SPRINGFIELD – Heather Sullivan has been named the new Religious School Director at Sinai Temple.
Sullivan is a member of the congregation along with her husband, Patrick, and their four children, and has taught in the school for several years at a variety of grade levels. “Becoming the congregation’s Religious School Director allows me to share my own lifelong love of Judaism with students of all ages and their families,” Sullivan said.
A key focus for Sullivan’s first year will be on the self-guided Hebrew program called Mitkadem. This is a program that allows each child to work at his or her own speed under the supervision of a teacher. She also introduced the SPARK program to Sinai, which is for eighth grade children after their bar or bat mitzvah. The students work and learn with senior Sinai members, giving them a new perspective on Jewish learning.
“My goal is to demonstrate for students and their parents that learning doesn’t ever stop. We are Jews for life and we can continue learning from kindergarten through to our senior years.”
Sullivan earned her Bachelor’s degree at UMass Amherst and has a Masters in Education from Westfield State University.