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Zoe Calahorra-Wood

Zoe Calahorra-Wood

Hebrew Teacher

At McGillis since 2018


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B.Ed., Leadership and Management of Educational Systems, Comparative Literature and Jewish Art, and Teaching Certificate, Bar-Ilan University, Israel

M.A. Teaching Hebrew as a second language, Middlebury College


After an extended IDF service and as the Israeli tradition goes, Zoe went traveling. She traveled to Australia and New Zealand. Shortly after being back, she started working as a flight attendant to keep the adventures going. Born and raised in Israel, her first introduction to the United States was a layover in New York City. As exciting as it was, she didn't fall in love with the Big Apple as promised.


Zoe’s first introduction to Utah was in 2016 through a summer volunteering program at the JCC. THAT was the beginning of a love story, as she moved back for the long term in 2018 to join the one-of-a-kind McGillis community.


This is her fourth year teaching Hebrew at The McGillis School and she is loving every moment of it. In Israel, she taught Hebrew literature and English.


Favorite McGillis lunch:

Grilled Cheese


Favorite McGillis tradition:

The Washington DC trip.


Which value do you most appreciate?

Derech Eretz Kadma La'Tora: Be respectful, and kind to others, before mastering any subject of study.


What is a powerful moment you experienced at school?

During an 8th Grade graduation, a student came to me and said I was her safe space where she could be herself. She made my teacher heart glow.