Continuing its first year of rapid growth, Board of Directors decides to bring on a full time Principal. Nellie Harris, RJA's first full time Principal has a distinguished career in General Studies and Jewish Education
The Board of Directors of the Rockland Jewish Academy announced today that it has hired Nellie Harris as its first Principal. Following an incredibly successful first academic year the Board determined that the school in order to continue its rapid growth would hire a full-time Principal. "As President of RJA I am pleased that we have been able to attract someone with such a professional track record of educational achievement. The addition of Nellie Harris to our staff will simply propel RJA even further in its academic achievement." said RJA President Brenda Lender.
Most recently Ms. Harris was Curriculum and Instruction Director of the world-class Solomon Schechter Upper School, Hartsdale, NY. Her primary role in her most recent position was to transform instruction by creating and utilizing varied modes in leading professional development. She also led the effort to articulate Standards for Professional Practice (SPP) based on educational research and the school's strategic plan. She spent five years as a Teacher and nine as principal at Schechter Westchester.
During her three decades as a professional educator she has held numerous positions as a teacher , teacher educator, curriculum developer and principal across numerous schools and institutions.She is excited to join RJA staff in shaping a school culture that places students and learning at the center of its mission. "Collaboratively, we are given the opportunity to set a new and innovative model for a Jewish Day School. We must take advantage of our "infancy" to create an innovative, 21st century school; while building on current best practices, we will actively look for creative ways to respond to our community's needs, set high academic standards and seek a sustainable economic paradigm." said Ms. Harris about her new role at RJA.
Ms. Harris received her BA in Hebrew Literature from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Isarel in 1981. She continued her education and achieved an MA in Jewish Letrature from the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) in 1997. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Education from JTS.
Nellie is married to Dr. Robert Harris a Professor at the Jewish Theological Seminary; together they have two children.