Temple Sinai Community Preschool teachers are dedicated and nurturing educators with many years of experience and who pride themselves in fostering positive and memorable experiences.
Our teachers are registered with the College of Early Childhood Educators.
Preschool Director, Temple Sinai Community Preschool
Carrie A. Swartz,
Director of Congregational Learning
ANDREA ZECHARIA, PRESCHOOL DIRECTOR
Andrea graduated from Ryerson University with a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education in 1991. Upon graduating, she and her husband, Boaz, spent an adventurous year living and working in Johannesburg, South Africa, where Andrea was born. When they returned to Toronto, Andrea began teaching at Temple Sinai Nursery School. She took a six-year hiatus to raise her three daughters, Leore, Tamar and Tali. While she enjoyed (almost) every minute of staying home with her daughters, she was thrilled to resume teaching at Temple Sinai again in September 2000.
When her eldest daughter started her university studies in 2012, this kindled Andrea's desire to further her formal education. She decided to return to Ryerson University for graduate studies (while continuing to teach at Temple Sinai). In October 2014, Andrea proudly received a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Studies.
Carrie A. Swartz, Director of Congregational Learning
Carrie Swartz is a passionate educator who has 20 years of experience as a secondary school teacher, museum education specialist and manager of school programs and professional learning for teachers. Carrie is skilled in developing and implementing programs that are innovative, in-line with current pedagogy and respond to the needs of students (K-12), teachers and stakeholders. She has designed a range of education materials and resources for students and teachers at both the Art Gallery of Ontario and at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum for onsite programming and online learning that served thousands of participants. Carrie has developed and managed strategic partnerships with numerous community groups, non-profit organizations, provincial and national organizations. As a specialist in art education, Carrie co-developed and taught a university course in this field and has presented at conferences in both Canada and the US. Carrie has a particular passion for and knowledge in Holocaust education.
Carrie holds a Master’s Degree in teaching with a focus in museum education from George Washington University, in Washington DC, and a Bachelor’s Degree in education and Bachelor’s Degree in history and drama from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. Carrie is a member in good standing of the Ontario College of Teachers.