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New resource specialist befriends all kinds of students

Students who are falling behind in classes or have trouble learning have a new Resource Learning Specialist, Mr. Josh Horwatt.  He also teaches an eighth grade math class.

Mr. Horwatt primarily teaches students with more intense needs, such as Autism or Aspbergers Syndrome, while Inclusion Specialists Beth Schoen and Mia Markoff focus on students who need remedial work in one or two subjects, evaluation for extra time on exams, or help with organizing.

“The [resource] program has always been here in some respect — it just hasn’t had as many teachers as they needed,” Mr. Horwatt said.

He also has an 11th-grade Advisory, and in September, he accompanied the seniors on their retreat in San Diego.  

“Even though we had just met him, I felt like I’d known him longer,” said senior Rachel Lesel.  “We all just clicked with him.”

Mr. Horwatt previously worked at Maimonides Academy and Sinai Akiba Academy.  At Sinai, he taught Judaic Studies for students with learning disabilities or students who merely learned at a lower level. At Maimonides, he worked with a program called Arrowsmith, a “cognitive brain training program,” he said.

In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, Eliyah, 4, and Nili, 2, doing outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, and fishing.  His favorite music is anything country or bluegrass, and his favorite movies are, as he describes, “the stupid comedies, like Will Ferrell movies.

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Tamar Willis, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus
Tamar Willis is a graduate of Princeton University where she wrote and served as business manager for the culture magazine Nassau Weekly. She joined the Boiling Point staff in ninth grade and served as Staff Writer, Features Editor, Outside News Editor and Sports Editor, winning national awards in feature writing from Quill and Scroll, the American Jewish Press Association and the Columbia Scholastic Press Association.  In high school, English and US History were her favorite subjects, and she loved to read and write, especially for the Boiling Point! Tamar says that if she were a punctuation mark, she would be an Oxford comma or an exclamation point.  Tamar could eat sushi for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and she thinks Clueless is one of the best movies ever made. Tamar was Deputy Editor and then Editor-in-Chief of the Boiling Point in 2013-14 school year, leading the paper to its second CSPA Gold Crown Award the following spring.  After graduating from Shalhevet, she attended the international-and-Israel gap year program Kivunim.  

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