Dr. Alexis Soffler
M.A.T., Secondary Science, SUNY-ESF
PhD, Educational Leadership, Renewal and Change, Colorado State University
I began my professional career before I was out of high school myself. My first job was working with children in a residential treatment facility as an after-school job. My time there deeply shaped my views on compassion, viewing children through a lens of respect, and the importance of building relationships in the classroom. I went on to college and then graduate school, preparing to teach science. I attended SUNY-ESF (New York State's forestry school) where I learned how to connect people with the natural world around us and the value of learning through experiences.
After marrying, teaching high school chemistry, and having my two sons (who attend CESJDS as lower school students) I returned to school to complete my doctorate at Colorado State University. My research was conducted in a Jewish day school and I examined kindergarten children's leadership in inquiry learning groups. I expanded my professional scope to STEM education at the elementary level. I have since consulted at the state level and presented at the national level on elementary STEM areas of policy, curriculum, and alignment with content standards. I hold professional teaching endorsements in secondary science education, special education, elementary education, early childhood, educational technology, and gifted education.
I am in the amazing position at CESJDS where I serve as a STEM specialist and contribute to building school programs and leadership and also teach in the classroom. The simple and honest reason I became a teacher is because I love being with children, and at CESJDS I have the amazing privilege of teaching as well as STEM program development. At CESJDS Lower School, I teach first and second grade science and directly interact with students every day. In April 2016, I was named the new science/STEM Coordinator for the Lower School. Teaching is more than a career. It is a calling. Every day with students reminds me how thankful I am to have answered that call.
Quote: "Much have I learned from my teachers, more from my colleagues, but most from my students." -- R. Hanina (Talmud: Taanit, 7a)