Staff Profile: Amy Watenmaker

Azriella Friedman

 

First grade teacher, Amy Watenmaker, is not only a fantastic teacher but is also a reader extraordinaire. It’s safe to say if you need a book recommendation, she is the right person to ask. Keep reading to learn about her exciting fun fact (hint: you may have seen her on the big screen), and her favorite Hebrew word which is something quite delicious.


1. How long have you lived in the Bay Area, where did you come from and what brought you here?

This is my ninth year in the Bay Area. I am a Jersey Girl - born and raised and was living in NJ and teaching at Golda Och Academy (a Jewish Day School that I attended from K- 12th grade), before moving to the Bay Area. My husband is a Rabbi at Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos and his job brought us to the Bay Area. My son, Ilan is in sixth grade and my daughter, Cayla is in third grade- both are here at Hausner. 


2. What is your role at Hausner and how long have you been here?

I am a first grade lead teacher and this is my seventh year in first grade. I also taught fifth grade for two years.


3. What was the highlight of your working week? 

This week we worked on syllables and learned to listen for the vowel sounds in a given word. The students had a great time listening for how many syllables are in their names. Some of the students made up a cheer and counted out the syllables of their cheer- "syllables are fun!"


4. What do you do when you're not at work?

I love to read and am constantly reading and curating my reading lists. I also love to go to Monterey with my family- we love to look for otters and walk the boardwalk at Asilomar.


5. What do you think you would do if you weren't a teacher?

I have a double master's degree in Social Work and Jewish Non-Profit Management so I think I would do something in those fields.


6. Tell us a fun fact about yourself.

I was an extra in a few tv shows and movies. One of my favorites was being on set of the movie Keeping the Faith. My brother and I are in the synagogue scene. If you blink you will miss me! 


7. What is your favorite Hebrew word?

One of my favorite Hebrew words is glidah (ice cream). I love how it sounds and how it tastes!

 

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