Wendy Yesharim, Program Director
Established in 2001, the Gordon & Sklar Early Childhood Center at Temple Beth El of South Orange County is committed to the development of the whole child. We recognize that children learn best when they are in a warm, nurturing, loving, and safe environment. Our dedicated, talented, experienced staff understands that every child is an individual, and respects their needs by creating the space needed to foster healthy cognitive, social, emotional and physical development. Together, parents, teachers, administrators, and clergy nurture the students in our program allowing them to actively explore their world with confidence. We integrate Jewish tradition and values, embrace creative exploration in our dynamic learning environment, and guide children to establish a strong foundation of kindness, curiosity, and a love for learning. Our teacher to child ratios are very low and we proudly serve multiple generations of families. T
Ms. Beth, TBESOC ECC Lead Teacher
Beth Parker has been working at our ECC for the past 18 years. Her professional experience includes early childhood education, marketing, and management in the software industry. Beth has a Bachelor of Science in Business/Marketing with a minor in Psychology from San Diego State University. She also has her early childhood teaching and administrative certification from Saddleback College. Beth loves teaching at the ECC because, “All my special little people, watching each unique individual grow, develop and learn each day and building the foundation for every child to find the happiness in being a part of the classroom environment. Having a job that I look forward to each day. Making a difference in each child’s life and in each families experience and growth.”
Gabi Love has taught at the ECC for the past 7 years working as a shadow, an assistant teacher and now a lead teacher. Gabi attended Orange Coast College and received her Early Childhood Education certification from Saddleback College. Gabi was born and raised in San Diego and has lives in Mission Viejo with her husband and two children for the past 12 years. Gabi loves teaching because she loves watching the children experience something new every day and watching them grow and develop over the year.
Ms. Phyllis, Teacher
This is Phyllis Koff’s first year at the ECC. Phyllis lived in West Hills prior to moving to Foothill Ranch. Phyllis comes to us with over 30 years experience working in Early Childhood Education. Phyllis earned a BA in Early Childhood Development form Cal State University, Northridge. Phyllis’ favorite thing about working with young children is watching young minds learn and grow.
Ms. Sue, Teaching Assistant
Sue Fausneaucht has been in the classrooms at the ECC since the winter of 2019. Sue was born and raised in Ohio. She attended a private university in South Carolina majoring in Home Economics, which included Child Care and Development. After attending four years, Sue married her husband Steve, and started a family and a thrilling 20 year USMC military career. She had the privilege of living in many places to include NC, San Diego, Kaneohe Hawaii, El Toro CA, Honolulu HI, and retired after Camp Pendelton CA to Foothill Ranch. For 12 years, Sue was able to work from three military installation homes to provide quality care and preschool curriculum to both her own young children as well as for many military families. She spent many years providing individual one on one preschool experiences for families in Orange County. Sue completed the Modules in the DoD military child care development system, equivalent to an AA in Early Childhood Education. Currently, Sue is enrolled at Theoria Technical College to enrich her personal development in Early Childhood Education.
Sue is thrilled to be part of the awesome staff at Temple Beth El ECC. “I enjoy working with young children because everything they do is something new and exciting for them. It is also fun to see the world through their little eyes; to watch them learn, understand, and achieve new concepts, is very refreshing and rewarding every day.”
Ms. Sabrina, Teaching Assistant
Sabrina Yee came us in January 2020, she was born and raised in Livermore, California. After graduate school she was married and lived in Huntington Beach and now loves living in South Orange county with her family. Sabrina earned a BA in Psychology from UCI, MA and Psy.D in clinical phycology from CSPP-LA/ Alliant University. Sabrina practiced at the Children’s Institute International. Working with the children in the ECC bring her so much joy, she loves helping her studnets develop the confidence to tackle new tasks and skills.