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BPY Welcomes New General Studies Principal

(Courtesy of BPY) After a comprehensive search, BPY announced last week that the school will be welcoming Naomi Maron as its new general studies principal for grades 1-8. Maron is a renowned Jewish educator who currently holds the position of assistant principal of the Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns and Rockaway (HAFTR). Prior to that, she served as the director of general studies at the Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy in Livingston. She will begin working at BPY this August.

Maron graduated summa cum laude from Yeshiva University, where she was a Gruss Scholar and a Belkin Scholar, and earned her master’s degree in reading education from Hunter College. She has done post-master’s work at the Bank Street Graduate School of Education and the Windward School. Her areas of expertise include Exemplars Standards-Based Assessment & Instruction, Singapore Math and the Orton Gillingham Multi-Sensory Phonics Reading Program. Maron has written curricula for different social studies and reading/language programs. A warm, nurturing, caring and growth-minded educator, Maron enjoys a stellar reputation in the Jewish education world.

“I am thrilled to be joining the Ben Porat Yosef family,” declared Maron. “I’m so impressed by the dedicated BPY faculty and their engaging, child-centered lessons. I look forward to collaborating with Rabbi Zucker, the administrative team and faculty, and partnering with the devoted parent body. Together, we will continue to foster enhanced academic, spiritual and social growth. I excitedly await the opportunity to greet the students in the fall.”

“BPY is so fortunate to have Naomi as part of the team,” said Rabbi Saul Zucker, BPY’s head of school. “She is a true superstar, whose talent, expertise, professionalism and warmth will enhance the programs and curricula at BPY. Naomi’s approach toward progressive education, her focus and attention to integrating general studies with Limudei Kodesh and her creativity and vision will ensure that we continue to soar higher and higher!”

Maron joins Rabbi Zucker and the rest of BPY’s administrative team: Dr. Chagit Hadar, Judaic studies principal; Jessica Kohn, early childhood director; and Elana Cohn—who will focus on our expanded special services program, in which each student has the custom-designed program that is best suited for his or her success. Mrs. Debbie Schwartz, one of BPY’s superstar middle school educators, has also been appointed as the new curriculum coordinator of our middle school. Debbie will be assisting Maron by working with all of the middle school general studies teachers on their curricula—setting goals, defining assessments and ensuring that the curricular pace is met and that standards are achieved.

As general studies principal, Maron will be working on the completion of curricular mapping for grades 1-8; instructional leadership and supervision of the faculty; the incorporation of creative programming throughout the grades interdisciplinary study—together with Dr. Hadar—weaving skills-based education in the general and Judaic studies (Maron is also fluent on an expert level in Ivrit); identification of specific grade-appropriate standards and ensuring that those standards are met; enhancement of our writing, reading and math programs; and middot and development.

To learn more about BPY and its unique and dynamic approach to early childhood, elementary and middle school education, and to set up a tour, please contact Ruth Roth at 201-845-5007 ext.16 or [email protected].

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