Meet Our Staff

Sophie Houllou

Founder, Owner and Early Childhood Education Expert

(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 4 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

Founder, Owner and Early Childhood Education Expert

(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 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 dozens of families and their children(ages 0-13 years old) in different schools / daycares, summer camps, nonprofits, and in a hospital setting. 

 

Throughout my studies, I became certified as a First Responder, and worked as a Child Life Specialist at a rehabilitation pediatric hospital. I have also volunteered my time working with children in Israel, Tanzania, and the US.

 

I made Aliyah in the summer of 2014 upon completing my degree. I am an animal lover, outdoors enthusiast, and sports fanatic- Go Ravens!

Julia
Teacher in 2's group

I was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, and graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education and Art Therapy. During this time, I did extensive internship work culminating in a certificate in the Developmental Disabilities and Human Services field. Throughout college, I worked and volunteered for several preschools and elementary schools. After graduating, I worked in Early Intervention providing in-home services to children with disabilities before deciding to pack up and move to Israel. For the past ten months, I have been teaching English in Netanya through a MASA fellowship, and then decided to make Aliyah. I absolutely love the beach, hiking, dogs, and creating art!

Esther
Teacher in the 2's
 I was born and raised in Boston MA, and moved to Los Angeles, California with my family, after my senior year of high school, where I graduated with a degree in Youth Advocacy from American Jewish University. My experience working with children includes babysitting, camp counselor, assistant teacher and finally teacher.    Throughout my studies, I also received my early childhood education credits and have volunteered working with children in Friendship Circle, after school programs, youth centers and more.  I made Aliyah in July 2019 with my family.  I come from an Israeli family and speak Hebrew fluently  In my free time I enjoy being with my family, playing with my niece and nephew, and hanging out with friends. I also enjoy baking, singing and reading.
Tal 
Floater teacher
Hi, I’m Tal! I was born in Israel and moved to NJ when I was two years old. I made Aliyah this past January after staffing a birthright trip and participating in a Masa program last year where I taught English in an elementary school in Rishon. Ive been working with children for the past 5+ years holding various positions such as a lifeguard, camp counselor, swim instructor, and kindergarten assistant! The summer is my favorite season because I love spending time outside. One of my favorite things to do in the summer is to watch the sunset at the beach! A fun fact about me is I fed an elephant bananas last year in Thailand.

I’m so excited to be joining the Tiny Toes family and can’t wait to meet you all in September!

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