Michelle Crincoli has almost two decades of classroom teaching and professional writing experience. She has spent the last 12 years at Shalhevet High School in Los Angeles. As the English Department Chair, Michelle has redesigned the curriculum to reflect a more writing-centered approach to learning literature. She is the student advisor for the Women's Luncheon, the GSA, the film club and the literary magazine. Michelle is also a professional screenwriter and has won multiple awards for her original TV pilots and short films. In her personal time, she loves to read and spend time with her husband and her dog.
Josh Meisel has been involved in formal and informal education for over a decade. After graduating from Shalhevet High School, Josh attended Yeshivat Hakotel and then joined the IDF, serving in the Golani Brigade. Josh worked with NCSY in Israel, helping to create a new program for American teenage olim, many of whom were having trouble adjusting to life in Israel. He began his experience in formal education at Shalhevet High School, serving as a learning specialist in Judaic studies to assist students with learning difficulties and help integrate students of various backgrounds into “mainstream” courses. While in Los Angeles, Josh also spent his time with Bnei Akiva as City Coordinator of Programming and led Teen Minyan at Bnai David Young Judaea. Josh has also spent summers a Moshava Wildrose as Education and Sports Director, as well as the Machal High School Program Head and Coordinator. For the past two years, Josh has served as the Mashgiach Ruchani and Director of Student Life in Seattle at Northwest Yeshiva High School, while teaching Tanakh, Jewish Practice and Law and Middle East studies. In his free time, Josh enjoys learning Torah, reading, playing sports and spending time with his family.