I am a first generation American, the daughter of two physicians who escaped Europe through the DORSA program, as they were recruited to be the doctors for the Jewish settlement project in the Dominican Republic. They came to America after WWII, and eventually settled in Albany, NY. I was born and raised there, and also had my three beautiful children there- David- who is pursuing his PhD, Rachel- recently married to her wonderful husband, Steve, and Avi, who has
given us our red-headed joy, our granddaughter, Rowen. My family and my teaching are my pride and joy- and I know that it can be confusing for outsiders, as I often call both my children and my students “my kids.” My husband, Henry, and I both went to Boston University for our undergraduate degrees, but we actually met on our junior year abroad program at Hebrew U. I also received a Masters from Tufts- with a thesis on Israel, of course!- and a dual Masters in education/ special ed from the College of New Rochelle. I have worked in many grades here at WDS, from Kindergarten , 1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th, and have loved every moment! A special thank you goes out to each and every teacher I was privileged to work with! My students are my inspiration and my colleagues, the staff, parents and administration have provided me with support, guidance, and opportunities to grow, learn and expand in ways that I never dreamed possible. Thank you all for this honor, and for just being part of what makes this place not just a day school, but a community, a second home, the WDS family.