a student from Be'er Sheva on the Kindergarten teacher-training program
Religious Teachers’ Training College
Dear Shaanan College,
When I was in Grade 3, my father left home, abandoning my mother and leaving her to take care of four young children and a new-born baby. My mother was overwhelmed by the situation and found it very difficult to cope. We all felt the lost and needed a great deal of emotional and financial support. My father’s desertion had an especially damaging effect on one of my sisters, who became anorexic.
My mother did everything she could to help, and spent much of her time looking after my sister. This meant that she could not work properly. In order to support us, she began cleaning houses, which she still does today.
When I reached Grade 7, I transferred to a boarding school, which became like a second home to me. There I was given lots of love and affection, which greatly helped me improve my academic record.
After finishing high school, I did two years of National Service at a kindergarten for children with special needs. Working with these children was very fulfilling. I felt as though I was able to give to them something that I had missed out on during my own childhood. When the time came to choose a career, I knew that this was something I wanted to continue doing.
At Shaanan College I found a program that suited my needs. Although it is far from my home, it has become close to my heart. Here I have found a warm home and a wonderful family, which not only provides knowledge, but also offers affection and love. I reside in one of the apartments owned by the College, and share it with a number of other religious girls. Together, we help each other grow and develop.
I am able to enjoy my studies at the College because Shaanan helps cover my college fees and assists with the costs of my day-to-day living. The staff and faculty are also always available to help me with problems outside my studies. I know that their willingness derives from a real desire to offer advice, support, and encouragement and I believe that it enables me to feel that I belong. I am gradually beginning to find the things I didn’t have when I was growing up and am beginning to feel loved and accepted.
Studying at Shaanan has also greatly enhanced my feelings of dedication and contribution, which prompted me to choose a career as a kindergarten teacher. The College not only equips me educationally but also nurtures my values, principles, and character. I have learned many things in many areas with the help of the College, the staff, and the students.
I thank G-d that He has guided me to this wonderful place and has given me the opportunity to learn, to grow and – G-d willing – to graduate, in order to help improve the lives of other children.
Thank you for everything,