Skaist, O’Brien not returning for 2016-17

By Eric Bazak and Ma'ayan Waldman

Two more teachers confirmed today that they would not be returning to Shalhevet next fall.

Judaic Studies teacher Mrs. Ruthie Skaist said it was her own idea to leave, and that she wanted to explore alternative career opportunities.

“It’s a good time in my life for me to find something different and new,” said Mrs. Skaist, who is currently in her fifth year at Shalhevet. “I’m not sure what that will be yet, but I’m excited for what is to come next.”
First-year English teacher Ms. Devon O’Brien also confirmed that she would not be returning.

“Lo bashamaim hi”  — it’s not in the heavens – Ms. O’Brien said, using Judaic knowledge she gained just this year.  She said she would say more at a later date. 

The news came just days after Dr. Michael Yoss, history teacher for 13 years, confirmed that his contract had not been renewed.
Mrs. Skaist has taught 9
th– and 10th-grade Jewish History, Tanach for every grade, and a Holocaust education course she herself initiated for the seniors. She also headed and expanded the Chesed Committee, devoted to community service projects.

Ms. O’Brien has been teaching AP Literature, 9th-grade English, and 10th-grade American Literature this year.