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.
I 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.
My name is Coral Bell and I will teaching the Spiders class this year. I have a Master’s in Education and have taught 2, 3 and 4 year old children for over 20 years. I love to find the strength of each child and share their exploration of the world with them. I enjoy rehabbing my house and when there is time, spinning wool and playing with textiles. I also enjoy searching for antiques and vintage fabrics. I am pleased to be part of the Gates of Discovery family this year!
My name is Dilini Ediriweera. I am a mom of two kids. I count nearly sixteen years of experience working with young children. I started my career as a primary school teacher in a leading international school in Sri Lanka after I earned my diploma in Primary & Preschool Education by the International Teacher Training Institute of Sri Lanka. After relocating to the United States, I earned my Child Development Associates (CDA), and joined the World Bank Children’s Center in Washington, D.C. (a Reggio-inspired school) where I worked as a teacher for over six years. During my free time, I love to read, listen to music, and explore new places. I am very excited to be a part of Gates of Discovery!
My 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.
My name is Dawn Gladstone and I am a teacher in the Spider Class. I have been a preschool teacher in Montgomery County for over 10 years and have experience working with children 2-4 years of age. When asked what I enjoy most about working with preschool children, the answer is quite simple: a young smiling face that signals a sense of accomplishment and understanding. In my spare time, I volunteer at our son’s Boy Scouts chapter and high school booster club. I enjoy spending time with my husband, teenage son and Cooper, our Cavalier King Charles.
My name is Karin Metrey. I am a teacher in the Grasshopper 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!
I am Einat Moskof, the studio teacher 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 recently received my Masters of Early Childhood Education at Towson University here in Maryland. I have three children and the youngest of them, Boaz, is a recent Gates of Discovery graduate.
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!
My name is Sabah and I am thrilled to be working as a teacher in the Spiders classroom this school year. After graduating from University of Maryland, Baltimore County in 2012 with a degree in health administration and policy, I took a job as a kindergarten teacher at a private school for one year. After that, I went on to work in the healthcare field. While I really enjoyed the work I did, I found that the classroom was my niche and that teaching young children was my true passion. With that said, I am currently pursuing my Masters in Teaching in Early Childhood Education at UMBC, and I am enjoying every bit of it! In my spare time, I love to read, travel, cuddle up with my cat, spend time with my family, and enjoy the outdoors. I am looking forward to an exciting school year filled with investigation, exploration, and discovery!
My name is Jennifer Salerno and I am thrilled to be a part of the Gates of Discovery family. 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 am innately drawn to the water. I currently live on my sailboat in Baltimore with my husband. I love traveling, gardening and animals!
My name is Rashmi Thakur and I am excited to be in the Dragonfly class this coming year. Originally I am from India, where I completed my undergraduate degree in education before moving to Nepal with my husband. There I studied for my masters in Teaching English as Second Language and taught in schools (k-12th grade) for 12 years. In 2010 we came to the USA as a family. Since my arrival in this country, I have worked in many schools. Starting with my employment at the British school of Washington and then at the Feynman school, I gathered valuable experiences that shaped me as an educator. Currently I am enrolled at the University of Virginia completing my master’s level coursework in Gifted and Talented Education. I am married to a wonderful husband and I have two sons- one in medical school and another completing his computer engineering degree at UMD. I am thrilled to join Gates of Discovery and to be working with the wonderful group of teachers and children here. I love being around children. They are a source of ultimate joy and I believe school provides the ultimate environment to nurture their aspirations.
My 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. 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.