November Faculty Q+A: Ms. Shaltiel

The Q+A- two students, two faculty members, each month. This month we sat down with Ms. Shaltiel, Hebrew teacher.

Conducted by Yasmine Novian


Common misconception about teachers:

That teaching is fun.


Most creative gift, given or received:

Mother’s Day gifts made by my grandchild.


Movie you’ve seen the most:

Legally blonde with Reese Witherspoon where she plays a law school student…I learned two important things from this movie: Stand up for yourself & don’t stand idly by.


Book you’ve read most:

Usually, I don’t read the same book more than once unless it’s extraordinary or if I need to use it as a reference.


Fictional character you identify with:

I identify with George smiley from John le Carré’s Smiley’s People. He followed his intuition and investigating a problem until he resolved it.


Obsolete item you won’t trash:

Cards made for me by my children.


What you wanted to be at age 10:

A kindergarten teacher.


Student pet peeve:

Teachers assign too much homework.


Procrastination technique:

A short nap is a healthy retreat. After all, dreams are inspiring.


Secret hobby:

Drinking my hot coffee on the balcony while watching the sunrise.


Favorite historical figure:

I’m a spiritual person…so I would say a figure from the bible such as Isaac (The brave one), Joseph (brave & smart), Solomon (wisdom to judge), Ruth (believer & follower), and Tamar (no fear) would each suffice.


Favorite piece of art in your home/anywhere:

My granddaughter’s hands & feet paint prints.


Movie star you always wanted to be:

Sally Fields : smart,  confident, caring, and would never give up.


Favorite gadgets:

Zite Personalized Magazine.


Topic you love but won’t discuss at a party:

How gifted and talented my students are. I wouldn’t want to make anyone jealous!


The last meal you had:

Oh that’s easy!  Grilled fish & Israeli salad…it’s my favorite!


Funniest English word(s):

“Dongle” it’s that little Wifi accessory for the computer that bridges two devices.  Couldn’t find a better name?


Most memorable teaching experience:

Being my son’s teacher. That was a unique experience that a select few can share.


Most visited website, why:

Israeli news 2… I must know tomorrow’s news today.

Favorite cancelled-too-soon TV show:

“Yellow Pepper”: An Israeli TV show about a child with down syndrome who communicated with his surroundings through music.


Most beloved/interesting item at your office desk:

My family picture is priceless…and everything else can be replaced, right?


Most memorable college experience:

My first day in college my professor told the story about Rose. Rose was an old lady, 90 years old, who decided to go back to school to complete her education. She went back to school at the age of 90 and completed her education. She died 2 days after she received her degree. Rose said that it doesn’t matter how old you are, what vehicle you drive or what is in your bank account, what’s important is that you go back to school and make a difference in your life and in other people lives.