For as long as I can remember, I've loved working with children. When I was little and played pretend, I would imagine that I was a camp director or a kindergarten teacher or a principal. When I was eight, I wrote a musical to be performed by the children in my neighborhood. As soon as I was old enough, I was a mother's helper and birthday party assistant for our family friends, and then, when I was 12, I began working as a teaching assistant in my synagogue's religious school.
I spent a lifetime at my local Jewish Community Center's performing arts daycamp and youth theatre program, where I met counselors and directors who changed my life. When I was 13, I was asked to assistant direct one of the productions; I did, and working to help supervise that cast of over 100 2nd-9th grade students shaped the course of my life. I was hooked.
In the years since I assistant directed Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, I have been extraordinarily fortunate to be in the lives of many children, teens, and families. What began as an interest of mine has become a passion. I am so lucky to be an educator and someone who cares for children; I've been a camp counselor, pre-school teacher, babysitter, youth group supervisor, youth theatre director, camp unit head, nanny, tutor, camp assistant director, religious school teacher, and more.
I believe deeply that every child deserves to feel heard, valued, safe, and loved. Those of us who are fortunate enough to spend our lives working with children have a responsibility to build them up, to nurture and challenge them. To that end, my work with children is characterized by active listening, a lot of patience, positive reinforcement, and celebration of exciting growth milestones. I know I've done my job well when a child puts their face underwater for the first time, sings a song in front of an audience despite their jitters, makes a new friend at the park, or completes a really tricky homework problem with growing confidence. The lifelong relationships I've been lucky enough to develop with children, students, and families are one of the most important things I my life, and I bring my commitment to meeting children where they are and helping encourage their development to everything I do.