About Us

At the Paradigm Project, we are a team of practitioner-activists passionate about partnering with you to envision and realize the incredible potential of the early childhood years for children, families, educators, and communities.

For more information, please contact: info@jparadigm.org

Services

Where are you on your journey? Do you need:

  • A workshop to inspire your team to dream big?
  • To visit a model school in action?
  • consultant to help your school or community answer the call, “Ayeka” (“Where are we”)?
  • A chavruta (partner) to help you develop a plan of action?
  • A coach to support you when the going gets tough?
  • community of practice interested in studying a particular topic?
  • A network of folks and resources to further your growth?
  • Specific guidance in areas such as social media, designing learning  environments, documentation, change management, leadership, Jewish  life and learning, or anything else?
  • To hire a new school leader?
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Bios

Comprising the Paradigm Project team are graduates of the Covenant Foundation’s Jewish Early Childhood Education Fellowship.  Having worked, learned and grown together since 2007, we share a common language and values.

Valerie Lustgarten

Valerie Lustgarten

Valerie Lustgarten is an educational consultant and coach specializing in the primary years. She is an experienced professional focused on fostering collaboration and reflection among PLCs, connecting early childhood programs to the elementary years, and designing warm, inviting, child-centered environments. Valerie’s vast experience lies in cultivating strength-based leadership, fostering culture change, the design of strategic visioning, social media, and helping to grow and develop new educational leaders.

Ellen Dietrick

Ellen Dietrick

Ellen Dietrick is the Director of Early Childhood Learning and Interim Director of Elementary Learning at Temple Beth Shalom in Needham, MA.  Before arriving at TBS, she spent ten years directing the early childhood program at Congregation Beth Israel in Charlottesville, Virginia.  Ellen holds a masters in education from the University of Virginia and is on the board of the Early Childhood Educators of Reform Judaism. She is also the author of the children’s book It’s Israel’s Birthday, featuring preschoolers on an imaginary journey to Israel.

Veronica Maravankin

Veronica Maravankin

Veronica Maravankin is the Director of Early Learning at the Jewish Community Center of the Greater Palm Beaches. She recently served on the advisory council that developed the JCC Early Learning Framework known as Sheva and is currently a facilitator for one of JCCA’s Communities of Learning. Veronica holds a bachelors degree in Physical Education from EFIS Hacoaj, in her native Argentina.

Anna Hartman

Anna Hartman

Anna Hartman is a consultant, mentor, pedagogical coach, and teacher.  As a director and teacher, she has worked in settings focused on project-based learning, inspiration from the preschools of Reggio Emilia, Italy, and Hebrew language immersion. Anna lives with her husband and two children in the Boston area.

Peter Blair

Peter Blair

Peter Blair is the Associate Executive Director at the Harry and Rose Samson Family JCC of Milwaukee, WI.  He has previously directed the early childhood centers at the JCCs in Orange County, CA, and Seattle, WA.  He holds a degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and has received training in Reggio-Emilia practice from the St. Louis Reggio Collaborative and at the early childhood schools in Reggio Emilia, Italy.  Peter has also served as a faculty member in the Early Childhood Education Department at Bellevue College.