HEATHER MENDELSOHN POSNER
Director of Early Childhood Education
Heather Mendelsohn Posner has been working with children and families in formal and informal education settings for 13 years. She served as Public Program Manager at the Bay Area Discovery Museum for seven lovely years where she founded the first museum preschool in California and ran the wildly popular Discovery Camps. Her passion for creating relationship-based learning environments where teachers, children and parents collaborate to pursue meaningful inquiry has inspired her current work at Congregation Emanu-El. She is currently an MA candidate in Early Childhood Education at San Francisco State University, is qualified as a childcare center site supervisor and holds an MFA and BA in cinema and media arts.
Assistant Director of Early Childhood Education
Melissa has been working in Early Childhood Education for over 15 years, including ten years at Temple Emanu-El Preschool. Melissa studied child psychology with a minor in Special Education. She believes that a focus of preschool should be to ensure that children have a great first learning experience so that they develop a love for learning.