TEACHER APPRECIATION MONTH!
By May, teachers can seen a little … frazzled. Teaching takes a lot of energy, dedication, concentration, patience, long hours, and expertise. Each fall, teachers are fired up with excitement about all that they and their students will accomplish throughout the year, and as the school year winds to a close, we are filled with pride for how far everyone has come. Some people think teachers have it “easy,” pointing to the long summer break. But it’s not a vacation; teachers use this time to plan for the next year, to charge their engines, and to grow in their own learning so that they can pass their knowledge on. Hillel Academy is full of outstanding teachers who contribute to the school in so many ways beyond the classroom. We asked students who their favorite teachers were, and why. If we didn’t get a chance to include you here, please take a moment in the coming weeks to thank a teacher for whatever it is you feel they’ve done for you this year. They’ll appreciate it! (And teachers — if your name isn’t mentioned below, it’s only due to our small sample and limited time!)
David Eydelman: Rabbi Senft, because he makes learning engaging.
Anonymous: Mr Garwood, because he makes learning fun and interesting
Yoni Kanal: Mr Roth, because I like math and he’s a great math teacher.
Dov Smith: Rabbi Senft, because he’s great.
Yoshi Mahony: Mr Sutton, because he’s teaching us outside the box and appeals to interests while also being educational, and he teaches you how to think independently.
Yaakov Brown: Mr Werber, because he is one of the most relatable teachers I have ever had.
Zalman Rodkin: they’re all good teachers.
Kovi Biton: Rabbi Senft, because he gives us soda.
Yonah Itskowitz: Mr Keith, because he picks the best games.
Eli Jacobs: Rabbi Smith, because he makes learning fun and exciting, and can even make a good substitute for class.
Yermi VanSickle: Mr. Sutton, because I said so.
Pinny Brown: Mr Roth, because he hits the “woah” severely. (Mr Keith is the best dressed.)
Beni Biton: Rabbi Admon, because he is a fine Gemara teacher.
Natan Marcus: Rabbi Smith, because he includes everyone in the conversations in class.
Benji Marcus: Mr Sutton, because he can relate to the younger generation and he’s a dandy man.
Gabe Small: Mr Werber, because he’s Mr Werber. Rabbi Levy, because “dani-nana-time.”
Josh Siebzener: Mrs Myers, because she teaches us law.
Avi Brown: Mr Sutton, because he’s super chill and cool.
Yaakov Mahoney: Mr Keith, because he’s the best gym teacher.
Maya Davis: Mrs Wimer, because she is so funny and helps me fully appreciate history.
Shira Sutofsky: Mrs Finder, because everything about her is so nice and all-around amazing, and she’s fun!
Chaya Sutofsky: Mrs McDougall, because she makes math understandable and interesting.
Eliyanah Van Sickle: Mr Roth, because he makes math a little bit more fun and I am actually able to understand what he is teaching.
Talia Kisilinsky: Morah Ilana, because she really understands us and is really nice.
Nechama Russell: Mrs McDougall, because I actually am learning and understanding math.
Tahara Reinherz: Mrs Myers, because I learned a lot about grammar and punctuation.
Michael Chapley: Mrs Chapley, because she’s my mother.
Eli Henteleff: Mr Keith and Mrs Itskowitz, because they’re good teacher.
Yehuda Levy: Mrs Itskowitz, because we do fun things in her class.
Ayala Sasson: Morah Sally, because we get to have hot lunch.
Chaim Kell: Morah Dori, because she teaches us.
Aryah Kohanbash: Morah Pfeffer, because I get hot lunch.
Shaina Bracha Zuckerbrod: Morah Dori, because she does student of the week.
Ari Poznanski: Morah Pfeffer, because she’s nice.
Gitty Rodkin: Morah Pfeffer, because she teaches us how to read Hebrew.