Rhonda lives in Worcester, Mass where she taught third grade Judaic Studies, in addition to other grade levels, for twenty-five years at the Solomon Schechter/New Jewish Academy Day School. Her husband and she enjoyed raising their three children in the Jewish community of Worcester. She has been at JCDSRI since 2008. To receive honor, you must honor others. (Pirke Avot) How is a teacher truly honored? How is a teacher’s performance and skill measured?
Rhonda’s goal is to nurture learning in a supportive, creative and enthusiastic classroom environment that fosters self confident learners who will develop a life-long love of learning. While teaching Hebrew, Torah, Jewish holidays, history, Tefillah and mitzvot, she strives to cultivate each student’s Jewish identity. She sets high, realistic standards for student achievement while offering students a variety of ways to learn skills and demonstrate their knowledge. In addition to providing opportunities for students to learn through reading, writing, listening and speaking, she addresses their different interests by integrating art, drama, music and games. This enables students to utilize their strengths and express their unique interests and talents. Each child succeeds in his or her own way.
“For twenty five years, I was fortunate to teach in a conservative/community day school in Worcester, Massachusetts. During that time, I had the privilege to witness the realization of my goals and dreams as the day school students went into both the secular and Jewish world beyond the walls of our school. It was through my highest regard for the varied paths taken by our students that I was truly honored. Through the confidence and competence that they developed, I was able to measure my achievement as a Jewish educator. I viewed my students’ accomplishments with deep respect and in that way I was able to appraise my success as a teacher.”