Teachers, of course, are the heart of every school. They have the greatest impact on a child’s daily experience. A great preschool teacher will set up an environment that stimulates each child’s natural curiosity. They will see the entire child and love and nurture the best of each child in their care. Teachers work tirelessly to continually develop their own skills so that they can provide their students with the finest education. This commitment to excellence describes the teachers At Gates of Discovery: The Rose and George Teller Preschool of Shaare Tefila. Read about our teachers here and then come meet us by taking a tour of our school.

bethI am Beth Adler and I am the founding director of Gates of Discovery: The Rose and George Teller Preschool of Shaare Tefila. This school is my vision of a community where children can learn and explore, where family relationships are valued and where teachers are inspired to provide a dynamic environment in which children thrive.

I have a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University. I also attended The Art and Craft of the Principalship at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. I live in Silver Spring with my husband, but my children keep growing up and moving away, with only 1 of the 4 still at home, so luckily I am surrounded by the wonderful children each day at school. As a life-long learner, continuing education is very important to me. I continue to learn about teaching and administering through reading and attending conferences, workshops, study groups and other educational offerings. In addition, I am inspired each day by our teachers, through our conversations and watching them interact with the wonderful children at school each day.

jessicaMy name is Jessica Boritz, and I am honored to join the Gates of Discovery community as a teacher. My daughter, Alma, is a recent graduate of Gates of Discovery, and my son, David, will be continuing his preschool education this year.

At Gates of Discovery, I feel fortunate to be among a community of educators who value the innate capability of children and are committed to creating rich learning environments that foster relationships, exploration and growth. I look forward to partnering with families to learn with and about your children.

My husband, Eli, and I live in Rockville with our children. I hold a Master of Science in Education degree from Johns Hopkins University, and a Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. I am also a Maryland certified art educator. While originally from Iowa, I have lived in many different places. In my free time, I enjoy swimming, learning about our fascinating world, and making just about anything (except dinner!).

laurie My name is Laurie Dorfman. This is my first year teaching at Gates of Discovery. I spent the last 16 years working with two and three year old children at Beth Sholom Early Childhood Center in Potomac. Working and learning with young minds is an adventure every day and I look forward to making new discoveries with your children this year.

I have been married to my wonderful husband, Joel, for 25 years and have two amazing sons, Will, who just graduated from the University of Delaware, and Daniel, who is a sophomore at the University of Maryland. In my free time, I enjoy playing softball, reading, and following the Nationals and the Redskins. I also enjoy spoiling our two cats, Max and Bella.

kristen My name is Kristen Durning and I am excited to join the Gates of Discovery community this fall. I love children of all ages, especially young children because they have an innate desire to explore and learn. It is a gift to join them in their curiosity and to encourage them as capable learners. I will be welcoming our youngest children this fall to the Little Explorers class, where toddlers and parents interact, play and learn together. This class will become the Mid-year Twos after our winter break.

I have a BS degree in elementary education from Penn State University. I have been fortunate over the years to teach children in a number of settings, including private and public schools, private tutoring, classroom volunteering in my sons’ schools, and caring for a neighbor’s child from birth to three years old.

I am most thankful for my family, including my husband, Steve, and our sons, Andrew and Daniel, and our adorable pug, Raven. Andrew is keeping the Penn State legacy alive by heading to Happy Valley as a freshman this fall. Daniel is a junior, playing high school football and cheering for his favorite NFL team, the Ravens. In my free time, I enjoy reading, cooking, making cards, and playing with our dog.

priyaMy name is Morah Priya Ghosh and I will be your teacher in the Bumblebee room. I recently moved from Massachusetts with my husband, 8 year old son, my dog and rabbit. In Massachusetts I taught at Botanic Gardens Children’s Center, a Harvard affiliated preschool, for over five years.

My favorite thing this summer was getting to spend lots of time with my son. We took long walks and explored new bike trails. As a family, we like to cook and taste food from different parts of the world. In my spare time, I also enjoy gardening and quilting.

judy My name is Judy Herman and I am a lifelong early childhood educator originally from New York. During my years of experience I have taught at preschools in New York City, Jerusalem, Kansas City, Chicago, California and Silver Spring. I earned my BA at the City University of New York. I have been enriched by each of these opportunities and have learned so much from all the children that I have taught over the years. I love reading and nature and frequent the Brookside Nature Center and gardens where I have worked and volunteered.

My husband and I have two married children and two darling grandchildren, ages two and five and love spending as much time as I can with them. I look forward to meeting and greeting your children this fall.

bianca My name is Bianca Kamranpour and I am a proud to be joining Gates of Discovery as a Dragonfly! I have lived in Maryland my entire life and went to the Academy of the Holy Cross in Kensington. I then earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of MD, University College, where I focused on coursework in child behavior and development. I have also owned and managed a business for the last 12 years and the combination of my studies and work has given me a good grasp on real life and what lessons children truly need in the real world. I have a 7 year old son, Aidan, and a 5 year old daughter, Briana, who keep me very busy at all times. My kids inside the classroom and my own outside mean everything to me.

In my spare time, I enjoy being outside. Nothing makes me happier than being at the beach and warm weather.

ashley Hi! My name is Ashley Lang and I am so excited for the start of a new school year! I am a 2011 graduate of Sherwood High School and a 2015 graduate of Frostburg State University, earning a B.S. in Social Work with a minor in psychology. Before joining Gates of Discovery for the 2014 summer, I spent five years as a camp counselor, interned at Brooke Grove Elementary School, and completed several years of a child development curriculum, culminating in childcare certification with the State of Maryland. The past two summers, I have worked with the Dragonflies (Summer 2014) and Caterpillars (Summer 2015), but I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the Bumblebees this school year!

I love spending my free time cooking and baking, snowboarding in the winter and going on new adventures with my very energetic puppy, Roxy.

rachel I am Rachel Martinez and I am very excited to continue to teach as a teacher here at Gates of Discovery: The Rose and George Teller Preschool of Shaare Tefila. I feel so fortunate to be a part of such a fabulous community of teachers, children, and their families. I have a bachelor's degree from Vassar College where I studied psychology and elementary education. During my time at Vassar I was able to take a semester abroad to study at Oxford University and student teach at a primary school there. I spent the first ten years after graduating teaching various elementary grades at a private school on Guam, with a largely international community. My days since then have been filled primarily with enjoying helping my own two children (Trey and Leilani) grow into amazing young people.

I've stayed active in education by tutoring and working for a curriculum development company from home. As I end my tenure as a stay-at-home mom, I can't think of a better place to jump back into the classroom to help share my love of learning with others.

karinMy name is Karin Metrey. I am a teacher in the Spider class at Gates of Discovery. I have worked with children for 25 years. I have worked at many different schools including Georgetown Hill, Belmont Elementary School, and the Early Childhood School at B’nai Shalom of Olney. I have experience with students from ages 2 to 10 including my own children. I believe every child deserves to be loved and is unique in their own way. Since every child is different, my job as a teacher is to do what is best for the child.

I was born and raised in The Netherlands, but at the age of 17 came to America. Here I met my husband and we have been married for 22 years. My interests are animals, reading, running, and shopping. I am very excited to work with the children at Gates of Discovery!

einat I am Einat Moskof, an art teacher. This is my second year teaching at Gates of Discovery. I have previously taught at the Ohr Kodesh Early Childhood Center in Chevy Chase. I have a bachelor of arts degree from Beit Berl College in Israel where I studied art and education, and am currently working on my Masters of Early Childhood Education at Towson University here in Maryland. I have three children and the youngest of them, Boaz, will be attending Gates of Discovery this year.

I was born and raised in Israel, where I met my husband, and moved to the United States in 2006. I love painting, as well as other arts and crafts, though my ability to focus on art is limited with three young children. I am very excited to be a part of Gates of Discovery, both as a mother of a student and as a teacher!

rachel My name is Joy Remedios and I am new to Gates of Discovery this year. After graduating from the Franciscan University of Steubenville, I was a middle school teacher in South Carolina and Virginia. I took a break from teaching to stay at home with my three children who are now all in elementary school. This is my second year of being in a preschool classroom. I enjoy the children's sense of wonder and delight in all things new and familiar.

I'm originally from Texas, but now my family and I reside in Olney. When I'm not in the classroom, my time is spent with my three children (ages 12, 7, and 5) and husband of 13 years. I also enjoy reading and gardening.

christa I am Christa Reynolds. I have been with Gates of Discovery Preschool for 2 years, but I have been working in childcare and teaching for over 12 years. I have experience working with children of all ages; specializing in toddlers and 2-year olds. It is my personal goal to help children learn by getting down on their level and guiding them to discover the world hands on. I believe that children need freedom to be children and grow through doing not just being told.

This year, in addition to my teaching responsibilities, I have taken on the role of school Pedagogista. This involves assisting teachers through consultation and planning with the goal of nurturing activities and relationships to enhance children's learning. I also engage in problem-solving with staff, exploring new options and reflecting on what is going on in the center as a whole. In my free time I enjoy: Helping others, reading books and being a part of anything that will make me laugh!

jen My name is Jennifer Salerno and I am thrilled to join the Gates of Discovery family this year. I have been an early childhood educator for the past twelve years. I received my undergraduate degree in Drama and English from NYU. After working in the Off Broadway community in New York for several years I decided to follow a different path and pursue my passion for teaching. I went on to earn a M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education from Towson University and have loved every minute of working with young children since changing course! I grew up on the beach in Atlantic City, NJ and have and am innately drawn to the water. I currently live on my sailboat in Baltimore with my husband. I love traveling, gardening and animals!

nadineMy name is Nadine Zucker. I have a BA from Syracuse University in Psychology and a minor in Elementary Education. I am married to a wonderful man, Michael, for 19 years and together we have 2 teenage boys- Ari and Max. After 10 years of being a stay at home mom, I became a nursery school teacher. I have taught 4 year olds and 3 year olds. I am looking forward to teaching the Story Stretchers and mid-year 2's this year. During the year, the children will be introduced to all sorts of new experiences. My goal is to make the classroom a warm environment for the children. It is their home away from home. My interests are yoga, music, cooking and a love of nature and I bring this all to my classes in a variety of ways. I try     to give the children a good self-image, good social skills, independence and the ability to ask question and ponder answers.