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Beth-El Zedeck has been Joanie's extended family for over 42 years. She was married in the synagogue. She is the proud mother of Wendy and Adam and the grandmother of Zack, Asher, Ezra, and twins Libbi and Levi. She is a graduate of Indiana University with a B.S. in Secondary Education. While on maternity leave from her teaching position at John Marshall High School, Rabbi Sandy asked her to help create a preschool along with Serane Blatt Dunitz. The rest is history! Joanie developed the Early Childhood Program and watched it grow from 2 teachers and 7 children to 32 teachers and 170 children over the past 39 years. It has truly been a labor of love.
Joanie taught the kindergarten class in our Religious School for 15 years and was named Teacher of the Year for the Reconstructionist movement many years ago.
She loves to spend time with her grandchildren whenever she can. Going out to dinner, lunch or a good movie with her friends is also a favorite of hers.