Teachers at Bnos Malka Academy came together for a timely professional development day this past Sunday. Mrs. Rachel Figurasmith led the session and described how to recognize and deal with the stress and trauma, not only for students but for the teacher themselves. In light of the terrible matzav in Eretz Yisrael, teachers were eager to learn effective ways to support their students. Mrs. Figurasmith pointed out that before they are able to help others, teachers first needed to identify their own stresses and triggers. The workshop identified different techniques to help them cope with the stressors. Teachers then discussed the stressors they have been hearing from students, and then they brainstormed useful strategies.

The professional development session ended, leaving teachers more confident and better equipped to assist their students during these extremely difficult times.