Preschool Staff

We are proud to have an extraordinary team of educators who recognize each child as an individual and love them deeply. Our teachers are continuously growing their practice with yearly professional development hours and they embrace their partnership with your family. They make regular posts to Remini, our communication app, including photos and explanations of what you are seeing and the intentional and educational value of the activities.

Director of Early Childhood Education

Sheila Purdin

Sheila Purdin began her career in early education over 30 years ago in her native Seattle. She currently serves on the board of The Efshar Project, working to ensure quality early childhood experiences throughout the Denver/Boulder community. Prior to The Efshar Project, she was on the board of Early Childhood Educators of Reform Judaism, serving as VP of Marketing for five years. During her twenty years in the Atlanta area, she was director of two Reform preschools, and actively participated in the Jewish Early Childhood Council of Atlanta as both chairperson and conference coordinator. She previously sat on the PJ Library of Atlanta board and was selected to participate in the Union for Reform Judaism Pursuing Excellence in Your Early Childhood Center Community of Practice. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Early Childhood Educational Leadership at American Jewish University. Sheila loves being a part of the Temple Sinai Preschool and greater synagogue community. She is inspired daily by her work in early childhood education, by the curiosity and wonder of children, the journey of parenthood, and the endless learning of educators. She lives in Denver with her partner, Mark, and has two adult children who are pretty fantastic.

Preschool Assistant Director

Rachel Cram

Rachel Cram began her career in early education with Americorps in an infant classroom with Early Head Start. It was here she found her calling. Rachel then spent over a decade with the Denver JCC, serving as an educator, ECC Coordinator, Assistant Director, and Director. During that time Rachel was selected to participate in the Jewish Early Childhood Education Leadership Institute (JECELI), a highly competitive national program training exemplary leaders and as a Sheva Leadership Institute Fellow. Most recently Rachel has led a privately owned school, The Wonder Academy, through the pandemic, creating a safe space for children and educators to thrive. Rachel’s decision to join the administrative team at Temple Sinai Preschool felt, “like coming home.” She has a deep love for the Jewish community. Rachel spends her time away from work hiking, paddle boarding, snowboarding and being in the mountains with her husband, Matt, her two daughters, Gwen and Amber, and their dog, Bear.

Preschool Operations Manager

DaNae Ronberg

DaNae Ronberg has twenty years of experience in the early childhood education field and seven years of experience in administrative work in the front office of schools.  DaNae has a true passion for teaching toddlers which is where she began her tenure at Temple Sinai Preschool before tackling the Operations Manager role. Outside of school, DaNae enjoys cooking, gardening, and spending quality time with her husband, Steve, and two children, Walker and Isla.

Our Preschool Staff

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