The staff at Beth Jacob Preschool is made up of experienced early-childhood educators who are full of love and dedication to children!
Ann Cauterucci is the founding Director of the Beth Jacob Preschool.
Ann has over 30 years in Jewish Early Childhood Education, including 20 years at Ta’Enna Preschool at the Palo Alto Jewish Community Center, where she taught and ultimately directed the program. Ann has led numerous teacher-training workshops both locally and nationally, and coordinated a Mentor Teacher program for Palo Alto Community Child Care. She was the recipient of the Grinspoon-Steinhardt Award for Excellence in Jewish Education award in 2003.
Lauri has been at Beth Jacob Preschool since it began in 2002, and she teaches our Facilitated Playskills Class. Lauri received her Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree from the University of Illinois in Speech Pathology. After working as a speech therapist for six years in the public schools, she began her teaching career. She has been teaching preschool for over 20 years, and previously taught at Ta’Enna Preschool at the JCC in Palo Alto. In 2010 Lauri received the Grinspoon-Steinhardt Award for Excellence in Jewish Educaion. Click here to read more!
Natalya has been at Beth Jacob Preschool since 2003, and also works as a second grade teacher in Beth Jacob’s Religious School and Director of Family Ed Programs. Natalya grew up in Ukraine and has an MA in Chilld Deveopment and Teaching English as a Second Language. After graduation she entered a Pre-Rabbinical Program and graduated from the College of Modern Religious Studies in 1999.
Julia began teaching at Beth Jacob Preschool in 2010 and has an extensive background in education. She has developed science curriculum in kindergarten and grades one, two and three, has extensive professional development in teaching reading and writing, and has expertise in coordinating and planning for multi-age classes.
Lauren began teaching at Beth Jacob Preschool in 2010. She started her career at Children’s Creative Learning Center in Redwood Shores where she taught both preschool and school age children. After taking time off from teaching to be home with her son after he was born, she found that she missed teaching far too much and found Beth Jacob Preschool. She plans on returning to school in the fall to continue her education to fulfill her goal of one day becoming a Preschool Director.
This is Maribel's first year at Beth Jacob Preschool. She comes to us with three years of Early Childhood experience and is currently attending San Jose State University to complete her degree in Education.