Meet the Parenting Center Teachers 

Michelle Brady (Baby Signs®: Sign, Say, and Play) is a Certified Baby Signs® Instructor, Prenatal/Postnatal/Children's Yoga Teacher, HypnoBirthing Practitioner® and childbirth educator. She has been teaching baby sign language classes for five years. Michelle is a mother of three and has used the Baby Signs® Program with all of her children. She has seen and experienced the many benefits of baby sign language and loves to share this knowledge with growing families who are interested in communicating with their babies. Return to top                   

Nicole Bruno (Preparing for Childbirth) is a certified Doula and childbirth educator supporting the DC area. As co-owner of Doulas of Capitol Hill, she helped dozens of families attain their birth vision through support and education. Her hands-on birth experiences bring a unique perspective to her classes and provide a wealth of knowledge and experience about the various choices, obstacles and solutions surrounding birth in the DC area. When Nicole is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and 4 year old daughter. Return to top                         

Dr. Heather Diamond (Beyond the Bump)
 is a licensed clinical psychologist with a private practice in downtown Washington, DC.  She earned her doctorate degree in clinical psychology from The George Washington University and has several years of experience working in community mental health, college counseling centers and court settings.  She completed her residency at The Catholic University of America counseling center, providing psychotherapy to the undergraduate and graduate student population.  As a mom of three young children herself, Dr. Diamond has a special interest in adjustment to parenthood concerns and in developing a sense of community for young families. Return to top          

Rebecca Gitter
(Itsy Bitsy Yoga for Babies, Tots, and Tykes) is a registered yoga teacher, completing her training in 2006 at the Yoga Center, Columbia, MD, following her facilitator training as an Itsy Bitsy Yoga teacher. She is certified for Itsy Bitsy Baby, Tots, Tykes and Little Families. She has continued her studies by completing courses with Radiant Child, Budding Yogis, Yoga for the Special Child, YoKid and special training in pre and post natal yoga. Rebecca brings a sense of humor to her classes and focuses on meeting her students - of any age- exactly where they are. Sharing yoga with kids and caregivers in the DC metro area in studios, schools and community centers, as well as with her own children and parents, always leaves her smiling and inspires her personal practice. Return to top                  

Dave Greenfieldboyce (Music with Mister Dave) is a stay-at-home dad, musician, puppeteer and artist. He has been performing "Songs, Stories and Puppets" at Bloombars in Columbia Heights since 2012 and is the mastermind behind the Mount Pleasant Children's Puppet Hour. He completed "Music Together" training with the Center for Music and Young Children in 2013. Return to top          

Jay Gruber (Infant and Child CPR, Pediatric First Aid) has been an American Heart Association instructor for over 20 years.  He has taught hundreds of classes and has been the CPR instructor for the DCJCC Preschool and Summer Camp for the past several years.  He has served the Montgomery County community for over 25 years as a volunteer EMT-B.  He is also the Chief of Police at Georgetown University.  Return to top       

Michelle Hessel (Makin’ Music with Ms. Michelle, Movin' with Ms. Michelle) has been educating and entertaining young children since 2002. She spent 8 years as Director of Operations for musiKids Inc. in Bethesda, MD.  She is the music specialist for a number of area preschools and also teaches for My Gym Bethesda/Potomac/Chantilly.  Michelle performs all over the DC area and is very proud to be a part of the musiKids cd "Gilly Good Morning" which was nominated for a 2012 Wammie for Best Childrens Recording. Return to top                    

Ari Jacobson (Music Time with Ari!) has been working with young children since he was still in high school himself, and loves to combine his early childhood educational background with his fifteen years of guitar experience to provide the musical enrichment he truly believes is essential to a well-rounded education (not to mention having a rocking great time). After a varied career as a camp songleader, substitute teacher, toddler music provider, hebrew school musician, and private guitar instructor in both NYC and Massachusetts, he is now the DCJCC Preschool music specialist as well as teaching various classes and lessons all over the DC area. Return to top     

Danielle Lasley (Art for Tots, Getting Ready for Preschool) believes that the best teacher is a guide to the artist within every student.  She graduated from O'More College of Design in Franklin, Tennessee with a concentration in fashion illustration and merchandising. She has taught fashion illustration in Tennessee and in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She also taught English language at Sunshine Kids Elementary School, and the Somali Education Center, both in Ethiopia.  When she is not teaching, Danielle is reading to, singing and dancing with, and generally trying to keep her two year old son out of trouble in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Return to top               

Kit Leininger (Getting Ready for Preschool) graduated from The College of William and Mary, where she received a degree in Early Childhood Education as well as a BA in Psychology.  She taught elementary school for 10 years, most recently 1st grade at Beauvoir, before becoming a full-time mom to Jack and Ben.   She is a strong advocate of a structured and organized classroom environment and believes children learn best when they are familiar with the routine and feel comfortable with what is expected from them.  She also loves incorporating books, songs, and stories into her classes.  Return to top           

Robyn Lindsey (Dance Together, Pre-Ballet) graduated from John Moores University in 2004 with a degree in Ballet and Contemporary Choreography and Performance and has been teaching various dance forms to all ages since. She especially enjoys sharing her passion for the art of dance with little ones. See more at        Return to top         

Miriam Szubin (Getting Ready for Preschool, Musical Infants) is the Director of the Parenting Center at the DCJCC.  She has an M.A in Education and many years of experience as an educator of all ages.   Formerly a teacher at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, she has taught tots and adults at the DCJCC since 2007 and also works part-time in the Education Department of the National Portrait Gallery.  She enjoys singing and doing art projects with her own three little boys and is a proud DCJCC preschool parent.  
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Jamie Weaver (Power Tots Gymnastics) is a Managing Instructor at Power Tots and has been with the company for 9 years. She has a Safety Certification with USA Gymnastics, is CPR certified for infants, children, and adults, and also has a KarmaKids Yoga certification. Jamie loves helping little kids develop their motor skills, and cognitive ability. She has really enjoyed meeting and working with the families at the DCJCC! Return to top

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Miriam Szubin
Parenting Center Director
p. (202) 777-3263
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