Dr. Aurelie Lachish-Zalait
Head of the Teachers Unit
Aurelie Lachish-Zalait, director of the Teachers Professional Development Unit at the Davidson Institute of Science Education, the educational arm of the Weizmann Institute of Science.
Aurelie acquired a PhD in Chemistry from the Department of Materials and Interfaces at the Weizmann Institute of Science in 2005. Her research was focused on using chemical and physical methods for studying biological systems.
After completion of her post-doctoral training and working in the private sector for a few years, she returned to the Weizmann Institute to acquire a teaching certificate in chemistry from the Department of Science Teaching. In 2010 she began to work at the Davidson Institute of Science Education. In concurrence with development of study materials and mentoring high school students on research projects in labs of the Weizmann Institute, she has established, together with Dr. Avi Golan, the Shavit Track for Scientific Excellence in junior high schools. In addition, she teaches high school chemistry. From 2014 she has been directing the Teachers Professional Development Unit at the Davidson Institute. The unit develops and holds a variety of programs for the professional development of math and science teachers, while emphasizing active learning and offering continuous support for the teachers as they implement the programs in school.