Carol Paster has been director of Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel’s Iris Family Center for Early Childhood Education in South Orange, New Jersey since 1988, after teaching for 7 years in their early childhood and kindergarten programs. Carol holds a bachelor’s degree in Art Education, masters-level training in Furniture Design and Construction, a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education and has participated in the Jewish Early Childhood Education Certificate program at Gratz College. Utilizing her background in furniture design and construction Carol creates benches and tables for the preschool classrooms and teaches woodworking classes to 3 and 4-year-old children. Carol also teaches kindergarten in her congregational religious school. Carol is a founding and past member of the Board of Directors of the ECE-RJ (Early Childhood Educators of Reform Judaism) serving as chair of their annual national conferences when held in Philadelphia and Morristown, as well as being co-chair of The Jewish Early Childhood Outdoor Education Conference held at Kayam Farm in Maryland. She has served as secretary for Habitat for Humanity Newark’s board of directors as well as co-chair of Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build and was on the on the founding Board of Directors for Arts Unbound a non-profit organization for adults with disabilities. She is also an active member of New Jersey Woodturners. Carol lives in West Orange, NJ with her husband Larry. Together they have 2 children.