Jewish Girl of the Week – Allison

You’re from the area. Tell us about that.
I was born and raised in the D.C. area. I grew up in Northern Virginia in a conservative Jewish family. I went to the University of Tennessee
in Knoxville for college. Upon graduating with my Masters in Education, I relocated to North Potomac, Maryland. I feel extremely blessed to have a close relationship with my family. My parents, brother, sister-in-law, nephew, and niece all live close by.

What is it like to be a special education teacher?
I am a very patient and loving person and have always been accepting of the differences in others. Being a special education teacher is an unbelievably rewarding, but equally tough job. Each day you put your heart and soul into your students. I couldn’t imagine doing anything else with my life.

When you’re not working, where can we find you?
In my free time, I love spending time with my friends!  I enjoy scrapbooking, traveling, reading, movies and knitting. Lately, I have become a more serious knitter and I just learned how to crochet. I enjoy making scarves and hats for my friends. There’s nothing like a homemade gift!

What is a cause that is important to you?
I am extremely passionate about the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (www.ccfa.org). In December of 2009 and 2010, I completed two half marathons and raised almost $10,000 for this cause. I volunteer for this organization whenever I can.

Which Jewish events will we see you at?
I enjoy going to many social events for young Jewish professionals in the D.C. area.  I am a member at Adas Israel and I feel each time I have gone to synagogue, I have walked away having met new people and
having had a blast with my friends.