Administratively, our school is separated into four sections: the Early Childhood Department (Infants through kindergarten), the Lower School (grades one through four), the Middle School (grades five through eight) and the High School (grades nine through twelve). The administrative staff consists of the Head of School, Rabbi Pinchos Hecht; Head of Upper School, Dr. Paul Oberman; Principal, Leah Summers; Assistant Principal and Director of the Middle School, Franeen Sarif; Director of the Lower School, Sylvia Miller; Director of Early Childhood Education, Carla Hotz; Director of The Matthew Blumenthal M'silot Program, Phyllis Rosenthal; and Director of Technology and Media, Sue Loubser.
There over 125 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 AJA teacher has been teaching for an average of 18 years, with 9 of those years having been spent here.
We are truly a "Family:" A distinguishing feature of AJA and its faculty is its relationship with the Jewish community of metropolitan Atlanta. Many of our students' parents attended GHA or YA before the schools merged. Several AJA teachers are themselves alumni, and nearly 30 alumni currently have their children enrolled at AJA. 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 'family' identity among students, parents and staff. Members of the family are deeply devoted to our school.