Administratively, our school is currently separated into four sections: Early Childhood (infants through kindergarten), Lower School (grades one through four), Middle School (grades five through eight), and Upper School (grades nine through twelve). We are transitioning to two sections: Lower School (infants through grade 6) and Upper School (grades seven through twelve). The administrative staff includes Rabbi Pinchos Hecht, Head of School; Dr. Paul S. Oberman, Associate Head of Upper School; Leah Summers, Associate Head of Greenfield Early Childhood, Lower, and Middle School; Franeen Sarif, Executive Director; and Phyllis Rosenthal, Director of Matthew Blumenthal M'silot Program.
There are over 125 faculty members in the ECD, Lower School, and Middle School. 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.
There are 32 faculty members in the Upper School. The General Studies faculty consists of twenty certified staff members, including six Doctorates, two with Specialist Degrees, and ten with Master’s Degrees. Our Judaic Studies department consists of twelve members, of whom seven have Master’s Degrees, one Doctorate, and eight are ordained rabbis.
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.