Shalom, Temple Beth El Parents and Families!

My name is Samara Rossi and I am so honored and excited to join the Temple Beth El Mishpacha!  I have been an educator for over a decade and have had the pleasure of working in varied learning environments. My experience as a Director for Youth Engagement, Director of Holiday Programming, Educator, and Special Needs Behavior Intervention Therapist has afforded me the  opportunity to experience a variety of educational environments with diverse learners ranging in age from Nursery School through High School. I have developed my skills based on a child-centered   form of learning where the student’s interests guide the direction of their experiences.

I am a mother of two amazing children, Bella (age 12) and Sam (age 8), who are my inspiration and motivation for everything I have accomplished. As a mother, I understand, appreciate and welcome your feedback. My belief that with the team effort of our clergy, board, staff, and parents, we will have a truly extraordinary experience together. Our incredible clergy, TBE board, Diane and Maddy are making me feel very welcome as we work together to ensure a fluid transition.

As the Director of the Religious School, I can’t wait to engage all of you through our Jewish values, culture, traditions and common interests. I want to create many opportunities to get out of the confines of the classroom environment and engage in creative, interesting, and inspiring activities. This is key to successfully keeping our children as willing and active participants in their learning. As a team, students will work with their teachers, clergy, and me to develop a program they want to be a part of, one that will incorporate their interests. I believe immersive experiential learning experiences, while interacting with friends in their Jewish community, is a vital combination. Incorporating Jewish themed photography, art, dance, theatre skits, cooking, and more, will help to engage our children in a way that is meaningful, enjoyable, and exciting. I invite you, our amazing parents, to participate with your children.  As a team, we can develop a school experience that they will never forget.  I look forward to meeting all of you!