Lea ArtziSocial Studies & Math
Ronit BaileyHebrew & Jewish Studies
Sharone BolnickSocial Studies & Math
Stacy Brown21st Century Learning
Sean CoffeyPhysical Education
Stacy CohenDavis Learning Center
Mira EdenHebrew & Jewish Studies
Susan JayThird Grade Lead Teacher
Melissa MondelloMedia & Technology
Beth MorrisonTeaching Assistant
Lisa PritchettMedia & Technology
Constanza PizanoMedia & Technology
Hallie RosenbergTeaching Assistant
Galia SabbagHebrew & Jewish Studies
Stacy SchleicherThird Grade Lead Teacher
Michele ShapiroThird Grade Lead Teacher
Erin SweigartPhysical Education
Ilan WeismarkHebrew & Jewish Studies
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.