Ms. Ruthie Joseph

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 education was my calling.

What makes teaching at Pardes special?

As a faculty, we are always evolving. We work in an environment that fosters collaboration and offers exceptional professional development opportunities. While every teacher brings a unique skill set to the table, we are bound by common values. We teach kindness, tolerance and respect.

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

I attended Jewish day school from preschool through high school. I am passionate about Jewish education and am always pushing myself to create new and meaningful experiences for my students. I am also very interested in technology integration. A few years ago, I participated in the annual ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) conference and the experience had a profound effect on my instruction. I enjoy working with our Technology Integration Specialist to create lessons that are exciting and interactive for my students.

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

Pardes is preparing our students to be global citizens. Our classes provide opportunities for innovation, collaboration and creativity. Students will graduate Pardes with a strong skill set to be lifelong learners and community leaders.

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

Pardes students are always thinking about others. Whether it be lending a helping hand to a friend who fell on the playground or brainstorming solutions to produce less waste, the kids at Pardes truly want to repair the world.

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

When I am not at school, you can find me playing with my daughter, doing a crossword puzzle or making something crafty!