Associate & Studio Teacher
Miriam Cruz has a background in the arts and healing arts with an apprenticeship with Miami Artist Carlos Alves, organizing studio space, exploring color scapes, kiln work and glazing, making sculpted pieces, creating tiles and participating in mosaic tile installations and commissioned pieces throughout the South Florida community. It's in the healing arts, however, where Miriam spent the last two decades as a student, therapist and educator. She has a degree in Chinese Medicine and a degree in Liberal Arts and Education. After years of facilitating inner process work with people, she has decided to go back to childhood itself to bring to children all the resources and knowledge her education and unique perspective can offer to serve children and their families in their pursuit of growth, education and happy, healthy living. In her Education tract, she pursued and spent countless hours in both Reggio Emilia, High Scope and Montessori settings to better understand the pedagogies and systems by which children can access the best growth and learning. She is interested in Project Approach (project based learning) and its interface with the empowering art and community approach of Reggio Emilia as a foundation for children’s learning and development. She is excited to join the Temple Beth Sholom community and work alongside children to build strong foundations, make connections, uncover their innate genius and talents, develop the language to express themselves and develop these in pursuit of constructive learning.