General Studies

Mr. Charles Carter

Mr. Charles B. Carter, III is a native of Atlanta, Georgia.  He is also a product of the Atlanta Public School System and a graduate of Tennessee State University where he attained a Bachelor's of Business Administration in Accounting and  post secondary work in education.  Mr. Carter has been in the education field since 2000 as a Special Education Teacher (MID), Middle School Math and currently teaches Middle School English in Clayton County Schools.  He joined the Yeshiva Ohr Yisrael faculty in September of 2018 and currently teaches 10th and 11th grade English. As Mr. Carter says, "I teach because I love children and want to make a difference in the lives of my students and leave a positive impact on this world." When asked why he teaches, the answer is always the same: "If not me...then who."

Mr. Chris Ellis

Mr. Christopher Ellis is a native of Atlanta.  He attended Auburn University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics, concentrating on Actuarial Science.  He discovered that teaching was a more rewarding and fun career than working in insurance. Mr. Ellis holds certification from the state of Georgia in all content areas of secondary mathematics.  He has been with Yeshiva Ohr Yisrael since 2015, having taught all different levels of mathematics.

Mr. William Ellis

Mr.William Ellis attended both the University of Georgia and Georgia State University. He holds a BS Ed. in Secondary Social Science Education and a Masters in Educational Leadership and Supervision. He taught in the Gwinnet County school system for over 35 years; was department chair for eleven years; and served on the committee that developed the geography certification test used in the State of Georgia to certify teacher expertise in the subject of geography.  Mr. Ellis began teaching at Yeshiva Ohr Yisrael in the fall of 2009 and now teaches the full range of social sciences including AP US History and AP US Government.

Mr. David Jaffe

Mr. David Jaffe is a proud Atlanta native. He received his Bachelors of Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and went on to earn a Masters in Mechanical Engineering, focusing on manufacturing processes,  also from Georgia Tech. After finishing his masters degree, he spent two years learning in yeshiva in Jerusalem. Mr. Jaffe joined Yeshiva Ohr Yisrael in 2016 to teach Geometry. Presently, he lives in the Toco Hill community with his wife and son.

Dr. Richard Katz

Dr. Richard Katz is a trained linguist, specializing in language history and how grammatical features come about. He earned his Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Georgia in 2016 and moved from Athens to Atlanta so that his wife could pursue her career in accounting. He first came to Yeshiva Ohr Yisrael in the fall of 2018 where he teaches Language Arts and English to the 9th and 12th grade. In class, he works on strengthening students' skills in close reading and argumentative writing. Outside of class, he is writing a book about the history of grammatical structures like the perfect tense. He and his wife have a two year-old son.

Mr. Phil Silverman

Mr. Phil Silverman, a native of Long Island, NY, attended both Georgia Tech and Georgia State Universities, where he earned a Bachelors of Mechanical Engineering and a Masters in Actuarial Science, respectively. After 15 years in those fields, he decided that working with students is a lot more exciting than sitting in front of a computer all day. He came to YOY in 2013 after having taught Algebra I in YOY's founding year. He also taught pre-calculus at another private school, and is an ACT and SAT tutor.

Dr. Mark Yates

Dr. Mark Yates received degrees in chemistry and biology from Atlanta Metropolitan College and Georgia State University, as well as a master’s degree in neurobiology.  He recently finished his Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies from Georgia State University, where he conducts research and works as an instructor of educators. Dr. Yates has been with YOY since its inception, and has taught biology, chemistry, physics and environmental science.  He believes that laboratory activity is a key component of science education because the lab is where theory comes to life.