As the Principal of Early Childhood at Brauser Maimonides Academy, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to guide a wonderful faculty as they encourage our young students to develop their skills in gross and fine motor, language development, socialization, and cognitive areas. In my role as Principal, I guide my Early Childhood staff as they continue to develop a child-centered, developmentally appropriate approach to learning within the framework of viewing the world through Torah lenses. This year we are focusing on implementing new strategies for language development in general and specifically for our Hebrew immersion program.
I am a native Floridian, and product of a Jewish Day School education. I received my BA from Brandeis University in Psychology and Education, and had the opportunity to learn in Israel, both at a Yeshiva and at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. I received my Master’s Degree in Reading Education from Florida International University while teaching at Brauser Maimonides Academy.
My teaching career includes working in Early Childhood Education at Jewish Day Schools in New York City and in Pittsburgh prior to settling in Florida with my husband and our family. I also taught first and third grades in New Jersey and South Florida prior to my appointment as Early Childhood Director at BMA over 10 years ago. My husband, Steve, and I have 4 wonderful sons. It’s hard to believe that our youngest son Yoni is already a 7th grader at BMA. Aaron is a sophomore at Weinbaum Yeshiva High School, Isaac is spending the year learning at Yeshivat Har Etzion in Israel while our oldest son Ezra is starting his second year at the University of Pennsylvania.
I have enjoyed all the challenges and successes that are a part of working and learning with children and look forward to a fabulous year of fun and learning with our wonderful staff, parents and children. I am proud to be a part of the BMA administration, linking Early Childhood with the goals and mission of the unique philosophy of our school.