Greenburgh Hebrew Center Early Childhood Center Director
Gloria Smith has recently joined the Greenburgh Hebrew Center Early Childhood Center team in the capacity of Director. She is a dedicated educator with over 30 years experience in various education leadership roles. These leadership roles most recently include Assistant Principal at the Charter School of Education Excellence. Before that, Ms. Smith spent 14 years at a New York City public school first as a first grade teacher, then as a Staff Developer for Kindergarten through second grades, and as a Reading Coordinator in Early Childhood, a teacher-trainer/ mentor and finally as an Assistant Principal and Universal Pre-K Supervisor. Ms. Smith began her career as a temple pre-school teacher in Rockland County teaching Mommy and Me programs, Toddler programs, and Kindergarten Enrichment for nine years.
Ms. Smith holds a New York State School Administrator’s certificate and attended an Advanced Leadership Program for NYC Assistant Principals (ALPAP) She has a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education (N-6). She was the co-writer of an Early Childhood Grant (REA) and co-authored The New & Seasoned Teacher Handbook for her district.
Ms. Smith’s fondest memories are from the times she spends with her extended family in Israel since she was fifteen years old. Her parents both escaped the Holocaust and her only surviving extended family still resides there. Gloria still maintains in close contact with them, as do her adult children as it is their strong Jewish identity and ancestry that impacts her daily living. She refers to it as her “Israeli Connection.”
Her greatest gifts are her wonderful family which consists of her husband, three sons, daughter-in-law and most precious pre-school aged granddaughter.
Her best times at GHC ECC are spent when she is out of her office and inside the classrooms working alongside the teachers and children.