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Meet our Educators

Welcome to GHIS, an exciting and exceptional international high school.

GHIS has been designed to allow young people a world-class educational experience that equips them with the appropriate tools, knowledge, and skills for life in a diverse globalized society. We offer our students the internationally acclaimed IB Diploma Programme, a ground-breaking and award-winning extracurriculum program, life in a thriving campus, and a team of highly experienced, qualified and dedicated educators.

Our mission is to develop a network of young leaders who promote shared, just and inclusive societies in the world. We believe that this mission is imperative in today’s world, as we observe social polarization and crises across the globe. Givat Haviva has been doing exactly that for more than 70 years, so for us, GHIS is a step forward on solid ground. We see leadership as the agency, power, and desire to connect people in order to make the world a better place.

Our most important commitment is to our students. We are committed to their well-being at all times, to their personal growth, and to their academic success. For that purpose, we operate extensive support systems ranging from pastoral and emotional care, highly trained boarding staff, a learning support center one-on-one tutoring, a well-equipped library, access to online university libraries, careers counseling and guidance through the university application process. We ensure that each of our students is matched with a teacher-mentor throughout their two years at school in order to holistically support our students’ development and well-being.

Above all GHIS is a community of eager and passionate leaders. We believe in people. We believe in education. We believe that our graduates will carry our mission and expertise and go forward to transform the world by connecting people and making their societies fairer, more just and more inclusive, wherever they are.

Yours,

Yuval Dvir,  Head of GHIS

Yaniv Sagee | CEO Givat Haviva
Yaniv Sagee | CEO Givat Haviva
Yaniv Sagee | CEO Givat Haviva  | 

As CEO of Givat Haviva, Yaniv is one of Israel’s primary leaders of shared society. In this role has worked tirelessly to create a range of programs at Givat Haviva which promote these values in an attempt to expose as many citizens as possible to the benefits of working together.

“Central to the expansion of shared society is good leadership,” says Yaniv. He knew that the most effective way to create a new generation of Israeli leaders was to establish a Jewish and Arab high school on campus, which would focus on conflict resolution and leadership skills. This was the genesis of GHIS.

Nurit Gery | Executive Director GHIS and GH International
Nurit Gery | Executive Director GHIS and GH International
Nurit Gery | Executive Director GHIS and GH International  | 

After 20 years in the corporate world, Nurit chose to make a career change from a senior management position at GSK Pharmaceuticals to a social venture. She joined Givat Haviva in 2015 and co-founded GHIS with Yuval and Yaniv. Nurit has travelled around the world building a network of partners, friends and supporters with GHIS at its core.

“Together, a group of people of all faiths, from the US and around the world, are building a like-minded community much larger that the GHIS population,” says Nurit. “This is what I call the GHIS impact, and I am grateful for the incredible commitment and contribution of all supporters.”

Nurit obtained a B.A. in Biology from Technion—Israel Institute of Technology and an MBA from USF, California.

Yuval Dvir | Head of GHIS
Yuval Dvir | Head of GHIS
Yuval Dvir | Head of GHIS  |  coordinator@gh-is.org

Yuval is the Head of GHIS, which he co-founded with Yaniv and Nurit. For him the school is where his vision and educational philosophy is being fully realized.

Yuval is also a doctoral candidate at the Institute of Education in University College London, where he is researching the effects of the global education administration on education policy in Israel. He participates in a leading international research group.

Yuval has a B.A. in Economics and Business Management, an M.A. in Education Leadership and Administration, and an M.Mus. in Musical Performance - all from Tel Aviv University.

Hadas Talmon | Director of Boarding, CAS Director
Hadas Talmon | Director of Boarding, CAS Director
Hadas Talmon | Director of Boarding, CAS Director  | 

Hadas spent an impactful year at the Arava Institute with internationals, including Palestininans and Jordanians, which opened her mind to the power of cooperation in a multicultural setting. “When I heard about GHIS, I knew I had to be involved helping a new generation of young Israelis learn it is possible to listen and respect others’ opinions without judgment,” she says. She now lives on campus with her young family and is available to students 24/7.

Immediately prior to joining GHIS, Hadas was a geo-political tour guide and involved in environmental education.

Hadas earned her B.A. in Geography and Environmental Development from Ben Gurion University and an M.A. in Natural Resource and Environmental Management from the University of Haifa.

Yardena Spector-Nizri | Director of Admissions and Alumni
Yardena Spector-Nizri | Director of Admissions and Alumni
Yardena Spector-Nizri | Director of Admissions and Alumni  | 

Yardena sees a direct connection between her teenage role as the founder of the Scout troop in Kfar Saba and the milestones that connect her professional life. Each involved her creating something from scratch, guiding teams, taking responsibility, and managing big and complex projects.

Timing is everything. Even before GHIS was founded, she was there to help—originally as a volunteer and later as the director of student recruitment. “I am proud to be the first person that potential students meet in their interview, and the one who will stay connected as they become alumni. I feel as if they are my own children and am honored to celebrate their successes with them.”

Yardena obtained her B.A. in Education and Political Science from the Hebrew University, and has recently completed an M.A. in American Jewish Studies from University of Haifa.

Clare King Lassman | Director of Partnerships
Clare King Lassman | Director of Partnerships
Clare King Lassman | Director of Partnerships  | 

Clare joined GHIS in 2017 as fundraiser for this new initiative, forming part of the founding team that brought the project to life. GHIS gives Clare the perfect platform to share the very best of Israel with an international audience.“In 10 or 20 years, we will see GHIS alumni leading their peers and making this region and the world a better place,” says Clare.

Clare came on sabbatical from the U.K. to Israel in 2007 and volunteered in initiatives bringing together Arabs and Jews. Understanding that there was a great need to bridge the divide and wishing to connect diaspora Jewry to shared society projects, Clare and her family decided to settle in Israel. She has been working in this field ever since.

Before gaining her B.A. from Sussex University, Clare graduated from the Institute for Youth Leaders from Abroad in Jerusalem.

Maysaa Asaly-Bwirit | Vice-Principal, Arabic Language and Literature
Maysaa Asaly-Bwirit | Vice-Principal, Arabic Language and Literature
Maysaa Asaly-Bwirit | Vice-Principal, Arabic Language and Literature  | 

Prior to joining GHIS, Maysaa was one of the founders of Gesher al-Wadi, a school for Arabs and Jews in Kafr Qara, and also taught at the Arab-Jewish School in Neve Shalom.

“Working at GHIS is a unique experience that allows me to explore and learn about other cultures from around the world and the conflicts that are taking place there,” says Maysaa.

Maysaa earned a joint degree in Arabic Language and Literature, and Middle Eastern History from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and an M.A. in Leadership and Management of Education Systems from Bar Ilan University.

 

Hannah Wilpon | IB Coordinator, Head of English
Hannah Wilpon | IB Coordinator, Head of English
Hannah Wilpon | IB Coordinator, Head of English  | 

Hannah came to Israel from Washington D.C. as a teaching fellow with the Masa Israel Journey program, where she taught English to middle school students. As the year came to an end, she decided to stay and joined GHIS. “I like  to be busy,” says Hannah. “So, as well as teaching English language and literature, and Spanish (ab initio), I recently took on the challenge of becoming the IBDP coordinator.”

Hannah earned a B.A. in History from Elon University, North Carolina and is also a certified history teacher.

Assaf Dagai | Mathematics, Computer Science
Assaf Dagai | Mathematics, Computer Science
Assaf Dagai | Mathematics, Computer Science  | 

As a youth Assaf was a professional soccer player in the US before beginning a long and successful career at Amadocs in Israel. Always one for giving back, Assaf taught math at a local high school and found this to be a ray of light in his intensive routine.

In 2018, Assaf decided to leave his hi-tech career behind in order to teach math and computer science at GHIS. Assaf is an adored teacher and colleague, has spearheaded the planting of a forest and is beautifying the school’s open spaces with the creation of a sustainable garden.

“I believe the essence of education is to teach learning skills which strengthens the self-confidence of the student, building their ability to communicate effectively with each other,” says Assaf.

Assaf earned his B.A. in Finance and Business Management with a minor in Computer Science from Connecticut State University. His M.A. is in Management, Leadership and Education from the University of Haifa.

Tamar Eshel | Mathematics
Tamar Eshel | Mathematics
Tamar Eshel | Mathematics  | 

Becoming a high school teacher was a professionally unexpected diversion for Tamar who, prior to joining GHIS, was a statistics mentor at the Open University of Israel and a statistician at the College of Management Academic Studies in Reshon L’Tsiyon.

“Teaching a diverse group of students at GHIS has broadened my horizons and allowed me to put my values into action,” says Tamar, who has a reputation for being wholly devoted to her students.

Tamar earned her B.A. in Economics and Agriculture from the Hebrew University’s Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment in Rehovot, and her M.A. in Statistics from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Efrat Gal | Visual Arts
Efrat Gal | Visual Arts
Efrat Gal | Visual Arts  | 

Efrat was co-founder of the Alfred Cooperative Institute for Art & Culture, and was the director of Rawart Gallery in Tel Aviv.

“Art is a tool to engage with issues of identity and self-expression, and to express political and social issues”, says Efrat. “The IB’s high-level curriculum enables the students to combine theory and practice as they examine and analyze the essence of art works.”

Efrat earned a B.A. in Art from Hamidrasha at Beit Berl and an M.A. in Fine Arts from Utrecht School of Arts (HKU).

Haya Gelman | Hebrew Literature, Mentor
Haya Gelman | Hebrew Literature, Mentor
Haya Gelman | Hebrew Literature, Mentor  | 

Haya had not planned to continue teaching, but after meeting the students and faculty at GHIS she knew that joining was the only way forward.

“Literature and humanities enable my students to learn how to rethink their life and surroundings in open and pluralistic ways,” says Haya. “I see my role as opening their minds and teaching them tools to develop critical and broad thinking.” As a mentor, Haya aims to support her mentees through their two years in this unique school.

Haya earned her B.A. in Mass Communication and Management from Tel Aviv University and M.A. in Hebrew Comparative Literature from the University of Haifa.

Kety Khoury | Chemistry
Kety Khoury | Chemistry
Kety Khoury | Chemistry  | 

Kety is an extremely experienced and highly sought-after Chemistry teacher. Prior to GHIS, she worked many years as a lecturer at Madatech, Israel National Museum of Science, Technology and Space and also taught at top high schools in Haifa.

“GHIS is a special place which allows me to develop my abilities and express myself,” says Kety. “I am accepted by students and staff as I am - which is different from other places I have worked.”

Kety obtained a B.Sc in Chemistry Education and a Teaching Certificate from Technion—Israel Institute of Technology, an M.Sc. in Education in Technology and Science, and a B.Sc. Chemistry from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Natalie Krasnostein | Theater
Natalie Krasnostein | Theater
Natalie Krasnostein | Theater  | 

Natalie came to Israel five years ago from Melbourne.

“Joining GHIS to teach theater was a natural move, allowing me to fulfill my ideas and ideals while connecting with the country I now call home,” says Natalie.

Natalie is also an artist and theater actress. She has a B.Sc. in Psychology from Curtin University in Perth, a Diploma of Education from Victoria University in Melbourne, and is a graduate of John Bolton Theatre School.

Karine Roch | Biology
Karine Roch | Biology
Karine Roch | Biology  | 

Karine is an IBDP graduate from UWC Atlantic College, Wales. Joining GHIS as a mentor and biology teacher was therefore a natural choice for her.

“As a mentor, I aim to be a role model, guiding students to efficiently manage their time and to support them with their academic assignments,” says Karine. “As a biology teacher my mission is to raise their awareness of the climate crisis and promote a positive relationship between humans and the environment.”

Karine earned her B.Sc. in Ecology at the University of Otago, New Zealand, and her M.A. in Environmental Management from the University of New South Wales, Australia.

Kerrie Shvaike | Global Politics, English
Kerrie Shvaike | Global Politics, English
Kerrie Shvaike | Global Politics, English  | 

Kerrie has been writing all her life—she was a journalist and worked in radio before deciding that teaching was her true vocation.

Kerrie has always believed in the advantages students gain from living in a multicultural and diverse environment, and she wants to show GHIS students that any of them can have an impact if they chose the path of politics.

“The IB system gives me the leeway to teach new things and develop new initiatives,” says Kerrie. “I encourage the students to always speak up, even when they do not feel confident."

Kerrie has an M.A. in Politics from the  University of Edinburgh, a UK Teaching Certificate from University of London, Celta English Teaching Certificate from Cambridge University, and is currently working on an  M.A. Education at the University of Bath.

Fee Winkenbach | Conflict Communication Advisor
Fee Winkenbach | Conflict Communication Advisor
Fee Winkenbach | Conflict Communication Advisor  | 

At GHIS, students don’t simply learn conflict resolution skills, they live them. In building a democratic community comprising a diverse population with opposing narratives, attention is focused on listening to others, without judgment or fear. This is Fee’s role.

“Conflicts exist everywhere in our lives,” says Fee, “so GHIS is fertile ground for me to apply my knowledge and tools to teach students how to manage collective and interpersonal conflicts through dynamic groups and personal relationships.”

Fee has a B.Sc. in Business Psychology from Leuphana University, Lüneberg, and an M.A. in Adult Education/Lifelong Learning from Humboldt University, Berlin. She came to Israel to gain an M.A. in Peace and Conflict Management from University of Haifa.

Dr. Josh Yarden | World Religions, Theory of Knowledge
Dr. Josh Yarden | World Religions, Theory of Knowledge
Dr. Josh Yarden | World Religions, Theory of Knowledge  | 

For Josh, teaching at GHIS is akin to closure. He came to Israel as a youth and lived on Kibbutz Ein Hashofet, teaching, lecturing and facilitating encounters between Jewish and Arab groups. After the Jewish Agency sent him as an emissary to work with Jewish youth in New York, Josh continued to teach at the American Hebrew Academy while completing his doctoral studies.

“I originally intended to learn Arabic at Givat Haviva, but when he heard about GHIS, it felt like fate and I knew this was my calling,” says Josh. “This amazing school has become central to my life.”

Josh earned a B.A. in Middle East Studies from McGill University, Montreal, an M.A. in History of Israel from University of Haifa, and a Ph.D. in Education from University of Pennsylvania. He is also a graduate of the Institute for Youth Leaders from Abroad in Jerusalem.

 

Hiba Younis | School Adminstrator, Arabic
Hiba Younis | School Adminstrator, Arabic
Hiba Younis | School Adminstrator, Arabic  | 

Hiba is a GHIS superstar—no job is too big or too small. She is a mentor, Arabic teacher (ab initio) and a school administrator. Totally dependable, Hiba is outstanding in everything she does.

“To be a mentor is to give the students support as a mother,” says Hiba. “To be a teacher at GHIS is a totally different experience from my work in other schools. I wish I could have been a student here.”

Hiba obtained her B.A. from El Qasame College and M.A. in English Literature from Bar Ilan University.

Carrie Golan | Therapeutic Counselor
Carrie Golan | Therapeutic Counselor
Carrie Golan | Therapeutic Counselor  | 

Carrie relishes the challenge at GHIS deciphering cultures and creating a safe atmosphere for students who need her support. She uses a combination of individual and group therapy, and gives consultation to the educational staff.

Prior to joining GHIS, Carrie worked as a therapist at the Technion—Israel Institute of Technology and taught drama therapy at the Kesher Association in Kiryat Ata.

Carrie obtained her B.A. in Theatre Performance from Marymount Manhattan College and M.A. in Creative Arts/Drama Therapy from Haifa University.

Tal Toren | Boarding Counselor
Tal Toren | Boarding Counselor
Tal Toren | Boarding Counselor  | 

For Tal, GHIS has opened the door to an enriching and challenging international experience.

During her military service, she acquired skills as an education instructor developing programs and methods for soldiers’ education. After her release, she was determined to find a job with significant value and is embracing her GHIS role with everything that she is.

Benny Tavory | Volunteer Extraordinaire
Benny Tavory | Volunteer Extraordinaire
Benny Tavory | Volunteer Extraordinaire  | 

Having recently retired, Benny was looking for a new challenge. Living close to GHIS, he had heard about this unique school and offered his services when it was established. As a mentor and personal tutor, he is deeply connected to the students, to whom he is wholly committed.

Benny’s professional path took many twists and turns—between periods in the security services he worked in agriculture, education and industry on the kibbutz where he lived.

Rana Zahalka Younis | Educational Counselor
Rana Zahalka Younis | Educational Counselor
Rana Zahalka Younis | Educational Counselor  | 

Rana is an experienced high school educational counselor and was the psychological counselor at the International School at the Technion—Israel Institute of Technology. Previously, she was the director of the Youth Education Unit in Ar’ara Municipality.

Among her many different positions, Rana is most proud of her role guiding teachers and principals in the City Without Violence program. “The aim is to educate children and youth about alternatives to violent behavior by providing them with tools and activities which stress the importance of human dignity, tolerance and coexistence,” says Rana.

Rana earned her B.A in Behavioral Science and Psychology from Max Stern Emek Israel College, and an M.Ed. in Educational Counselling from Beit Berl, Haifa.

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University Counseling

Our career guidance and university counselling service  supports students throughout the entire university application process.  Through group and individual meetings our counselors, offering advice, exposing students to guidelines and deadlines and providing students with the opportunity to ask questions and raise concerns.

Throughout their stay at GHIS, students will be provided with guidance for the university application processes.