Friedel Jewish Academy is opening its new middle school in August, and Friedel’s new seventh- and eighth-grade Humanities Teacher will be Arielle Levine.

Friedel’s middle school will balance academic goals and human development needs, teaching core subjects and building critical thinking skills. The middle school will have daily core classes (Math, Science, Language Arts, and Social Studies), weekly special core classes (P.E., Art, and Music), and exploratory classes. The middle school teachers will have the flexibility to use the blocks of time as needed for active and engaging lessons and interdisciplinary units. Levine, who is herself a Friedel graduate, will be teaching Language Arts and Social Studies.

Levine’s time as a student at Friedel fostered a deep love of learning and commitment to the Jewish community.  After leaving Friedel, she was inspired to spend multiple summers traveling and working in Israel, and then continue her learning in a Jewish setting at Brandeis University. She graduated with a degree in Business and Economics.

After spending a handful of years working in the business world, she realized that something was missing. She chose to return to school to become a teacher, and received her Master of Arts in Teaching, with endorsements in Middle-Level Language Arts, as well as in Business, Marketing, and Information Technology. 

Levine’s teaching experience includes both the middle and high school levels. While it was always a dream of hers to return and teach at Friedel, she found that her passion lay at the middle school level. She explained, “Middle school is a difficult time for students. Lots of changes going on. I found that I could be part of the support system students need in order to flourish.” 

She continued, “when I heard that Friedel was looking to expand to the middle school level, I almost couldn’t believe it. I knew I had to apply right away!”  As a second-generation Jewish educator, she knew that Friedel was where she needed to be.

We are excited to have her!