Interview With YCQ 81st Anniversary Dinner Honoree ES Assistant Principal Mrs. Melissa Cohen By Ms. Sarah Shenas

Friday January 14th 2022

Who was instrumental in helping you get to where you are today? Throughout my years working as a third grade teacher here at YCQ, Rabbi Landsman was a great mentor and always supported me in the classroom. He instilled much confidence in me, which was instrumental in getting to where I am today. I am grateful to him for all of his support and encouragement throughout the years. 

What did you want to be when you were a child? From as young as I can remember my dream was always to be a teacher. I always loved the idea of making a difference in children’s lives. 

(I also wanted to be a dolphin trainer if teaching didn’t work out!) 

Where did you learn the most about childhood education? I learned a great deal about childhood education from the many wonderful and talented professors in college and graduate school. However, I learned most of what I know through the experiences of working as a teacher, as well as working with my team of administrators and colleagues. 

Why do you work at YCQ? YCQ is my second home. I consider the people here like my extended family. I come into work each day excited about the positive energy and ruach that is felt throughout the building. There is no place I’d rather be. 

When have you experienced a meaningful moment as Assistant Principal? I have experienced countless meaningful moments in my career. The most memorable moments are the ones when I witness a student overcome a difficulty or challenge after a period of struggling. To see a student succeed and feel proud of their own accomplishments is what makes my job so meaningful.