Girl of the Week – Shayna

Aaron: What brought you to DC?
Shayna:
I’m from Southern Oregon and went to school in Washington State. I was living in Milan (Italy) after graduating college. I wanted to figure out whether to be a social worker or a teacher, so I joined AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps to help me decide. I fell in love with the city, so I stayed, and I’m now a preschool teacher at the DC JCC. I’m also getting my masters in early childhood education from UDC, so I don’t plan on leaving any time soon.
Aaron: What do you love about teaching?
Shayna:
Everything! I love that preschoolers learn through play. My workday is full of laughter and hugs, and I get to go to thepark every day. Best of all, I know that what I’m doing is helping to shape the life of someone who will make a difference, because I’m making sure that part of what I teach is that it’s their job to help make the world a better place. What could possibly be better than that?

Aaron: What is the best part about being a Jew in DC?
Shayna:
We have a vibrant, young community here. I was raised Jewish Renewal, and my favorite Jewish events in DC are theShabbatlucks a bunch of Avodah alums started hosting. There’s a tight-knit group of us who rotate houses and hosting duties. We’re starting to put together our own siddurim full of additional songs and prayers and readings that have meaning for us. And a lot of people we invite ask to join us the next time we get together, which is always a nice feeling. Plus, the food is delicious. Naturally.

Aaron: What do you want to be when you grow up?
Shayna:
I’m already living the dream.
Aaron: Who is your favorite DC Jew?
Shayna:
 I’m a big fan of the Avodahniks in town. But I’m a little biased about that.

Aaron: What is your favorite summer activity?
Shayna:
Ultimate Frisbee is my favorite year-round activity, and summer is a great time to play. I also slow down my half-marathon training in the summer and go hiking in Rock Creek Park on the weekends. The shaded trails are fantastic for beating the heat.
Aaron: Finish this sentence:
When the Jews gather…
Shayna:
there will be food and adult beverages.