Aviel Brodkin has worked in both adult and children’s education since the year 2000. While living in Israel, and pursuing her degree in speech and language pathology, she taught at two post high school Judaic studies seminaries. In that capacity, Aviel capitalized on her years of training in Judaic studies education as she taught Jewish texts to young adults. Shortly after moving back to the United States in 2003, she began to work as an elementary Judaic instructor at the Beren Academy in Houtson, Texas. Aviel felt like “she came home” when she entered the elementary ed classroom, teaching 3rd and 5th grades, and middle school resource.
When Aviel and her family moved to Portland, Oregon in 2005, Aviel focused her on developing women’s and children’s educational programs for the local community. She led Matan, an educational Mother Daughter Bat Mitzvah program, and parenting workshops for local Jewish families of all backgrounds.
In early 2011, Aviel began the ground laying work for opening the doors for Maayan’s preschool, where she currently serves as the principal for the K-8th grad e elementary school. She believes that a Jewish education is a gift, giving joy and meaning for a child to take with them on their life journey. “Jewish wisdom, the Torah, is our rich inheritance that every Jewish child deserves to receive.” Coupling these ideas with maximizing student engagement and the student centered learning environment, she describes herself, “as being passionate about helping children to recognize their “Gadlut”, or greatness, that each individual child brings to the world through their actions.”