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Jori is passionate about passing her love of learning onto the next generation of students.
For the last six years, she has been a teacher at Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School, where she attended school from kindergarten through 8th grade. She has fulfilled her dream to support students in the same way she was supported when she struggled with learning disabilities by bringing innovative teaching strategies to Jewish education.
Her passion for equality in education also led her to become the Director of Inclusion at Anshe Emet's Sunday school; she pioneered this inclusivity program, which partners with Keshet, over five years ago.
Jori was also a lifelong camper at Camp Chi and has been involved professionally with the camp for over ten years. Nowadays, she serves as the Staff In Training Director and participates in the Camp Chi Alumni Committee. She and her camp friends enjoy going to Jewish events together whenever they can.
Middle School Learning Specialist at Bernard Zell
ON THE SIDE:
SIT (Staff In Training) Director at JCC Camp Chi and pioneer of the Keshet Inclusion Program at Anshe Emet Synagogue Sunday School
SOMETHING MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW ABOUT ME:
I went to High School with Chance the Rapper and he performed at my Sweet 16!
WHAT IS YOUR PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT IN THE LAST 10 YEARS:
School has always come harder for me than for other people. Growing up, I had an IEP that took quite a bit of specialized work for me to overcome to be able to learn like others my age. Even with my learning difficulties, I woke up every morning (well, most mornings!) excited to go to school because the teachers at my school taught me how to love learning. From a young age, I knew that I wanted to pass that onto generations of students. I worked my absolute hardest to one day accomplish my dream of becoming an educator. For the past 6 years I have been a teacher at Bernard Zell!
YOUR BEST PIECE OF ADVICE:
Always follow your dreams. Communicate even if it may be a difficult conversation. Find a moment every day to stop and appreciate what is happening around you.