Byram Welcomes Mr. Kalish

(Photo by Emily Cott)

By Hannah Fink

With the 2016-17 school year now underway, students have been able to get to know a new addition to the mathematics department, Mr. Kalish.  

Mr. Kalish is a graduate of Brandeis University, where he majored in politics. Before beginning his teaching career, he worked as a copy editor at Boston Herald, mainly in the sports section. After working as a sports journalist, he realized he had a deeper interest in working with people. Mr. Kalish believed teaching would be a very “fulfilling career.”

Prior to his work at Byram Hills High School, Mr. Kalish worked at Stuyvesant High School in New York City, and most recently taught at Blind Brook High School. He has a passion for teaching Algebra II and Calculus. When asked what he likes most about teaching at Byram Hills High School, he replied, “I really enjoy the students here. They are willing to work hard and engage in the material. They are also very respectful. Additionally, I have found the faculty and the whole community to be very supportive.” Mr. Kalish expresses that “Byram Hills has been a wonderful place to teach at.” He has a lot to share with his students and is among the most understanding teachers at BHHS. He is enthusiastic and patient, two attributes contributing to his ability to help his students grasp the ideas he teaches. One of his students, junior Lexi Rosenberg, states, “I like how he always makes sure we understand exactly how the answers are solved and goes over it many times until we are able to comprehend it.”

When not teaching, Mr. Kalish’s hobbies include watching and playing sports, particularly basketball, tennis, and golf. He has two kids, ages 6 and 8, whom he loves to “play catch with and shoot hoops.” In addition, Mr. Kalish enjoys hiking, reading, watching movies, and spending time with his family.

Mr. Kalish is a great new asset to the Byram Hills community due to his intense love for teaching. We are glad welcome Mr. Kalish and cannot wait to see what amazing things he has in store for his students!