We had the good fortune of connecting with Moran Lev-Ary and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Moran, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
My name is Moran. I was born in Israel and moved to Montreal, Canada when I was 6 years old. I grew up in a trilingual environment; speaking Hebrew at home and French in school with some English thrown in. I pursued my bachelors degree in social work at McGill University. I then pursued my masters degree in speech and language pathology from Columbia University. Today, I run a private practice in Miami called Speak Up Bilingual SLP. I focus on bilingual language development in children and reading. 

What should our readers know about your business?
My practice is called Speak Up Bilingual SLP, I work with children who have language difficulties, reading comprehension issues and academic challenges. I evaluate and work with children in English, Spanish, Hebrew and French. I also focus on bilingual language development, empowering families to remain bilingual and demystifying the myth that bilingualism cause language delays. As a mother of two young children, I raise my children in a trilingual household; I speak to my children in Hebrew and their father speaks to them in Spanish. I use my own life experience to inspire other families to value their home language for the academic, life and cultural benefits it offers. I also focus on language and reading development in children. I piloted a language stimulation program in a Blue Ribbon Preschool in Miami. This program is the first of its kind in Florida. For the last 3 years, I have been working with over 100 preschool children weekly. The students are in PK3 and PK4 (ages 3-5 years old). I work with their classroom teachers to enrich their language skills so they can have a foundational language and reading skills, necessary for future academic success. Since the pandemic started, my preschool class moved to Zoom. I knew that learning online presents a challenge for young children and their families. I therefore turned my class into an interactive “show”. Instead of reading a book to my students in circle time, I turned the book into a “book show” complete with a set, puppets, music and props. The students were enthralled with the class and inspired to participate and learn. I then partnered with Mastercard Global to bring this class to children around the world, Children logged into my virtual class from the USA, Canada, Israel, India, London, Budapest, Singapore, and France. My zoom class continues to be a success, with new “book shows” being added every week.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
You can’t live in Miami without going to the beach. My favorite restaurant in Miami is Makoto.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Before deciding to pursue my masters degree, I was a little lost. I didn’t know what to study. My father encouraged me to study speech and language therapy. However, I was hesitant because I didn’t have the science courses prerequisites needed to enter a masters of science degree. My father kept insisting that I could do it and that this career would be the perfect fit for my skillset.. He was right and I am forever grateful for him for believing in me and pushing me in the right direction.

Website: http://www.speakupbilingual.com
Instagram: @speakupslp
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXMA51XCvtC6rbJRlwcZx1g
Other: For information about joining my zoom class for children, email speakupzoom@gmail.com

Image Credits
The pictures are my pictures. Some of the pictures are taken from pixabay.com (open access)

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