Park East Profile: Fran Margolin

We delight in presenting a rotating brief profile of a different member of the Park East community.

Fran Margolin
English Teacher, Grades 1, 4 and 5

Why Park East?
Park East Day School is not only a great academic school; the staff is so wonderful, they are like my second family. I have taught in both public and private schools for over 20 years and Park East has this rare commodity. I have taught here for nine years. 

Park East celebrates Jewish identity and tradition “from generation to generation.” What’s the most important lesson you learned from your parents or grandparents?
The most important lesson I learned from both my parents and grandparents was about giving and helping others. My mom was the greatest role model, as she gave of herself unconditionally. When a friend or neighbor would call and ask her for a favor, her response was always, “of course,” even before she knew what the favor was. That is a rare trait. I have tried to follow in her footsteps and teach that to my children.

What’s your favorite inspirational quote?
“They may forget what you said — but they will never forget how you made them feel.” Carl W. Buehner

I love this quote, as it represents how I feel towards my students.

What advice would you give to a new student at Park East?
The advice I would give to anyone entering Park East as a student is to cherish every moment here. You will be loved, your talents will be recognized and you will flourish academically, socially and embrace your Jewish identity.

What’s your favorite book to assign to your students?
Esperanza Rising, by Pam Muñoz Ryan. It has a beautiful message; it shows that even when we are going through difficult times and challenges, there is always hope. It also helps the reader to appreciate the importance of family.