Mooney – Early Childhood Jewish Education Conference


We recognize students and classrooms are dynamically different than just a few years ago. Join us for a day filled with the new educational insights, resources and support to help guide the critical work you do each day.


Monday, February 20, 2023
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Arthur I. Meyer Jewish Preparatory School
5225 Hood Road, Palm Beach Gardens

Sponsored by Anita & Bob Naftaly

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Jonathan Mooney

A call to action to re-think “normal,” renowned neuro-diversity activist and author Jonathan Mooney humorously and passionately brings to us the wonderful world of neuro-diversity: the research, concrete examples how to support the students who live in it, and the lessons it has for all of us who care about the future of education, inclusion, equity and belonging.

Jonathan will share his personal experiences as a dyslexic, ADD, and neuro-diverse student who did not learn to read until he was 12 years old.  




Educators in the Age of Anxiety: Building Resilience through Non-Judgement and Self-Compassion
This workshop will explore the effects of COVID-related anxiety on early childhood and ways teachers can support their students as well as themselves. Araujo will discuss a number of skill practices from the perspective of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) to help build awareness and resilience for in and out of the classroom. The workshop will also explore using your inner voice and breath to stay grounded during periods of anxiety.

About the Presenter: Rachel Araujo
Rachel Araujo is a clinical therapist in Boca Raton who primarily works with parents and families to connect more effectively and meaningful. She is also a Registered Clinical Social Worker Intern, and uses the principals of dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) to guide her practice and her parenting perspective. Prior to obtaining her MSW, Rachel taught high school English and opened a successful infant/toddler program at Congregation B’nai Israel.

The Changing Dynamics of the Preschool Classroom
In this workshop, you’ll discuss how classroom dynamics have changed, as well as how the make-up of the children is different in today’s environment. Learn effective tools and strategies to modify your classroom to meet the needs of your students.

About the Presenter:  Lisa Johnston
Lisa Johnston has her master’s degree in special education and has been working with children on the autism spectrum and attention deficit disorders for the last 24 years. She has specialized in social skills and social pragmatic language. In the last 15 years, she has traveled the county visiting various preschools as well as k-12 schools, providing consultation and training to teachers and providing parent coaching while working to help children be more successful in a Neuro-typical and mainstreamed environment.

Meeting Milestones
Focused on children in preschool environments, pediatric occupational therapist, Jennifer Sherm, will discuss motor skills, communication, sensory processing and self-regulation, including tips and tricks to promote development of these skills in the classroom. The session will include an open discussion about concerns and difficulties related to developmental skills and self-regulation in the classroom environment.

About the Presenter: Jennifer Sherm
Jennifer Sherm is an occupational therapist specializing in pediatrics who provides services to children in the home and preschool environments. Based in Boynton Beach, she continues to advance her offerings by continuing to advance her education. She has taken courses in handwriting without tears, sequential oral sensory approach to feeding, Beckman Oral Motor, Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration, NDT, The Alert Program, and DIR/Floortime®.

Please register below by Wednesday, February 15.


For more information, please contact Susan Kanzel at susan.kanzel@jewishpalmbeach.org or 561.242.1175.
Advance notice is necessary to arrange for some accessibility needs.