Hi, I'm Aviva!
Tell us a little bit about yourself. Born into a family of activists, Aviva works on issues of Housing, Immigrant Rights, and Structural Racism. Aviva currently works at Brooklyn Apple Academy and Riverside Montessori. She works with Sanctuary in the Streets, a group formed to create networks and spaces that protect families during ICE raids and related court dates. She has done the Teachers Training at University of Rhode Island for the Kingian Nonviolence Curriculum. She teaches an after school puppetry class at Brooklyn Apple, and works with puppetry collectives Bread and Puppet based in Glover Vermont, and Papel Machete based in San Juan Puerto as well as Looking Glass Productions in New York.
What's your philosophy on what it means to be a great teacher? A great teacher is one that ready to be open to the child's intuative artistic direction while also providing a structure and a container for the direction to become momentum.
Who was your favorite teacher and why? My favorite teacher was Ms. Menges, she told her students that the way that they each drew was "right," artistic, and to just keep practicing. She validated us all while still encouraging us to grow and improve.
What is your philosophy on and approach to behavioral management? Demonstrating and requiring a common respect for time, materials, and the students peers and teachers is easy when there is enthusiasm and creativity flowing. When children need redirection or a private word I will always engage them with respect and common goals.
Do you have experience working with children with special needs? If so, please specify. I have experience with children with special needs from working at the Riverside Montessori and Brooklyn Apple, where children with special needs are a part of the everyday classroom.
Are there any projects you’ve done (related or unrelated to teaching) that you’d like to share? I ran a summer mural program for high school students in the studio of Josh Sarantitis.
Credentials: I'm certified by New York City to teach.
Personal Website: cavivaproductiondesign.com