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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!

Michael 
Teacher in 2's group

Hi! I’m Mike! I am a former abuse and neglect investigator with a M.A. in Social Work. I love working with kids, and outside of my social work career, volunteered for a year in South Tel Aviv with two daycares to help prepare students for the israeli school system. 

Rachael 

Teacher in 1's group

I was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland until the age of 10, when my family moved to Atlanta, Georgia. My experience working with children began at a young age.

 

I attended the University of Georgia (GO DAWGS!) and got my Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education. Throughout college, I worked at various schools, day cares, and after school programs to satisfy my love of working with children. After graduating in 2015, I moved to Israel for 10 months to participate in the MASA program, and taught English in an elementary school. Upon returning to the US, I taught 2nd grade at a Solomon Schecter school, the Epstein School. Finally, I realized that my heart was in Israel and in the summer of 2017, made Aliyah, and haven't looked back since!

Sarah 
Floater teacher

Hey. I'm Sarah. I have been working with children in Israel for over a year, and have years of experience looking after children in the UK too. I worked as a youth leader at the local Jewish youth club, and volunteered with children who have disabilities for many years. I believe in treating each child as if he or she were my own.  I feel privileged to be part of the early childhood development stage.