The OTHER Nadiv Educator

As the summer drew to a close, I took a picture with the other Nadiv Educator at my camp.  He’s a 6th grader now, and he spends his whole year with me.  He’s a full-summer camper at Coleman, a camp with mostly 4-weekers, and he’s a student at Davis.

 

When I told him he was also a Nadiv Educator, the conversation went like this:

SBB:  A, did you notice that you’re a Nadiv Educator, also?

A:  What do you mean?

SBB:  You spend your whole year with me.  You’re at camp all summer and at Davis all year long!

A:  Yes, but I don’t *work* at Davis.

SBB:  I’m not going to tell your teachers that!

[Giggles]

 

This partnership is fun, and kind of funny.

Fun, because I’m surrounded by dedicated educators, clergy and staff – and delightful children – all year long.

Fun, because I get to do cool things like take the whole 8th grade up to camp for two full days.

Fun AND funny, because people tend to listen when I refer to the Torah as “Our Very Best Friend the Torah” (a nickname for the 5 Books of Moses that I got from a co-staff member at a camp in Wisconsin).

Funny, because I can compare a 6th grader to myself.

Funny, because when you’re the campy person at school, you tend to write lines like this in emails: “I’m totally coming at this from a place of campy ruach in song session (as opposed to Tefillah) which is nearly deafening in terms of exuberance and joy.”  May I present to you:  the combination of academic nerdery and experiential education.

This job is extremely fast-paced, sometimes excruciatingly so.  But as long as I’m working on stuff like Tefillahpalooza, Interfaith Volunteering, and innovative, large-scale educational experiences like Yom Partisans, I’m up to the challenge.  I can’t wait to see what kind of cool stuff I’ll get to learn and teach this year!

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