Patti Wollman, Preschool Director
Patti Wollman Summers has been an early childhood educator on the Upper West Side of Manhattan for over thirty years. In addition to her extensive teaching experience, she is the former Head of the Parenting Program at the Mandell School. Patti is also the Founding Director of the Nursery School at the JCC in Manhattan. Her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood is from Bank Street College. She has taught children from one to five years old, including parent-child classes for children from one to two featuring an integration of the iPad into a classroom setting. Patti is the author of three books, Behind The Playdough Curtain, I’m Afraid Of The Vampire State Building and most recently, Toddlers and Technology. Patti and her husband Robert live in New York City. Together they are the proud parents of six children and three grandchildren. Their favorite hobby is visiting baseball stadiums across the country!
Allison Weisman, Community Engagement Coordinator
Allison Weisman was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota with a thick winter skin and a love for lakes (all 10,000 of them!) She graduated from the University of Wisconsin- Madison with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Science and Rhetorical Studies and a certificate in Leadership.Allison studied abroad in Prague, Czech Republic and has a great passion for travel.
Allison has seen the true value of community throughout her involvement with student life and alumni programming in Madison, and her summers spent at Herzl Camp in Webster, Wisconsin. She believes in the power of unique programming and creating shared experiences that lead to long lasting interpersonal relationships and a strong sense of self.
She loves reading in coffee shops, live music, and frozen yogurt.
Adam Blotner, Music Director
Adam Blotner's love for Judaism was fostered at magical summers spent at URJ Camp Swig/Newman in California. His vision is to share the spirit, joy, and energy of Jewish summer camp with all ages in all settings. Before moving to New York in 2012, Adam lived in Los Angeles where he was the Head Songleader for NFTY Southern California, and Music Specialist at Kehillat Israel. He writes and performs original Jewish rock with his band "Hebrew School All-Stars" (yes, it's available on iTunes!). When he's not at shul, Adam does sketch comedy and improv. He has performed with his "fake bands" in festivals and theaters across the country, including the NY Fringe Fest, LA Comedy Fest, and NYC Comedy Week. He grew up in sunny San Diego, and currently lives in lovely Hoboken with his beautiful wife Jenny and their adorable dog Cannoli.
Paige Flietner, Preschool Teacher
Paige Flietner is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and holds her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies, with an emphasis on Child Development. She was born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin and is a new resident of New York City.
Paige has worked in several preschool classrooms of varying ages and finds it greatly rewarding to watch children learn and master new skills and develop their own unique interests and personalities. Education is a passion of hers and she believes that quality early childhood education is a crucial building block to children's cognitive, physical, and social-emotional development which greatly influences and aids their later interest in learning and academic success.
In her free time, Paige enjoys baking, reading, and spending time in nature.