Scott joined the EWS staff in 2015. Scott has been assisting individuals and organizations by maximizing their expertise in technology for most of his professional career. He found working in the educational domain the most rewarding, having directed technology endeavors in post-secondary education for fifteen years. Student, faculty, and staff interaction provide rewards beyond measure for Scott. At home, Scott enjoys studying martial arts and sparring with his sixteen-year-old son.
Upper School Guidance Counselor
Baylor University - B.S. University of Houston Clear Lake - M.S.
Laura joined the Emery/Weiner Upper School in 2012. She has an English and Social Studies composite teaching certification and a counseling certification for grades six through twelve. Prior to Emery she taught high school History and Government and worked as a high school and middle school guidance counselor for over a decade in Houston area public schools. With her background in large public schools, she has a special appreciation for the unique sense of community at Emery and the individualized attention and support the faculty can give our students. As the Upper School Counselor she provides emotional support and guidance for both students and parents. Outside of school Laura enjoys spending time with her husband and three daughters, watching sports, and baking and eating sweet treats.
Upper School Spanish Teacher
Bowling Green State University - B.A. University of Texas, Brownsville - Teaching Certification Piper Yoga - Yoga Certification
Ashley joined the Emery/Weiner School in 2008. She has taught everything from Spanish I - IV; on-level and honors. In 2016, she left Emery for a while to pursue her passion for health and wellness full-time and worked for Rice University as a Fitness & Wellness coordinator, yoga teacher, weight lifting instructor, and personal trainer. While at Rice she was able to serve as a bilingual liaison between the recreation center and the rest of the university and gave the Spanish-speaking community on campus access to wellness. She had a delightful time but very much missed the classroom during those three years. Since being back in action at Emery in 2019, Ashley teaches Spanish II, Spanish III, and Yoga and she is extremely happy about it. Before her first Emery stint, she was at the Marine Military Academy in Harlingen, Texas where she also taught Spanish. She is also an amateur oboist, piloting fanatic, and a credentialed Hufflepuff.
Michele joined the Emery/Weiner family after teaching in Houston public schools since 2010. During that time she has taught science courses from sixth to twelfth grade and founded a girls’ science club called Discover Her-izons. Michele currently teaches Biology, Chemistry, and Environmental Science. Outside of teaching, Michele loves to sew, bake, and travel. After college she had the opportunity to study Blue Head Wrasse in Dominica andshe counts her favorite trip as traveling to the Galapagos Islands with her mom in 2009. She also thinks spending time with her husband and two kids is pretty fun.
Director of Communications
University of New Hampshire - B.A. Whittemore School of Business and Economics - M.B.A.
Tavia has been with EWS since 2016. Before joining EWS Tavia was an educator, communications specialist, and freelance film and video production artist. She has taught Communications, Film, Theatre, Business, and Mathematics at both the College and High School levels. Her film portfolio focuses on short-form documentaries and additionally includes locally and nationally distributed feature-length documentaries, television commercials, and radio commercials. She also spent five summers directing a Pre-College Academic program for high school students. At EWS, Tavia supports the Advancement and Admissions Departments and maintains the School’s regular communications including printed materials, social media, website, email, video, and photography.
Upper School Science Teacher
Texas Tech University - B.S. Southern Methodist University - M.A.
Jon joined EWS in 2018 and teaches Physics I, Honors Physics II, and Advanced Physics. Prior to joining EWS he taught Physics, AP Physics, and Astronomy for five years at a Houston area High School. Prior to becoming a teacher, he was in banking and finance for 15 years working at two Fortune 100 companies. Jon graduated from Texas Tech with a bachelor's degree in Finance where he also earned 28 elective credits in advanced science courses. After leaving private industry to become a science teacher, Jon earned his master’s degree in Theological Studies from SMU to further his passion for understanding the intersections of science and theology. While at his previous school, he wrote the curriculum for and established an Astronomy program, a subject he loves to engage with and teach. He hopes to do the same for the students at EWS. In his free time Jon enjoys traveling, reading, spending time with his family and friends, homemade science projects, and looking at the night sky.
Upper School English Teacher
University of Houston - Ph.D. Miami University - B.A. Eastern Washington University - M.F.A.
David joined The Emery/Weiner School in 2018 and teaches Upper School English. He has over eight years experience teaching English at the university and high school levels. In 2012, he received a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Houston. He has published short stories in literary journals, as well as the anthology, Best New American Voices 2010. He is the father of two daughters, and will travel for food, coffee, and tennis courts.
Julie has been with EWS since 2008. Prior to her tenure at EWS, Julie taught biology, biochemistry, chemistry and anatomy and physiology at a private Catholic high school in Massachusetts. Julie has been teaching for the past 15 years and has taught every age group from seventh to twelfth grade. Julie graduated from Stonehill College, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology while competing in Division II cross-country and track for four years. Here at EWS, Julie has coached cross-country, led our sixth through eighth grade advisory program and currently serves as the seventh grade team leader. When she’s not teaching, Julie loves hanging out with her husband and son, traveling, running and cooking.
Upper School English Teacher
University of Northern Iowa - B.A. Iowa Writers Workshop - M.F.A.
A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, BJ has written and taught poetry and literature for more than 15 years. In that time, he has created youth programs in Italy, led writing workshops in Sitka, Alaska, taught fiction and poetry writing for the Putney School Summer Programs in Vermont, and directed a group of young writers around Ireland. His writing has been published in many journals, magazines, newspapers, and anthologies. BJ started teaching sixth grade English at The Emery/Weiner School in 2015.
Middle School English Teacher
Texas Christian University - B.F.A. University of North Texas - M.Ed. University of London - Postgraduate Studies
Elaine joined EWS in 1998 and teaches eighth grade English. She received the EWS Preida Award for Teaching Excellence in 2010. She has been a 10th grade teacher at Congregation Emanu El since 2007 and helped lead the Shirley Barish Memorial Israel Experience in 2014 and 2016. In 2005, she was a Kivunim Summer Institute fellow in Israel. In 2003 she received the Irving Samuels Outstanding Teacher Award for Judaic Studies from the Jewish Federation of Houston and the national Grinspoon – Steinhardt Award for excellence in Jewish education. She studied at Yad Vashem’s International School of Holocaust Studies in Jerusalem, returning in 2008 for advanced studies. She has taught ESL for foreign business executives at the University of Houston. She began her career teaching high school in the Fort Worth public schools, before working at the Fort Worth Hebrew Day School, and then in the Cy-Fair public schools. She is co-founder of Garden Dreams Texas, specializing in micro batched locally sourced jams and marmalades. She is an avid gardener and yoga enthusiast and holds a BFA in Theatre Arts and English from T.C.U., a Masters of Education from the University of North Texas, and completed post graduate studies at the University of London.