Shlomit Daniel, Middle School Hebrew Teacher, is in her third year at CESJDS. Prior to coming to the School, she taught at a charter school in DC, Solomon Schechter in Connecticut for 11 years, as well as teaching three levels of Hebrew at the Yale Hillel.
Shlomit's parents are Ethiopian-born, and she grew up in Israel. After serving as an officer in the IDF, she honed in on teaching as a career. "I love seeing the way kids learn, and planting the seeds for the rest of their academic careers," she said.
As a volunteer with the Jewish National Fund (JNF), she travels on the weekends and speaks to different groups, including African American churches, about Ethiopian Jewry and to showcase the rich and diverse culture of Israel.
Her philosophy to teaching Hebrew at the CESJDS Middle School is to provide them with an eye-opening experience to Israeli culture, including music and dance. "In my experience, I have observed that some students feel forced to learn Hebrew, and I want to make it fun for them," Shlomit remarked.
In her spare time, Shlomit loves to explore DC and its museums, spend time with her son, and traveling--she goes to Israel once a year, if not more.