Dear Friends –
It is with great pride and pleasure that I share with you that our 6th grade teacher, David Wizig, has been awarded the THE IRVING L. SAMUELS OUTSTANDING TEACHER AWARD FOR JUDAIC STUDIES. This award is given annually by the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston to two outstanding Jewish Educators in the Greater Houston area whose current primary role is classroom teaching in Judaic subject matter.
In addition to this great honor, David Wizig’s wife, Debbie, was the recipient of this same award for the outstanding Jewish day school educator of the year! As you might well imagine, the Wizig family household is buzzing with joy.
Mr. Wizig has taught in our religious school for the past eight years, and every student who has had him will agree, that Mr. Wizig knows how to make religious school fun and educational at the same time. His teaching methods may be unconventional, but his passion for teaching and his boundless commitment to our students is something we have come to fully appreciate.
David is more than just a teacher. He lives his subject matter, and makes the joy of learning contagious. To say that he gives 100% of himself would be a gross understatement. David weaves his soul into everything he does, and as a result of his boundless passion, he inspires students, parents and teachers alike.
A few years ago, when David was given the responsibility of teaching Eco-Judaism, he decided that the intricate web of nature would best be experienced by building a butterfly garden. David and his students were given permission to plant on a small piece of land in the front of our building. These plants, however, needed more water than was being provided for the lawn that surrounded them. David would never allow such an obstacle to get in the way of a good lesson, so in addition to having his students water the plants every Sunday morning, he took it upon himself to come to the synagogue and water them himself during the week.
This is just one example of how David Wizig brings passion, love and devotion to every lesson he teaches. In fact, there is so much “David Wizig” woven into the essence of his courses that teachers and parents alike simply refer to his class as, “David Wizig’s Class.” In reality, it really does not matter what he teachers. Every student he has leaves his class inspired and wanting more.
On behalf of a very grateful congregation, I wish David and Debbie Wizig a double Mazel Tov on their awards and express our deepest gratitude for the joy that David brings to the HCRJ religious school.
L’Shalom – Steve