About the Director

Paula Deakter, M.Ed.
Early Childhood Director

As an experienced teacher for kindergarten through fifth grade, I believe that when teachers and parents work together, great education can happen. I have had the pleasure of working in the educational field for 33 years. I have a Masters in the area of Learning Disabilities, with a Bachelors in Special Education and Elementary Education.

When my own children, Rachel and Josh were young, I became active at Temple Beth Am. When Josh was three years old, I developed the first ‘Parent and Me’ program at our Temple. Before long, I began teaching kindergarten through third grade in our then, small religious school.

Over the nineteen years that I was the director of Temple Beth Am's Religious School, it has grown to be a large successful school of over 180 students. In the past six years, I have led and developed our early childhood school, which now has over 130 children and is still growing.

My greatest working accomplishment has been having the opportunity and pleasure of being involved in the educational growth at Temple Beth Am. I feel very passionate about the importance of introducing a nurturing learning environment and one that looks at the whole child. Along with my staff, we strive to familiarize our children with values, and to develop hands-on and experiential curriculum in which children learn on a level that is developmentally appropriate for them.

It is with great pride that I can say that The One School at Temple Beth Am has been NAEYC accredited since 2006, and in 2011 received reaccreditation with honors in all areas of review. NAEYC is the largest organization of early childhood educators. Their accreditation system was established to raise the quality of early childhood education and to help families and others easily identify high-quality childhood programs and centers. Our entire staff worked very hard to obtain this goal, and continues to work towards maintaining this honor.

I enjoy weekends, boating, reading and spending time with my family and friends. The loves of my life are my husband, Mike, my two children, Rachel and Josh and their spouses, my grandchildren, the Temple and The One School. I feel like a proud parent each time I come through the doors of our beautiful school. “A hundred years from now…it will not matter what your bank account was, what sort of house you lived in, or the kind of car you drove…But the world may be different because you were important in the life of a child”. I fully appreciate what an amazing opportunity I have to help lay the foundation on which our children here at The One School may build not only their educational experiences but also their lives.

My door is always open to you.  Thank you.