Hebrew Preparatory School Alumna Returns to Teach

Hebrew Preparatory School Alumna Returns to Teach

Mussi Marasow teaches HPS students about salt and the Dead Sea. Credit: Rochel Levertov

By Michelle Kaman

The pre-k and elementary schools at The Hebrew Preparatory School gained a new teacher in May. Mussi Marasow joined the faculty as the new Jewish Studies teacher for the three-year-old, four-year-old, kindergarten, and first grade classes. She joins Mussy Levertov on the Jewish Studies faculty.

Marasow brings a love and creativity to the classroom with her more than five years of experience. She previously held the position of lead teacher in a Brooklyn school. Marasow, who grew up in Austin, moved to Round Rock from New York to open a new Chabad center with her family in March.

“We are looking forward to meeting everyone and providing Jewish family experiences to all the locals,” she said.

But the rigors of running a center were not enough for Marasow.

“Teaching is my passion so I joined HPS,” she said. “I grew up here as well,” added the HPS alumna, “and am so lucky to be able to give back to the school where I got my education.”

When she is not busy working to better the community, Marasow enjoys crocheting, writing, reading and doing DIY projects.

When asked if there was anything that people might be surprised to know about her, she answered, “Not many people know that I can use a drill!”

HPS looks forward to adding more teachers and students to the growing school with a planned move to the Northwest Hills neighborhood. The addition of Marasow is another sign of the growing needs being met with the best possible resources for the students of HPS.

The Hebrew Preparatory School was the first Jewish school in Austin and was then known as Bais Menachem Hebrew Academy. It is often still referred to lovingly as “Gan Rachel”. This coming school year, HPS will celebrate 25 years in Austin.

Rochel Levertov founded the forward thinking, research-based school to be a state of the art learning institution serving Austin’s Jewish community through play-based, innovative methods. It serves ages 18 months through eighth grade.

HPS boasts a language immersion program for the preschool, Imagination Playground (as seen at The Thinkery), and NeuroNet, a revolutionary learning and exercise program based in neuroscience. ■

For more information on the Chabad of Round Rock visit jewishroundrock.com or www.facebook.com/jewishroundrock. To learn more about HPS, visit HebrewPrepSchool.com. To set up a visit, contact rlevertov@gmail.com or 512-977-0770.

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