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Rabbi Eliyahu Kaufman is one of the founding Rabbis of Texas Torah Institute, and heads the TTI Bais Medrash Program together with with Rabbi Daniel Ringelheim. He received his Smicha Yoreh Yoreh / Yadin Yadin from the Rabbinical Seminary of America, Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim, and has been teaching since 1996. Rabbi kaufman’s keen insight and personal warmth have made him a very popular teacher, both among his TTI students, and within the community. He teaches the highest level Bais Medrash Shiur in TTI, and was a nominee of the coveted Gruss Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence. Rabbi Kaufman also has extensive experience in adult education, including Daf Yomi and advanced gemara classes for adults.
Rabbi Shlomo Pacht, who founded Texas Torah Institute to gether with Rabbi Kaufman, received his Smicha Yoreh Yoreh / Yadin Yadin from the Rabbinical Seminary of America, Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim, and his Master of Science in Educational Administration from the State University of New York at Brockport. He is well known for his warm rapport with all students, and his keen ability to understand each student’s individual needs. In addition to his administrative duties, Rabbi Pacht teaches the highest level Gemara Shiur in the high school.
Rabbi Daniel Ringelheim received his Smicha Yoreh Yoreh / Yadin Yadin from the Rabbinical Seminary of America, Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim. Having joined TTI in 2007 in the capacity of Rosh Hayeshiva, Rabbi Ringelheim is known for his outgoing personality, and has become beloved to students and community members alike. Together with Rabbi Eliyhau Kaufman, he heads TTI’s Bais Medrash program. Rabbi Ringelheim also teaches a Bais Medrash level shiur, serves as Director of Development, and is involved in the Yeshiva’s community outreach programs.
Rabbi Moshe Aryeh Tropper is the Assistant Menahel of TTI’s high school, and teaches 10th grade Gemara Iyun, Gemara Bekius, and Chumash. He received his Smicha Yoreh Yoreh / Yadin Yadin from the Rabbinical Seminary of America, Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim, and joined the staff of TTI in 2008. As Assistant Menahel of the high school, Rabbi Tropper provides assistance the talmidim to make sure that all of their personal and academic needs are met.
Mr. Fred Wagner, our Academic Dean, came to TTI in 2004, and brought with him the experience, skill and energy to turn the academic department of TTI into what it is today. Mr. Wagner, who holds a Masters in Education, and who was previously the high school principal at Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch in Amarillo, Texas, was the recipient of many educational honors and awards. He demands very high standards from TTI students and his teachers. Under his watch, the TTI academic program received the highest possible score from the SACS/CASI accreditation team, and he continues to push for excellence in all areas, by all students.
Rabbi Aryeh Rodin, who has lived in Dallas since 1983, is the Morah D’asrah of Congregation Ohev Shalom. He is a musmach of the Rabbinical Seminary of America / Yeshivas Chofetz Chaim, having received Yorah Yorah Yadin Yadin. Rabbi Rodin led the charge to bring TTI to Dallas, and continues to play a large part in the success and growth of the Yeshiva. Rabbi Rodin’s warmth and sincerity has made him a favorite in Dallas for almost 30 years. He serves as the Jewish Chaplain at Medical City Dallas Hospital, and is featured periodically in the Jewish Press. At TTI, Rabbi Rodin spends morning seder in the Bais Medrash, working with Talmidim to prepare for, and review the shiur.
Rabbi Zecharia Sionit is the dynamic spiritual leader of the Sefardic Torah Center of Dallas, a new shul in North Dallas, serving the sefardic community. He received his Smecha Yoreh Yoreh / Yadin Yadin from the Rabbinical Seminary of America, Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim, and joined TTI’s staff in 2010. Rabbi Sionit serves as Shoel U’maishiv to the Bais Medrash students in the afternoons, helping them during Bekius Seder.
Rabbi Reuven Rodin received his Smecha Yoreh Yoreh / Yadin Yadin from the Rabbinical Seminary of America, Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim. He teaches Gemara Bekius, and Chumash shiurim at TTI. In addition, Rabbi Rodin works one-on-one with students, helping to build their skills and knowledge.
Wade Bennet has been teaching Mathematics and Music at Texas Torah Institute since 2004. He has a bachelors and masters degrees in music education from the University of North Texas, as well as a graduate degree in mathematics from the University of Texas at Dallas. Mr. Bennett spent 18 years as a math teacher, music theory teacher, and choir director at Richardson ISD, before coming to TTI. At Richardson ISD, he was awarded the Superintendent’s Letter of Commendation, and was the UIL regional chairman of music. Mr. Bennett also served as coach of the RHS Academic Decathelon Team for 5 years, and was awarded the PTA Golden Eagle Award in 2003.
Don Hargrave, who has been a teacher and administrator for over 40 years, has been teaching at Texas Torah Institute since 2008. He has a B.A. in Sociology from Lee University, a Graduate Degree in Educational Psychology from Furman University, and Graduate Degree in Educational Leadership from Texas Women’s University. Mr. Hargrave has served as Headmaster, administrator, teacher, and athletic director in various schools, and he has been honored several times as “Teacher of the Year”.
Robert Power has been teaching High School English since 1998. He received his B.S. in Radio-TV-Film from the University of Texas in Austin, and graduate degree in Communications Studies at the University of North Texas. Before beginning to teach English, Mr. Power was a communications / advertising writer for over 20 years.
Rehan Walgama came on board this year as Texas Torah Institute’s science teacher. He holds a B.A. in History, with a minor in Biology from Texas A&M University and an M.A. in History from University of Texas at Arlington. He also completed teacher certification for the state of Texas at University of Texas at Tyler, and holds certification to teach history and science in Texas. Before he came to Texas Torah Institute, Mr. Walgama taught Biology, Chemistry, and Anatomy and Physiology at a Charter School in South Dallas. He also taught Pre-AP biology at Carrollton/Farmers Branch ISD.
Coach Lyndal Weaver is entering his fifth year as Head Basketball Coach for TTI and twenty-third overall year of coaching. Coach Weaver has coached basketball in several public school programs in Texas and Oklahoma along with serving as the first assistant basketball coach in UT Dallas history. Coach Weaver’s TTI Timberwolves basketball team has been very successful over the last four years, winning over 70 percent of their games. In 2011, TTI finished second in our division’s state basketball tournament.