The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA) recently announced that Raye Lynn Banks, the long-time Director of its East Cobb preschool, The Sunshine School, will retire May 31, 2018. Following a search for the preschool’s next director, Nancy Goldstein Parker has been named the new Director of The Sunshine School.

“Raye Lynn Banks has been an integral part of The Sunshine School for more than four decades. She grew the East Cobb preschool to be NAEYC-accredited, a prestigious national accreditation earned by a very small percentage of preschools across the country,” said MJCCA CEO Jared Powers. “Raye Lynn supervised and mentored countless teachers, and was instrumental in bringing high-quality early childhood education to the East Cobb community. She will certainly be missed.”

“Nancy Parker is the perfect person to take the helm of this very special school,” said Powers. “Nancy is a longtime member of The Sunshine School family and it is my pleasure to welcome her back in this new capacity.”

Nancy began her career at The Sunshine School as a lead teacher in the 3’s. She went on to become Director of Camp Billi Marcus (in East Cobb) and also served as a lead teacher and office manager for many years. She was also a Sunshine School parent. Most recently, Nancy was a senior account executive at Canterbury Press.

“Nancy’s first day will be Monday, April 30,” said Raye Lynn Banks. “She is so looking forward to coming back and getting to know our Sunshine School families.”

“Although my last full day at The Sunshine School is Thursday, May 31, I will remain involved in a part-time capacity to ensure a smooth transition,” continued Banks. “And while it will be difficult for me to step down as director, it will be easier knowing our school is in such capable and loving hands.”

About the Sunshine School
The MJCCA’s Sunshine School preschool is conveniently located at Temple Kol Emeth, in Marietta and is easily accessible to those who live or work throughout the Atlanta area. As part of a Bright From the Start pilot, the school earned three stars with Quality Rated, a program that identifies the level of quality in education programs.

About the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA)
Impacting more than 60,000 people annually, the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA) is welcoming to people of all faiths, ages, and backgrounds. The MJCCA is committed to strengthening the quality of life in Atlanta and is recognized as one of the most highly-regarded Jewish community centers in the nation. Our NAEYC-accredited preschools, award-winning camps, outstanding cultural events, and invigorating sports and fitness programs engage and connect the community.

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