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Dr. Michael Kay

Dr. Michael Kay, Class of 1993

Dr. Michael Kay has been head of school at Solomon Schechter School of Westchester since 2013. He holds an undergraduate degree in Religion and History from Harvard University and a PhD in Educational Leadership and Jewish Studies from New York University, where he wrote his dissertation on leadership and community building in pluralistic Jewish high schools.

Before coming to Schechter Westchester, Kay spent seven years at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School (CESJDS) in Rockville, MD, where he served as Upper School principal, Upper School director of Judaic studies, and a teacher of bible and Jewish history. Prior to joining CESJDS, he taught at the New Atlanta Jewish Community High School (now The Weber School). In addition, he has extensive experience in adult Jewish education in Atlanta, New York City, and Washington, D.C. He is an alumnus of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship and the Day School Leadership Training Institute, and is a recipient of the Young Scholar Award from the Network for Research in Jewish Education.

He and his wife Rachel reside in Westchester with their two children, Ethan and Anna.