LONGMEADOW – Lubavitcher Yeshiva Academy (LYA) is proud to announce that Mrs. Stephanie Zolotor received the 2013 National Grinspoon-Steinhardt Award. Mrs. Zolotor teaches 5th grade secular studies at LYA.
Mrs. Zolotor received her award at an Educator’s Banquet sponsored by the Resource Center for Jewish Education and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation on May 30, 2013. During the banquet Mrs. Zolotor also received recognition on earning the Excellence in Jewish Education Award for Western Mass.
Stephanie’s contribution is far more global than the classroom”, commented Dr. Mitchell Kupperman, Educational Director at LYA. “Stephanie exudes enthusiasm with a sense of wonderment that all her students and colleagues can feel.”
Mrs. Zolotor was one of four educators from Western MA and Northern CT who were honored for Excellence in Jewish Education for the 2013 school year.
During her acceptance speech, Mrs. Zolotor shared with the audience that her award is something that she shares with her students and she read her students’ statements on why they thought she was selected for this honor.
You acknowledge every student and never favor one more than another”, commented Esther Muhlmann. “You build up our education to help us for the future.”
Moshe Gesin commented about Mrs Zolotor, “She is interactive and always listens to our needs.”
You are strict but fun. I never knew that’s what I would want in a teacher, but now I know it’s what I need.” remarked Shoshana Olkin.
Stephanie Zolotor has been teaching for over 15 years; the last four teaching 5th grade at LYA. Stephanie attends many professional development workshops, often in Special Education, is trained in the Leader in Me model and is part of LYA’s Leadership Lighthouse Team.
Stephanie holds a B.A. in Early Childhood Education from UMass and a Master’s from Smith College in Early Childhood and Elementary Education.
I am most proud when my students feel a part of the classroom community that nurtures Judaism and Jewish values”, commented Stephanie Zolotor about her teaching at LYA.
Following the awards ceremony for this year’s educators of excellence, Stephanie was named the recipient of a national award as well. The Harold Grinspoon Foundation and the Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life in partnership with Jewish Education Service of North America (JESNA) offers a program to honor fifty five winners from communities throughout North America.
These awards are designed to recognize, honor and support outstanding classroom Jewish educators worthy of national recognition. The awards are presented to professionals in communities across North America in conjunction with their central agencies for Jewish education or Jewish Federations.
Mrs. Zolotor’s love of teaching and intuitive understanding of how to bring out the best in each child is exemplary,” continued Dr. Kupperman. “LYA is proud to have Mrs. Zolotor as a member of our team.”