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Temple Emanuel Early Child Center5
Posted April 01, 2015
- a parent
We were forced to remove our child from the Pressman Academy ECC after a meeting with director Angie Bass where it was clear that rot starts at the top. She along with teacher Francine Farkas vilified our 4 year old to the point his best friend would no longer play with him. We received very little to no feedback for months. In her own words Angie stated "my staff does not have time to give feedback". Our boy needed love and understanding from his carers after moving countries and a new baby sister. Instead he was caught in a vicious cycle of incompetence and mean spiritedness. And of course he rebelled. He was miserable. Shockingly there are many families with similar experiences . And no, our son is not ADHD as one mum suggested. He is now in nurturing Temple Emanuel. He is thriving and feels special and appreciated. He has had a few bad days yes, but now most of them are great and there are 10/10 and even 12/10 days too. His outstanding teachers Terre and Julie and Manager Stacy understood that he was testing his boundaries in his first couple of weeks, especially after a terrible experience at Pressman. Temple Emanuel restored our faith in Jewish education.
We could not have been luckier to have enrolled in Temple Emanuel's ECC under the direction of Stacy Kesner. We have since graduated from 2 years spent at the ECC (Group 2 with teacher Mojdeh, and Group 4 with teacher Lilya, and all of the amazing teaching assistants and specialists), and have stayed with the temple, now at the dayschool (TEADS) in kindergarten. This school is top notch; my son Drew has absolutely flourished here, and we have created an entire second family that I wouldn't trade for the world. The children get along wonderfully, and there is a sense of harmony and joy all year long. The learning fundamentals, the arts and crafts, the music and theater, the outdoor activities, and the religious festivities have together molded my son into a little Renaissance man--willingly involved in all he can get his hands on, and loving every minute of it. A phenomenal foundation has been laid down for Drew, and I would hope that all parents would come to tour the school (and the day school for K+ children) and see all that the school and it's stellar staff have to offer. I am a working-parent, yet I insist upon being as involved as I can with the school due to pride.