Dr. Wendy Hirsch Weiner – Founder, Principal and Social Studies teacher- B.A., Tulane, M.J.C.S., Brandeis, Ed.D., Florida International University. Dr. Weiner has been an educator and advocate for students within the public school system who are not able to meet their potential. She has also designed alternative curricula for several educational institutions, including the University of Miami. Through her extensive educational background, Dr. Weiner has accumulated tremendous experience and knowledge, which she employs to assist students having a wide variety of learning styles.
Andrew “Andy” Sottilare – An actor and musician for over 20 years. A native Floridian, he studied acting with Robbie Burns, Mervin Nelson, Stewart Solomon, Gerald Owens and Ray Forcian. Andy has appeared in over 200 commercials, industrials, television series and films, as well as on stage, since 1989. He has studied improv since 1996 and is a member of Laughing Gas, Punch59 and They Improv. Andy has taught improv skills in corporate seminars and at Peaches School of Dance, in an after school program in North Miami Beach. His skills also include playing the guitar, signing, song writing, and writing and directing his own short films. He takes great pleasure in teaching improv, and acting in general, to new actors and sharing his lifetime of learning and growing as an actor.
Joyce A. Hawkins – M.Ed. in Counseling education and a B.S. in Psychology and Mathematics education. Ms. Hawkins was the math department head at Flanagan High School and was named ‘Teacher of the Year’ in 2015 by the Florida Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Ms. Hawkins individualizes a math program for every student and helps them to conquer their math phobias and excel in math.
Tracey A. Rockett – B.A. in classics from Franklin & Marshall College. Mrs. Rockett is a life-long student and teacher and advocate of classics. She did graduate work in the languages, history, philosophy, literature, art and archaeology of the Greeks and Romans, at the Universities of Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wales; and she participated in archaeological expeditions in England and Bulgaria. She led her middle- and high-school Latin students on a tour of Rome and Pompeii. Her approach to teaching is to make the study of language and history meaningful and engaging to students of all learning styles. Mrs. Rockett also studied for a time at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and likes to make use of art in her classroom, by presenting the “visuals” of the subject matter and encouraging students to express in their own art their insights about the subject. Her chief outside interest is animal rescue. Don’t ask her yet what to do with an iguana: Mrs. Rockett is from Philadelphia.
Nora Teitzman – Nora has been teaching middle and high school students for over thirty years. Mrs. Teitzman holds Florida Teacher Certifications in Social Studies 6-12, English 6-12, and Gifted Education K-12. She taught a variety of subjects including English, World and American History, Civics, Jewish History, Film Studies, Public Speaking, Creative Writing, Mythology, Drama, and developed a middle school advisory program. She is a member of the National Council for Social Studies and serves as Advisor to the National Honor Society. Before she came to Florida, she taught cooking and bread baking at the Herricks Adult Education Center in New Hyde Park, New York for six years. She enjoys writing poetry and has had several poems published.
Tyler Smith – B.F.A., Syracuse University, M.F.A. University of Indiana. His incredible experience as an art director and special effects designer took him through the worlds of television, feature film and special effects. Mr. Smith’s work has been seen on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Nickelodeon, MTV, Showtime in Paramount, Touchstone, Columbia and Zenith films. His sculpture and art talent is evident in all his work, most obviously in special effect makeup and robotic creatures. Mr. Smith also has extensive teaching experience and has been part of the Conservatory Prep family since its inception.
Laura Jones – Laura has a bachelor’s degree in Biology and is CPS’s science teacher. She has traveled the country as an environmental consultant and has 14 years of emergency experience including over a year on the BP Deep Horizon Oil Spill Response team and managing the safety of a team of consultants on the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina. She teaches science in a real-world atmosphere educating students on why it is relevant in their daily lives. Mrs. Jones is also the co-founder and Vice President of a successful equine rescue.
Joy Levy – MS in Education with an emphasis in Math. Ms. Levy has taught a wide range of subjects, including math, sewing, computer animation, and more. She tries to infuse creativity and art into the various math topics covered in class.
Yaron Sarch – B.M. (Bachelor of Music – Songwriting), Berklee College of Music, M.M. (Masters in Music), University of Miami. Yaron has been around music for his entire life. His parents are both Juilliard graduates. His mother was a concert pianist, and his father is a violinist and a college professor. He has been playing the piano since he was 3 years old. He also sings, and plays the trumpet, drums and guitar. Yaron was the singer, keyboardist, and primary songwriter for the NYC-based band Stereotype in the late 1990’s. He has performed and recorded with pop/rock acts at all levels – from unsigned bands to acts signed to independent and major record labels. He has sold music for use in television advertisements for many clients, including Herbal Essence, AT&T, Hyundai, and MasterCard. He also wrote and recorded all of the music for the off-Broadway play, Dilletantes and Debutantes. He continues to write, record and perform as regularly as he possibly can. He has taught music privately, at a music school, and in a traditional classroom setting.
Rachel Klein – B.F.A, native Floridian whose career has taken her regionally and overseas. Some of Rachel’s credits include: Christmas Carol (Mrs. Crachit/ ghost of Xmas past) Broward Center, Tony and Tina’s Wedding (Connie/nun) Broward Center, Fiddler on the Roof (Hodel) tour, I Write the Songs (music of Barry Manilow) IP Casino Mississippi, Guys and Dolls (Sarah Brown) Tel-Aviv Opera House Israel, Gypsy (Gypsy) Royal Palm Dinner Theatre, She brings to Conservatory Prep her theater and musical background into our English classes.