My name is Michael Washerstein. I have the privilege of teaching Language Arts and Jewish Studies as a member of the Middle School Staff at OJCS! Last year I moved to Ottawa from the United States. I was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I attended the Pennsylvania State University. I graduated from Penn State with a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education with a specialization in Social Studies.
Upon graduation from university, I participated in a 10-month MASA Israel Teaching Fellowship in Israel. My time is Israel was truly a life changing experience. I met my wife during my journey in Israel, which has led me to Canada.
I spent the last two years of my life teaching a variety of Social Studies courses at Northeast High School in Philadelphia. I am extremely excited to share my passion for teaching and learning with the entire OJCS community. I know that this year is going to be incredible. I look forward to playing a role in the transformative learning environment at OJCS!