A wonderful surprise was in store at this year’s Auction & Celebration when founding kindergarten teacher and music specialist Shoshana Stombaugh was awarded the 2015 Rabbi Dr. William Greenberg Jewish Educator of Excellence Award from the SAMIS Foundation. This award recognizes a Seattle educator who embodies Rabbi Greenberg’s passion for Jewish day school education. The award is accompanied by a generous stipend for the winner, along with an additional grant to be used for professional development by SJCS faculty and staff. SJCS thanks the SAMIS Foundation for their continued support of Jewish day school education in Seattle and for their public recognition of how a teacher can make a lasting impact on the life of a child.
Shoshana Stombaugh has taught kindergarten and music at SJCS since the school’s founding in 1991. Recognized for her dynamic presence and warm rapport with students of all ages, Shoshana was the 2012 winner of the Grinspoon-Steinhart Award, a national award given to recognize educators who make a lasting effect on Jewish education in their local communities. In addition to her teaching at SJCS, Shoshana is a song-leader for many services in the Temple Beth Am community.