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Weber gains new faculty for 2018-2019 school year

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New faculty member Michal Ilai teaching on the first day of school. (Rebecca McCullough/The Weber School)

New faculty member Michal Ilai teaching on the first day of school. (Rebecca McCullough/The Weber School)

New faculty member Michal Ilai teaching on the first day of school. (Rebecca McCullough/The Weber School)

Sloane Warner

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As students as teachers alike settle into their school schedules, Weber’s new faculty members are settling in to a new environment. Eight new members have joined the Weber community in various departments. Mrs. Cherise Ogle joined the College Advising Department, working alongside Mrs. Amy Secor, Mrs. Shelly Milstein and Mrs. Sarah Trousdale. Past STAR Teacher Award winner Mr. John Baum joins Weber’s English department with 16 years of experience. Last year’s Science department is joined by Dr. Scott Douglas and Dr. Wei Lin, who cover the Physics classes.

Morah Michal Ilai joins Weber from the Atlanta community with over 10 years of Hebrew teaching experience. Weber has continued its foray into other world languages with Ms. Yuhuan Long, who has started a Mandarin program. Mr. Mike Nance joins the Social Studies department from Alpharetta High School with nearly 40 years of experience. The Learning Center has expanded its team by including Ms. Rachel Miller, who most recently worked as a Program Manager at Jewish Family and Career Services.

Dr. Scott Douglas teaches Physics this year. (Scott Douglas/The Weber School)

Dr. Scott Douglas teaches Physics this year. (Scott Douglas/The Weber School)

Dr. Scott Douglas (Science Department)

Dr. Scott Douglas teaches AP Physics I, Honors Physics and College Preparatory Physics. He comes to Weber with a Doctorate in Physics Education Research from the Georgia Institute of Technology and has experience teaching physics in a technologically enabled environment. Dr. Douglas has done research with Michael Schatz on introductory Physics concepts as well as studying how to teach Physics. He has come to Weber to further the Physics curriculum and to help “develop the technology” in our classrooms.

Dr. Douglas was looking to teach “in some capacity” and was drawn to Weber because of its “curricular autonomy” within courses. So far, he says that it has been “a lot of fun, challenging and rewarding.” He has felt “overwhelming support” from the other faculty and the “coherent community,” one based on Jewish values-a trait that he appreciated about Weber. Dr. Douglas is looking forward to teaching more advanced Physics topics that involve demonstrations and hands-on activities as the year goes on. He says that he “appreciates the support” he has felt from the school in his teaching and with the recent birth of his daughter, Sybil.

Morah Michal Ilai is excited to broaden the Israeli perspective of Weber this year. (Courtesy of the Atlanta Jewish Times)

Morah Michal Ilai is excited to broaden the Israeli perspective of Weber this year. (Courtesy of the Atlanta Jewish Times)

Morah Michal Ilai (Hebrew Department)

Morah Michal Ilai says that her favorite thing about Weber is “getting to know students,” some of whom she has known since they were infants. She loves the school’s connection to Israel, and the love that the general Jewish community of Atlanta has for the school. Morah Ilai has worked at The Epstein School, an environment that many Weber students are familiar with, and has volunteered within the Weber community for many years. She is the founder of “Women of Weber” and is in charge of the gallery space at MACoM, the Metro Atlanta Community Mikvah.

Morah Ilai’s experiences have put her in the prime position to work with Dr. Rachel Rothstein on the senior Israel Seminars. She is able to bring her expansive knowledge about Israel as well as her community connections to the program. Morah Ilai is excited to “continue bringing a taste of Israel to the school” throughout the rest of the school year and feels “lucky to have a school for Jewish learning” in the community. She teaches one Honors Hebrew class and four College Preparatory Hebrew classes, all of mixed grade levels and is the advisor for the Rams for Israel club.

Mrs. Cherise Ogle is the Associate Dean of College Counseling for Weber students. (Mrs. Cherise Ogle/The Weber School)

Mrs. Cherise Ogle is the Associate Dean of College Counseling for Weber students. (Mrs. Cherise Ogle/The Weber School)

Mrs. Cherise Ogle (College Advising Department)

Mrs. Cherise Ogle joins Weber’s growing College Advising Department as the Associate Dean of College Counseling. She has worked on both sides of the college admissions process. Mrs. Ogle has worked at Hofstra University in New York and Oglethorpe University in Atlanta as well as at Westlake High School and Atlanta Jewish Academy. Mrs. Secor helped convince Mrs. Ogle to come and join the Weber College Counseling team. She loves “working with students,” and watching them grow through the college process. Mrs. Ogle has known some of Weber’s past college counselors and has heard “great things” about our students, so she is glad to work here with us.

Mrs. Ogle’s favorite part of working at Weber so far has been getting to know students and the “Weber culture.” She is most looking forward to May 1, otherwise known as National College Decision Day, when she knows that she has served students “in the best way possible,” making that day the “highlight of everything” and making the year of stress for seniors “all worth it in the end.” Mrs. Ogle has greatly enjoyed being at Weber, saying that it is a “fun place” where she can “grow as a counselor.” She and her husband have two kids whom they love “exploring new adventures” with, and she loves to travel and to spend time with her family.

Welcome to all new faculty, staff and students! We are glad to have you join our Weber community.

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One Response to “Weber gains new faculty for 2018-2019 school year”

  1. Mike Bennett on September 26th, 2018 7:50 am

    Nice profiles on our new faculty members. I get a good sense of who they are, not just what they do.

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