Ettie Zaklos – Founder & Director
Ettie Zaklos is the founder and director of the award-winning Preschool of the Arts in Naples, Florida. Throughout her 15+ years of experience as an educational professional, both as classroom teacher, curriculum developer and administrative director, Ettie has sought to design learning environments that are engaging and meaningful for children of all ages. Her passion for education led her to pursue her professional training both in the USA and abroad. After Ettie completed her pedagogical training at Beth Chana in Safed, Israel and graduated with a teaching degree, she spent several years teaching at the acclaimed Florence Brownstein preschool in Long Island, New York. Prior to that, she served as program director for the Chabad Jewish Community Center in Prague, implementing many innovative and creative programs for the growing Jewish community in the Czech Republic.
As the mother of four children, Ettie personally experienced the importance of early childhood education and bears witness to the incredible impact a strong foundation of learning has on a child even at a very young age. As an educator, Ettie firmly believes that a child’s character is formed during the early years, and understands the importance of helping each child develop to his or her utmost potential by enhancing his or her learning at every stage of the developmental process. Her love of children and passion for education, led her to open the innovative Preschool of the Arts as a place where children can feel safe, experience learning in many creative ways, and learn respect for themselves and others.
Under Ettie’s innovative leadership, the school quickly became known as a preeminent early childhood institution and has won the prestigious Naples Champion Choice Award five years in a row. Ettie was recognized for her tremendous achievements in 2013, when she received the Shine Award from Governor Rick Scott. Today, Preschool of the Arts serves over 100 children and has a long waiting list of families seeking to enroll. She is a member of the CECE (Chabad Early Childhood Education) Network, holds a Directors Credential from the Florida Department of Children and Families, and has a CDA in Early Childhood.