By Zoe Singer ‘23, Assistant News Editor
After six years of teaching, math teacher Aviva Bukiet will not be returning to Heschel next year. While this decision was not an easy one for her, she is excited to begin teaching at SAR High School in the fall. We will miss her greatly, but we wish her all the best in her future endeavors.
When asked about why she was originally drawn to Heschel, Bukiet explained that everything about the school was perfect for her. “I love the mission. Honestly, I was made for Heschel, truly. I love the liberal Judaism aspect of Heschel. I love everything about it,” she said. Bukiet also shared that she is so grateful for all of her colleagues in the Math Department. She feels so lucky to have had the opportunity to work with great people.
Though it was a particularly hard choice, she ultimately decided to move for a couple of reasons. Bukiet explained that SAR is only about five minutes away from her home and it made sense to make the switch. “It’s really mostly for the commute, but I was also ready for a little change.” She shared that she will be teaching her first A.P. course at SAR next year, which is a very exciting growth opportunity for her from a professional standpoint.
Bukiet is truly saddened not to be teaching at Heschel next year, but as the year comes to an end, she is taking this time to reflect on all of the memories she has made throughout the years. One of Bukiet’s favorite memories was from last year, when the entire community came together to celebrate her pregnancy. She recalled receiving many emails from parents congratulating her and really feeling her classes’ support. “Another memory that stands out was last year when I was pregnant and I told each of my math classes; they were all so happy. One class started doing a horah around me and dancing and it was so sweet –the whole community was so happy for me and it was so touching,” she said. Bukiet is committed to remaining part of the Heschel community even if she is no longer teaching here.
I was in Bukiet’s class this past year and I am so thankful to have had the chance to learn from her. She has always been supportive of me and everyone else in our class. She covers a lot of material while maintaining a fun and engaging class. I, along with the rest of our school, will miss Bukiet greatly next year, and hope she has an amazing experience at SAR.