“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” – William Arthur Ward
We asked students of our recent education award winners, “What makes a great teacher?” Here’s what they said:
The Helen Diller Family Awards for Excellence in Jewish Education awards recognizes individuals who have made an extraordinary impact through early childhood, day, congregational, and community school settings as well as in informal educational programs. Each award carries with it a prize of $10,000 for the educator and $2,500 for the educator’s institution.
The 2012 award recipients were announced at our 2012 Annual Meeting this year. Each teacher heard testimonials from their students in regards to what makes them an exceptional educator.
THE AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN JEWISH EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
Congregation Beth Sholom Family Preschool
THE AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN JEWISH DAY SCHOOL EDUCATION
Kehillah Jewish High School
THE AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN CONGREGATION OR COMMUNITY SCHOOL
THE AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN JEWISH INFORMAL EDUCATION
The Grinspoon-Steinhardt Award is designed to recognize, honor and support outstanding Jewish educators. This national award, representing the Federation and the Bureau of Jewish Education, is given each year by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and the Jewish Life Network/Steinhardt Foundation who partner with local agencies and federations throughout North America to select these winners.
This year’s award was presented to Tamar Rabinowitz from the Jewish Community High School of the Bay.