BJE-ECC Leadership

BJE-ECC is committed to life-long learning. Our educators and leadership team work seamlessly with our families to help integrate a love for learning as a foundation to each child’s journey. Each of our educators and leaders have their own journeys that led them to our BJE-ECC family.

JoAnne Barston

Site Director, BJE-Northbrook

JoAnne Barston has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Northern Illinois University. She has been the Site Director at BJE-ECC, Northbrook since 2014, but her career with BJE-ECC began in 1986.

 JoAnne has taught every class that’s been offered at the Deerfield and Northbrook locations, along with Long Grove. JoAnne’s daughter and granddaughters are BJE-ECC graduates.

Rebecca Kushnir-Anisfeld

Director, BJE-ECC

Rebecca has a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education from Bradley University.  Education and helping children has been an integral part of who I am. I taught at BJBE, Keshet Day School, at Moriah ECC.

Having gone to Solomon Schechter, Camp Ramah, and Ida Crown Jewish Academy, Judaism is at her core. Teaching children from a young age to love being Jewish is a concept she is very passionate about.

Janet Sear

Director of Professional Growth and Development

Janet received a Bachelor of Science from Drake University and a Master of Science from Northeastern University. She began working for BJE-ECC in 1991.

Janet is passionate about the importance of Early Childhood Education and the importance of building strong and nurturing relationships among our children, families and educators.

Judy Jacobson

Administrative Assistant

Judy Jacobson has a Bachelor of Science in Recreational Therapy from the University of Illinois, with a minor in Psychology. She began BJE as a parent in 1983 and started her career at BJE in 1987. Judy taught Pre-K for 14 years and the New Steps(Parent/Toddler) class for two years. She served as BJE’s Camp Director for 5 years. 

Judy’s pride and joy are her two grandsons. In Judy’s words, “I have been fortunate to be able to spend time with the amazing children in our schools and work with our awesome teachers and parents.”

Maya Friedman

Assistant Site Director, Wilmette

Maya received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theater from Columbia College Chicago, a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education from Seneca College Toronto and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Tel-Aviv University. Maya’s hobbies include painting, writing, and stand up comedy. 

Maya enjoys working with children because she loves being a part of their sense of wonder and creating special moments filled with learning and laughter.

Liz Sherman

Director of Infants and Toddlers, Wilmette

Liz Sherman has a B.S in Elementary Education and an M.S. in Reading Education. She started her career in Early Childhood Education in 1988 at BJE. In 1999 Liz left BJE to work at a full day Jewish ECC program. In 2018 she was thrilled to return to BJE to  oversee our infant program. Liz enjoys traveling to Europe, Africa, and Israel with her daughters and loves New York.

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