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.