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August 2011 Update

Welcoming our New Director

Many of you may have seen the cheerful smile and the warm, welcoming gestures of Ms. Jami while I was away in Alabama. Ms. Jami will assume the role as the first Director of BBL. She comes to us with over 12 years of relevant experience in the field of both elementary and early childhood education.

Prior to joining BBL, Ms. Jami was responsible for the management of multiple early childhood centers, and previously taught as an elementary school teacher. She has a Masters of Arts in Educational Leadership and Technology, with a Bachelor in Elementary Education. She will be joined by her daughter Siobhan who will be enrolled in the Orange Caterpillar room.

Please note, her email address will be Please join me in welcoming Ms. Jami to our family.

And a Special Thanks Goes to…

Ms. Jennifer Jones for supporting BBL in the role of Assistant Director during my absence, and to Ms. Jami during her transition as Director. Ms. Jennifer is pursuing her Master’s in Education from Montclair State University and recently passed her P3 Certification.

Executive Director’s Corner

As many of you know, I was in Alabama for 6 days working with a Christian mission group to support the building of a home for Adullam House to provide shelter for children with mothers who are serving time in jail. Whether I was helping to feed the children, changing poopy diapers, or installing building insulation, I was so overwhelmed by the amount of love and support the founders had for the children. Every day was a touching experience including when a four pound baby girl arrived from the hospital, when some of the children were adopted by new families, and when many children were just waiting for their mothers to see them. As we supported the organization in various tasks, we could not help but fall in love with the many faces that eagerly greeted us every day. Thank you all for your support…See you soon!

For more information about the missions trip…

Ms. Zuleika
Executive Director & Founder

Zuleika J. Fertullien
Executive Director & Founder
Beyond Basic Learning
The International School
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