Rhonda Rosenheck has, for health reasons, requested that she be relieved of her duties as Head of School. Effective February 2015, she has stepped down from that position and will serve as consultant through the end of June, 2015.
The Board applauds Rhonda's accomplishments in the year and a half since she came to Bet Shraga. She led the transformation of our school in its adoption of multiage classrooms and differentiated learning, expanded professional development opportunities for our faculty, strengthened the Judaic studies program, helped build our vision as a community school in new facilities, hired new educational leaders in General Studies, and appointed Julie Pollack as Principal and educational leader in Judaic Studies. We wish her a refuah sh’leimah, a complete and speedy recovery, and look forward to her continued participation in our community.
Principal Julie Pollack has agreed to take on the role of educational and administrative leader of our school. Her appointment was adopted unanimously and enthusiastically by our Board of Trustees. We are confident that her years of experience at our school will make for a smooth transition for students, faculty, and staff.
A student of Shraga Arian, our school’s founder, Julie was inspired to make education her lifelong career. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Judaic Studies and master’s degrees and New York State certifications in Elementary Education and Reading, and completed graduate work in Bible and Prayer. Julie is well known and respected throughout the Jewish community. Her pre-eminent concern is the education and well-being of each and every child. A few years ago she agreed to take on some administrative duties and, beginning in July, 2014, to be our Principal. She has excelled in that capacity and has found new purpose in working with our entire faculty to bring excellence in education into every classroom for each child.
Please join me and the Board of Trustees in welcoming Julie into this new role for our community.
Sandor Schuman, President