The following press release was issued by Jill Weiner:
is excited to announce Noah Hartman as its next Head of School. Noah will take over leadership in July, 2012, succeeding Ken Shulman, who is retiring as Head of School.
Noah comes to Hillel Academy from the nationally renowned Doris and Alex Weber Jewish Community High School in Atlanta, Ga., where he is currently Dean of Student Life and the Arts. Among his many accomplishments, Noah has led the development of experiential education at the Weber School, which exposes learners to real life applications of the information and concepts they study in the classroom. Noah brings his passion for excellence, innovative vision, strong leadership skills, and engaging personality to the North Shore where he will strive to make Hillel Academy the premier school in the Boston area.
“Cohen Hillel Academy exemplifies the best in education. In addition to its rigorous and challenging curriculum, Hillel encourages students to dream, to take risks, and to recognize learning as a lifelong pursuit,” said Hartman. “My goal is to ensure that we are the leader in defining excellence. We must provide our students with the skills and confidence to thrive wherever they go, work with other leaders to harness our potential as a community, and ensure a bright and successful Jewish future for our children. I am eager to build on the strong foundation established by Ken Schulman, and lead Hillel Academy forward in its next phase of growth.”
“I am confident we have chosen a warm, inspiring educator and strategic, visionary thinker to lead our school forward,” said Jill Weiner, President of the school’s Board of Directors. “The decision to offer Noah the position was the culmination of a lengthy, thoughtful and extensive nation-wide search process through which we vetted many highly qualified candidates. And now, we are thrilled to welcome Noah to our community.”
Noah received his MA in Education from New York University, a MA in Jewish Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary, and completed the prestigious Day School Leadership Training Institute fellowship program. In addition, Noah has enjoyed success as a classroom teacher in public and independent schools at the elementary, middle and high school levels, and is an avid musician. Noah and his wife, Anna, an award-winning early childhood educator in her own right, have two children, Josiah, 5, and Juniper, 3.
Cohen Hillel Academy is a K-8 independent, pluralistic day school that creates critical thinkers through an academically challenging program grounded in Judaism. Hillel Academy offers a unique, engaging educational experience that provides students with a lifelong foundation for learning, leadership, responsibility and respect for self and others. It serves students and their families from towns all throughout the north shore and beyond, including Marblehead, Swampscott, Salem, Lynn, Beverly, Peabody, Andover, and surrounding communities.