Gutman Early Learning Center
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Meet Our Director: Silveria Mastalsz
Silveria (Silvy) is a seasoned center director with an impressive career in early childhood education where, since 2005, she’s worked in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors. She became an early childhood educator because she believes “Teachers have the chance to mold children’s desire and ability to learn. “What I love about working with young children,” she said, “is their curiosity, playfulness and excitement when they learn something new.” Believing that strong parent partnerships help build the foundation needed for a child’s success in school, Silvy emphasizes communication with the significant adults in a child’s life as well as have a strong sense of community. As the mother of a young child, she appreciates and values the trust parents put in her and the rest of the Gutman ELC staff. She believes that “It is important that we earn and protect that trust by nurturing each parent’s most precious gifts – their children.” Silvy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education and Fine Arts from Rider College and a Pennsylvania Director’s Credential from the Commonwealth. When away from the Center, she enjoys singing, swimming and spending time with family and friends.
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Gutman Early Learning Center is a warm place where staff foster learning through discovery. Our curriculum integrates content areas (e.g. reading, math, science, art) into a central theme that makes learning fun and meaningful. Because parent involvement is high, a feeling of community develops and close relationships form. One of the popular annual parent events is the Runny Nose Marathon, which is tons of fun and attended by extended families and friends. Our sprawling playgrounds, in-ground pools and gross motor areas help develop healthy bodies and minds. Jewish identity is enhanced by weekly Shabbat and holiday celebrations. Multi-cultural programming is designed to include the diverse ethnic backgrounds and traditions of the children in the classroom.