1ST GRADE TEACHING ASSISTANT
It is with great pleasure I write this profile for to introduce myself with the Sinai Temple Religious School community members. My name is Selma Abaud, and I feel blessed to participate in this school year as a Religious Teacher. I was born and raised in a conservative Jewish Sephardic family in Chile, South America, and attended the Hebrew Institute in Santiago, where I acquired my formal Jewish studies. From my youngest life memories, I was a very happy, outgoing, and social student, and I recognized in the early years how teachers loved me. This encouraged me to sing in Hebrew, dance to Israeli songs, and listen to religious stories with full of Jewish symbols and values; I think this is the best way for children to learn about our heritage and culture. In my young adult years, I graduated in Early Child Education and Post Family Services from University of Chile, and later I studied at Ulpan in American Jewish University in Los Angeles. A date which is very significant to me is November 8, 1981 (7 of Cheshvan, 5742), which was the date my first child was born. He was a special child, born with mild developmental disabilities and struggled with social interactions. This fueled my passion in my professional career to figure out the best ways children learn; emphasizing their strengths, interests, feelings, and of course enjoying the classroom experience. And for myself, I graduated as a mother of three children and then continued as a post-graduate with one grandchild; this is my best life gratification.