Rosemary has been teaching in a Jewish preschool setting since 1999 and here at Stephen Wise since 2003. She holds a bachelor’s degree in theater, and a child development associate credential. She has furthered her formal knowledge of children with courses and workshops from Bank Street College of Education, the Jewish Early Childhood Association, and the Board of Jewish Education. In 2007, the ECC sent her to Reggio Emilia, Italy where she was privileged to participate in the week-long study tour of its preschools. A later-in-life-career-changer, she discovered her mother was right when she assessed her as a late bloomer: Having spent a decade as a dance stage manager, a decade promoting issues and ideas for nonprofits, and a decade writing marketing and advertising materials for a legal journalism company, Rosemary eventually arrived where she, and her heart, really belong — in a Jewish preschool classroom. Rosemary’s writings on spiritual practice have been published in the national magazine Spirituality & Health and in the 2004 book “Fifty Ways to Feed Your Soul,” of which she was the editor. Her photographs have been exhibited in group shows in New Jersey and New York City.
Sheila has been at the ECC for the past 17 years. She has a bachelor’s in education from City College. In 2006 Sheila attended the North American Study Group in Reggio Emilia Italy. She has been on the Leadership Committee and on the ECC Strategic Planning Committee. Sheila has a passion for hearing children’s ideas and exploring the Possibilities Place, where children explore the found objects, discuss their ideas, and make their ideas come alive.