1st Grade Teacher
Year Honored: 2011
Temple Emanuel Academy Day School
Beverly Hills, CA
First-grade teacher Marnie Greenwald holds high expectations for every child, then provides the differentiated instruction vital to maximize individual achievement. A veteran educator of two decades, Greenwald is the kind of teacher whose gentle, nurturing demeanor creates an environment in which students feel comfortable in taking risks with their learning. She is a pro at tapping into a child’s strengths and abilities to identify readiness levels for successfully tackling new skills and concepts. By the time Greenwald’s students reach the mid-point of the school year, they are already reading and writing far beyond typical six-year olds, with an understanding of number concepts, penmanship and critical thinking. Fellow educators as well as clergy value her judgments based on common sense and compassion as well as her creativity and professional acumen as a teacher. In and out of the classroom, Greenwald is a role model for leading a Jewish life. She nourishes a respect for ethical values and an understanding and love of Jewish holidays, and is an active participant in Temple Emanuel worship and community.
Note: This biography was current at the time this educator received the Award