Joel Fisher is teaching Algebra and English for his third year at Ohr Chanoch. He has taught math for 20 years -- algebra through calculus, mostly in private schools in Boston and Los Angeles -- and has also been an athletic director at two prep schools in LA.
Mr. Fisher has a BA from William and Mary and Master's degrees from Harvard and Hebrew Union College, with additional graduate and undergraduate work at Brandeis and Yeshiva University.
He lived in Israel for two years after college, spent five years in TV on- and off-camera at several networks and local stations, and was the senior editor for a national children's newspaper based in Los Angeles.
Mr. Fisher plays a little tennis, loves detective stories and novels (especially the hard-boiled American genre), and listens to Italian opera whenever he can.
Mr. Bushee attended the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in the field of Biochemistry in 1990. From there he moved to Chicago where Mr. Bushee worked in a Biochemistry lab at Rush Presbyterian Saint Luke's hospital during the day and studied at the Chicago campus of the University of Illinois at night. In 1994, he earned his Master's degree in the field of Education.
Mr. Bushee's teaching career began in the Fall of 1994 when he began teaching at Whitney Young Magnet High School in Chicago. He taught science there for three years. In 1997, he moved to Los Angeles and began teaching in the science department at Beverly Hills High School, where he has taught ever since. Mr. Bushee just started his 18th year at Beverly Hills High School. He has mostly specialized in Chemistry over his career, but has kept up with the other two major branches of science, Biology and Physics.
Over the years, he has taught science in many summer programs in and around Los Angeles. He now adds to his experience Yeshivat Ohr Chanoch , where he is excited to teach both Biology and Chemistry in a new setting.
( On Leave with Peace Corps in Macedonia)
Mr. Brantner earned his Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in History from California State University, Northridge. He specializes in the history of Greek and Roman civilization, particularly the emotional and psychological world of the Romans. His Master’s thesis was on Post-traumatic Stress Disorder in ancient Rome. Mr. Brantner also holds a Post-Baccalaureate Degree in Classics from UCLA, through which he gained the ability to read ancient Greek and Roman documents in their original languages.
Mr. Brantner has had the fortune of extensive travel through Europe, North Africa, and the near East during his studies, and has visited in person many of the historical sites about which he teaches his students.
In his spare time, Mr. Brantner enjoys backpacking, skiing, and boogey-boarding. He has practiced martial arts for about eight years and holds a 2nd degree black belt in Shorinjiryu Karate, as well as belts in Judo and Jujitsu. In 2014-15 he will be teaching English, World History I, and World History II at Yeshivat Ohr Chanoch. Mr. Brantner has a deep passion for the drama of the human story, and is honored at the opportunity to pass that passion down to the next generation of scholars.
Adam Rafkin teaches English 11 and American History. He holds a B.A. in history, with honors from Emory University, where he also studied economics. He is currently a Ph.D student at the Univeristy of Southern California Annenberg School of Communication, Political Economy and Entertainment track.
His interest include story telling, rhetoric, 20th century Film, and history of all sorts. Mr. Rafkin is originally from Jupiter, Fl, where he attended Dreyfoos School of the Arts. Mr. Rafkin had a positive high school experience himself, and strives to recreate the same for his students.
Tim Butterfield teaches History, Economics, and P.E. at Yeshivat Ohr Chanoch and holds single subject teaching credentials in Japanese and Social Science. Tim grew up in Ontario, Canada and earned his BA in Economics from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.
After graduating, Tim decided that he wanted to experience living abroad, so he got a job as an English teacher and moved to Fukuoka in southern Japan. After three years in Fukuoka and another year teaching in Hiroshima, Tim moved back to North America.
In 2007, he and his wife moved to Los Angeles and after a couple years working in other fields he decided that working in education was much more rewarding. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife and daughters, cycling, playing tennis and basketball, reading, listening to music and watching Japanese TV shows.