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

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Julia
Teacher in 2's Class

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!

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Vera
 Teacher in the 1's Class
I was born and raised in Moscow, Russia and graduated from the University of London with a BA in Arts and Humanities. I have prior experience working with children in a Montessori kindergarten in Moscow, as well as temp experience at a bilingual kindergarten in New Jersey, USA. I made aliyah in July 2020. I love abstract art, dancing, taking long walks in the city and spending time with my maltipoo puppy!