Ms. Ruthie Joseph

Jewish Studies Teacher

What inspired you to become a teacher? After college, I volunteered for the Jewish community in Berlin for a year through Masorti Olami. Education was a major focus of the ambassadorship program. I developed a love of teaching through my work in the Jewish day schools in Berlin. When I returned home, I knew that […]

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Ms. Jessica Levine

First Grade Teacher

What inspired you to become a teacher? Growing up I struggled in school. However, I had wonderful, caring and compassionate teachers who invested in me and believed in me. I knew one day I wanted to do the same and hopefully inspire others. What makes teaching at Pardes special? Teaching at Pardes, I feel like […]

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Ms. Sara Lovstrom

Athletic Director

What inspired you to become a teacher? Growing up I always struggled in school, socially and in academics. I felt like if I had a teacher or a coach to talk to, my experience would have been a lot different. I became a teacher to be that person kids can talk to about their lives […]

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Ms. Jennifer Adams

Music Theater Teacher

What inspired you to become a teacher? I come from a long line of teachers. My mom taught elementary, my grandpa taught middle school science, and my dad has been a teacher in many different capacities. We all love to make learning fun and engaging, as well as the enjoyment we get from watching the […]

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Ms. Allison Clark

Middle School Math Teacher

What inspired you to become a teacher? I have always enjoyed working with children. I realized I could put that love into a career and help guide, mentor, and teach those children. I wanted to take my love of learning and pass it on to the next generation. What makes teaching at Pardes special? Everything! […]

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Ms. Sara Abrams

Middle School Humanities Teacher

What inspired you to become a teacher? I have always enjoyed working with children from my first babysitting business in fifth grade to the countless hours spent in classrooms and theaters once I graduated high school. I have always reveled in the potential children have to make our future bright, so it was natural to […]

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Mrs. Jessie Rubenstein

Jewish Studies Teacher

What inspired you to become a teacher? I was inspired to become a teacher by the amazing teachers I have had in my life. A good teacher enables students to explore who they are at their core in a safe and meaningful way. I was blessed to have such teachers, and they made me want […]

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Mrs. Nicole Stokes

Third Grade Teacher

What do you love most about Pardes Jewish Day School? I love the community feeling when we come together as a school for holidays, celebrations, and learning. Why do you like teaching at Pardes Jewish Day School? I love having the freedom to teach and differentiate the learning in my classroom for each student every […]

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Mrs. Laurie Burckhardt

Middle School Math and Science Teacher

What inspired you to become a teacher? It was a journey full of twists and turns, but there were several key moments that led me to become a teacher. One was when I served as a literacy volunteer and taught an adult to read. Another was when I volunteered in a women’s shelter and felt […]

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