By Abi Rasol
A new teacher – and a new accent – has been added to the social studies faculty this year: Lisa Inberg.
A native of Sydney, Australia, Inberg grew up as the youngest sibling to two older brothers. As a result of spending her childhood in the beautiful environment of Sydney, she has grown to love the outdoors and the sun. She adores hiking, travelling, and exercising, and loves to spend time with her friends and family.
Inberg moved to the United States just over a year ago, for both personal and professional reasons. “I was a teacher by profession and was working in Jewish education in Australia when I got to a point in my life where I didn’t know what I wanted to do or where I wanted to go.” She decided to come to America, so she could seek out new opportunities to immerse herself in Jewish education.
Inberg left her entire family – parents, grandparents, and brothers – in Sydney to move to the United States with her boyfriend. “Sydney is a beautiful city to live and grow up in; it is where I was educated, where my family and many of my friends live. I will always have a special place in my heart for Sydney,” she said. However, although she misses her hometown, she is thoroughly happy with her decision to move to NYC, and enjoys living here more than she could ever explain. “NYC is a city full of energy and excitement. I find myself marveling at the city and its people on every street corner. I can’t get enough of this place!”
Growing up, Inberg did not expect or intend to become a teacher. She completed her undergraduate degree in psychology, with a second major in history. However, after working with underprivileged children in Israel for a year, she began to rethink her career in psychology. “I really loved working with, learning with, and growing with the children,” Inberg said. “They had a huge impact on me, and that was when I realized that what I truly wanted to do was to work with students and teachers.”
Her long-lasting love for history led her to choose it as her area of work. She had always loved her history lessons and teachers in high school, and eagerly anticipated her history electives each week. As she continued studying history at university, it seemed like a natural progression for her to become an educator in the subject
Inberg is very happy with this career choice. “I love being in the classroom and seeing the growth in a student. I love seeing the face of thinking, determination, and accomplishment through hard work.”
While her new position in the social studies department is Inberg’s first time teaching at a high school in New York, it is not her first experience in a school that focuses on both religious and secular subjects. She attended a Jewish day school, and it was very important to her to teach at a school where she would be able to make a connection to her students through her Jewish identity. She began her career in Jewish education in Sydney, where she taught history and Jewish history to high school students. Subsequent to moving to New York, she taught at Beit Rabban, a lower and middle Jewish day school located on the Upper West Side.
However, the appeal of cultural and religious diversity led Inberg to the Heschel High School. “Heschel has a core value to be a pluralistic Jewish community school. This idea of a pluralistic setting for a Jewish Day school is not very common in schools in Australia,” she said. “I am intrigued to see the value of pluralism put into practice in an educational setting. A school founded on this principle is due to be a special school. I look forward to being a teacher at Heschel where a great amount of emphasis is placed on this.”