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Education’s Judy Naim

By Calesse Cardosi
On March 14, 2012

Professor Judy Naim teaches in the Department of Early Childhood Education and Literacy. A Cincinnati native, she
attended the University of Cincinnati and Ohio State for
her undergraduate work. She also has two masters degrees
from Xavier.
Xavier Newswire: Why did you decide to go into the field of education?
Judy Naim: I had a lot of cruel teachers in my elementary
years and wanted to teach to undo some of their practices.
XN: Where did you work and for how long?
J.N: Thirty years for Cincinnati Public Schools.
XN: What is one of your favorite/craziest memory from
teaching?
J.N: I used to take my students out for dinner on their birthday. One time a father came to pick me up without
his son. He said he was attracted to me and wanted to go out.
XN: What is your teaching philosophy?
J.N: I want to give every child as much of the world as possible. Love them, and have fun.
XN: What are your top two favorite children's books?
J.N: This Little Piggy by Jane Yolen, and Cookies by Amy
Kraus Rosenthal.
XN: What do you like to do in your free time?
J.N: Tap dance, knit, read and shop.
XN: What is your favorite Cincinnati restaurant and what is
your favorite meal there?
J.N: I love Palomino's and the Chopped Salad.
XN: What is something interesting/peculiar most people don't
know about you?
J.N: I lived in Israel for three years and taught school there in the '70s.
XN: If you could travel one place in the world where would it
be and why?
J.N: Italy, to visit family.
XN: Do you have any advice for graduating Xavier students who are about to enter the work force?
J.N: Be positive. You will find a job if you want to. Send
out a vibe that you are confident and be personable.
XN: Any additional info you would like to share?
J.N: I love teaching at Xavier, and supervising student teachers.


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