A native of Haifa, Israel, Rachel Naamad came to the U.S. in 1990 and has been teaching Hebrew for the past eleven years to a wide array of students. The 2011-2012 school year marks her fifth year teaching Hebrew at Northeastern University. She has previously taught at Wellesley College and Hebrew College in both the Prozdor School and the ULPAN program. Prior to moving to the U.S. and becoming a Hebrew Instructor, she had a career as a social worker in Israel. There, she earned a BA in Social Work from Haifa University in 1976. She is currently working towards her Master’s degree in Israeli Culture at the Open University in Israel.
Her continuing education in the field of Hebrew Language Instruction includes ongoing participation in ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) workshops and conventions, and intensive coursework at Hebrew College’s program for senior-level Hebrew teachers. Through the Hebrew College program, she worked with Hila Kobliner, a leader in worldwide Hebrew instruction programs who has authored many textbooks on the subject. Always seeking innovative ways to engage students, Rachel developed multimedia computer lab exercises that enabled students to learn new vocabulary in a dynamic and interactive way.