Get to Know Derech Emunah

We often hear from prospective parents how impressed they are with the range of courses. We feel blessed to offer such an in-depth and well rounded education.

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Meet Our Amazing Team

Rabbi Shaul Engelsberg

Head of School. Holds Semicha from Kollel Avodas Levi of Ner Israel Rabbinical College, a certificate from Torah Umesorah for The Principals Fellowship, and a Masters in Education from John Hopkins University. He started his teaching career in Seattle in 1994 at the Seattle Hebrew Academy and at the Northwest Yeshiva High School. From 1999 - 2014 Rabbi Engelsberg taught in Detroit at Yeshiva Bais Yehudah and Bais Yaakov High School. Rabbi Engelsberg is excited to be leading Derech Emunah and inspiring each student to realize her own unique potential.

Rabbi Bresler

Teaches Halacha. Rabbi Bresler studied at Yeshiva Derech Ayson in Far Rockaway, N.Y. and Yeshivat Mir in Jerusalem before earning his Semicha from Rabbi Noach Weinberg at Aish Hatorah. He continued his post graduate studies at the Jerusalem Kollel under Rabbi Yitzchak Berkovitz. Rabbi Bresler moved to Seattle in 2004 and taught in the Seattle Kollel for over 10 years. He is now teaching Judaic studies at Torah Day School and Derech Emunah.

Mrs. Yael Shapira

Teaches Algebra I and Geometry. She was born and raised in Santiago, Chile, where she earned her bachelor degree in Architecture from Mayor University. Before moving to Seattle in 2014 Mrs. Schapira taught Judaic studies and art at the Maimonides School in Santiago. Mrs. Schapira loves to spend time with her family, take long walks in the neighborhood parks and to teach.

Mrs. Jessica Hoffman

Teaches General Studies: Humanities,  English Lit, Writing/Editing, Social Studies, and Public Speaking. She grew up in Seattle, WA, then earned a BA in English Literature from Stern College for Women. Mrs. Hoffman worked in NY as a book editor, and has been an informal teen educator for the past 9 years. She loves to read, CrossFit, and work with teenagers.


Mrs. Aliza Genauer

Judaic Studies, is teaching Jewish History, Mishlei and Parsha. She grew up in Teaneck, NJ, where she attended Bruriah High School, then graduated with a BS from Stern College for Women. Mrs. Genauer and her husband, who have 3 children, have worked behind the scenes of education for many years, and she is pleased to now be in the classroom, working directly with students.

Mr. Stephen Fast

Teaches a once a week class on financial responsibility based on a curriculum developed specifically for high school girls by Mesila. Mr. Fast has a BA in Mathematics from Swarthmore College and an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School of Business. He has worked in a variety of positions in the financial world for over 3 decades, most recently as a financial advisor with the firm of Waddell & Reed.

Alex Daves

 Teaches Circus Arts. Alex grew up as a gymnast and studied Psychology and Dance at Oberlin College before going to Circus School in Australia at the National Institute of Circus Arts in Melbourne. She then became a coach and performer at the School for Acrobatics and New Circus Arts (SANCA), specializing in teaching children and the art of handstands. In 2013, she took a break from the circus to get her Master’s in Social Work from Boston College and now is back in Seattle teaching Circus Arts and working as a therapist at SANCA. Alex is excited to be able to provide Derech Emunah with the wonderful Art of Circus!

Mark Takamichi Miller

Teaches art at Derech Emunah. Mark is an established professional artist whose solo shows in New York’s Chelsea galleries and Los Angeles’ Chinatown district merit reviews in the New York Times, Art in America and numerous metropolitan publications. Prior to founding the Miller School of Art, he taught for over 25 years at universities throughout the country, including the University of Washington, Cornish College of the Arts, and the University of Oregon.


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