Staff and Faculty
Jennifer Zukowski is the Director of the Sandra and Stanley Mallin Early Childhood Center at Temple Beth Sholom. Jennifer holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development from Concordia University and her Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education from University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She holds a National Childcare Administrators Credential as well as a Privileged License for Childcare, Preschool and Infant Director for the State of Nevada. Originally, from Huntington Beach, California, Jennifer has lived in Henderson for over 25 years. Shortly after moving to Nevada, she started her career working with children and advocating for high quality early childhood education. Jennifer is a member of the National Association of Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the Nevada Registry. She led and maintains the Sandra and Stanley Mallin Early Childhood Center’s National Accreditation since 2008. In addition, she led our program to earn a 5 STAR rating (the first in Las Vegas) from the Nevada Quality Rating Improvement System (QRIS).
In her free time, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her two adult daughters, hiking, group fitness, reading and traveling. She enjoys sharing these passions with her employees and co-workers and listening to what they too are passionate about in hopes to elicit a mutual feeling of respect and Individuality. By creating a supportive environment that fosters the "whole child's" growth, Jennifer believes that TBS ECE’s highly dedicated staff will guide its student's journey of self-discovery by developing their social-emotional skills and creative expression through art and play as outlets. She believes all children are unique and deserve the opportunity to learn and develop at their own pace based on their own individual needs. Since 2002, Jennifer has provided opportunities for children at TBS ECE to explore and learn in a nurturing environment where they can feel safe. She is inspired to watch these same children grow into loving and prospering young adults. Her wish to instill a true love for learning is apparent throughout the halls and our community.
Anne-Marie Ryan has 30+ years’ experience in the private and nonprofit sector of early childhood education. She has a Bachelor's degree in Child Development / Early Childhood Education. Her experience includes center director, educator, curriculum planning and implementation, parent / child resource coordinator, procurement and fundraising, community relations, adult trainer, supervising staff and volunteer work.
Mrs. Ryan is happily married with 4 grown children (2 boys and 2 girls) and one grandson. She was born and raised in San Diego where she earned her degree from San Diego State University in 1991. San Diego is where she began her career as a preschool teacher. Mrs. Ryan and her family moved to Washington State in 1994 where she opened and successfully ran a home preschool / daycare from 1995-2000.
In September of 2000, Mrs. Ryan was hired on at The Shelton Preschool, a private nonprofit preschool, as the lead teacher and center director. Here her duties not only included lead teacher and center director but also curriculum coordinator. She worked hand and hand with the local school district to plan and implement a cohesive preschool curriculum program the coincided with the high standards set for Washington state schools. She developed and implemented curriculum to encompass the whole child and foster a love of learning through hands on investigative play. As the center director and lead teacher, she also mentored and educated high school students, college students and adults who were in the progress of becoming early childhood educators. Mrs. Ryan worked at the Shelton Preschool until she and her husband relocated to Las Vegas in May of 2014. She joined our TBS team in August 2014. In her free time, Mrs. Ryan enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, cooking and experiencing new cultures and traditions. You often hear Mrs. Ryan say, “Children are my favorite people!”