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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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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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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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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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!