I am Lisa Plotkin, M.Ed., currently the Early Childhood Curriculum and Professional Development Director at the Weinstein Jewish Community Center Preschool in Richmond, Virginia. I earned a Bachelor of Science in Business: Decision and Information Sciences from the University of Maryland in College Park. In 2004, I began teaching young children at the Washington, DC JCC Preschool. I earned her Master of Education in Early Childhood Pre-K to 2nd grade from Lesley University. I was invited to participate in a movement to further the seeds of excellence in Jewish early childhood, The Paradigm Project, which continues to provide me with support and inspiration. Still thirsty for higher education, I joined the pilot cohort of the Post-Master’s Certification program for Early Childhood Practice, Policy, and Research through UMass Boston. After 9 years of teaching, I became the Assistant Director at a preschool in Wellesley, MA and continued to find my passions in the field. Searching for a role that would involve coaching early childhood educators, I returned to my hometown of Richmond, Virginia, thoroughly invested in the curriculum and professional development of the faculty at the preschool I attended as a child. Soon after accepting this role, I was accepted into the Sheva Center Leadership Institute through the Jewish Community Center Association. The primary goal of the SCLI is to increase the number and quality of early childhood leaders who are ready to assume increased responsibilities in early care and education at JCC’s across the nation. I am motivated by opportunities to work with quality educators and enhancing the skills, reflection, and professionalism that they currently have and are ready to build. I am guided by support from many mentors and colleagues who continually work to understand the Reggio-inspired, nature-enhanced, collaborative and reflective processes, and values-based practices that I believe are so integral to the foundations of quality early childhood education.