she's not at BEECC, most of her free time is spent spoiling her grandsons.

 

Sat, October 31 2020 13 Cheshvan 5781