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Rabbeim

Rabbi Abramchik

Rabbi Noam Abramchik

Rosh Yeshiva

Rabbi Noam Abramchik has been a rosh yeshiva at PTI since its inception in 2003. He is a graduate of Touro College (New York) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management, and received his Smicha Yoreh-Yoreh/Yadin- Yadin (Advanced Rabbinic Ordination) from the Rabbinical Seminary of America. Rabbi Abramchik studied at Yeshivas Chofetz Chaim for 17 years. He was active in outreach and youth programming, including directing a large NCSY chapter in Queens, New York. In 2002 Rabbi Abramchik, who is known for his warmth, patience and passion, founded the Pacific Torah Institute and has been serving as one of the Roshei Yeshiva ever since. Rabbi Abramchik’s wife, Rivka, is a professional educator and administrator. The Abramchiks have two children, Yehudah Melech and Michal.

 

Rabbi Kamin

Rabbi Aaron Kamin

Rosh Yeshiva

Rabbi Kamin joined PTI as Rosh Yeshiva in 2006. He received his Smicha Yoreh-Yoreh/Yadin-Yadin (Advanced Rabbinic Ordination) from the Rabbinical Seminary of America, Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim. This was the culmination of 16 years of intensive study, including two years on the Jerusalem campus. Rabbi Kamin’s leadership qualities and expertise in Talmudic study brought him to the position of Rosh Yeshiva of Mesivta of Roslyn, Josef Grunberg Torah Academy. While teaching high school and Beis Medrash classes, he became known for his enthusiasm, concern for each student and love of sharing Torah values. Rabbi Kamin’s broad experience includes developing outreach programs for public school children, teaching Gemara in Mesivta of Forest Hills, and serving as a guest lecturer in several Synagogues in Queens and Long Island, NY. Rabbi Kamin brings a high level of commitment to education and love of working with students to PTI. Rabbi Kamin’s wife, Rochel, is an Occupational therapist, and is the director of Vancouver Occupational Therapy For Kids.

 

Rabbi Meltzer

Rabbi Shalom Meltzer

Rabbi Meltzer, joined PTI in 2004. He received his Smicha Yoreh/Yadin- Yadin (Advanced Rabbinic Ordination) from Rabbinical Seminary of America, Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim. This was the culmination of 16 years of intense study, including a year on the Milwaukee campus. Concurrently, Rabbi Meltzer earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Touro College, and sat for the CPA exam. Rabbi Meltzer’s dynamic teaching skills were honed by his 5 years as an advisor for the Bronx Chapter of NCSY, where he was noted for the care and concern he showed for each and every one of his students.

In 2000, Rabbi Meltzer was appointed coordinator of Torah U’mesora’s Hemshech Program in Queens, NY. He currently teaches various shiurim in the Yeshiva, teaching every student in the high school at one point or another. In the afternoons, Rabbi Meltzer teaches at Shalhevet High School for Girls. Rabbi Meltzer’s wife, Shira, is a Speech Language Pathologist, and presently runs her own private practice. The Meltzers and their five children are excited to be able to continue on their path of spreading Torah in Vancouver.

 

Rabbi Spector

Rabbi Doniel Spector

Rabbi Spector joined PTI in 2014. He received his Ordination from the Rabbinical Seminary of America, Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim. Originally from Chicago Illinois, Rabbi Spector attended high school at The Wisconsin Institute for Torah Studies, continuing his post-secondary studies at the Rabbinical Seminary of America  in Queens, NY. Rabbi Spector spent the year after receiving ordination as a teaching assistant in the Rosh Hayeshiva’s Shiur in Chofetz Chaim, where he used his warmth and excitement to guide the talmidim. Additionally, he gave an early morning Talmud class to community members.

Rabbi Spector and his wife Bracha (nee Haskell) are excited to join the vibrant Vancouver community, and be a part of the enrichment of Torah in Vancouver. Bracha currently serves as Dean of Students at Shalhevet Girl’s High School.

 


General Studies

Mr. Cameron

Mr. Colin Cameron

Principal of General Studies

Mr. Cameron is a graduate of the University of Victoria and has recently settled in Vancouver with his wife and son. Mr. Cameron has several years of prior teaching experiences as an instructor at Selkirk College in Castlegar, BC from 1999-2002 in the Faculty of Business Entrepreneurship and Technology and the Faculty of Renewable Resources. He also volunteered at the Castlegar and District Youth Centre. Prior to 1998, Mr. Cameron worked in the computer applications industry. He is a member of the Golden Key Honours Society, Canadian Information Processing Society and is a Microsoft Certified Professional. We were privileged to have him as our Language Arts teacher in the past, and he now joins us as Principal of General Studies.

Mr. Cameron loves to sea kayak, camp, hike, telemark, downhill and cross-country ski. Mr. Cameron is an accomplished triathlete, swimmer and runner, and has enjoyed bike racing. His most recent endurance sport accomplishment is the completion of four marathons in the past three years.

 

Mr. Jordan Ackermann

Science, Mathematics

Mr. Ackermann graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Chemistry and a minor in Political Science, and a Bachelor of Education degree. He is passionate about the role of science in modern society and draws inspiration and classroom lessons from the daily events around us.

Mr. Ackermann worked for over a year at Science World British Columbia, developing both the Science workshop curriculum and activities and facilitating scientific inquiry with thousands of adults and children. He has also volunteered as a science fair mentor and judge at a public school and with UBC’s extensive “Let’s Talk Science” public outreach program.

Mr. Ackerman hopes to inspire students to think critically about problem-solving and to examine events around them, looking for causes and solutions.

 

Mr. Alan Tsoi

Mathematics

Mr. Tsoi received his B.Sc. and B.Ed. degrees from Saskatchewan and started his teaching career in the early 80’s. With over 30 years of teaching experience in Saskatchewan, Hong Kong and 25 years in British Columbia, Mr. Tsoi is well-versed in classroom instruction, especially in Mathematics.

Mr. Tsoi enjoys hiking and daily jogging. He tries to make Mathematics interesting and fun for students and especially enjoys helping students learn the steps of problem-solving, including an understanding of the importance of Math in daily life and careers.

 

 

Mr. Ian Mills

Social Studies, Physical Education, Athletics Director

Mr. Mills holds a degree in Social Studies and Geography from McMaster University and a Bachelor of Education degree from UBC. He has lived in Vancouver since 2011, except for time spent in Melbourne, Australia where he traveled extensively and taught high school classes.

Originally from Southern Ontario, Mr. Mills is passionate about history, learning and working with high school students. He is committed to meeting the needs of students and to creating positive relationships with and between students.

Mr. Mills has been involved in coaching sports teams; something he hopes will prove invaluable as he guides our boys on the basketball court. Mr. Mills enjoys outdoor activities, including snowboarding, tenting and hiking on the North Shore. Alongside cooking, Mr. Mills enjoys meeting and learning with new people and is very excited to be working with our high school students and faculty.

 

Mr. Jim Shaw

English

Mr. Shaw holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, with majors in English and History, and a Bachelor of Education degree, from the University of British Columbia. His passions for both literature and history have fuelled his world travels and influenced subsequent experiences which collectively inspire his classroom lessons.

While working in the English Department at the University of British Columbia, Mr. Shaw contributed to the Dictionary of Canadianisms on Historical Principles. He has also volunteered with UBC Trek outreach program for several years, providing after-school tutoring at various high schools in Vancouver.

Mr. Shaw also holds technical certification in Digital Design and Filmmaking from the Vancouver Film School. He has worked in the local film, web, and health care industries in both creative and administrative capacities. His gleaned knowledge has been put to practice in his own entrepreneurial endeavours.

Mr. Shaw is a born and raised Vancouverite who enjoys a myriad of hobbies and pursuits including skiing, cooking, and camping and scuba diving, some of which have influenced his travels. Mr. Shaw is very enthusiastic about teaching Language Arts and is excited about imparting that ardour to our students.

 


Administrative Staff

Mrs. Louise Beaton Comptroller
Mrs. Jennifer Dury Office Manager
Mr. Peter Vernon Executive Chef