Ira F. Stone
Neziner Hebrew School
Director of Member Services
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I am Morah Cynthia, the director of the Early Childhood program at the Abigail R. Cohen Preschool and the Laurie Wagman Playschool here at Temple Beth Zion Beth Israel.
I first became a member of the BZBI community ten years ago when I joined the staff of our Preschool. While initially an assistant teacher, I was soon co-teaching in the Pre-K class. The following year I became the Lead Teacher of the Toddler Group and then Head Teacher of the Playschool as well as our school’s Parent/Teacher Liaison. I have greatly appreciated the roles that I have had the opportunity to take on and the relationships I’ve built with our families and their children.
I was born and raised in Philadelphia, and although I have lived elseweher and have travelled extensively, I have always felt a deep connection to my roots here. I attended the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and am certified in Early Childhood Education. I have been a professional artist, small business owner, community worker, and of course an educator. My interest in children and their development has been a focus for me for over twenty-five years. I bring a love for our Jewish cultural and religious heritage, as well as our shared human heritage as reflected through anthropology, psychology, and the arts. These experiments and interests are diverse, however they have been a part of my lifelong quest to learn and to grow intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually.