Dive into the world of Hebrew education with Avivit Menachem, a dedicated teacher at Hausner, as she shares her unique teaching methods and heartwarming experiences with students in our latest interview. Discover how Avivit blends education with baking, creating a flavorful and empowering approach to teaching that extends beyond the classroom.
1. Can you briefly introduce yourself and tell us about your background and experience?
I’m a Hebrew teacher at Hausner for grades 1, 2, and 3, Hebrew speakers. I moved to California from Israel with my family 4.5 years ago. My partner, Eyal, and I have two lovely daughters: Noa and Adi. Noa is a high school freshman, and Adi is in 5th grade. Almost three years ago, Oreo, the sweetest dog in the world, joined our family. He quickly became a beloved member, bringing a lot of joy and fun into our home.
In Israel, I was an elementary school teacher for more than 20 years, and worked as an educator in special education. In the two years before the relocation, I transitioned to being an ASD instructor, guiding teachers who have students with autism in their classrooms. I've thoroughly enjoyed the work and the collaborative spirit within the teaching team.
Nowadays, I am a Hebrew teacher, entering my third year at the school. I truly love working with the students and being a part of the Hausner community.
2. What teaching methods do you enjoy using?
I really enjoy incorporating baking into my lessons, teaching in fun ways that combine enjoyment and baking. It transforms the learning experience and makes it more interesting and tastier for the students.
3. What is one thing you do in your classes to create meaningful and empowering experiences for the students?
An activity that I like to have in my Hebrew classes, and I encourage it, is inviting parents/grandparents who come to visit from Israel to come to our Hebrew class, read a book, and have an experiential meeting with the children. The child whose grandparent was invited takes part in the activity with the family member and it really empowers them and gives them great pleasure and a sweet memory.
4. Tell us a fun fact about yourself
An interesting fact about me is that I am very fond of baking, and I learned during Covid to bake sourdough bread. So today I never buy bread and bring it into the house, I just bake for my pleasure and honor my friends with fresh bread. I leverage my love for baking and cooking that came from my parents' house, and hold baking and cooking workshops. I set up a website where I offer a variety of workshops and baking to the general public and enjoy doing this in my spare time.