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Our Staff

CRJ Early Learning Center lead teachers are education professionals with either a bachelor’s or associates degree in early childhood education or have or are working towards the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential. Because lifelong learning is central to our work, all of our teachers continue their education through regular trainings. All teachers undergo a screening and background check prior to employment.

Amanda Jacobs


Amanda Jacobs has been in early childhood for close to 20 years.  She has been both a Pre-School special education teacher, a preschool school director and principal.   She holds a Masters Degree in Exceptional Student Education from UCF, holds a Florida Directors Credential and is excited to be a part of CRJ Orlando and CRJ ELC!


Rabbi Steve Engel


  Rabbi loves spending time with our preschoolers.  Some of his favorite activities  include dressing up as a Dinosaur for Shabbat,  showing our preschoolers how to blow the Shofar on Rosh Hashanah and telling stores.  Rabbi has enjoyed Co-Directing JEEP with Cantor Megdal and is exited to be part of CRJ's new Preschool!

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Cantor Bryce Megdal


Cantor Megdal LOVES spending time with our preschoolers! One of her favorite activities is playing her guitar with the heart on it to teach Jewish music! Cantor has enjoyed Co-Directing JEEP with Rabbi Engel and is excited to be a part of CRJ's new Preschool!

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