NURTURING WONDER AND AMAZEMENT IN EVERY CHILD
Where everyone believes in your child as much as you do. Where the Jewish values that you embrace at home are supported and encouraged. A natural environment where your child feels comfortable and at ease. A home away from home, where every experience and interaction naturally becomes an opportunity to grow and to thrive.
Jewish values form the basis of who we are. We, the staff, model these values through our actions and our curriculum, which encompasses Jewish experiences, Jewish holidays and positive character development. We use these values to develop an appreciation for the tremendous worth of each child as a unique and precious creation; and for the world around us,
as a gift to explore. Children learn to formulate and express their thoughts and opinions; to take the time to listen to others, and to develop strong social and collaborative skills.
Our school year is August through June, though we do accept children throughout the school year if we have an opening in a classroom.
Our school day is 9:00am-3:00pm, half days are 9:00am-12:30pm.
For the 2017-2018 school year, we offer early care from 8:00am-9:00am
and after care from 3:00pm-4:00pm.
MEET OUR TEAM
Everyday our teachers create opportunities for exploration and learning by establishing engaging environments where students feel safe, comfortable, and confident. We have amazing instructors who are caring, enthusiastic, and dedicated to helping students exceed their every expectation - read some of their stories below.
With over 18 years of experience in Early Childhood Education, Morah Barbara is a dedicated teacher, who will be joining us for her third year at our Center. Her calm approach to guiding children and recognizing their individual talents has made her a beloved teacher to countless children. Barbara brings her unique passion for music to the classroom, which enhances our four-year-old program, as well as the entire Early Childhood Center.
I was born and raised in Bnei-Brak, Israel. After attending schools in Bnei Brak, and being introduced at a young age to the world of education and outreach by my father, a prominent educator, I started my early childhood education as a preschool and kindergarten teacher. later I went on to open a private, well-attended, and very desirable preschool in Modi'in Illit. My husband Shaya and I made our home in the city of Modi'in Illit until joining the Seattle Kollel’s outreach branch in Victoria, BC, Canada as the Rabbi and Rebbetzin of Congregation Aish Ha'Torah. We moved to Ottawa in 2008 where I, once again started a preschool program while joining my husband in Outreach efforts as Rebbetzin, host, and Madricha. In 2011 I was asked to merge my preschool program into the Torah Academy of Ottawa school and to become the Judaic coordinator and teacher of Pre-K, Junior-K, and Senior-K classrooms. We have five beautiful children: Zecharya (16), Yair (15), Pearl Rose (10), Yehudit (8), and Tehila (2).
3's Lead Teacher
Morah Terri joins the Jewish Journey Early Learning Center with over nine years of experience working in Jewish Early Childhood Education. She enjoys watching children develop a deep love of learning as they uncover all that there is to discover around them. Terri creates a loving environment for children to meet their developmental and educational milestones in a natural and organic way
3's Assistant Teacher
Originally from Johannesburg, South Africa, Morah Kim joined our three-year old classroom a year ago. It didn’t take long for Kim to etch a very special place in the hearts of parents and children alike, as she developed a special bond with each and every student in her classroom. With her unique warmth and sensitivity, coupled a desire to help each child learn and grow in their own way, we are excited to welcome Morah Kim back to our three-year-old room for the coming year.
2's Lead Teacher
Sue is our longest standing member of the Jewish Journey ELC staff! Sue brings with her a natural, motherly quality that is appreciated by parents and children alike. There isn't a child who doesn't jump at the opportunity to snuggle up with a book as Morah Sue kindly and patiently agrees to read their favorite book with them…again… and again…and again.
2's Assistant Teacher
Morah Emily received her B.A. in Elementary Education with a minor in reading from the University of Northern Colorado. She has always taught preschool, specifically infants and toddlers. When she's not in the classroom, she enjoys reading novels, watching movies, and spending time with her husband, dog, and family.