From Wall Street to 3080 Broadway, Gloria Schneider’s life has been focused on technology and education. After working as a trader for Citibank, Gloria embarked on a second career at the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education, studying Technology in Jewish Education as part of The Davidson School’s Informal Education track.
It was Gloria’s first career that inspired the launch of her second: “Coming to The Davidson School was the result of my professional experience. I grew up professionally with technology around me; I would sit at a desk with four computer screens,” she remembers.
With a BA in Economics and an MA in International Economics from Brandeis University already under her belt, Gloria needed a program that would both build on her professional experience and challenge her personally: “The strong academics at Davidson were a draw, and there was an openness to exploring new ideas and concepts that are the next frontier in education,” she says.
In addition to the shared passion for learning, Gloria also cites the generosity and flexibility of The Davidson School’s staff and administrators for her ongoing success: “They respond to students’ interests and passions. That is a tremendous credit to the school.”
For the past three years, Gloria’s commitment to advancing technology in Jewish education has extended into the summer months, during which she taught at Camp Ramah in Nyack, New York. And Gloria is not the only Schneider family member there; this year is the sixth summer at Ramah for one of her three daughters.
While graduation from The Davidson School is still far away, this native New Yorker already looks back with appreciation and ahead with promise: “My first year was an intense yet successful experience,” Gloria says. “I hope to continue teaching while also furthering the integration of technology and Jewish education.”