Meet Our Staff

Sophie Houllou

Owner and Teacher in the 1's Class

(Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education)

 

I was born in Barranquilla, Colombia but moved to Miami at the age of 4. I come from a large family which include my parents, 3 sisters,  2 brothers, 5 nieces and 2 nephews !!!  My family and remembering where I come from on a daily basis is extremely important to me. I made aliyah 6 years ago and spent the first year and half working and managing another gan.

 

Being raised in Miami was easy for me to keep up with my Latin side. I am fluent in Spanish, English and a bit of Hebrew. I earned my Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education. As far as experience, I have been working with children since age 14 (at summer camps (as the Art specialist), as well as teaching for the last ten years at a private Jewish Day school as a kindergarten teacher. I am very artistic and creative. I love to  paint, cook, bake, and practice yoga.

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Amanda Gamerman

Owner 

(Bachelor of Science in Public Health and Family Science)

 

I was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, where I graduated with a degree in Public Health and Family Science, with a focus on child maltreatment from Towson University. My experience working with children began when I was 16 years old as a summer camp counselor. Since then, I have had the privilege of working with over hundreds of families and their children(ages 0-13 years old) in different schools / daycares, summer camps, nonprofits, and in a hospital setting as a child life specialist. 

 

I am certified in children's yoga, and continuously learning how to evolve Tiny Toes into a nature school. I have also volunteered my time working with children in the health and humanitarian sector in Israel, Tanzania, and the US.

 

 I am an animal lover, outdoors enthusiast, and sports fanatic- Go Ravens!

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Gabriella 
Teacher in 2's Class

Im an Olah Chadasha from Brazil, and made Aliyah after completing a MASA program. While in Brazil I studied psychology and worked with young children between the ages of 2-4 years old . Over the last 4 years I’ve worked as a babysitter and teacher in preschool settings both in Brazil and Israel . I love nature, science experiments and everything about baking and cooking.

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Rebecca 
Teacher in the 1's Class


Shalom! I’m Rebecca and I’m so excited to help your little ones grow this year! I’ve been in Israel for the last year teaching English with MASA in Tel Aviv and Rahat. Before MASA I went to Sonoma State University in Northern California where I majored in Liberal Studies with a focus in education. I have been working with children of all ages for the last 8 years in everything from nannying to summer camps to the classroom. When I’m not with the little ones, I love to go to the beach, hike or do just about anything outside. I got really crafty in the first set of lockdowns and can’t wait to bring some crafts into the classroom. Most importantly, I can’t wait to meet all of you!
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Sofayia
Teacher in 2's Class

I hail from the land down under! Born and raised in Melbourne, Australia. I have a love of adventure, culture and meeting new people from all walks of life. But most importantly I have a passion for Early Childhood Education and have had a fulfilling six-year career in early learning. After graduating with a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care I have enjoyed Leading classrooms and designing curriculums in Melbourne childcare centres.

 

As one of 9 siblings, I have been part of a culturally and linguistically diverse family. Having a sense of belonging to such a big group has provided me with love, courage, and confidence. It’s also taught me extreme patience, grit and incredible resilience, all skills I look forward to exercising through teaching. I love to sing, love chocolate, and perhaps most importantly, I am definitely a dog person.