Our administration goes beyond the State Licensing Standards to seek individuals with natural competencies and related backgrounds to work in our preschool. Once working in our program, teachers participate in professional development both individually, and as a team, to stay up to date on professional trends and developmental research which informs our practice in an ongoing way.
Lead Teachers have degrees and/or experience in either Early Childhood Education (ECE) and/or closely related fields. Assistant Teachers learn and grow under the mentorship of the Director and Lead Teachers.
Our teachers are energetic, creative and loving, weaving Jewish values and best practice into all they plan and do.
Tanya Swezey Stabinsky – Preschool Director
Tanya has 25 years of experience teaching and directing in early childhood programs, including campus child care, community based programming and parent cooperatives. Before joining Yad B’Yad and returning to her passion for direct service with parents, staff and children, Tanya served as an Early Care and Education Inclusion Coach in central Phoenix. With a BS in Human Development and master’s work in counseling psychology, Tanya is also a parent of five and a graduate of two infant family mental health certificate programs, including being a Fellow of the University of Massachusetts Boston Infant-Parent Mental Health Post-Graduate Program in Napa, CA. Tanya endorsed as a 0-5 Transdisciplinary Mental Health Practitioner in California. Tanya’s professional endeavors include founding a model relationship based Early Childhood program, speaking both locally and nationally on hot topics in early care and education, being a mentor teacher for the California Early Childhood Mentor Teacher Program and being a parenting writer for Wear Your Voice magazine, an online publication promoting intersectional feminism. Tanya’s passion is reflective practice work with teachers and parents and her expertise is visionary leadership of LLCs and non-profits benefitting children and families through best practice. Whether inside or outside the classroom, Tanya’s role is to mentor parents and teachers with a balanced individualized approach. Her approach is based on what works best for communities of practice while capitalizing on inherent strengths of children, parents and teachers.
Jenn Taylor – Associate Director
Jenn Taylor has been teaching children for 35+ years beginning with her first class of young creative dancers at the University of Utah’s Virginia Tanner Creative Dance Program. That first job sparked her interest for teaching and set her on a career path working with young learners. Jenn holds a BA in Early Childhood Education and certification in working with special needs children, along with her specialization in movement therapy for children. Jenn has a deep passion for little learners and her teaching years include classrooms in Arizona, Missouri, Texas, and The Netherlands. Jenn is a certified coach for Love and Logic discipline and brings her extensive knowledge and experience with child development to support parents in the big job of raising little ones. Jenn is married to a lovely man and together they are the parents of three children. She loves the outdoors, reading, playing with her labradoodle, Jordan, and drinking coffee. Jenn is thrilled to be part of the leadership team at Yad B’Yad Children’s Center as the Master Teacher and glad to support her team members, the teachers, and the marvelous parents of this community.
About Our Founder
The original Yad B’Yad program was founded by Syndi Scheck, who took on the challenge of establishing Temple Emanuel’s preschool program in 2002. The one classroom preschool opened in the Fall of 2002 and under Syndi’s early tutelage, (followed by her daughter Leslie’s commitment), the preschool grew so popular over the years that by 2015 Yad B’Yad had expanded to serve children six weeks to five years old in a full day child development program. Syndi was known for her rare ability to make everyone she knew feel special. She sensed the human need for validation, and willingly shared her loving heart with all who walked through the door. The idea of Yad B’Yad – adults and children walking hand in hand through the experience of early childhood education – continues to be at the core of our philosophy here at the Syndi Scheck Yad B’Yad Preschool at Temple Emanuel. In the spirit of her original vision we bring the love of Jewish learning to the hearts and minds of young children.