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August 2022

Head of School

Scheck Hillel Community Day School

Responsible for leading all aspects of a premier Jewish day Schools serving students from 18 months to 18 years (Chai to Chai).

Fostering a culture that inspires 275+ highly skilled faculty, nurtures and supports 1300+ students, and creates a sense of belonging, trust, and connectedness throughout the extended community.

Introduce a school vision and create a strategic 3-year plan to actualize this vision. 

Vision, plan, and raise funds for the commencement of a multi-phase capital campaign while implementing strategies to increase annual fund giving.

July 2016July 2022

Head of School

Atlanta Jewish Academy

Strategic and Financial Planning/Fundraising

  • Responsible for the successful merger of two legacy institutions into one highly functioning unique mission-driven infant through 12th-grade school.
  • Visioned, planned, and directed the completion of a two-phase capital campaign, including the building of a new high school building (phase 1) and subsequently a school athletic center (phase 2).
  • Successfully raised over $18M for Capital and Sustainability projects.
  • Balanced budget in all years running the school after numerous consecutive years of seven-figure deficits to a school with adequate reserves.
  • Partnered to increase the annual fund and scholarship funds to record amounts.  
  • Reduced operating costs by 12% (over three years) while increasing student test scores, parent satisfaction, and increasing enrolment to waitlist levels.
  • Transformed and hired a new business and finance department that now receives "commendation" status from independent auditors.
  • Oversaw the daily needs of 500+ students, 150 staff, and manage all aspects of an 11M budget.
  • Successfully introduced a progressive educational vision and created a strategic 3-year plan to actualize this vision. 
  • Created and implemented a COVID playbook that received accolades and served as the local model for managing the pandemic.

School Leadership and Staff Recruitment

  • Lead, supervised, and evaluated all Senior Administrative positions including four divisions of General Studies Principals, and Judaic Studies Principals, along with an Executive Director, Director of Development, Director of Admissions, and Chief Technology Officer.
  • Recruited and mentored an almost entirely new “superstar” leadership team.
  • Actively involved in the mentorship of new administrators.
2015Current

Coach and Mentor

Day School Leadership Training Institute
  • Serve as a coach and trainer for the Day School Leadership Training Institute (DSLTI).
  • Prepare new and aspiring leaders from North America to work in Jewish day schools through ongoing coaching, retreats, and site visits.
  • Team teach a three-week summer intensive that offers engaging experiential learning opportunities,  cutting-edge leadership development, and the opportunity to collaboratively problem-solve with North American peers. 
  • Alongside other nationally recognized Heads of School, plan and teach 2-3 day seminars on various topics related to leadership and running a successful private school.
Aug 2012July 2016

Head of School

Oakland Hebrew Day School

School Leadership and Educational Vision

  • Created and implemented a 21-Century educational philosophy for the school that included the creation of an award-winning Judaic Studies structure,  the rollout of a progressive General Studies teaching model, and the overhaul of the school's technology infrastructure. 
  • Lead, supervise, and evaluate all Senior Administrative positions, including General Studies Principal, Judaic Studies Principal, Business Manager, Director of Development, Director of Admissions, and Chief Technology Officer.

Strategic Financial Planning/Fundraising

  • Created a 7-year Strategic Financial Plan (SFP) for long-term fiscal planning. 
  • Increased donor base and annual campaign gifts each year of tenure.
  • Cultivate large donor gifts in excess of $100,000 for the annual campaign. 
  • Spearheaded a process of organizational restructuring to reduce administrative and redundant costs, while increasing the quality of teaching and learning and interdisciplinary collaboration.
  • Prepare and oversee all aspects of the budget.

Community Representation

  • Represent local Day School Heads at Federation strategic meetings. 
  • Foster relationships with local and national Jewish organizations and donors.
  • Regularly speak and teach at local synagogues and in the wider community.
  • Active in the creation and implementation of various community projects. 
Aug 2007Jul 2012

Principal

Shalhevet School
  •  School Leadership 

Supervise and evaluate various senior director positions including: Director of Curriculum, Director of Student Life, Athletics and Sports Director, Hebrew Coordinator, and various departmental chairs.

  • Curriculum

Responsibility for continuously evaluating the quality and scope of the curriculum.   Created and designed a new schedule format, instrumental in the design of new course sequences for both General and Judaic Studies. Created a progressive master schedule including new features such as a push-in/pull-out program and small group instruction.

  • Faculty Supervision

Manage support staff and academic supervision; including developing and implementing teacher supervision documents and assessment matrix. Mentored new teachers in professionalism, co-teaching, organization, and parent communication.

Aug 2006Jun 2009

Educational Rabbi

B’nai David-Judea Congregation
  • Directed and administered all aspects of 6th - 12th grade educational and social programming.
  • Promoted a culture of giving and stronger synagogue affiliation, by creating targeted social programming for BDJ-Babies, BDJ-Chevra, and BDJ-Chaverim (demographic-based education and social programming).  
  • Fulfilled all aspects of rabbinic leadership including counseling, teaching, preaching, and life-cycle officiating.
  • Active in adult education and interdenominational programs for the wider community. 
Sep 2006Sep 2007

Chair, Advanced Jewish Studies

Milken Community High School
  • Envisioned and headed the Advanced Jewish Studies department which resulted in a first-year class enrollment increase of 22%. Managed and taught second-year Jewish law curriculum to at-level and honors students. 
  • Created and implemented numerous Judaic activities, including seminars, retreats and learning nights.
Feb 1996Jun 2001

Director of Operations

BabyGear.Com
  • Managed daily customer service operations of a fast-growing national retail company; successfully expanded in less than two years to a 75-person call center. 
  • Managed a customer-end budget of $3 million dollars.  Screened, hired and managed call center staff, including customer service, sales, and support.
  • Maintained significant fiscal and budgetary responsibilities and served as a key member of the management team.

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Honors & Recognition

Treasurer, Atlanta Board of Rabbis 2020-2022

Presenter, Prizmah Day School Conference: 2012, 2014, 2019

Jewish Education Innovation Challenge award recipient for innovation in Jewish Education, 2014

Harvard Graduate School of Education, Program in Professional Education: Improving Schools: The Art of Leadership, 2012.

Day School Leadership Training Institute Fellow, 2011

Yeshiva University’s Institute for University-School Partnership, Critical Friends Group, 2011

Yeshiva University Master Mentor, 2010

Legacy Heritage Rabbinic Fellowship, 2008

Limdu Heitev Fellowship, 2007

Grinspoon-Steinhardt award for excellence in Jewish education, 2004 

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