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Press Release – 2014.09.05 – Hebrew Academy’s Dream Team for Academics


September  5, 2014

Hebrew Academy’s Dream Team for Academics

Julie Pollack has been appointed Principal of Bet Shraga Hebrew Academy of the Capital District, on Sand Creek Road in Albany.  She will execute the educational vision of Head of School Rhonda Rosenheck and directly supervise educational programming.  Working closely with Mrs. Pollack will be Humanities Lead Teacher Gloria Savino, recently retired as an instructional leader in the Albany City School District, and Math/Science Lead Teacher Patrick Seward, retired from public schools after 32 years teaching high school science, most of them at North Colonie’s Shaker High School. Mrs. Savino has four NYS educational certifications and two Masters Degrees in Education from Saint Rose College (Albany).  Mr. Seward has qualifications in Science and Secondary Education, and an MS in Science Education from Union College (Schenectady). Mrs. Pollack has taught at Hebrew Academy for over thirty years, has a BA from SUNY Albany in Judaic Studies, and two masters degrees in Education from The College of Saint Rose. She is NYS certified in Elementary Education and in Reading (Literacy). She has also completed graduate work in Jewish sacred texts at the Jewish Theological Seminary (New York).

“This is my dream team,” Says Ms. Rosenheck.  “Each member is as passionate about education as the day she or he entered the field.  They are qualified, experienced and superb teachers who know how to bring that excellence to those they mentor and supervise. As collaborative partners, the three bring their collective wealth of skill, creativity, and knowledge to ensuring that Hebrew Academy students receive a top notch, values-laden, 21st century education every day.”

Bet Shraga Hebrew Academy is a student-centered, K-8 school in Albany, NY, serving families of all Jewish denominations from the four counties of the Capital Region and beyond.  Now in its 52nd year, the school has a strong track record of excellent high school and university placements. Its alumni live mostly in the US and Israel, though others have planted roots worldwide.  Alumni are often leaders of their communities and work in engineering, education, the medical and legal professions, the arts, multi-media, telecommunication, theater, veterinary medicine, real estate, social services, and as entrepreneurs and business leaders.

Hebrew Academy offers full athletic, arts and service programs, the latest classroom technology, developmentally individualized learning, and rigorous academics in both general and Jewish studies. Students graduate 8th grade with high school credits granted for up to two language proficiency exams and two NYS Regents exams. For more information, see www.hacdalbany.org or email email hidden; JavaScript is required.



Rachael Woren, Assistant to the Head of School for Marketing and Development


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