Shereen Ben-Moshe Joins ECP as Director
ECP Director Shereen Ben Moshe. Credit: Dave Hawks
At the end of a process that included a national posting, guidance from Jewish Community Center national staff, and a series of interviews including members of the Shalom Austin staff and board, parents, teachers and early childhood experts and consultants, Shereen Ben-Moshe has been named Shalom Austin JCC’s Early Childhood program director.
Rachel Stern, Shalom Austin chief learning and engagement officer, said, “Shereen has everything we were looking for in a director and more. She is deeply committed to Jewish early childhood learning and has a depth of knowledge as well as a calm presence about her. Our students will adore her, our parents will trust her and our teachers will learn from her and be supported by her. She will lead our ECP program with a clear vision and with strength. We are thrilled to have her!”
Ben-Moshe has seven years teaching experience and served for 10 years as early childhood education director at Galinsky Academy of Jacksonville Jewish Center in Florida. She holds a master’s degree in educational leadership and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and ESL. She also speaks Spanish.
“Walking into the ECP was like coming home,” Ben-Moshe said. “I immediately felt I was in a special school, surrounded by happy faces, and joyful sounds. I was impressed by the interactions I saw, the warmth I felt, and the evidence of great learning I witnessed.”
Ben-Moshe began her journey in Jewish and early childhood education when her daughters were 3 and 4 years old, after taking a tour of the JJC Preschool. She fell in love with the school, then taught there for a year before taking the helm as its director for the next decade.
“The school was like my third child,” she said.
Ben-Moshe and her family moved to Austin when she married Yitzhak Ben-Moshe, Congregation Beth El’s hazan, in 2016. Since then she has worked for Austin Independent School District.
“I am excited to be joining the caring and dedicated people at the ECP and Shalom Austin and getting to know the families and children,” she said. ■