Year Honored: 2022
Bais Chaya Mushka
Los Angeles, CA
At Bais Chaya Mushka, Morah (teacher) Shoshana Braude provides a safe, nurturing environment for her first graders to excel academically and socially. Mrs. Braude builds a solid foundation in Jewish education, with lessons that include davening, stories of Tzadikim, Hebrew reading and writing, and Jewish laws and customs. Mrs. Braude stresses social-emotional learning and the mind-body connection through innovative programs like the Nurtured Heart Approach, S’Cool Moves, Bal-a-Vis-X, Brain Gym, and Sand Tray Therapy. She promotes empathy and appropriate social behavior through the Social Thinking methodology and uses Project Resolve and Bullies2Buddies to teach children to solve interpersonal problems.
Mrs. Braude and her husband arrived in Los Angeles in 1980 to teach Torah, inspired and encouraged by the Lubavitcher Rebbe. She holds a diploma from Beth Rivkah Teacher’s Seminary in New York City and has taught for more than four decades. Mrs. Braude mentors new teachers and applies the same principles of lifelong learning she encourages in students to her own craft, attending professional development workshops and trainings as well as personally researching methods to remain on the cutting edge in meeting the real-time needs of her students.
Students leave Mrs. Braude’s classroom with not only a love for learning Torah and doing mitzvot, but also increased self-confidence. “I want my students to be very aware of the great qualities and talents that every single one of them possesses,” she says. “Knowing how great they are will empower them to be proud Jews, maintain their Torah values and be confident and successful in life.”
Note: This biography was current at the time this educator received the Award