Rabbi Yerachmiel Garfield
Rabbi Yerachmiel Garfield grew up in Philadelphia, PA. After attending Yeshiva Shaarei Torah in Monsey, he went to Eretz Yisrael where he learned at Reb Zvi Kushalevsky’s Yeshiva, Heichel HaTorah, for four years. Rabbi Garfield continued his learning at Yeshiva Ner Israel in Baltimore where he joined Kollel Avodas Levi and received smicha from Rabbi Berel Wein. While in Baltimore, Rabbi Garfield attended Johns Hopkins University where he received a Masters of Science in Counseling. Rabbi Garfield moved to Atlanta in 2001 and began teaching ninth grade in the newly founded Yeshiva Ohr Yisrael where he would eventually become the Assistant Menahel. Rabbi Garfield received the Jewish Federation "Educator of the Year" award in 2006, representing all Jewish day schools in Atlanta. Concurrent to his teaching, Rabbi Garfield served for six years as the school counselor at the Torah Day School of Atlanta and as Youth Director at Congregation Ariel. In 2008, he earned a post Masters Certificate in Supervision and Administration, becoming a Georgia State certified Principal. Rabbi Garfield has also completed the Torah Umesorah National Fellowship for Principals. In the summer, Rabbi Garfield returns to Baltimore where he serves as an Adjunct Professor at Johns Hopkins University, School of Education.
Randee Smolensky is originally from Memphis. She has been living in Houston for over 30 years. Her extensive background in education includes teaching at public schools, private schools and JCC summer camps. Randee holds a BS in Education and is a seasoned early childhood educator, having taught Kindergarten for many years. Randee enjoys the outdoors as she does gardening, cooking, reading and spending time with her family.
Upper School Assistant Principal / Upper School Judaics
Mrs. Darlene Schwartz, otherwise known as Morah Darlene, teaches the Pre-K class (ages 4 to 5 year olds). She has been on SG/TE staff for 5 years. Darlene and her family moved to Houston from Denver, Colorado in 2002. Prior to moving to Houston, she worked as a Pediatric Occupational Therapist. She received her O.T. degree from Boston University. Darlene and her husband, David are the proud parents of 4 daughters and 3 sons-in-law, 2 grandsons and 5 grandaughters. When possible, Darlene enjoys traveling to Israel and Denver to visit family.
Morah Aliza has been teaching at SG/TE for the past two years. In the classroom, she does her best to provide an environment in which each student feels safe to learn to his capacity and to feel a part of the Hebrew language. Morah Aliza moved to the USA 35 years ago and has been teaching Hebrew for the past 28 years. She majored in Photography & Commercial Art from Haifa Community College and in the USA: Loyola University, University of Judaism, Brandeis University, Cleveland College of Jewish Studies and Rice University. Morah Aliza has two awesome sons, a wonderful daughter-in-law and a very sweet grandson.
Morah Fraydee received her teacher's degree from Beis Yaakov Yerushalayim in Eretz Yisroel. She has been teaching for 18 years. Morah Fraydee has taught in the pre-school, Kindergarten, 1st, 5th and 6th grades. However, her first love is teaching first grade.
1st, 5th Grade Boys/6th Grade Boys Ivrit (Hebrew language)
2nd Grade Judaics
3rd-4th Grade Judaics
3rd-4th Grade Girls Judaics
Ms. Abrielle Fuerst
1-4 Grade and Upper School Girls PE coach
7th/8th Grade Judaic
Upper School Girls Judaics
Upper School Girls Judaics
Mrs. Hanna Sasson
Upper School Girls Ivrit (Hebrew Language)
Ms. Mary Louise Balsis
Upper School Math and Technology
Upper School Science
Upper School Secular Studies
and Upper School Boys
Mrs. Faige Grossman
Upper School Math
Mrs. Orly Furest
Upper School Language Arts