Sam discovered his love of teaching in a bit of a roundabout way. A Westchester County native, he grew up writing stories and sharing them with his friends. After graduating from the University of Chicago with a degree in English, he worked in publishing before he began teaching elementary school and felt that he found his calling. He enjoyed teaching very much but felt that he needed more training. He applied to the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education and wound up earning dual degrees in Jewish Education and in Jewish History.
He’s had very rewarding teaching experiences with teens, specifically at the Rebecca and Israel Ivry Prozdor High School of The Jewish Theological Seminary. “I feel like my years at Davidson and my teaching experience at Prozdor have really prepared me in such a holistic way.” Sam is moving to California and plans to begin a new job this fall at a pluralistic Jewish high school, teaching world history.
He is looking forward to his new job and “playing outdoor soccer year-round!” And he admits that, “My strong writing background and experiences only bolster my teaching credentials.”