Jodi Gladstone has been teaching for over 15 years. She is the Jewish Resource Specialist and Outdoor Educator at Beth El Nursery School and works as the kindergarten teacher for Kadima at Congregation Beth El in Berkeley. Before moving to the Bay Area, Jodi was the Artist in Residence for Pinat Shorashim, a hands on learning center and biblical park located at Kibbutz Gezer in Israel. There she created curriculum and community art experiences for children, teens, families and educators. She enjoys combining her love of art and Judaism to make meaningful and memorable educational experiences for children and their families.
Jodi holds a Bachelor in Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and attended the WUJS Graduate Institute, Israel in 1994 where she studied Hebrew and Jewish Studies. She is a graduate of the first cohort of the Jewish Early Childhood Education Institute (JECELI). Jodi has attained her Jewish Early Childhood Education certification from Gratz College. Jodi can be found dancing and making whimsical works of art in her spare time. She lives with her husband, Gordon and their two sons, Gefen and Nitzan.