Jessica Kohn, affectionately known to the BPY family as “Morah Jessica,” is the Early Childhood Director, Associate Principal and Founding Educator of BPY. After teaching in local early childhood programs for 7 years, Morah Jessica was hired in 2000, the year before BPY opened, to create a child-centered, one-of-a-kind early childhood program. She has spent the last 18+ years building and growing the special school that is BPY. Morah Jessica has put her heart and soul into every detail of BPY. Her warmth, creativity and personal touch can be felt within every aspect of the school. Morah Jessica takes great pride in building meaningful and lasting relationships with children, parents, teachers and co-workers. She is an active member of every teaching team and looks forward to her weekly storytime visits with each class. Morah Jessica’s warm “Boker Tov!” each morning as she stands outside greeting the children, rain or shine, is a hallmark of BPY and the highlight of Jessica’s day. Children know that they are “ready for a great day!” after being greeted cheerfully by Morah Jessica each morning.
A proud graduate of Stern College with a B.A. in early childhood education, Morah Jessica also serves as a faculty member at Stern College and enjoys passing on her expertise and inspiring the next generation of Jewish early childhood educators. Morah Jessica also holds a Masters Degree in Education from William Paterson University. As a certified reading specialist, Morah Jessica has created an Early Childhood program rich in literary experiences.
Jessica is married to Yehuda Kohn, and they are the proud parents of Leora (20 years old), Zachary (BPY ‘14), Joshua (BPY ‘18) and Benjamin (7th). Leora made aliyah in 2017 and is currently serving in the IDF as a shooting instructor in the tanks division. Zachary is currently spending the year in Israel and preparing to draft into the IDF. In her spare time, Morah Jessica enjoys traveling, especially to Israel, where she can spend quality time with her family.