Morah Shira Greenwald
Morah Shira is graduating in June 2019 from Touro College with a dual Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood General and Special Education, with a concentration in Judaic Studies. At Touro, she maintained a 4.0 GPA, received an academic scholarship each semester, and was awarded a separate grant given to the two highest achieving Education students in the college.
Before Touro, she graduated as Salutatorian of Ateres Bais Yaakov Elementary and High School near Monsey, NY. Following high school, Shira continued on to Me’ohr Bais Yaakov Teacher’s Seminary in Jerusalem.
Morah Shira currently training with Morah Esther Farber and obtaining her American Montessori Society (AMS) Infant and Toddler (birth – age 3) Full Credential through an intensive one year course at the prestigious Princeton Center for Teacher Education. This course requires full-time Montessori training this summer followed by Sundays throughout the school year. Morah Shira will also receive training from R. Jonathan Rietti in his Al Pi Darko system and philosophy. Additionally, Morah Shira is planning to obtain her Master’s Degree in Education at Touro and is working towards her formal New York State Teacher’s Certification.
During the past year, Morah Shira interned as a Pre-K, Kindergarten, and Second Grade teacher at various high-needs public schools in the East Ramapo Central School District and in NYC District 4. For the past three summers, Morah Shira worked as Head Counselor and Director of the Early Childhood Division at Camp Bizzy Bee.
Morah Shira’s grandfather, Rabbi Ronnie Greenwald z”l, ran Camp Sternberg for over 50 years. She spent many summers in that camp, first as a camper and then as a counselor. She loved working with the youngest campers in the day camp there and babysitting for the children of the staff.
Morah Shira uses her creativity and artistic talents to engage her students in exciting lessons and activities. She strongly believes that the focus of a classroom should be the students’ happiness and growth. She feels honored to carry on Morah Esther’s legacy of teaching toddlers in a loving and individually-tailored manner, Al Pi Darko.
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