Mrs. Anna Lock

What do you love most about Pardes Jewish Day School?

I love the focus on educating the whole child–academically, socially, and emotionally.

Why do you like teaching at Pardes Jewish Day School?

I like that I am allowed to teach outside the box, to try new concepts and utilize new strategies.  I like that we don’t stick to a standardized curriculum, but instead encourage innovation and 21st century methods/skills.

What is a unique experience, talent or interest that you bring to your classroom to help shape the learning experience of your students?

I’m not sure if this is unique, but I am always learning, and I am a risk taker. I am completely willing to try new methods, concepts, and activities. I rarely teach the same curriculum from year to year because I believe the world is rapidly changing, and I want to prepare my students to be innovators, excellent citizens, upstanders, and creative thinkers. I want them to embrace and enjoy learning and to understand the value in themselves and hard work.  I also educate students on the benefits of a growth mindset and a global perspective, and I strive to create an environment that models these beliefs.

Describe how students benefit from the academic classes and being part of the Pardes community.

Students benefit from a rigorous academic curriculum that is taught in a supportive and engaging environment.  The content is challenging but not overwhelming, because we individualize for students and scaffold the material so students can excel.

What sets Pardes Jewish Day School students apart from other students?

Pardes students are academically more prepared, and they learn how to think for themselves, manage their time, and probably most important, learn how to be good members of a community; they understand the value of treating others with kindness and respect.

When you aren’t teaching at Pardes, where can we find you?

You can find me running around with my very busy family.