Thank You to Linda Spivack

May 19, 2017

Another wonderful week is in the books at ADAT, and we’ve got another exciting week ahead. We look forward to you joining us next Thursday for Open House – to visit your children’s classrooms and seeing first-hand the breadth and depth of learning they are engaged in every day at our School.

As many of you know, we spent the last week celebrating our amazing teachers, but this week, we want to pay a special tribute to our very own Linda Spivack, who will be retiring at the close of this year. Here is an interview we conducted with Linda – our beloved teacher, colleague, and friend to give everyone a chance to learn a little bit more about her:

Tell us about your background in education –  When did you start teaching, and what made you decide to become a teacher?
B.S. in Education from Temple University
M. Early Childhood Ed. from Florida International University
CA Clear Credential

I began teaching 1971 in NJ and then MD, FL, and since 1982 in CA. I loved working with children and becoming a teacher was my goal since high school.

How long have you been teaching at Adat Ari El?
When we moved to LA, I taught in our ECC 1982-1986. I returned to teaching as a Teaching Assistant in the Day School in 1995.

What grade/s and subjects have you taught? Which was your favorite and why?
I’ve enjoyed working in K, 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 5th grade. I’ve also been responsible for planning all our school trips for the past 10 years as well as substituting in most grades.I enjoy teaching in the lower grades. Seeing children’s glee and recognition that they can read a book or write a story is magical. It’s so rewarding to see their growth through each grade.

What will you miss most about ADAT? Why?
I’ll miss my Adat friends most when I retire. We have the most capable and supportive staff. We help each other through the hard times and rejoice together in the joyous ones.

How do you plan on spending your retirement?
The first thing I’ll do when I retire is turn off my alarm clock. After that my #1 task is to declutter my house. My husband and I also have some travel plans too.

If you could give any advice to teachers new to the profession, what would you tell them?
Adat is the perfect school for new teachers. Their innovations and creativity will be welcomed. They’ll also have experienced teachers available for guidance. I hope they pack flexibility, patience, and a sense of humor in their backpacks as they begin their teaching careers.

What has been the most rewarding aspect of being a teacher?
The most rewarding moments of being a teacher at Adat occurs on Shabbat mornings when I see our former students become Bar or Bat Mitzvahed. Those moments combine the skills they’ve learned in our general studies and Judaic studies programs. It brings families into our Adat community and puts our students on the path of continuing Jewish traditions. I love seeing my former 1st graders who are now college graduates and successful professionals. One of them is even a Teaching Assistant at Adat now. Teaching at Adat has been a wonderful professional and personal experience.

Thank you, Linda, for all you have given to Adat Ari El during your time here. We are so grateful to you for your years of service, hard work, and dedication to our students – past and present. We wish you lots of luck and fulfillment in the years to come and hope you will visit often!
Shavua Tov,