Mr. Nels Blair

Phone: 206-232-5272 x526

Email: nblair@nyhs.org

Degrees and Certifications:

B.S. Chemical Engineering, Washington State University.

Mr. Nels Blair

Physics

Mr. Blair studied astronomy, economics, genetics, Java/programming, and Spanish; on the path to his degree in Chemical Engineering, at Washington State University. These topics still hold his interest. Mr. Blair loves teaching and learning. The NYHS class of 2015 got to see that he likes to hike, explore, travel, test rockets, and eat. Nels was recognized as the "Most Inspirational" (Issaquah High School 2002) and "Most Likely to Volunteer (for anything)" (WSU 2007). Initiative, innovation, and competence are his engineering perspectives. Did we mention that he loves math?

Mr. David Blum

Phone: 206-232-5272 x538

Email: dblum@nyhs.org

Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Science in Economics degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania Master of Urban Planning degree from the University of Washington

Mr. David Blum

College Counselor

David Blum has been providing college counseling to high school students as a volunteer for the past fourteen years, including co-chair of the Penn Alumni Interview Program of Washington for the past seven years. He is currently a member of the Ivy Plus Alumni Group in Seattle. David earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Urban Planning degree from the University of Washington. Currently, David teaches undergraduate and graduate students in the University of Washington's Department of Urban Design and Planning. He has previously taught “Junior Achievement” courses for high school students focused on various subjects including: the role of business in society, job skills, economics and entrepreneurship. In addition, Mr. Blum is a project manager for real estate development projects in the Seattle area.

Ms. Sylviane Britton

Phone: 206-232-5272 x529

Email: sbritton@nyhs.org

Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Science in Education and Natural Science Master of Science in Biology, Aix-Marseilles University, France

Ms. Sylviane Britton

Biology

Bachelor of Science in Education and Natural Science, Master of Science in Biology, Aix-Marseilles University, France.

More than twenty-five years of experience teaching biology in classroom and laboratory settings in France and in the USA. Consistently furthers passion for biology through fieldwork, nutrition study, cooking and outdoor exploration. 

Sylviane Britton joined NYHS faculty from 1996 to 2008 and is very excited to be back in 2015.

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Mrs. Brenda Cathcart

Phone: 206-232-5272 x528

Email: bcathcart@nyhs.org

Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education and Mathematics, Oregon College of Education Master of Science in Secondary Education, Western Oregon State College

Mrs. Brenda Cathcart

Mathematics

Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education and Mathematics, Oregon College of Education. Master of Science in Secondary Education, Western Oregon State College. Active in the implementation of standards of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. More than twenty years of experience teaching, primarily at Northwest Yeshiva High School. Recipient of Samis Foundation Excellence in Education Award, 1994.

Ms. Yulia Chubotin

Phone: 206-232-5272 x537

Email: ychubotin@nyhs.org

Degrees and Certifications:

B.F.A. and an M.F.A. from Kiev’s State Art Institute, now The National Academy of Fine Art

Ms. Yulia Chubotin

Art

Ms. Chubotin is a painter and printmaker, and was raised in Ukraine, former Soviet Union, where she received both a B.F.A. and an M.F.A. from Kiev’s State Art Institute, now The National Academy of Fine Art. Yulia moved to Seattle in 1993, and has been teaching art since 1996. She joined the Yeshiva faculty in 2002. In addition to Northwest Yeshiva High School, Ms. Chubotin teaches painting classes at Seattle Central College and Pratt Fine Arts Center. When she am not teaching, she paints and draws. Yulia also likes long walks, with her husband, Alex, and bird-watching.

 Bob Court

Phone: 206-232-5272 x524

Email: bcourt@nyhs.org

Degrees and Certifications:

B.S. in biology from Illinois State UniversityM.S. from the University of WashingtonPursued his doctoral studies in human physiology at the University of Oregon

Bob Court

Dean of Academics

Mr. Court received a B.S. in biology from Illinois State University, a M.S. from the University of Washington and pursued his doctoral studies in human physiology at the University of Oregon.  He completed a 40 year career in public school teaching and administration on the high school and university levels and has been Academic Dean at NYHS since 2008.   Mr. Court believes in the strong tradition of challenge and academic excellence that drives instruction at NYHS and looks forward to watching the school grow in its college prep mission.  He is a writer, a horseman, and an avid reader. Mr. Court lives in Issaquah and has four children.

Dr. Jed Davis

Phone: 206-232-5272 x544

Email: jdavis@nyhs.org

Degrees and Certifications:

B.A. University of Wisconsin (cum laude)M.Ed. Kent State UniversityPh.D University of Michigan

Dr. Jed Davis

Athletics Director

Dr. Davis came to NYHS in 1999. At that time, Northwest Yeshiva lacked an interscholastic athletic program. He offered the school a proposal to create the much needed program. In addition, he is the first and only head girls basketball coach the school has ever had. As Athletic Director, Dr. Davis offered basketball the first year. Through the years, NYHS has offered additional sports -- cross country, golf, volleyball and track.

Northwest Yeshiva is somewhat unique. It is the only Jewish High School in Washington State. But it also offers a consistently rigorous curriculum that helps prepare students for the next level. This may seem unrelated to interscholastic athletics but, in fact, the two are inextricably intertwined. In the early years, the athletic focus was on fun.  Involvement in athletics should be fun. But as the years went on, he saw that athletic programs were only successful and meaningful if the same rigorous standards are used in both athletics and academia. As administrators discovered more than 100 years ago, good academics and good athletics always feed off each other in a positive way. The result of this realization is that NYHS makes sure our students are having fun -- but never at the expense of achieving the highest level of excellence. The result is that our programs are both successful and popular.

Our girls basketball team is the first Jewish girls team (2010) in any sport that has made it to a state championship. But we have also had multiple athletes make it to "state" in golf and track. Volleyball is the next challenge.

All three of Dr. Davis’ children attended NYHS with two graduating. The education that all three received at NYHS gave them a huge advantage in their future academic careers.

He holds the following degrees: B.A. University of Wisconsin (cum laude); M.Ed. Kent State University; Ph.D University of Michigan. in addition to his responsibilities at NYHS, he is a published author and magazine writer in the sport fishing arena. Other interests include investing, politics and filmmaking.

A sign, sent by the University of Michigan, is posted on his office wall:

"Ignorance. The only thing more expensive than education."

That is why Dr. Davis is here. It is a principle that guides his whole outlook on life.

Ms. Ariela De Funis

Phone: 206-232-5272 x540

Email: adefunis@nyhs.org

Degrees and Certifications:

BA degree in Economics and Philosophy, University of Washington

Ms. Ariela De Funis

STEM/Mathematics/Educational Technology Coordinator

Ms. Ariela De Funis is an alumna of NYHS. She attended the University of Washington where she graduated with honors, receiving a double degree in Economics and Philosophy. She was a New York City Teaching Fellow and spent five years teaching math at the Central Park East School in East Harlem. For the past five years, Ms. De Funis has been a math instructor at Yellow Wood Academy on Mercer Island, where she taught all levels of Algebra, Pre-Calculus and AP Economics to students with a range of learning needs. Currently, Ms. De Funis is in the Master in Teaching Math and Science (MTMS) program at Seattle Pacific University, where she is studying how to incorporate literacy and technology into the STEM classroom. Ms. De Funis is extremely excited about returning to NYHS and looks forward to sharing her love and enthusiasm of mathematics with her students!

Mrs. Nechama Farkash

Phone: 206-232-5272 x523

Email: nfarkash@nyhs.org

Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Arts Degree, Psychology, Thomas Edison State College, New Jersey

Mrs. Nechama Farkash

Tanach/Bible

Mrs. Farkash Studied and trained as a religious studies teacher at Bais Chaya Mushka Seminary, Montreal, Canada. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree,  in Psychology, from Thomas Edison State College, New Jersey. Since 1999, Mrs. Farkash has been an elementary school Hebrew and religious studies teacher and a high school tutor at Hebrew Academy of Five Towns and Rockaway. She has worked as a summer camp director, organized programs, debates, and learning for students at Boston University, led Talmud study for women, and organized high school classes, shabbatons, and extracurricular activities.  Nechama Joined the Yeshiva faculty in 2004.

Ms. Allison Gilman

Phone: 206-232-5272

Email: agilman@nyhs.org

Degrees and Certifications:

BA in Spanish, Willamette University Master in Teaching, Seattle University WA Residency Teaching Certificate

Ms. Allison Gilman

Spanish

Ms. Gillman was born and raised in Los Angeles and began studying Spanish in middle school. She became enamored with the language right away and continued her studies into college, where her major focused on Spanish literature from Latin America. Ms. Gillman has a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Willamette University. During her junior year at Willamette, she took a semester abroad in Quito, Ecuador. After graduating from Willamette, she returned to live in Ecuador and taught English at a university there. Allison lived in Ecuador for two and a half years in total and her time there greatly influences her teaching of Spanish. Seeing language and culture as inextricable, she incorporates culture from the Spanish speaking world as much as possible into her teaching. Allison earned her Masters in Teaching degree from Seattle University in 2012 with a Washington State Residency Teacher Certificate in Secondary Spanish.

Mr. George Herland

Phone: 206-232-5272 x531

Email: gherland@nyhs.org

Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor's degree from the College of William and Mary in VirginiaMA degree from New York Univerity where he also completed all classwork for a PHD degree

Mr. George Herland

Social Studies
Chemistry

Mr. Herland earned a bachelor's degree from the College of William and Mary in Virginia and an MA degree from New York University where he also completed all classwork for a PHD degree. He first taught at Trinity School in Manhattan where he was the history department chair and a teacher of AP Chemistry. .While teaching at Trinity, George took additional course work in chemistry at Columbia University. After a time as Upper School Director at both Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn Heights, New York and at Lakeside School in Seattle, Mr. Herland returned to his roots in teaching. He now teaches chemistry and history at the Yeshiva.

Mr. Steve Kaufman

Phone: 206-232-5272 x527

Email: skaufman@nyhs.org

Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor and Master of Arts Degrees in History from the University of California, Santa BarbaraLaw degree from Stanford University

Mr. Steve Kaufman

Social Studies/Language Arts

Mr. Kaufman has Bachelor and Master of Arts Degrees in History from the University of California, Santa Barbara. While trying to work on his PhD, he received a Fulbright scholarship to Yugoslavia. Unable to complete his doctorate, Steve did what many failed historians do, they get their law degree (in Steve's case, from Stanford University). Previously, a practicing attorney in Seattle, Mr. Kaufman decided to earn the big bucks and became a teacher, first as an adjunct instructor at local community colleges and Seattle University. Widely traveled, especially in Eastern Europe, he speaks a good traveler's German and Serbo-Croatian, with some knowledge of Czech, Polish, Russian and Bulgarian, and now Italian and Spanish. Steve is an avid bicyclist, commuting to work and cycle touring wherever and whenever he can, given the time and cost. He joined the Yeshiva faculty in 1994.

Bike to live, live to bike--do your homework!!!!

 Rabbi Nissan Kornfeld

Phone: 206-232-5272 x542

Email: nkornfeld@nyhs.org

Degrees and Certifications:

Rabbinical Ordination and Bachelors of Jewish studies from Rabbinical College of America, Morristown, New Jersey

Rabbi Nissan Kornfeld

Halacha/Rabbinics

Rabbi Nissan Kornfeld joins our team as a Judaic instructor with a focus on Halacha. A Seattle native, Rabbi Kornfeld received his Rabbinical Ordination and Bachelors of Jewish studies from Rabbinical College of America, Morristown, New Jersey. Most recently, a Judaic Studies teacher at Yeshiva Darchai Menachem in Brooklyn, New York. Additionally, over the past few years he has led Jewish educational experiences in diverse Jewish communities around the world Including Newfoundland, Kazakhstan and Lithuania. He is also on the staff of chabad.org.

Rabbi Kornfeld is a dynamic educator with a passion for Torah studies. His enthusiasm and dedication fills the classroom.  

Mr. Edison Leonen

Phone: 206-232-5272 x510

Email: eleonen@nyhs.org

Degrees and Certifications:

Mr. Edison Leonen

Office & Graphics Manager/Assistant to Head of School/Registrar

Mr. Leonen joined NYHS in 2008. He brings a solid background in administration management, graphics and marketing to the NYHS Team. He attended University of Washington and has worked for corporate firms such as Hart Crowser, LMN Architects and KPFF. A mix of Filipino, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian, he was born in Manila, Philippines, moved to Guam at the age of four, and then off to Bellevue, WA in 1986. While NYHS keeps Edison quite busy, he manages to stay sane by spending time with family, friends and his favorite pets, Pika and Pumi.  Edison also enjoys traveling, fine arts, photography, music, sports and volunteer work.

 Orit Maizel-Ray

Phone: 206-232-5272 x532

Email: omaizelray@nyhs.org

Degrees and Certifications:

Orit Maizel-Ray

Born in Israel and served as a Security Officer in the IDF. After the army, earned degree as medical assistant from Hadassah College and then decided to enter the field of education. Orit graduated from David Yelin Teachers’ College with teaching certification and a degree in teaching Hebrew as a second language with a minor in Jewish history. She was sent by the Jewish agency to teach Hebrew in the US. Orit has taught at the Seattle Hebrew Academy and the Metropolitan Jewish Day School, and was curriculum coordinator and administrative assistant for the Jewish Primary School of Seattle. For 15 years was the Curriculum developer and coordinator for Temple DeHirsch Sinai. Orit started teaching at the Yeshiva in 1994. She is very passionate about teaching Hebrew to her students. In her spare time, Orit likes to cook, listen to music and spending time with her family

Mrs. Ariella Margolese

Phone: 206-232-5272 x541

Email: amargolese@nyhs.org

Degrees and Certifications:

Religious study at Michlalah Jerusalem College in Israel and Stern College for Women at Yeshiva University in New York. Bachelor of Arts Degree, Psychology, and membership in the Psychology Honors Society at Stern College

Mrs. Ariella Margolese

Tanach (Bible) and Halacha (Rabbinics)

Mrs. Margolese studied at Michlalah Jerusalem College in Israel and Stern College for Women at Yeshiva University in New York. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree, in Psychology, and membership in the Psychology Honors Society at Stern College. In conjunction with her Psychology studies, she served internships with the Brain Injury Day Treatment program at the Rusk Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine, the Neuro-Rehab Clinic of the Hospital for Joint Diseases, and the Department of Psychology at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York.

Before coming to NYHS, Ariella was a part-time Hebrew and Judaic Studies teacher at Temple Israel Religious School in Lawrence, New York, and, briefly, at Hebrew Academy of Nassau County. From 1998 to 2000, Mrs. Margolese was Chapter Advisor, Long Island Junior NCSY. She is a graduate of Northwest Yeshiva High School and Valedictorian, Class of 1997. She joined the Yeshiva faculty in 2001, and after a one year leave of absence, rejoined the faculty in 2004. Mrs. Margolese is a Judaic Instructor in Chumash, Halacha and Introduction to Torah Sh'Baal Peh.

Ms. Kara McPhillips

Phone: 206-232-5272

Email: kmcphillips@nyhs.org

Degrees and Certifications:

BA degree from George Washington UniversityMasters in Teaching from Lewis & Clark

Ms. Kara McPhillips

Language Arts

Originally from Philadelphia, PA, Ms. McPhillips earned her undergraduate degree from George Washington University, and her Masters in Teaching from Lewis & Clark. Before discovering her love for the classroom, Ms. McPhillips dabbled in the worlds of journalism and communications. Teaching, however, is her true passion -- combining her love of language with her devotion to working with young people. When she is not planning, grading, and teaching, she enjoys traveling, playing the electric guitar, and hiking on the Northwest's many beautiful trails.

 Rabbi Ron-Ami Meyers

Phone: 206-232-5272 x

Email: rmeyers@nyhs.org

Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelors Degree in Political Science from the University of Winnipeg and ordination from Rav Yitzchak Kolitz and Dayan Avraham Kopschitz

Rabbi Ron-Ami Meyers

Interim Head of School

Talmud/Rabbinics

Rabbi Meyers has spent three decades in Jewish education and outreach, both as a teacher and as a day school administrator. He has a degree in Political Science from the University of Winnipeg and ordination from Rav Yitzchak Kolitz and Dayan Avraham Kopschitz.

Rabbi Meyers' love of Jewish communal work began in his youth, when he served as the Regional President of BBYO and then as the Jewish Student Union representative on his college campus, the University of Winnipeg.

Rabbi and Mrs. Miriam Meyers also spent seventeen years in Israel where Rabbi Meyers lectured and taught Judaics in the framework of both day schools and men's and women's post-college education. Rabbi Meyers taught this year at SHA and has served as Rav Beit Sefer. He served on the faculty of NYHS in 2013-14. In 2010, Rabbi Meyers founded Torahtutors.org, an online learning program for children and adults.

 Rabbi Morton Moskowitz

Phone: 206-232-5272 x 518

Email: rmoskowitz@nyhs.org

Degrees and Certifications:

Rabbinic training at the Rabbinical Seminary of America where he studied under Rabbi Henoch Leibowitz. Continued his studies under the supervision of Rabbi Yehuda Davis, Rabbi Avigodor Miller, and Rabbi Israel Chait. Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education, Brooklyn College.

Rabbi Morton Moskowitz

Jewish Philosophy and Tanach (Bible)

Rabbi Moskowitz has served as Rosh HaYeshiva since 1979. He was previously an instructor at Hillel Academy of Pittsburgh, Hebrew Academy of Nassau County and Rabbinical Seminary High School (Chofetz Chaim) in Forest Hills, New York. Rabbi Moskowitz served as Rabbi in Homestead, Pennsylvania. He received his initial Rabbinic training at the Rabbinical Seminary of America where he studied under Rabbi Henoch Leibowitz. Rabbi continued his studies under the supervision of Rabbi Yehuda Davis, Rabbi Avigodor Miller, and Rabbi Israel Chait. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education, from Brooklyn College.

 Helen O'Neill

Phone: 206-232-5272

Email: honeill@nyhs.org

Degrees and Certifications:

Roanoke College - B.A. in Sociology and a minor in Psychology

Helen O'Neill

Helen O’Neill is the Administrative Assistant at NYHS. Helen graduated from Roanoke College, Virginia, in 2010. There she received a B.A. in Sociology and a minor in Psychology. She comes to us from Anchorage, Alaska where she gained experience working with behaviorally challenged Native Alaskan high school students. It was there that she learned many Native Alaskan traditions such as their songs, dances and art work. Helen enjoys learning about different cultures and actively seeks these opportunities by traveling and volunteering with different organizations. She is very excited about joining NYHS as a new staff member and is looking forward to meeting the students and parents of this coming year’s student body.

 Marcy Park

Phone: 206-232-5272

Email: mpark@nyhs.org

Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelors of Arts in English and her Masters of Education in Teaching degrees from the University of Hawai'i

Marcy Park

Since the 7th grade, Marcy knew she wanted to be a Language Arts teacher. She earned both her Bachelors of Arts in English and her Masters of Education in Teaching degrees from the University of Hawai'i. Marcy joins the Northwest Yeshiva High School community with a passion for working with youth and teaching high school English. When she's not teaching, she likes to spend time with her dog, bake, read, or go to concerts with her husband.

 Malka Popper

Phone: 206-232-5272 x516

Email: mpopper@nyhs.org

Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Arts from Stern College; Masters in Bible and Talmud from Yeshiva University; Senior Fellowship at the Graduate Program for Advanced Talmudic Studies.

Malka Popper

Assistant Head of School

Talmud/Rabbinics

Mrs. Malka Popper is the Assistant Head of School and a Talmud instructor. A Seattle native and graduate of SHA and NYHS, Mrs. Popper attended Michlelet Mevaseret Yerushalayim from 2001-2003 and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Stern College in 2005. After college, she studied Talmud at The Graduate Program for Advanced Talmudic Studies at YU, was awarded a Senior Fellowship and received a Master’s in Bible and Talmud. In addition to her academic studies, Malka was the Educational Fellow at the Jewish Center of Manhattan from 2006-2009, Visiting Scholar at Congregation Ohev Shalom - The National Synagogue in Washington DC in 2009-2010, and served as the Development of Operations for The Organization for the Resolution of Agunot from 2008-2010.

 Rabbi Chaim Weiss

Phone: 206-232-5272 x548

Email: rweiss@nyhs.org

Degrees and Certifications:

Rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva B’nei Torah, Long Island, New York; Masters of Science Degree in Special Education from Adelphi University

Rabbi Chaim Weiss

Director of Learning Resources

Tanach (Bible) and Talmud (Rabbinics)

Rabbi Weiss is an Alumnus of Northwest Yeshiva High School, Class of 1990. He undertook Rabbinical studies at, and Rabbinate from, Yeshiva B’nei Torah, Long Island, New York. He has a Master of Science Degree in Special Education from Adelphi University.  Most recently, a Judaic Studies teacher, student affairs coordinator, and Honor Society Advisor at Yeshivat Rambam in Baltimore, Maryland. Previously, a special education teacher and director of vocational education for Mesivta Chaim Shlomo, Far Rockaway, New York, and administrator for Masoret: Institute of Advanced Judaic Studies, Inwood, New York.  He Has worked as a rebbe, head counselor, and director at various Jewish summer camps. Rabbi Weiss joined the Yeshiva faculty in 2003 as Torah Studies instructor and Director of Learning Resources.

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