Deborah Goldman

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What inspired you to become an educator, and what keeps you inspired?

When I was a kid I was that one child that always helped the babysitter with the other kids.  As I grew older I continued working with children from babysitting, to aiding the teachers, as well as tutoring.  As I continued to work with children the smiles on their faces and the light bulbs that lit up made my heart smile.  As I continue in my career of teaching with each new class the smiles and laughter are what keep me going and make me want to continue helping my new students enhance their love of learning.  

If you could summarize your teaching philosophy, what would it be?

I believe children learn through playing and exploring within the classroom and outside in the world.  I do believe children should have structure but at the same time they need room to grow and explore within their environment while also being able to be apart of the classroom.  

What skills do you feel are most important for your students to develop, to prepare them for life beyond Friends School?

I believe the most important skills for my students to develop are social skills.  By developing good social skills students are able to work together, learn to talk to one another, and develop lifelong friendships that will continue on after they leave my class.  I also believe students should develop basic skills that are needed for their age along withproblem solving skills.  I like students to be able to think about the situation and talk about how we can fix it.  

Tell us about your hobbies and philanthropic interests?

I like to read books in my spare time along with hanging out with my family and my awesome nephews.  I also volunteer at my synagogue during special events and holidays.