Hello! I’m Naomi Epstein, a teacher and national counselor of English as a FOREIGN language to deaf and hard of hearing students in Israel. I have been doing this for over 29 years.
I was born in Philadelphia, Penn., U.S.A, then spent my elementary school years in Brookline, Mass. When I was 11 years old I moved to Israel. Here I got my B.A in Education of the deaf, My B.E.D in EFL and my M.A in Curriculum Development. I published two coursebooks; “Apples and Zebras” (a beginners workbook) and “The Book of Keys” (for weak high-school students).
I currently work five days a week at Yehud Comprehensive High-School (though I began as an elementary school teacher) which has the largest program for deaf and hard of hearing students in a regular high-school in the country. On the sixth day I’m a “Shema” national counselor, mainly for teachers of pupils who are mainstreamed. In addition I teach courses to struggling adult learners (with normal hearing!) striving to pass the English section of college entry exams. And on the seventh day, I rest!
My favorite way to rest is to read a book! I have recently taken up photography and focus on finding something new /interesting to snap in my familiar hometown and school. I post the school pictures here on this blog (under the category “Visualising School – A Photo Pause”) and my hometown pictures on my page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pounding-the-Pavement-in-Kiryat-Ono/283487235173863
I currently live in Kiryat-Ono, Israel, with my husband and two sons.