Member of Board of Directors
Esther is the daughter of Holocaust survivors Mike and Manya Wallenfels, who have been involved with the butterfly project since it’s inception helping to bring their stories with The Butterfly Project to schools all over San Diego. Her parents currently live in San Diego, where they visit local schools in the community that want to learn more about the Holocaust, and courageously share their own tragic stories of survival. By following in her parents’ footsteps and sharing their message to “Never Forget”, Esther also hopes to provide outreach to the educational community. She is a 25 year elementary school educator with the San Diego Unified School District and currently teaches 2nd grade in Mira Mesa. Esther is a graduate of the University of Buffalo, with a BS in Business, and earned an MS in Education from San Diego State University.