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Welcome back! We have already jumped headfirst into another school year at Yeshivah of Flatbush. Over the summer, we took the opportunity to speak to a few alumni in education. We asked them what excites them about teaching and connecting with their students. We received a variety of answers. They love seeing your kids in the classroom. These educators are looking forward to an excellent (although unique) - and healthy - school year ahead

Rita (Wahba) Franco (ES ‘05, HS ‘09) is a Flatbush lifer. She joined our middle school faculty in 2014. This fall, she has taken on the role of YOF Social Studies Coordinator.

“One of my favorite things about teaching at Flatbush is the professional relationships I have built with some of my own teachers, like Mrs. Zahava Tirnauer.” When Rita joined the YOF faculty, Mrs. Tirnauer guided her through the curriculum and now continue working together.

Rita Franco is one of the many Flatbush alumni who are YOF teachers and staff - comprising almost 75 members!

Chiya Abramowitz (HS ‘16) looks back fondly on his high school experience at YOF, “the variety of classes helped me as I planned my own classes.”

Last school year, he joined the faculty at MTA in Manhattan, and what a year it was to become a teacher! When we asked about his students, Chiya said, “my favorites are the underdeveloped ones, those who need a little extra push.”

Carol (Cohn) Safran (ES ‘75, HS ‘79) came to teaching later in life. She teaches Hebrew language and Jewish culture at the Neshama Institute in Boca Raton, Florida.

When asked why she teaches in her spare time, she said “YOF gave me such an incredible depth of knowledge and I want to continue the tradition and impart a love for Israel, Hebrew and Jewish culture to children in our community.”

Hinda (Kaplan) Hochman (ES ‘91, HS ‘95) has worked as both a classroom and a one-on-teacher. She previously taught elementary school math and now works with children receiving early intervention services.

When we asked her what she loves most about being a teacher, she said, “the satisfaction you receive when a child masters a new concept or skill is exciting.”

Some of our readers may know Hinda’s mother, Esther (Fried) Kaplan (HS ‘68) a long time volunteer at YOF.

Aubrey (Epner) Wolff (ES ‘89, HS ‘93) is better known as Morah Tzipporah to her students. She started her career as an assistant teacher at YOF working with Morah Michal who still teaches at YOF. She currently teaches first grade at Yavneh Academy in New Jersey.

Aubrey still fondly remembers her first-grade teacher at YOF, Morah Bina, who is still on the school faculty. “Morah Bina’s warmth came through in the classroom and I try to reach out to my students in the same way.”

For her, the first day is always new, exciting, and nerve-racking and she shares those thoughts with her students knowing many of them to feel the same way.


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