I have had the joy of working with hundreds of students, from pre-K through university level, in both formal and informal settings.  Here are some spaces in which I’ve cultivated learning:

Knowing and Learning in Math and Science (ED 130)

UC Berkeley: Spring, Summer, Fall 2016; Spring 2017

In this course, undergraduate pre-service STEM teachers have the opportunity to experience non-traditional, multi-faceted problems in science and math without a pre-determined answer or strategy. Engaged in reflection between their own problem solving methods and the implementation they might use to encourage student development, students practice research directed at their own teaching. You can read more about the course here.

I’ve contributed to the course content as a graduate co-instructor by adding an engineering challenge with Paper Airplanes, facilitating workshops in NetLogo, NGSS, and analyzing classroom videos. I also was awarded the Outstanding GSI in Education Award in Spring of 2017 for my work with this course.

Urban Adamah: Community Garden Educator

Berkeley, CA: Fall 2011- Present

On a 1.5 acre plot surrounded by busy streets in West Berkeley, I have led children to dig for potatoes, tend to chickens, build with natural materials, and other immersive garden practices, all while considering the implications of food insecurity in their neighboring communities.

First as a member of a fellowship cohort, and later as a summer camp instructor and returning educator, I have instructed elementary-aged children in farm and food justice activities that connect to themes of Jewish spirituality.

Slide Ranch: Teacher in Residence

Muir Beach, CA: January – December 2012

Nestled against the Pacific Ocean as part of the Golden Gate National Recreational Area, sheep and goats co-mingle with earthworms and sea stars as part of the non-profit educational organization, Slide Ranch. Each year 7 teachers are selected to train in farm-based education, and lead programs through all of the ecosystems of the ranch for visitors ages 2-80+. In addition to daily educational activities that include hikes, construction, garden work, and tending to animals, we aligned content with teachers’ indicated curricular preferences in science, team-building, and Native American history to foster connections to school activities before and after students’ field trips to the ranch.

photo courtesy of www.californiabeaches.com


Additional teaching experience:

  • Graduate Student Instructor: Research Methods for K-12 Science/ Math Teachers (Fall 2017, UC Berkeley)
  • Reader: Introduction to How the Brain Works (Summer 2016, UC Berkeley)
  • Reader: Introduction to Human Learning and Memory (Summer 2015, UC Berkeley)
  • Religious School Teacher: Temple Isaiah (2014-2015, Lafayette, CA)
  • International Program Leader: Global Student Embassy (2013-2014, León, Nicaragua)