This is one of a series of profiles of THE EXTRAORDINARY teachers and administrators at Society for Advancement of Education High Schools in Israel prepared by limor Ben Nathan in Jerusalem.
Irena Graziani, a mathematics teacher at SAE’s Reut High School, reveals that the idea for the Reut school was hatched in her living room. Really!
Why did you choose to teach?
No special reason, I just love this profession. I chose it 34 years ago, and I got into math during my studies. I have taught classes for 30 years, of which 20 years were here at Reut. The educator has the power to influence and change.
What do you like most about math?
Probability and statistics, and possibly analysis as well.
Tell us one fact that students do not know about you?
I immigrated from Romania in 1986, but everyone knows that. What not everyone knows is that Reut School was born in the living room of my house. The days were after the assassination of Rabin, the state was in turmoil and a committee was set up to which many respectable people were summoned, but only after a few years did they come to the conclusion that what led to the assassination was the severe division in the people.
At that time, the late Aryeh Geiger, conceived the idea of the Reut School – an educational institution that would combine secular and religious students under one roof. The late Aryeh created Reut and we followed him and the idea of the new school.
What are your hobbies?
Family, friends, really like to play the piano and read books. From time to time I also fly for a trip to Romania, my hometown.
The educator has the power to influence and change.
If you were not a teacher, what do you think you would do?
If I had not been a teacher I would probably have gone to study medicine. I used to think of doing this instead of engaging in education. In the end, education chose me. It was most right for me.
What would you like to do when you grow up?
After school I teach the futurism of senior citizens over the age of 60. I really like to think about the future. I will probably continue with this and astronomy down the road.