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Lea Artzi

Lea Artzi

Social Studies & Math

Lea has been in the field of education since 1998 and started working at The Davis Academy in 2013 as a social studies and math teacher. Originally from Cherry Hill, New Jersey, Lea attended Boston University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary and Middle Grades Education. One reason Lea loves teaching is because she enjoys getting to know her students and their families. One of her favorite memories from teaching at The Davis Academy, is playing a game of kickball as a reward to her students for exhibiting one of our core values at The Davis Academy: kavod (respect). In her spare time, Lea enjoys playing tennis, reading, cooking, and spending time with her two children, who are both Davis Academy graduates.

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Ronit Bailey

Ronit Bailey

Hebrew & Jewish Studies

Originally from Ein Sarid, Israel, Morah Ronit started her teaching career in 2010. She has been a Hebrew teacher at The Davis Academy since 2014. Prior to teaching, she graduated from the University of Central Missouri. In her role as an educator, Morah Ronit especially enjoys the relationships she forms with her students as she teaches them. Outside of the classroom, she enjoys being outdoors, traveling to new destinations, hiking, photography, live music, reading and most of all spending time with her three daughters.

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Lindsey Barry

Lindsey Barry

Counselor

Mrs. Barry is a Middle School Counselor at The Davis Academy. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Mrs. Barry holds a Bachelor in Arts from Indiana University and both a Master’s in Education and a Specialization in Education from Georgia State University. Mrs. Barry has been a School Counselor since 2012, and she joined The Davis Academy team in 2015. One of Mrs. Barry’s favorite Davis memories is traveling to Charleston for the sixth grade field trip. Outside of work, Mrs. Barry enjoys exercising, travelling, and spending time with her husband and two children.

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Matt Barry

Matt Barry

Social Studies

From Worcester, Massachusetts, Mr. Barry has been a World History & Religion and U.S. History and Government Teacher at The Davis Academy since 2005. Mr. Barry studied at The University of New Hampshire, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in History and attended graduate school at Georgia State University, where he earned his Master of Arts in Teaching Social Studies. Throughout his career, Mr. Barry has presented at conferences including The Georgia Council for Social Studies on the topic of: “Bringing History Alive!” and the Georgia State University Teacher’s Conference on the topic of: “Incorporating Writing in the Social Studies Classroom”. Some of Mr. Barry’s favorite Davis Academy memories include his first Israel Trip in 2008 and coaching Davis’ first individual track and field state champion in the pole vault.  Mr. Barry has also taken three Davis alum to the United States Track and Field Junior Olympics Nationals in the pole vault.

Sharone Bolnick

Sharone Bolnick

Social Studies & Math

In 2015, Mrs. Bolnick became a teacher at The Davis Academy, where she currently teaches Math and Social Studies. Mrs. Bolnick began her teaching career in 2000 after earning her Bachelor of Science in Education from The University of Alabama, Master of Education from Kennesaw State University, and Education Specialist degree from Lincoln Memorial. In addition to teaching, Mrs. Bolnick has presented at the Kennesaw State Conference on “The Effects of Timed Tests on Students”. Outside the classroom, Mrs. Bolnick enjoys hiking, swimming, doing high adventure activities, and spending time with her two children, one of which is a Davis Academy student.

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Stacy Brown

Stacy Brown

21st Century Learning

Brown joined The Davis Academy team in 2006 as a 21st Century Learning Coordinator. She started her teaching career in 2004 after graduating from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and then from Florida State University with a master’s degree in Library and Information Sciences. Outside of teaching, Mrs. Brown sits on the board for Savvy Cyber Kids, Inc. and on the board for Atlanta Area Technology Educators. Additionally, She is a national speaker presenting at a variety of educational library and technology conferences, a published author, and currently serves on the American Association of School Librarian’s Best Websites for Teaching & Learning Committee In her spare time, Mrs. Brown enjoys reading and spending time with her two children, both of whom are Davis Academy students.

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Joanne Bucovetsky

Joanne Bucovetsky

Second Grade Lead Teacher

Originally from Montreal, Quebec, Mrs. Bucovetsky (nicknamed “Mrs. Buc” for short) is a teacher at The Davis Academy. She began her teaching career in 1997 and joined The Davis Academy team in 2000. Mrs. Bucovetsky graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor of Education degree. She finds that one of the most rewarding parts of her job is fostering her students’ love for school and enjoys the laughter in the classroom that contributes to the fun in learning. When Mrs. Bucovetsky is not teaching, you can find her on the baseball field, at the hockey rink, baking sweet treats, or playing mahjong.

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Alexis Campbell

Alexis Campbell

Science

Mrs. Campbell is a Middle School Science teacher. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Pre-professional Sciences and is currently working on her Master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences. Mrs. Campbell has taught sciences, including: Life Science, Earth Science, Chemistry, Biology and Environmental Science in elementary, middle and high school, joining us most recently after serving as a Science and S.T.E.M. teacher for seven years at Woodstream Christian Academy in Maryland. When not teaching, Mrs. Campbell enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband, family and dogs.

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Sean Coffey

Sean Coffey

Physical Education

Originally from Decatur, Georgia, Coach Coffey began his teaching career in 1997 after graduating from Georgia State University with a Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education and Walden University with a Master of Science in Technology in the Classroom. He joined The Davis Academy team as a Physical Education Teacher in 2012. One of Coach Coffey’s favorite aspects of his job is helping his students grow to become mensches. Outside of work, Coach Coffey loves to go whitewater rafting, enjoys building things, such as ukuleles, and loves spending time with his two daughters, both of whom attend The Davis Academy.

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Stacy Cohen

Stacy Cohen

Davis Learning Center

Ms. Cohen has been the Davis Academy Learning Center Coordinator since 2007. Her career in education began in 1997 after attending The University of Arizona, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Sciences and Georgia State University, where she earned a Master of Behavior and Learning Disabilities. One of Ms. Cohen’s favorite aspects of teaching is watching students learn to read for the first time. In her career, Ms. Cohen has received The Power of One Award, recognizing her impact on inclusion in Atlanta. Outside of her profession, Ms. Cohen enjoys shopping and spending time with her two sons, both of whom are Davis Academy students.

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Catherine Cohen

Catherine Cohen

Kindergarten Lead Teacher

Mrs. Cohen has been a teacher at The Davis Academy since 2012. She is an Atlanta native who graduated from The College of Charleston with a degree in Early Childhood Education. Mrs.Cohen also attended The Davis Academy as a student and is proud to teach at the school that taught her to love learning.

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Sophie Daniels

Sophie Daniels

School Psychologist

Mrs. Daniels has been a practicing psychologist since 2010, and she joined the Davis Academy team as a School Psychologist in 2013. From Atlanta, Georgia, Mrs. Daniels earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Auburn University and continued her studies by earning an Education Specialist degree in School Psychology. One of Mrs. Daniels’ favorite parts of her job is problem solving and collaborating with teachers and families to help facilitate services, and ensuring students reach their full potential. In her spare time, Mrs. Daniels enjoys running, cooking, hiking, and spending time with family and friends.

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Mira Eden

Mira Eden

Hebrew & Jewish Studies

Morah Mira is from Haifa, Israel. She began her teaching career in 2005 and has been a Hebrew teacher at The Davis Academy since 2012. Prior to teaching, she earned her teaching certification from The Jewish Education Service of North America. One aspect of Morah Mira’s job that she cherishes the most is seeing her students excited to learn a new language. When she is not teaching, Morah Mira enjoys singing as well as spending time with her son and dog.

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Leanne Edison

Leanne Edison

Teaching Assistant

From Grand Rapids, Michigan, Ms. Edison has been a Teaching Assistant and Volleyball Coach at The Davis Academy since 2006. Prior to teaching, Ms. Edison earned degrees in Psychology and Criminal Justice from Western Michigan University. One aspect of her job that she specifically loves is being able to see her students learn and grow throughout their Davis Academy elementary years as she often gets to be a Teaching Assistant for their class for multiple years in a row.

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Susan Fields

Susan Fields

Language Arts

Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Ms. Fields earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Bachelor of Science in Education from University of Georgia. She began her teaching career in 1972 at North Springs High School, where she taught for thirty-three years. She joined The Davis Academy in 2004, where she teaches eighth grade Language Arts. Throughout her teaching career, Ms. Fields has received The Coca-Cola Teacher of the Year Award, STAR Teacher Award numerous times, and the IBM Teacher of the Year. One of her favorite moments of teaching occurs when students make lateral connections from literature to life. She has enjoyed traveling to Israel with Davis students, where she sees students show their genuine interest in all that they are seeing and doing. Ms. Fields is a huge dog lover, and in her free time, she loves to spend time with her beagle mix, Zoey and to take long walks by the river.

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Drew Frank

Drew Frank

Principal & Associate Head of School

Mr. Frank began his Davis journey in 2000 as a fourth-eighth grade math teacher and has held a number of roles within the school prior to his current position of Assistant Head of School and Principal. Drew is committed to continued learning and as such is a regular attendee and presenter in educational conferences, webinars, and trainings both locally and nationally. Mr. Frank began his adult life pursing actuarial sciences where he could take full advantage of his love for math, but found his passion in the classroom. He received a bachelor’s degree in Middle Grades Education and graduate degrees in Educational Psychology: Gifted and Creative Education and Educational Administration and Policy. In addition to his work at school, Mr. Frank is an avid reader, an aspiring chef, and a fanatic for card, board and all strategic gaming.

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Suzanne Friedman

Suzanne Friedman

First Grade Lead Teacher

Mrs. Friedman has taught at The Davis Academy since 1999. She began her teaching career in 1996 after graduating from Indiana University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. One of Mrs. Friedman’s favorite aspects of teaching is working with reading groups in her classroom. Throughout her career, Mrs. Friedman has presented at the Martin Institute and the Georgia Educational Technology Conference on “Reading Groups” with 21st Century Learning Coordinator Stacy Brown. Outside of teaching, Mrs. Friedman enjoys spending time with her two children, one of which is a Davis alumna and the other is a current Davis student.

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Rebecca Ganz

Rebecca Ganz

Art

Originally from West Palm Beach, Florida, Mrs. Ganz began teaching in 2001 and joined The Davis Academy family in 2010 as a Visual Arts Teacher. She attended The University of Florida, where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts, and the Rhode Island School of Design, where she earned her Master of Fine Arts. One of her favorite parts of being an art educator is watching her students’ confidence and love for art grow throughout the year. In her profession, Mrs. Ganz’s artwork has been featured in design books, magazines, and publications, including: Mapping the Intelligence of Artistic Work and The Biannual International Design Exhibition Catalogue. Outside of work, Mrs. Ganz enjoys spending time with her two daughters, both of whom are current Davis Academy students.

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Jordan Gerston

Jordan Gerston

Math

Mr. Gerston has been a Middle School Teacher at The Davis Academy since 2009. He is from West Bloomfield, Michigan where he earned his B.A. in Supply Chain Management from Michigan State University and his Masters in Middle Grades Education from Mercer University in Atlanta. While obtaining his Master’s degree, Mr. Gerston worked as a Kindergarten Teaching Assistant at the Davis Academy.

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Michelle Gimpelevich

Michelle Gimpelevich

Music

Originally from Salisbury, North Carolina, Mrs. Gimpelevich began her teaching career in 2006 and joined The Davis Academy team as the Music Teacher in 2013. A graduate of the University of Alabama, Mrs. Gimpelevich holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in K – 12 Music Education. Mrs. Gimpelevich plays an integral part in supporting our school plays, orchestrating the Lower School chorus and enhancing the Jewish music experience with Jewish songs and Jewish holiday celebrations at school. In addition to teaching music lessons, Mrs. Gimpelevich also enjoys tutoring and preparing middle school students for their Bar/Bat Mitzvah

Abbie Gold

Abbie Gold

Teaching Assistant

Mrs. Gold returns to The Davis Academy as a Teaching Assistant in the lower school. Previously, she was a Kindergarten teacher at The Davis Academy as well as a substitute teacher for the last two years. Mrs. Gold worked as a preschool teacher at Congregation Gesher L’Torah and Congregation Dor Tamid for many years teaching the two and three year old classes as well as Movement, Art and Judaics. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Emory University and her Master of Education in Elementary Education from Rutgers University. Mrs. Gold lives in Johns Creek with her husband Scott, two teenage daughters and her dog Rosie. She is thrilled to be working at The Davis Academy again.

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Victoria Goldstein

Victoria Goldstein

Teaching Assistant

Ms. Goldstein, a Davis Academy alumna and Teaching Assistant has worked at The Davis Academy since 2015. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Ms. Goldstein attended The University of Arizona, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in education. Ms. Goldstein loves that in her role as an educator she gets to watch her students learn and grow throughout the school year. One of Ms. Goldstein’s favorite Davis Academy memories is Young Author’s Night. Outside of teaching, Ms. Goldstein enjoys doing yoga and spending time with her two dogs.

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Rebecca Good

Rebecca Good

Hebrew & Jewish Studies

Originally from St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Morah Rivkah joined The Davis Academy team in 2012. Her role as a Judaics and Hebrew Teacher began shortly thereafter. Her teaching career began in 2007 after graduating from Agnes Scott College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. Morah Rivkah is proud to be able to share her love of Judaism and the Hebrew language with her students as an educator at The Davis Academy. Outside of teaching, Morah Rivkah is a Legacy Heritage Fellow, a recent graduate of The Anti-Defamation League’s Glass Leadership Institute, as well as a fellow at iCenter (Israel Education). Additionally, she enjoys spending time with her two Havanese dogs.

Adam Griff

Adam Griff

Music

From Cincinnati, Ohio, Mr. Griff began his education career in 2000 but joined The Davis Academy team in 2012 as a Jewish Music teacher. One of Mr. Griff’s favorite parts about teaching is the connection he feels when our kehillah comes together. Throughout his career, Mr. Griff has presented at NFTY conventions and an American Camp Association conference. Outside of teaching, Mr. Griff enjoys spending time with his two children.

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Evelyn Grinberg

Evelyn Grinberg

Spanish

Originally from Montevideo, Uruguay, Mrs. Grinberg became a teacher in 1982 and taught Hebrew at Jewish Day Schools in Uruguay and Argentina for twenty years. After she moved with her family to the United States, she joined The Davis Academy community in 2002 as a Spanish Teacher. Prior to starting her teaching career, Mrs. Grinberg earned her Bachelor of Education degree from Machon Greenberg L’Morim in Israel. Outside of teaching, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons, one of which is a Davis Academy alum.

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Rochelle Guthrie

Rochelle Guthrie

Teaching Assistant

Ms. Guthrie is a Teaching Assistant at The Davis Academy. She originally joined The Davis Academy team in 2014 as an Extended Day Program (Facilitator) and transitioned into a full time teaching assistant role in 2018. Ms. Guthrie earned her Speech Communications Degree from Georgia State University, and outside of teaching, she volunteers as a Middle School Group Leader at North Point Community Church.

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Julie Herman-Cohen

Julie Herman-Cohen

Davis Learning Center

Mrs. Herman-Cohen has been in the field of education since 1990 and joined The Davis Academy team as a Davis Learning Center teacher in 2011. Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, Mrs. Herman-Cohen attended Tulane University and Georgia State University, where she earned her degree in Education. She also earned certifications from Lindamood-Bell Instruction for Reading and Comprehension as well as Orton Gillingham. Throughout her career, Mrs. Herman-Cohen has presented at The Getty Foundation Conference on “How to Integrate Drama into Reading”. She also has been the recipient of The Power of One Award – recognizing her impact on inclusion in Atlanta, Teacher of the Year Award, and a Getty Foundation Grant Winner. Mrs. Herman-Cohen has two children, both of whom are Davis Academy Alumni. Fun fact about Mrs. Herman-Cohen – she loves to dance!

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Kristen Herrin

Kristen Herrin

Math

Mrs. Herrin has been a Middle School Math Teacher at The Davis Academy since 2016. After relocating with her family to Atlanta in 1999, Mrs. Herrin attended The University of Georgia, where she majored in Child and Family Development with a minor in Spanish and attended Loyola University Chicago for graduate school, where she received her Master’s degree in Elementary Education. In addition to the degrees she holds, Mrs. Herrin also earned an endorsement in Middle School Mathematics. Throughout her profession, Mrs. Herrin has presented at the GISA conference on “Using Hands-On Materials in the Pre-Algebra Classroom”. Outside of the classroom, you can find Mrs. Herrin travelling or spending time with her family.

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Vincent Houben

Vincent Houben

Math

Mr. Houben has been teaching since 2007 and joined The Davis Academy team as a Middle School Math Teacher in 2017, teaching Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and Geometry. Mr. Houben is originally from Belgium and graduated from Georgia State University with a degree in Computer Information Systems. At Georgia State, Mr. Houben played on the soccer team as a midfielder for three years. One of Mr. Houben’s favorite Davis Academy memories is go kart racing with the sixth graders on their fieldtrip to Charleston, South Carolina. Outside of school, Mr. Houben loves spending time with his family, hiking, and playing tennis.

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Nina Israel

Nina Israel

First Grade lead Teacher

Originally from New Rochelle, New York, Ms. Israel has been teaching since 1994 and in 2004, joined The Davis Academy team as a teacher. Ms. Israel’s favorite aspect of teaching is molding young minds. In addition to teaching, Ms. Israel enjoys gardening, taking Barre exercise classes, and spending time with her children and her dog, Abby.

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Susan Jay

Susan Jay

Third Grade Lead Teacher

From Rocky Mount, North Carolina, Mrs. Jay joined The Davis Academy team as a teacher in 2002. She studied at The University of Georgia, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Education and began her teaching career in 1997. Mrs. Jay’s favorite aspects of teaching are watching her students utilize their “word attack” skills when trying to pronounce a difficult word, practice their Jewish values, and grasp and apply concepts that they are learning in the classroom. One of her favorite Davis Academy events is the All School Simchat Torah celebration, which happens each school year. Outside of teaching, Mrs. Jay is a mother to two children, grandmother to four children, and a volunteer for Heart Drive.

Joelle Jordan

Joelle Jordan

Social Studies

Ms. Jordan has been a teacher since 1998 and joined the Davis Academy community as a Social Studies teacher in 2015. Originally from California, Joelle attended University of California- Santa Barbara where she received a Bachelor of Arts in English and continued her education at Humboldt State University, where she earned a Master of Arts in Social Sciences with an emphasis on Teaching American History. Her favorite aspect of teaching is when her students have “light bulb moments”, where they understand a concept for the first time or see an idea through a different perspective. In her career, Ms. Jordan has presented at the Social Sciences conference at Shorter University, where she discussed “What is the Impact of Global Affairs on US Citizens?”.

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Marlo Klorfein

Marlo Klorfein

Art

Currently an art teacher, Mrs. Klorfein has taught at The Davis Academy since 2006. From Schenectady, New York, Mrs. Klorfein attended Skidmore College where she earned her degree in Social Work. Her favorite Davis Academy memory is making the first mechina sukkah to celebrate Sukkot. Mrs. Klorfein has three children, all of whom attended The Davis Academy. Outside of work, you can find Mrs. Klorfein volunteering with Happy Tails and Second Helpings.

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Julie Kramer

Julie Kramer

First Grade Lead Teacher

Mrs. Kramer began her teaching career in 1993 and has been teaching at The Davis Academy since 1997. Originally from Cherry Hill, New Jersey, Mrs. Kramer earned her Bachelor’s degree in both Elementary Education and Special Education from The University of Delaware. When asked what her favorite aspect of teaching is, Mrs. Kramer said that she loves how every student is unique and that she gets to work with each student in ways that best suit their learning styles. One of Mrs. Kramer’s favorite memories at The Davis Academy includes The Second Grade Siddur presentations. Outside of teaching Mrs. Kramer enjoys baking, volunteering with Creating Connected Communities, and being a member of the Sunshine Kehillah Committee at The Davis Academy.

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Micah Lapidus

Micah Lapidus

School Rabbi & Director of Jewish & Hebrew Studies

As the Director of Jewish and Hebrew Studies at The Davis Academy, Rabbi Micah is committed to helping The Davis Academy continue to envision creative, lively, and joy-filled ways of integrating Judaism into the lives of Davis students and their families. Ordained from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Rabbi Micah holds a Bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and a Doctorate in Education from Northeastern University where his research focused on early adolescent spiritual development. In addition to serving as our school rabbi, he has served on the board of trustees of the Central Conference of American Rabbis and PARDES: Day schools of Reform Judaism. A songwriter and composer with 4 published albums of original Jewish music, Rabbi Micah, as he is known at The Davis Academy, is a frequent presenter at conferences and blogger for various Jewish and education-focused websites. Fun fact about Rabbi Micah—he has personally led more than 700 8th graders on trips to Israel during his Davis Academy tenure.

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Andra Lefkovits

Andra Lefkovits

Counselor

Born in Chicago, Illinois and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Mrs. Lefkovits began her career in counseling in 2000 and joined The Davis Academy team as a Middle School Counselor in 2007. Prior to her career, Mrs. Lefkovits attended The University of Georgia, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Georgia State University, where she earned her master’s degree in Education with a Focus on School Counseling. One of Mrs. Lefkovits’ favorite aspects of her job is seeing students show care and empathy toward one another. Throughout her career, Mrs. Lefkovits has presented at the GISA conference on “Using Media to Enhance Guidance Lessons”. Outside of work, Mrs. Lefkovits enjoys taking dance classes, and spending time with her children, one of which is a Davis alum and another is a current Davis student.

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Tamar Levy

Tamar Levy

Second Grade Lead Teacher

From Chicago, Illinois, Mrs. Levy joined the Davis Academy team in 2016 as a teacher. She began her teaching career in 2010 after graduating from Indiana University with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Special Education and a Master of Education in Reading Specialization. Mrs. Levy’s favorite part about teaching is seeing how passionate her students can become about the curriculum. Outside of teaching, Mrs. Levy, Mrs. Levy loves to travel and spend time with her husband and dog.

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Melissa London

Melissa London

Teaching Assistant

Originally from Richmond, Virginia, Mrs. London began her teaching career in 2007 and has been teaching at The Davis Academy since 2012. Mrs. London studied at The University of Alabama, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communications and attended graduate school, where she earned her Master’s degree in Education. One of Mrs. London’s favorite parts of her job as a Teaching Assistant is watching her students learn and grow academically, socially, and spiritually in the classroom. Outside of teaching, Mrs. London enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, who is a Davis Academy student and dog, Charlie.

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Sara Measroch

Sara Measroch

Language Arts & Math

Mrs. Measroch has been teaching since 1983 and in 2002, became a teacher at The Davis Academy, where she currently teaches math and language arts. Originally from Port Elizabeth, South Africa, Mrs. Measroch attended both The University of Cape Town and Tel Aviv University, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree and Higher Diploma of Education. One of Mrs. Measroch’s favorite aspects of being a teacher is that she has the opportunity to impart her passion for reading and writing to her students. She loves teaching and interacting with “the whole child,” seeing both the academic and social growth. A fun fact about Mrs. Measroch is that she speaks three languages fluently – English, Hebrew, and Afrikaans. Another interesting fact about Mrs. Measroch is that she has taught at Jewish day schools in South Africa, Israel, Australia and America.

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Robert Michek

Robert Michek

Music

Originally from Norwalk, Connecticut, Mr. Michek attended Western Connecticut State University, where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Music. In 2003, he completed his teaching certification. Mr. Michek has been teaching music since 1987 and joined The Davis Academy team in 2009. During his time at Davis, he has developed a successful Fusion Band curriculum, which has given students of all experience levels the opportunity to connect with an instrument and perform with their peers, in a rock band setting in front of live audiences.  In addition, Mr. Michek teaches keyboard fourth graders.   Many of his students have graduated and continued to perform together in bands around Atlanta. Outside of teaching, Mr. Michek is currently a member of the band Tevyeh, where he performs at weddings and bar/bat mitzvahs.  In the past, he has performed at the annual Daffodil Dash, honoring and remembering children who perished during the Holocaust. Throughout his music career, Mr. Michek has performed in New York City and internationally. In addition to teaching/playing music, Mr. Michek enjoys spending time with his family and going to concerts.

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Michelle Mittleman

Michelle Mittleman

Social Studies & Math

Mrs. Mittleman has been teaching since 1995 and has been teaching math and social studies at The Davis Academy since 2007. Prior to teaching, Mrs. Mittleman earned a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems from State University of New York at Albany and a Master’s in Education from Mercer University. Her favorite memories as a Davis Academy teacher are the bus rides to Savannah for the fifth grade field trip. Outside of teaching, Mrs. Mittleman enjoys volunteering with Congregation B’nai Torah, spending time with her husband and two children, and doing yoga.

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Melissa Mondello

Melissa Mondello

Media & Technology

Mrs. Mondello joins The Davis Academy as a Media and Technology Specialist serving Mechina – Eighth grade students. She has a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Valdosta State University. Mrs. Mondello has a diverse professional background, having worked in Engineering Services, Costuming/Entertainment analytics at Disney World and in Demand Planning at Coca-Cola Bottling of Hawaii. Pursuing a career path in educational technology stems from her combined experiences and love of helping others. Mrs. Mondello teaches coding and STEAM classes at the public library, plays the piano and saxophone, and loves to read!

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Beth Morrison

Beth Morrison

Teaching Assistant

Mrs. Morrison has a degree in Early Childhood Education from The University of South Carolina. After pursuing her degree, Mrs. Morrison taught remedial math and reading in public schools in New Jersey and Georgia. She has previous experience teaching preschool at Gesher L’Torah in Alpharetta and most recently in the lower school at The Davis Academy. Mrs. Morrison returned to The Davis Academy in 2018 as a Teaching Assistant. She resides in Alpharetta with her husband Chris, and their children Chase and Will. When Mrs. Morrison is not teaching, she enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her family.

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Lisie Nozick

Lisie Nozick

Mechina Lead Teacher

Mrs. Nozick began her teaching career in 1994 and joined The Davis Academy Team as a teacher in 2016. Prior to teaching, Mrs. Nozick attended The University of Georgia where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Educational Psychology and both The Teacher’s College at Columbia University and Mercer University, where she earned her Master’s in Education. Outside of the classroom, Mrs. Nozick loves to visit her daughter at Indiana University and her son at The University of Texas. She also loves spending time with her husband Paul and her 8th grade son who is at The Davis Academy.

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Rich O’Dell

Rich O’Dell

Jewish Studies

From Ohio, Mr. O’Dell has been a Jewish Studies teacher at The Davis Academy since 2006. Mr. O’Dell started his teaching career in 1999 after graduating from Miami University in Oxford Ohio, where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education and then graduated from Gratz College, where he earned a Master of Arts degree in Judaic Studies. Mr. O’Dell loves that in his role as an educator, he is able to share his passion for learning and positively impact his students’ lives. Throughout his teaching career, Mr. O’Dell has had the honor of being named Teacher of the Year by West Clermont Institute of Performing Arts and being a participant in the Legacy Heritage Teacher Institute. Outside of his profession, Mr. O’Dell enjoys spending time with his wife, two sons, and two cats.

Wendy Pakula

Wendy Pakula

School Nurse
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Caroline Patterson

Caroline Patterson

Language Arts & Math

Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Ms. Patterson earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education and Master of Education degree from the University of Florida. After attending The Davis Academy herself, Ms. Patterson returned to the school in 2011 to be a Language Arts and Math teacher. Outside of teaching, she has presented at the Martin Institute Conference on Education Technology. In her free time, Ms. Patterson enjoys singing, reading, and spending time with her two cats Mordie and Lola.

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Simcha Pearl

Simcha Pearl

Hebrew & Jewish Studies

Dr. Pearl joined the Davis Academy team as a Judaics Teacher in 2016, although his teaching career began in 1987. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University and has a Master’s in Instructional Leadership from Argosy University. He is an experienced teacher of Judaic Studies and is a graduate of the Senior Educators Program at Hebrew University’s Melton Center for Jewish Education in the Diaspora and the Jerusalem Fellows Program of the Center for Advanced Professional Educators. One of Dr. Pearl’s favorite Davis Academy memories is going on the eighth grade trip to Israel. Outside of teaching, Dr. Pearl enjoys spending time with his three children and playing the accordion.

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Annie Peskin

Annie Peskin

Counselor

Mrs. Peskin is excited to join The Davis Academy team as a Lower School Counselor serving first, third, and fourth grades. Originally from New York, she earned her Master’s degree in School Counseling from Mercer University. Prior to becoming a school counselor, Mrs. Peskin spent five years as an elementary school teacher in the Jewish day school setting in New York City. Mrs. Peskin has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Indiana University and a Master’s degree in Education for Childhood Special Education with a concentration on learning disabilities from Hunter College. She is dedicated to supporting all students achieve personal, social, behavioral, and academic successes. Outside of work, Mrs. Peskin enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and daughter.

Kendrick Phillips

Kendrick Phillips

Visual & Performing Arts

From Atlanta, Georgia, Ms. Kendrick attended Vanderbilt University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Theatre, English Literature and Molecular Biology with a minor in Vocal Performance, and The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, where she earned her graduate degree in Acting & Shakespeare. Prior to becoming The Davis Academy’s Director of Visual and Performing Arts, Ms. Kendrick performed in London’s West End under such noted directors as Sir Peter Hall and Adrian Noble of the RSC and has toured extensively in Europe and in the US as a director, actor, dancer and guest soloist. Ms. Kendrick is the founder and the artistic director of the Metropolitan Theatre Conservatory, which develops performing arts departments, arts centers infrastructure, and after-school programming for public and private schools for over 200 schools; offers professional training in voice, acting, auditioning, film-making, and on-camera work for professional and emerging youth performers in the Greater Atlanta area; and works with corporations to build connected communities through the Arts.  She consulted with The Davis Academy for two years before she joined The Davis Academy team full time in 2005 to create a long term vision for a Davis performing arts center. One of Mrs. Phillip’s favorite aspects about her role at The Davis Academy is having the opportunity to direct, mentor and teach every grade in the school through the all school musical and to create opportunities for learning, achieving and growth that happen outside the four traditional walls of a classroom. In addition to the work she does at The Davis Academy, Mrs. Phillips sits on the Alliance Theatre Board, where she works on several committees including the Community Engagement Committee and the Education Committee. Throughout the past 18 years of her career, Mrs. Phillips has presented at almost 200 conferences, which include The Drama League and Shakespeare Association of America conferences. Presentation topics have ranged from “Shakespeare ‘Understudy’ for the 21st century: Understanding the Past and Making It Present” to “Life Skills from the Stage”. She has also earned many accolades including: Atlanta Magazine’s “Woman Making A Mark Award”, The Chamber of Commerce’s “Nonprofit Leader of the Year”, and 11Alive/WXIA News’ “Class Act Award”. Ms. Kendrick is one of 10 alumni inducted, along with fellow classmate now Hollywood star Ed Helms, into The Westminster School’s prestigious Performing Arts Hall of Fame.

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Tina Pierson

Tina Pierson

Davis Learning Center
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Constanza Pizano

Constanza Pizano

Media & Technology

Mrs. Pizano joined The Davis Academy team as a Media and Technology Specialist, engaging with students on both the Lower and Middle School campuses. Mrs. Pizano holds a Master’s of Education in Prevention Science and Practice from The Harvard Graduate School of Education and a Bachelor of Science degree from The University of Delaware. Prior to joining The Davis Academy family, she worked as an Instructional Technology Coach at the Wildwood School in Los Angeles, California. Mrs. Pizano is passionate about technology integration, project-based learning, and design thinking. Outside of work, she enjoys traveling with her husband and finding all of the best food spots.

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Lisa Pritchett

Lisa Pritchett

Media & Technology

Mrs. Pritchett is a Media Center Assistant at The Davis Academy. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Mrs. Pritchett has been teaching since 2002 and joined The Davis Academy team in 2012. Mrs. Pritchett loves that in her role she can promote a love of books and recreational reading. It makes her very happy to help students find the right book that gets them excited to read further. Prior to her career, Mrs. Pritchett attended The University of Georgia, where she earned a degree in Journalism. When she isn’t in the library, you can find Mrs. Pritchett playing tennis or watching college football.

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Jennifer Rainbow

Jennifer Rainbow

Language Arts

Mrs. Rainbow has been teaching Language Arts at The Davis Academy since 2011 after having previously taught here from 2003-2006. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Middle Grades Education (fourth through eighth) with a specialization in Language Arts and Social Studies from The University of Georgia and a Master’s Degree in Judaic Studies and Jewish Education from The Laura and Alvin Siegal College of Judaic Studies. Mrs. Rainbow loves teaching, because in this role, she gets to connect with students to help mold them into the people they are meant to be. Some of her favorite Davis Academy memories include The 5th Grade Torah Services, 5th grade trip to Savannah, and 2nd grade siddur presentations. Mrs. Rainbow is originally from Macon, Georgia. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, including her son and daughter, who are both Davis Academy Students.

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Dana Richin

Dana Richin

Science & Math

Mrs. Richin grew up in Atlanta, Georgia and attended The University of Florida, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Education. She began her teaching career in 1992 and has been teaching at The Davis Academy since 2005. Prior to joining The Davis Academy family as a math and science teacher, Mrs. Richin was named Teacher of the Year at Roswell North Elementary School. Outside of teaching, Mrs. Richin loves to spend time with her husband, dog, and two children, both of whom attend The Davis Academy.

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David Rifkin

David Rifkin

Language Arts

Mr. Rifkin is originally from New York City. He attended Farleigh Dickenson University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Education and minored in Fine Arts. Mr. Rifkin has been teaching 7th Grade Language Arts at the Davis Academy since 2011. Prior to joining The Davis Academy family, Mr. Rifkin worked in The Fulton County School Systems and was a key note speaker at the Fulton County Teachers’ Conference. In addition to teaching, Mr. Rifkin is a professional musician and singer and father to two children.

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Jamie Rindsberg

Jamie Rindsberg

Counselor

Mrs. Rindsberg is a Lower School Counselor at The Davis Academy. She is from Atlanta, Georgia and attended The University of Georgia, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and minored in Communications. She then attended Georgia State University to pursue a Master’s of Education in School Counseling. Mrs. Rindsberg’s favorite Davis Academy memory is attending the second grade Siddur Presentations. Outside of work, Mrs. Rindsberg enjoys spending time with her family, including her daughter who is a current Davis Academy student.

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Lawrence Rogers

Lawrence Rogers

Science

Mr. Rogers joined The Davis Academy team as a Middle School Science teacher. He has a true passion for science and has been teaching science in the state of Georgia since 2006. He has taught biology, chemistry, and environmental science at several middle and high schools including Woodward Academy and Columbia High School in Decatur. Mr. Rogers has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with minors in Chemistry and Education from Berry College and enjoys helping students discover a love for science, explore the natural world, and find what excites them about science. In addition to being a wrestling coach, Mr. Rogers enjoys building things with his hands and woodworking. He recently became engaged and enjoys spending time with his fiancée, his children and his dog.

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Hallie Rosenberg

Hallie Rosenberg

Teaching Assistant

Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Ms. Rosenberg earned her bachelor’s degree in education from Lynn University. Ms. Rosenberg has been teaching since 2008, and began her career at The Davis Academy in 2009 as a Teaching Assistant. One of her favorite aspects of teaching is watching students grow and seeing them apply the classroom lessons to their everyday lives.

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Jill Rosenbluth

Jill Rosenbluth

Mechina Lead Teacher

Ms. Rosenbluth began her teaching career in 1992 and joined The Davis Academy team as a teacher in 2012. One of Ms. Rosenbluth’s favorite aspects of teaching is watching her students grow and learn throughout the year. A native of Atlanta, GA, Ms. Rosenbluth has taught in both the public and private sector. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development from the University of Alabama and has a Georgia certification in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Rosenbluth has two children that she loves to travel and spend time with.

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Jeff Rothstein

Jeff Rothstein

Assistant Principal

Mr. Rothstein joined The Davis Academy team in 2014 as the Assistant Principal. Prior to his current role, Mr. Rothstein was a teacher, coach, and administrator in independent schools for 18 years. Eternally growth-minded, Mr. Rothstein loves the process of learning through collaboration with passionate teachers, students, administrators, and parents to create great experiences for everyone in the community. Outside of school, Mr. Rothstein enjoys spending time with his children (both of whom are Davis Academy students) doing a variety of activities, including hiking, camping, spending time with friends, and gaming.

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Galia Sabbag

Galia Sabbag

Hebrew & Jewish Studies

Born in Tel Aviv, Israel, Morah Galia has been teaching Hebrew at The Davis Academy since 1996. She received her master Hebrew teaching certification from The Israel SOCHNUT institute at Georgia State University. Some of Morah Galia’s favorite events throughout the school year are Kabbalat Hasiddur, Simchat Torah, and Passover. Outside of teaching, Morah Sabbag is the author of Jewish children’s books, has presented at the CAJE conference on bringing Hebrew and Judaics into the classroom, loves baking, enjoys yoga, and volunteers with Hadassah.

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Stacy Schleicher

Stacy Schleicher

Third Grade Lead Teacher

Mrs. Schleicher joined The Davis Academy team in 1996 as the Head of School’s Assistant, then became School Registrar/Admissions, and in 2000, she transitioned into a teaching role. From Kansas City, Missouri, Mrs. Schleicher attended The University of Kansas where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Life with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education. She then continued her studies at Mercer University, where she earned her Master of Education. Aside from the students, her favorite aspect of being an educator is teaching writing. Outside of teaching, Mrs. Schleicher enjoys volunteering on The Davis Academy Sunshine Committee, playing tennis, cooking, and spending time with her children and family.

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Alana Schube

Alana Schube

Teaching Assistant

Davis Academy alumna, Ms. Schube joined the Davis Academy team as a Teaching Assistant in 2015. As an educator, she loves to engage students in authentic experiences that make learning exciting and memorable. Prior to teaching, Ms. Schube attended The University of Georgia, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. In her spare time, Ms. Schube loves reading, cooking and spending time with family and friends.

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Michele Shapiro

Michele Shapiro

Third Grade Lead Teacher

Mrs. Shapiro has been teaching at The Davis Academy since 2005. She is originally from Florida but grew up in Atlanta, Georgia where she attended Georgia State University and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. Mrs. Shapiro loves that as a teacher, she has the opportunity to help children learn, grow, and become a part of the community. In her free time, Mrs. Shapiro likes to spend time with her husband, Stuart and go on adventures – she has been skydiving, hang-gliding, rock climbing, and has even hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

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Michele Shear

Michele Shear

Director of Student Services
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Eva Shell

Eva Shell

Kindergarten Lead Teacher

Mrs. Shell joined The Davis Academy as a teacher in 2016. Originally from Roswell, Mrs. Shell attended The University of Georgia, where she earned her Bachelor of Art’s degree in Theatre and a minor in Music. She then attended Walden University, where she earned her master’s degree in Early Childhood Education. She began her teaching career in 2012. Her favorite aspect of teaching is spending time with her students, getting to know them and celebrating their milestones. Fun fact about Mrs. Shell – she played cello for 9 years!

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Loren Spaulding

Loren Spaulding

Athletic Director

Coach Spaulding began his teaching career in 1992, and has been the Director of Athletics and Physical Education at The Davis Academy since 2001. Originally from Swanton, Vermont, Coach Spaulding attended The University of Vermont, where he earned a degree in K-12 Physical Education and Health. His favorite Davis Academy memory is when the boy’s basketball team won the MAAC Basketball Championship. In addition to being a coach at The Davis Academy, Coach Spaulding also volunteers as a basketball and baseball coach at Ocee Park. Outside of work, you can find him hunting, fishing, and spending time with his two children.

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Michelle Stein

Michelle Stein

Language Arts & Digital Art

Mrs. Stein joined The Davis Academy team in 2001 and is currently a Language Arts and Digital Studio teacher. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Mrs. Stein began her teaching career in 1997. As an educator, she enjoys guiding students as they develop self-confidence in their own unique process of learning. Mrs. Stein has presented at conferences such as Martin Institute Conference for Educators where she spoke on “Creative, Lateral, and Divergent Thinking” and Georgia Independent School Association where her presentation topic was “Using Technology in the Language Arts Classroom”. Mrs. Stein has also developed and presented a number of Professional Development Courses for teachers, both in and outside of Davis, focusing on the creative process and the benefits of using storytelling in content area classes. In addition to teaching, Mrs. Stein is an artist, musician, and mother to two adults, both of whom are Davis Academy alumni.

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Megan Sullivan

Megan Sullivan

Teaching Assistant

Mrs. Sullivan is originally from Huntsville, Alabama and has been a Teaching Assistant at The Davis Academy since 2015. One of Mrs. Sullivan’s favorite aspects about teaching is making learning exciting for her students, especially in science. Prior to teaching, she studied Moral Philosophy and Ethics at Tulane University and KLC School of Design – London. Outside of teaching, Mrs. Sullivan enjoys spending time with her dog, Torgo. Fun fact about Mrs. Sullivan: she spent four weeks in India teaching English!

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Erin Sweigart

Erin Sweigart

Physical Education

A recent graduate of the University of Georgia, Coach Sweigart holds both a Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Drama. She joined the Physical Education team in 2016 and believes physical education is important for students because it provides particular tools that help students overcome adversity and fulfill their unique purpose. Coach Sweigart enjoys coaching and playing both volleyball and soccer and spends her free time with her husband as well as playing video and tabletop games, reading comics and volunteering at anime/sci-fi conventions.

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Sigal Tzoref

Sigal Tzoref

Hebrew & Jewish Studies

Originally from K’far-Saba, Israel, Morah Sigal has been teaching since 1995 and joined the Davis Academy team as a Hebrew Teacher in 2001. She studied at Ben Gurion University, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Education and Hebrew Literature as well as her Master of Arts in Philosophy. One of Morah Sigal’s favorite aspects of being a Hebrew Teacher is seeing her students grow their love for Israel and develop strong Jewish roots. She especially loves travelling to Israel with her eighth grade students on their Israel trip. Throughout her career, Morah Sigal was named The Davis Academy Teacher of the year and has presented at the 2018 Jewish Federation Conference on the Shinshiniyot program.

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Julie Weiser

Julie Weiser

Davis Learning Center

Mrs. Weiser has been a member of The Davis Academy team since 1993. Originally from Charlotte, North Carolina, Mrs. Weiser began her teaching career at The Davis Academy as a Kindergarten teacher and is currently a Davis Learning Center Teacher. Mrs. Weiser attended The University of Georgia and Queens College for her Bachelor of Arts in Education and then studied at Mercer University, where she earned her Master’s degree in reading. One of Mrs. Weiser’s favorite parts about the school week is when the school community comes together for Kabbalat Shabbat each Friday. She also loves that in her role as an educator, she gets to help students take pride in their school work and inspire them to learn. In addition to teaching, Mrs. Weiser is a mother to three sons, all of whom attended The Davis Academy and enjoys running. In fact, she has run four marathons!

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Ilan Weismark

Ilan Weismark

Hebrew & Jewish Studies

Mr. Weismark is a Jewish Studies Teacher at The Davis Academy. Born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, he earned his bachelor’s degree in communication at Indiana University, master’s degree in Jewish education from Hebrew College in Boston, master’s degree in Independent School Leadership from Vanderbilt University, and a certificate in Jewish studies from the Pardes Educators Program in Jerusalem. When asked what his favorite aspect of teaching is, Mr. Weismark said it’s coming to work happy and excited to do his job every day. In his spare time, Mr. Weismark enjoys listening to music and playing and watching sports.

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Orna Willis

Orna Willis

Hebrew & Jewish Studies

Originally from Haifa, Israel, Morah Orna joined The Davis Academy team in 2009 as a Middle School Hebrew teacher. Her teaching career began in 1979 after she studied at Vizo, a seminar for teachers in Haifa. In her role as an educator, Morah Orna enjoys seeing the joy of learning students’ eyes, especially when teaching about Israel. One of her favorite memories as a Davis Academy teacher is celebrating Israel’s 70th birthday as a kehillah. Photographed here, Morah Orna is teaching her students the Hebrew song, “Next Year” by Ehod Manor as she introduces their unit on the future tense. Outside of teaching, Morah Orna enjoys cooking, gardening, photography, and spending time with her children and grandchild.