Meet Our Staff

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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.

Amanda Gamerman

Owner and Teacher in the 2's Class

(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!

Dina, teacher in the 1's class: Originally I’m from theUkraine and made Aliya in November 2020!

For me, family is very important as I took on the role as being a "second mom" to my 6 younger siblings,  

I have prior experience volunteering and teaching weekly educational sessions for children while studying sociology and psychology in the university. I also have experience working in a kindergarteen setting for children ages 8 months-3 years old. 

Tom, part-time teacher in the 1's class: from Palm Beach, Florida. I made Aliyah four years ago and served in the IDF. Since then, I have worked at several daycares in Israel, including Wizo Magen Avraham in Jaffa and Halutz Daycare center in Misgav. When I’m not working, I love to swim and to solve crossword puzzles. I love kids and my dream to is to be a pediatrician one day! I am looking forward to meeting all of the children and having a wonderful year at Tiny Toes.

Moriah, teacher in the 2's class:  I was very active in scouts, and there my passion for working with kids really started. In the army I worked with troubled youth in a technical army high school. I have always worked both with teens and infants. Both are very meaningful in my life. During my studies I worked with infants from ages four months till eight years old with different families.  I also worked at the camp that Bezalel runs for the staff's children which was so fun. Teaching them new skills and keeping them busy all day with creative art activities. I now babysit a few families with kids from ages one to five and love taking them to the park and pretending we are going on adventures. We build blanket forts in the living room and really do anything that brings smiles and imagination into their lives. 

Lisa, part-time teacher in the 2's class:  I am originally from Manchester UK, and have been living in Tel Aviv for a little  over 3 years. Since I moved to Tel Aviv, I have been working with kids from ages 0-5, I have worked in 2 gans, made my own ketana with a friend during a summer and worked alot privately with families from nannying to babysitting. Since corona i have only been private with families and have really missed to make activities in facilated areas, teaching children to bond with one another and also work alongside other amazing carers! I'm really excited to get back into this environment and I think Tiny Toes is an amazing place to come into so I'm full with gratitude and looking forward to starting

Afternoon teachers:  
Einat is originally from Chile. She owned a gan in Chile and is a certified child’s psychologist.

Deborah is our Friday teacher and will start helping us in the afternoons. She is a certified child neurologist.


Maternity leave teacher: 

Valen completed a teaching course and has been working with children in both a preschool setting and babysitting for the last 3+ years. She is also certified as a first responder through MADA.