A New Era of Excellence Rooted in Tradition

L’hitraot and Welcome – November 21,2014

coachesAfter twelve fantastic years building Hebrew Academy’s athletic and physical education programs, Coach Ryan Miller is looking forward to his next big challenge: Program Director of the Capital District and North Country for The Special Olympics New York.  What an incredible statement Ryan’s appointment with Special Olympics makes; both about Ryan and about Hebrew Academy, where he grew and honed his professionalism over many years.

In Coach Miller’s words, allow us to introduce to you Andrew Betor (pronounced bee-tor), a/k/a Coach B. 

As Rhonda, Julie, and I set out to find a new PE teacher/Athletic Director for Hebrew Academy, we had to know how each candidate would relate to middle school students and those as young as four years old. We asked of ourselves, will this candidate be willing to learn from colleagues and be able to reach out to mentors? Does this candidate understand that in athletics, character development is often more important than physical development? Will we find a certified PE teacher with warmth, humor, can-do attitude and clarity of purpose?

Yes! Welcome Andrew Betor.  Coach B comes to Hebrew Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Movement and Sport Studies (concentration in Physical Education) from Springfield College. He possesses state licensures as a certified Physical Education teacher in both Massachusetts and New York State. Coach B has been honing his skills as a substitute teacher in the Bethlehem and Voorheesville school districts over the past two years and is certified by the Board of Cooperative Educational Services. His past experience lies in general education classrooms, physical education, outdoor adventure and coaching. We are very pleased to announce the addition of Coach B to the Hebrew Academy faculty. Coach B will begin this Monday, so please stop by and say hello.

Andrew is already an honorary member of the Capital Region Jewish community, as has been my privilege for so many years. I worked closely with him at the Albany JCC’s Camp Olam for the past two summers, where I observed how well he connects with campers, demonstrates deep compassion, and helps children stretch well beyond their comfort zone.  Andrew approaches his work as a teacher and coach with innate ability and professional maturity. He reminds me a lot of me!

As for me, I look forward to seeing all my Hebrew Academy friends and family around town and at Special Olympic events!


Ryan Miller

Coach Miller felt himself duty- and love-bound to replace himself at Hebrew Academy with the absolutely most well-suited and qualified candidate. The perfect next fit. And so he did.

Shabbat Shalom,

Rhonda Rosenheck