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Hannah Rothschild, Upper School Hebrew Language Department Chair

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Hannah Rothschild, Upper School Hebrew Language Department Chair, is one of CESJDS's 'Baltimore Warriors,' commuting down I-95 each day. Prior to teaching at CESJDS (she's been here for 11 years), she taught at Krieger Schechter Day School, and Yeshivat Rambam, an Orthodox school that has since folded. Hannah felt an immediate connection to the School as she was diagnosed with a brain tumor just before classes started and was unable to work for the first three months. CESJDS held her position during her recovery and other teachers covered her classes. "I will always be grateful. It was such an amazing thing," she said.

Hannah grew up in Israel and pursued a career in social work. Upon her arrival in the U.S., she began her teaching career as a tutor and went back to school for a Master's Degree in Administration in Jewish Education from Baltimore Hebrew University, which is now a division of Towson University. She took courses that prompted new ways of thinking of teaching, and focused on being an influencer and having a deep impact on her students. A parent of a former student once told her, in jest, "it's your fault that my kids made Aliyah!" She is currently working towards a second Master's in Teacher Leadership through Brandeis University.

The Hebrew Department at CESJDS has undergone multiple transformations during her tenure in order to keep second language learning innovative and current for students. As such, once the department chair role opened up, it was a natural fit for Hannah. "I feel very supported and am being mentored in an invaluable way," she said.

When she is not driving down I-95 or developing the Hebrew fluency of CESJDS students, Hannah enjoys spending time with her seven grandchildren, reading, traveling with her husband, taking walks in nature, and visiting Israel as frequently as possible.

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