I design a unique learning experience that engages, motivates and boosts students’ progress two or more times faster than in a classroom environment. Lessons are personalized to the student’s interests, learning style and fluency level.
My name is Michal Lucent. I was born and raised in Israel. For several years, I have been teaching and tutoring Hebrew at religious schools and to private students in the Bay Area. Currently, I tutor Hebrew and teach Jewish studies and Hebrew at Congregation Beth Jacob (Redwood City) and at Congregation Beth David (Saratoga). I also taught at Congregation Beth Am and at Yavneh Day School. I’m excited to teach Hebrew and inspire students to strengthen a connection to Israel. I love working with children of all ages, from K to 12th grade, and help them feel and be successful.
I create a supportive, relaxed and engaging learning environment. Students of all ages are challenged, focused and inspired. They love my lessons and enjoy studying.
My students learn through varied activities, creative materials and educational games that I have developed into a unique learning technique.
I help students feel and be successful in their learning. I build a close relationship with parents and provide frequent and detailed progress reports of their child's work.
Lessons are customized to individual interests, learning style and fluency level. Students learn to decode nikkud (vowels) and read in a fun and relaxed educational setting. Lessons are designed to achieve parents’ and students’ goals.
Designed for Hebrew-speaking students and local Israeli kids, lessons focus on modern Hebrew, phrases, expressions, ktav (cursive), spelling and grammar. Curriculum is derived from current Israeli school books and proprietary materials.
Students gain Modern Hebrew literacy from contemporary materials using a rich curriculum of stories, fables, technology and scientific subjects. Students acquire heritage Hebrew skills from religious texts, biblical stories, blessings, prayers and songs.
We study Jewish holidays, symbols, blessings, songs, traditions, food and artifacts; holiday celebrations and customs here and in Israel; Jewish life in Israel and non-religious holidays, such as Yom Ha’atzmaut and Yom Yerushalaim.
High school and college students learn day-to-day Hebrew skills in preparation for study in Israel or for taking BirthRight trips. Students learn spoken Hebrew, practical vocabulary, phrases, expressions and Israeli customs.
B’nai mitzvah learn to confidently read their haftara and Torah portion. They learn the literal and contextual translation of words and sentences. Students are motivated to work on personalized activities derived from their haftara portion.
"Thank you for giving so much love and creativity and energy to our students. Each lesson you crafted for them with personal care. You are a amazing teacher. I feel especially blessed that my own children have been able to study with you"
"Michal, You are such an integral part of Youth Education at Beth Am! While this year certainly won't look like any others, we know it will be a success because of you."
"Working with pre-teen and early teen students is an art form and Michal was very effective in that role as well as being a positive ambassador for the school."
"Learning Hebrew with you in fun! So excited E. has the opportunity to learn from you again this year!!"
"A special shout out to Michal Lucent who taught our daughter how to read Hebrew."
"Thank you so much for the thoughtful progress report. You are an excellent teacher and our child is clearly learning so much from you and enjoying himself as well! I was impressed he was willing to sit for an hour straight. You obviously engaged him with different kinds of activities."
"We are so pleased with the progress our daughter has made while working with you. We want to honor that progress, and honor you with Aliya in our daughter's Bat Mitzvah."
"I watched E.’s face during your class yesterday. She is so LIT UP during Hebrew, laughing and smiling, it’s beautiful. You are a wonderful teacher. Thank you for inspiring and encouraging her!"
"I wanted you to know how special I think Michal is and how grateful we are that she has been teaching our kids. She has really challenged both kids in super productive ways--while also always being incredibly supportive and kind"
"We are grateful for our good fortune to have Michal teach our child.” "
"Our son did a great job in the exam. Your help was so helpful for B. We are very thankful that he studies with you"
A perspective to evaluating Hebrew literacy without making students uncomfortable.
Does the road to prepare students to become b’mitzvah feel like a production line?