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Working in education has generated many conversations and memories for daughter Sharona Arbeit, left, and mother Marcelle Lowell.
When Naomi learned that Hannah wanted to become an educator, she was thrilled, but on the other hand, it’s hard work, Naomi said. “It’s not an easy profession,” she said. “Education today has been given responsibility for things that were once parental responsibilities. It’s an underrated and underestimated profession, where society doesn’t have a full appreciation of how much intellectual energy, effort, planning and research goes into teaching.”
Hannah originally wanted to pursue a career in the hotel and spa management industry prior to college, but after taking her first education class at Queens College, she changed her mind. “I’d tried a few courses but liked education more,” she said. “My professors made a difference. Education just felt natural to me.”
Hannah has been an educator for three years now, recently completing her master’s degree program at Touro College as a double major in Regular and Special Education. “I was lucky to be teaching while I was in school,” Hannah said. “This is my first year as a head teacher.”
Living at home while attending college, Hannah saw her mother at work firsthand. “Seeing my mother come home from a day at work, glowing because she had spent a day working with students and helping them, has been very motivating to want to pursue a career in education,” she said. “My mom supported everything I ever wanted to do. Being in education has been better for me, as I’m lucky to have a mentor of my own.”

Offering their advice
It is the women in her family, along with the HAFTR school community, who have reinforced Naomi’s perspective on education and her role in the field. “I actually view education as one of the fields that has historically welcomed and valued women as professionals and has facilitated their growth and ascension to the highest positions of leadership,” Naomi said.


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