Administratively, our school is separated into three sections: the Early Childhood Department (Infants through kindergarten), the Lower School (grades one through four), and the Middle School (grades five through eight). The administrative staff consists of the Head of School, Rabbi Lee Buckman; Principal and Director of the Lower School, Leah Summers; Assistant Principal and Director of the Middle School, Franeen Sarif; Director of Early Childhood Education, Carla Hotz; Director of M'silot, Phyllis Rosenthal; and Director of Technology and Media, Sue Loubser.
There are 80 faculty members. All full-time teachers have either a Bachelor's or specialist degree in their respective field of instruction. Additionally, more than half of our teachers have Master's degrees.
Ours is an experienced faculty of varying ages and backgrounds with one commonality-- a love of teaching your children. There's a culture of sharing and mentoring between teachers who have been here a long time and those younger teachers who bring new ideas and extra energy to our school. The typical GHA teacher has been teaching for an average of 18 years, with 9 of those years having been spent here.
We are truly a "GHA Family:" A distinguishing feature of GHA and its faculty is its relationship with the Jewish community of metropolitan Atlanta. As the oldest Jewish day school in the city, GHA today has many students whose parents attended the school. Several GHA teachers are themselves alumni, and nearly 30 alumni currently have their children enrolled at GHA. In addition, we have several faculty members with children in the school. This history, together with our commitment to relationships, Am Yisrael and kindness, coalesce to form a "GHA Family" identity among students, parents and staff. Members of the family are deeply` devoted to our school.