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Our Early Childhood Staff

Jenna Smith, Director of Early Childhood Programming

Jenna Smith, Director of Early Childhood Programming

Jenna is passionate about community and early childhood education- the perfect combination to develop the very best opportunities for our families with young children, whether that is through our Kulanu Early Childhood Class or any number of engaging programs for adults and tots. Jenna’s goal is to to help children and their families develop a love of learning and feel a sense of community here at JRC.

Jenna grew up at JRC and comes to us with a background in education and special events. She has two master’s degrees: one in Educational Leadership, with a focus on Early Childhood Education and the other in Reading, as a Reading Specialist, and spent six years teaching in the classroom before having her two children. She has extensive experience in events and creating experiences that bring people together.  

Email: jsmith@jrctogether.org
Phone: 847-328-7678

 

Mollie Bass, Early Childhood Teacher

Mollie Bass, Early Childhood Teacher

Not only is Mollie a valued member of the JRC community, she brings with her 20 years of education experience. Mollie holds two master’s degrees in elementary and special education, as well as certification as a Learning Behavior Specialist for preschool-age 21. She has taught preschool through elementary school and has a background in Judaica and Hebrew as well. After serving as JRC’s Early Childhood Coordinator, Mollie is excited to be back in the classroom!

Email: mbass@jrctogether.org
Phone: 847-328-7678

Janet McDermott, Early Childhood Teacher

Janet McDermott, Early Childhood Teacher

Janet has been a committed professional in the field of early childhood education for over 25 years. She believes in the importance of a classroom environment that encourages children to explore and learn through play. Janet loves teaching at JRC Early Childhood Center, especially because of its strong emphasis on relationships and community. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, exercising, spending time with her family, and taking long walks with her dog, Scout.

Email: kulanu@jrctogether.org
Phone: 847-328-7678

 

Carol Shukur, Early Childhood Teacher

Carol Shukur, Early Childhood Teacher

Carol has been teaching at JRC for the past 20 years and holds a degree in Special Education from the University of Illinois.  Carol’s three adult children all went to JRC Early Childhood Center!  “I adore teaching the adult/tot class and watching the joy and wonder of young children.  I love watching them become comfortable in a new environment, and I love reading books, singing silly songs, and providing fun and new experiences”.

Susan Salidor, Musician and Magic Maker

Susan Salidor, Musician and Magic Maker

Susan Salidor is a singer/songwriter with more than 100 songs and eight albums to her credit. She is also an early childhood music specialist who can be described as no less than magical! Susan is the author of two picture books based on her songs: I’ve Got Peace In My Fingers and One Little Act of Kindness. Her music can be purchased and/or streamed on Spotify, iTunes and other online platforms, and her music videos and concerts can be seen on YouTube and Facebook.