Stacy CohenDavis Learning Center
Sophie DanielsSchool Psychologist
Julie Herman-CohenDavis Learning Center
Wendy PakulaSchool Nurse
Tina PiersonDavis Learning Center
Michele ShearDirector of Student Services
Megan SullivanTeaching Assistant
Julie WeiserDavis Learning Center
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!