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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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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Dina
Teacher in 1's Class

Hi! I’m Dina, 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. 

My important rules working with children: 

1. Communication - the most effective way to help children grow.

2. Each kid has potential and talent in something,

3. Communication with parents is essential.

4. As a teacher, I’m an example for children. Every word I say and every action I take affects to behavior of children.

5. Play is so important in helping children develop

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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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Rebecca 
Teacher in the 2'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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Tom
part-time teacher

Hi!
I’m Tom, 22 years old 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.