When you hail from Hell, Michigan, you are pretty much ready for anything. Zac has heard his fair share of jokes about his place of origin, but he takes it all in stride. In fact, he hopes to use this information as a way to break the ice in his future classrooms.
A first-year student at William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education pursuing a master’s degree in Informal Education, Zac feels that he has finally found his raison d’être. An engineer, a chef, a martial-arts instructor: these are all careers that Zac pursued, but something didn’t quite feel right with them. And then, as he describes it, “A friend of mine was working in a day-care center and had a child who wouldn’t stop crying. I just happened to be there visiting, and she handed me the child, and the child stopped crying. It was really kind of magical.” It was at that point that he knew he wanted to work with children.
In addition to feeling that he is pursuing a career that will bring him fulfillment, Zac also feels very much at home here as a Jew. A recent convert, he feels so stimulated in the Jewish environment at JTS. Speaking with Zac, one gets the feeling that he will bring much intensity to the classroom, lighting a fire in his fortunate students for learning and Judaism.