Born in Tel Aviv, but teaching in the Bay Area for 3 years, Yael Pelled brings a contagious passion for Hebrew to her 1st-3rd grade classes. Her students love singing and reading Hebrew, and Yael's own interests in reading, dancing, and hiking make her the perfect teacher to bring Hebrew to life. Plus, with a background as a Shlicha in France and a love for Jewish holidays (especially Pesach), Yael's energy and enthusiasm are not to be missed!
1. How long have you lived in the Bay Area, where did you come from and what brought you here?
I have lived in the Bay Area for 10 years. I was born in Israel in Tel Aviv.
2. What is your role at Hausner and how long have you been here?
This is my 3rd year in Hausner. I teach Hebrew in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade.
3. What is the highlight of your working week?
I love watching my students learning Hebrew joyfully, singing in Hebrew even though many do not speak it at home, listening to their reading, and watching their growth.
4. What do you do when you're not at work?
I like to spend time with my family. I love reading Hebrew books and singing Hebrew songs. I also love to dance and hike.
5. What do you think you would do if you weren't a teacher?
I can’t imagine myself doing anything else. But if I really wasn’t a teacher, I would be a full-time midwife.
6. Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
I was a Shlicha of the Jewish Agency for Israel when I was 16 in France.
7. What is your favorite Hebrew word/Jewish Holiday?
I love all Jewish holidays. If I need to choose one it might be Pesach. This last Pesach I had the opportunity to spend time in Israel with my family. During Pesach, families are gathering around the Seder table and it is all about us being free people. I feel connected to this time of the year - spring when everything blossoms and is beautiful outside.