What’s your role with SHEMESH?

I am excited to join SHEMESH’s team as a Special Education and Support Consultant to assist schools and families with meeting the needs of diverse learners in the classroom.  Through classroom observations, coaching, and providing professional development, we will focus on strategies that support classroom management, differentiated instruction, center-based learning and promoting active student engagement.

Tell us about your background.

Working previously as a director of Special Education Services in grades K-8, Early Childhood Center Director, a Professor of Instructional Design at Maalot- Gratz College, and having also taught in Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle and High School, I enjoyed a unique insight and experience across various developmental stages and ages.

What’s something you love about your job?

As a lifelong learner, I cherish the professional development opportunities I have had in supporting students with diverse needs, coaching teachers, and administration. Some of my favorite professional development training included Hidden Sparks, the Jewish New Teachers Project Administrator Training, Mariposa, and other empirically-based reading strategies such as Orton Gillingham, Phono Graphix, and Visualise and Verbalise. I am currently participating in a Conscious Discipline training and look forward to continued personal and professional growth!

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?

Spending time with my family and raising happy, healthy children is my biggest joy! Some of our favorite activities together include art, reading, waterplay, and other outdoor fun. I am a strong believer in play-based learning for children and some of our best time we spend together is simply playing!