Director of Early Childhood
Andrea Shapiro is Temple Emanuel’s Director of Early Childhood. Andrea was born in South Africa and grew up with a strong sense of Jewish identity. While she never imagined herself working in the Jewish Education sector, she has truly found her home. Andrea has a bachelor’s degree in early childhood and elementary education from Hofstra University and a Master’s Degree in Jewish Education with a specialization in early childhood from Hebrew College. She has spent the past 15 years working with children and families in various educational settings and has a passion for working with families with young children.
Andrea spent many of her formative teenage years growing up as part of Temple Emanuel and is excited to be back and part of the community. Andrea is committed to educating families with young children about Jewish life and experiences and looks forward to creating enriching and developmentally appropriate experiences and opportunities for children and families in the preschool. In her free time Andrea enjoys spending time with her daughter and reading.