Judy Simon grew up in Chicago Illinois. With a BEd in Elementary Education and an MEd in Special Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago, Judy worked in the Chicago Public Schools for six years before making Aliyah. After living in Haifa for six years, where Judy taught in the religious elementary and high schools and completed a course in teaching English as a second language at Gordon College, Judy and her family moved to Beit El. With over 15 years of teaching under her belt, her career took a U-turn, and she now serves as the Tourism Coordinator for the town of Beit El. In addition she hosts a weekly radio podcast called Life Lessons on Israel National Radio. Judy and her husband Yehuda are raising their six children to be competent and caring people with just the right amount of craziness to balance things out.