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Teacher Profile: Elana Metsch-Ampel
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Teacher Profile: Elana Metsch-Ampel

By Dani Granowitz   Name: Elana Metsch-Ampel Department: English Grades teaching: 9 and 10 Hometown: Montclair, NJ University: Wesleyan   Elana Metsch-Ampel grew up surrounded by literature. Her mother was a high school English teacher in Montclair, NJ, and helped foster her love for the language. Yet she was not […]

Teacher Profile: Avraham Sosa-Velasco
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Teacher Profile: Avraham Sosa-Velasco

By Rachel Orbach   Name: Avraham (Avi) Sosa-Velasco Department: Language Grades teaching: 9,10, 11, 12 Home Country: Venezuela   Born in Venezuela and raised in Spain, Avi Sosa-Velasco has had a deep interest in learning languages since childhood, which led him to his career as a Spanish teacher. While Avi’s […]

Teacher Profile: Chasida Zilberger
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Teacher Profile: Chasida Zilberger

By Mariel Priven   Name: Chasida Zilberger Department: Hebrew Grades Teaching: 9, 10, 11, 12 Home City: Jerusalem University: Institute of Education in London   What do Kansas City, London, and Manhattan Day School have in common? Chasida Zilberger. And now Heschel. too. Chasida was born, grew up, and studied […]

Teacher Profile: John Gatti
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Teacher Profile: John Gatti

By Julia Proshan   Name: John Gatti Department: Art Grades Teaching: 9, 10, 11, 12 Home State: Kansas University: Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design   Before John Gatti discovered his passion for art, he was a junior Olympic athlete in springboard platform diving. He trained six times a week […]

Teacher Profile: Naomi Bergman
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Teacher Profile: Naomi Bergman

By Abigail Rasol   Name: Naomi Bergman Department: Science Grades teaching: 10, 11, and 12   Home state: New Jersey University: Binghamton   “From the youngest of ages, I always loved my science classes. I was just one of those math and science people,” said Naomi Bergman, Heschel’s newest addition […]

Teacher Profile: Rachael Ferreira
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Teacher Profile: Rachael Ferreira

By Abigail Rasol   Name: Rachael Ferreira Department: Math Grades teaching: 9, 11, and 12    Hometown: Bayside, Queens   University: Michigan   “I’ve wanted to be a teacher since I was five years old,” said Rachael Ferreira, Heschel’s newest math teacher. “Since that age, everything that I did was […]

Teacher Profile: Medha Gupta
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Teacher Profile: Medha Gupta

By Eliana Salmon   Name: Medha Gupta Department: Information Technology (IT) Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio Previous position: Apple   The Heschel School extends a warm welcome to our newest Technology Support Specialist, Medha Gupta. Medha is from Cincinnati, Ohio and moved to New York City about a year and a half […]

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Teacher Profile: Sammie Smith

By Eliana Salmon   Name: Sammie Smith Department: Language Grades teaching: 9, 10, 11, 12 Home State: Missouri University: Columbia University   “My students are fantastic and my colleagues are so helpful,” said the new Latin teacher, Sammie Smith, who prefers to be called Smith. “I couldn’t have asked for […]

Teacher Profile: Austin Davis
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Teacher Profile: Austin Davis

By Sara Serfaty   Name: Austin Davis Department: English Grades teaching: 9, 10, 11 Hometown: Westchester University: Williams College   “I’m from Westchester, but I grew up like a city kid,” said incoming English teacher Austin Davis, reflecting on his education at the Horace Mann School. As the oldest of […]

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Teacher Profile: Suzy Vogel

By Sara Serfaty   Name: Suzanne (Suzy) Vogel Department: Science (Department Chair) Grades teaching: 9, 12 University: Columbia University     “Real physicists don’t spend any time thinking about high school physics,” Suzy Vogel began. “Modern physics is about the makeup of the universe…[it] describes the behavior of the smallest […]