Raizel Small, Day Camp Program Director
Originally from Peoria, Illinois, Raizel currently lives in Des Moines, Iowa where she
graduated from Drake University in 2014. As a lead teacher at the Jewish Federation of
Greater Des Moines Preschool, she creates age-appropriate lesson plans that cultivate
creativity, independence, and a foundation that supports each child's developement. Raizel
has been teaching various classes from kindergarten through 8th grade since 2012. In
addition Raizel works part-time as an autism behavioral youth therapist.
Raizel joined the Camp Rainbow Family in 2008 as a counselor and a unit head. Drawing
from her experiences in early education, Raizel strives to foster a safe environment that
offers fun opportunities for hands-on discovery and the confidence to explore our
surroundings. Raizel most enjoys seeing former day campers return as overnight cameprs.