Shereen Gertel Rutman, our preschool director is the newest addition to the Early Childhood team.
Our preschool opened in September 2002.Shereen has two degrees in Early Childhood Education and Child Development.Her graduate degree is from Bank Street College where she taught in The Bank Street School for Children.Shereen
also taught in the Fairfax County Schools
has trained and supervised teachers for the Board of Education.She
consulted and wrote educational materials for companies such as, Fisher Price, Parent's Magazine, Scholastic Books Troll Book Club and Golden Books
recent book, The Amazing Game Board Book was awarded a Parent's Choice Honor.Shereen
husband Howard and their two children reside in Manhattan.Student Cantor Emily Wigod, is a cantorial student at the School of Sacred Music at Hebrew Union College
past year as the student cantor of Congregation Beth El in Fort Worth, Texas.During her
student year in Israel, she
participated in a concert for Yom HaShoah which featured the members of the Israel Philharmonic, and for which she
received a favorable review in the Jerusalem Post
.A former opera singer, she
has sung with Tulsa Opera, El Paso Opera, Sarasota Opera, New Jersey Opera Festival, L'Opera Francais de New York and Metro Lyric Opera
, among other companies.Emily studied voice at Manhattan School of Music
and at La Escuela Superior de Canto
in Madrid.She received a B.A. in Comparative Literature from Brown University.