Our Educators

Dr. Marley Belair

Marley Belair has taught Chemistry for over 20 years.  She has experience in both public and private schools.  She is an online educator and curriculum developer.  Dr. Belair is also a doctoral coach for online students pursuing higher education.  Her areas of expertise include Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.  She has experience with AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Physics, and AP Environmental Science.

Mrs. Miriam Berman
Be'ur Tefillah
Mrs. Chana Rivka Black
Extracurriculars, Yedios, Financial Literacy, and Algebra II

Mrs. Chana Rivka Black joined Atara 2 years ago as the Extracurricular Director, bringing passion and creativity to activities that enhance the classroom learning. She also teaches Yedios, Algebra II and Financial Literacy. Love of numbers and instilling confidence in each student that she can be successful in a challenging and anxiety-provoking subject is one of her strengths. Previously, Chana Rivka tutored all Judaic and Secular subjects in Bais Yaakov of Baltimore. 

Mr. Jon Flannery
Graphic Design
Rabbi Ezra Goldschmiedt
Advanced Parsha

A native of West Hempstead, New York, Rabbi Ezra Goldschmiedt teaches an advanced class on the weekly Torah portion. Rabbi Goldschmiedt graduated with highest honors from Yeshiva University in 2008, where he went on to receive his rabbinic ordination and a masters in Jewish education. Over the course of his studies, Rabbi Goldschmiedt served as a research assistant in Yeshiva University’s psychology department and Azrieli Graduate School, while also taking on teaching and rabbinical roles for the DRS High School for Boys, Mount Kisco Hebrew Congregation and Aish Connections.

Prior to coming to Cincinnati, Rabbi Goldschmiedt served as the rabbinic assistant of Congregation Beth Avraham Yoseph of Toronto (BAYT), and as a fellow of Toronto’s Yeshiva University/Torah MiTzion Beit Midrash Zichron Dov. He currently serves as the rabbi of Congregation Sha’arei Torah.

Rabbi Moshe Heigh
Chumash, Halacha, Megillah

Having learned in Monsey, New York at Rabbi Berel Wein’s Yeshiva, from ninth grade through smicha program, Rabbi Heigh has been involved in chinuch for many years.

He has taught mainly Chumash, Megillos, and Halacha at the high school level, but his passion extends to numerous other subject areas. He enjoys bringing hands-on experiences into the classroom.

“My greatest nachas is seeing graduates who have become the finest bnos Yisroel. This satisfaction, plus the daily thrill of unearthing the Torah’s profundities, make it all worthwhile,” states Rabbi Heigh.

Mrs. Quinlan Hlavaty
Nutrition, PE and Health, Biology, and Physical Science

Mrs. Quinlan Hlavaty teaches Nutrition, PE and Health, Biology, and Physical Science. She has a background in education and holds a Master of Science Degree in Health Education and Promotion. It is her goal to provide for the students of Atara an academic understanding of the physiological impacts of nutrition and exercise, and more importantly, to instill a foundation of confidence, acceptance, and self-care.

Mr. Paul Klusmeir
Introduction to Coding
Ms. Levana Kovo

Born and educated in Haifa, Israel, with a degree from the Rubin Music Academy, Levana Kovo brings over 40 years of teaching and private tutoring experience to the public.

Levana  moved to the US in 1982 and has been teaching Hebrew Language and Judaism, from beginner to advanced, in various school settings. In addition to the classroom, she does private tutoring in Modern Conversational Hebrew as well as classes in Judaism. Levana has been working with Jewish Federation programs for high-schoolers for over 17 years.

Levana moved to Cincinnati in August of 2015, to start teaching the prestigious and state of the art Hebrew program called: “Bishvil HaIvrit”, at Atara.

Mrs. Chav Kugel
Life Skills
Mrs. Rivka Laghaie
Ivrit I, Chumash I, Toras Habayis, Yedios, and Parsha
Rabbi Meir Minster
12th Grade Megillah

Rabbi Meir Minster, ordained by the late Rabbi Yaakov Weinberg, of the Ner Israel Rabbinical College, has led the Cincinnati Community Kollel, as its Director of Torah Studies (Rosh Kollel) since 1995. In that capacity he oversees the academic excellence of the Kollel’s staff scholars. Rabbi Minster also delivers a Daf Yomi (page a day of Talmud) class, a weekly advanced Parsha class, women’s classes and other classes for the broader community. This year, he is teaching Megilos to the 12th grade Navi class.

Rabbi Minster serves on the Vaad Hachinuch of CHDS and Atara High School.

Mrs. Shifra Motzen

Shifra Motzen brings more than 20 years of classroom experience to her new job at Atara. She has taught almost every age and numerous subjects and is frequently asked to speak in the community on a variety of topics. Her passion for Yiddishkeit, use of multiple modalities of instruction, and love for her students make her perfectly suited to present and transmit the Foundations curriculum. Mrs. Motzen holds a master's degree in Special Education from Johns Hopkins University (where she graduated alongside her husband). She is very excited to join the fantastic team of educators at Atara.

Mr. Greg Neihaus
AP Psychology
Mrs. Yehudis Polsky
Director of Special Projects

Mrs. Yehudis Polsky works as the Director of Special Projects, along with serving the students in the capacity of College Guidance Counselor.

Rabbi Yitzchok Preis
Jewish History and Kuzari

Rabbi Yitzchok Preis is Director of Outreach of the Cincinnati Community Kollel as well as Director of its affiliate, Sarah’s Place. He has taught in a broad array of venues including the Anne Blitstein Teacher’s Institute (Chicago), Melton Adult Mini-School, and University of Cincinnati. His capacity to clarify complex material combined with his care and concern for students of all backgrounds makes him a popular instructor whether to advanced Talmud students or absolute beginners. Rabbi Preis is teaching Jewish History and Kuzari this year at Atara.

Ms. Carly Psenicka
ID Literature and AP Composition
Mrs. Deborah Rubinoff
Mrs. Tova Scherer
9th Grade Melachim Beis
Mrs. Becca Siegel
Secular Studies Director; Survey and British Literature, Algebra 1, Fundamentals

Becca Siegel has been with Atara since 2015. She is the Director of General Studies and also teaches a variety of English and math classes. Before coming to Cincinnati and joining Atara's team, Becca taught in Chicago high schools for 5 years, specializing in helping students who were at risk of not graduating. She went to Loyola University Chicago for undergrad (BA in English and BS in Secondary Education) and earned her Masters degree in Educational Measurement, Evaluation, Statistics and Assessment from the University of Illinois in Chicago. She loves being a part of Atara and getting to support our wonderful students in so many ways!

Mrs. Tzippy Simpson
Chmuash, Geometry, Pre-Calculus
Mrs. Kayla Soroka
Penimi Technology Course

Mrs. Kayla Soroka teaches the Penimi Technology course to the current Atara seniors. The course invites personal reflection and frank, yet respectful, dialogue about healthy attitudes toward, and responsible use of, Internet technology against the backdrop of today’s technologically-dependent society. While the course relies heavily on global statistics and research, its utilization of Torah values as a lens for interpreting and understanding those phenomena places it firmly in the Judaic Studies category. Mrs. Soroka has been teaching Jewish philosophy, both in traditional classroom and group discussion settings, for the last 9 years. In addition to Atara, she has previously taught in Bais Yaakov High School (Brooklyn, NY), and in two of her alma maters, Bnos Chava Seminary (Jerusalem, Israel) and Bais Yaakov Drav Meir (Brooklyn, NY). She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Touro College and a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University. 

Mrs. Shoshi Tropp
11th Grade Trei Asar
Mrs. Penina Teitelbaum
Principal; Zohar, Ikarim
Mrs. Ayala Weinrib
Advanced Be'ur Tefillah

Mrs. Ayala Weinrib joined the Cincinnati community in 2012 along with her husband, Rabbi Avrohom Weinrib, Rov of Congregation Zichron Eliezer, and their children. Originally from Monsey, NY Ayala has completed her schooling there as well as her teacher training from B’nos Chava Teachers Seminary in Yerushalayim and a Masters of Education from Long Island University. During the past 2 decades, she has taught both regular and special education, and has shared administrative responsibilities in New York, New Jersey, Eretz Yisroel and Chicago. She is thrilled to be a part of the beautiful Cincinnati community particularly sharing her passion, love and warmth through teaching Advanced Be’ur Tefillah and interacting with the wonderful girls of Atara High School.

Rabbi Avrohom Weinrib
10th Grade Halacha, Machshava
Ms. Mary Westwood
Studio Art
Mrs. Katie Wright
World History, US History, AP US History, Economics and Government