Sophi Zimmerman grew up in Houston. As a student at the University of Houston, she trained to be a storyteller. When Sophi told stories Houston schools and libraries, she discovered that telling a story is a wonderful way to teach. Sophi has more than 30 years as a teacher in public and private schools, and has followed the Montessori adage “follow the child.” Every child is unique and every child can learn if the teacher observes the child’s needs. Sophi and her husband, Whatley have been members of Emanu El for more than 20 years and sent their son, Joshua, to Helfman. Sophi is so pleased to have been able to share her learning with children at Emanu El Helfman School for the last 20 years. She says she learned much from her students as well.